As some of our staff departs for new adventures, we have been welcoming new members to our Center family. In this issue, we are pleased to introduce two of these new additions, Kyle Mabry and Vidya Chenji. Let’s get to know them!
Kyle joined the Penn FTD Center in March. He originally hails from Poughkeepsie, New York, where he enjoyed the scenic hiking trails in the Hudson Valley. As much as he loved that region, Kyle packed up and moved to Boston to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience at Boston University, where he was on the crew team. Due to his love of rowing, Kyle was very excited to move to Philadelphia where he can be a part of the largest rowing community in the world: Boathouse Row. It’s his favorite thing about Philadelphia by far.
Kyle is one of our Research Specialists who conducts cognitive testing and also helps communicate patients’ needs to the rest of our team. His role is to make cognitive testing a little more comfortable and accessible for our research families by traveling to your house to participate in the comfort of your own living room or kitchen.
In the future, Kyle aspires to become an influential leader within the healthcare community, developing clinical trials and advancing new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases. In his spare time, you might find Kyle rowing, cycling, or at his local Crossfit box. If he were to have a superpower, it would be not having to sleep- there are just not enough hours in the day!
Vidya joined the FTDC on April 9th, just one day after her birthday- what a great present! She is one of our Clinical Research Coordinators, so you’ll likely meet her if you come in for a clinical trial visit! So far, Vidya’s favorite thing about the FTDC are the people. She believes the people are talented, welcoming, and a pleasure to work with. This is consistent with what she likes most about Philadelphia – the people! She says it’s called the city of brotherly love for a reason.
Vidya, whose name means “knowledge” in Sanskirt, received her BS and MS in Neuroscience from Georgia State University. Her future plans are to pursue a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology, and would like to study the mental status changes associated with neurodegenerative disorders.
Although born in India, Vidya considers Atlanta her hometown. She loves how Atlanta has everything from a big city feel to little towns; mild climate but sometimes magical snowfalls; rivers and lakes but also beautiful mountains. Vidya also has lots of fun hobbies! From baking to hiking to traveling, Vidya likes living life to its fullest. She would like to share her gratitude for the opportunity to work at a prestigious research center and hopefully make an impact on the lives of our wonderful research participants.
Welcome to the Penn FTD Center, Kyle and Vidya! We are lucky to have you and look forward to getting to know you better!