meet the medi-futures team

Founder & Executive director

Alyson Moriarty

Alyson Moriarty graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2021. While completing her undergraduate education, Alyson majored in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience and minored in Communication Sciences and Disorders on the pre-med track. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Science in Medical Sciences through the University of South Florida before applying to medical school. Alyson grew up in South Florida where she earned her AA degree along with her high school diploma in 2017, and upon graduating from the University of Florida, became the first in her family to graduate from college. She intends to continue her education on to medical school with clinical interests in pediatric surgery and emergency medicine. As an undergraduate student, Alyson served as a UF orientation leader and as the president of a gun violence prevention organization, among participating in other research and volunteer endeavors. She is passionate about improving access, equity, and diversity within education and healthcare. In her free time, Alyson enjoys playing sports, traveling and seeking adventurous experiences, musical theatre, and visiting new restaurants and coffee shops.

Contact Alyson at alysonmoriarty@ufl.edu

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Founder & faculty director

Pouya A. Ameli, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, University of Florida College of Medicine

Dr. Ameli joined the University of Florida in 2020. He completed his undergraduate degree at UF before pursuing graduate school and medical school at the University of Central Florida. He then completed residency in Neurology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, followed by Neurocritical Care fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Ameli serves in multiple leadership roles in Neurocritical Care Society. He is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Heart/Stroke Association, and the Society for Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Ameli has participated in a variety of basic science and clinical research projects, ranging from the role of specific cell cycle kinases in the development of prostate and breast cancer and aquaporin protein response to acetazolamide in hydrocephalus, to the genetics of stroke outcome and management of subarachnoid hemorrhage.
Outside of work, Dr. Ameli loves to spend time with his wife, daughter, and dog. He loves afternoon walks with the family, exploring new restaurants, attempting to make all kinds of food at home (with a lot of help from his wife), and doing his best to stay active in the Florida sun.

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outreach director

Karlie LeFor

Karlie LeFor is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Florida majoring in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience and minoring in Health Promotion. She is from Tampa, Florida and plans to specialize in neonatology or maternal-fetal medicine, with hopes for involvement in clinical research. Karlie enjoys fitness, women’s health, reading, practicing mindfulness, and spending time with friends. She is particularly passionate about researching and practicing advocacy for migraine and headache disorders, entering her third year as an Ambassador for the American Migraine Foundation. Karlie’s other involvements include volunteering off-campus, cuddling infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UF Health Shands Hospital, and serving as Bid Day Chair on the Recruitment Committee of UF’s pre-medical chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon.

Contact Karlie at karlielefor@ufl.edu

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programming director

Leanne Rosenbusch

Leanne Rosenbusch graduated from the University of Florida in May 2023 with majors in Biology and Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. Her pre-health goals include attending medical school and specializing in Sports Medicine. She is passionate about helping people who are living with chronic pain or injuries get back to doing what they love to do. Leanne is from South Florida, where she graduated high school in 2019. She is a research assistant with the EXHALE lab on campus, and has leadership roles in Habitat for Humanity and Shoes for Smiles. Leanne enjoys paddleboarding at the springs, working out, running, learning new skills, listening to a good podcast, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Contact Leanne at leannerosenbusch@ufl.edu

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secretary

Sionika Thayagabalu

Sionika Thayagabalu is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Biology and Women’s Studies on the pre-med track. She is from Weston, Florida and hopes to specialize in pediatrics in the future. Sionika enjoys being the point of contact for any current and potential Medi-Gators participants and encourages you to reach out with any questions and concerns. Outside of Medi-Gators, Sionika is involved in Dream Team, an organization at UF that volunteers with children in the PICU and Cardiac PICU at Shands. She is also a part of the TEDxUF operations team. Sionika hopes to continue building on the Medi-Gators mission of inclusion and accessibility. In her free time, Sionika loves to bike, dance, and paint.

Contact Sionika at s.thayagabalu@ufl.edu

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institution development director

Elizabeth Eberley

Elizabeth Eberley is a third-year undergraduate student from Orlando, Florida. She is majoring in Health Science and minoring in Nutritional Sciences in hopes to attend medical school. Elizabeth has participated in the Medi-Gators Program and she was previously a Medi-Gators Ambassador prior to her current role. She is very passionate about Medi-Gators and she’s excited to be a part of its expansion to bring accessible shadowing to more students. Aside from Medi-Gators, Elizabeth is involved in the Pre-Professional Service Organization (PSO) on campus as well as MentorGNV, in which she mentors local elementary students. She hopes to get involved with research in the near future as well. In her hometown, she is a volunteer lacrosse coach and she was previously nominated as an All-American Lacrosse Player. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, working out, watching new shows, and spending quality time with friends and family. 
 
Contact Elizabeth at eberleye@ufl.edu

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mentorship co-director

Hillary Aina

Hillary Aina is a third-year undergraduate student from Atlanta, Georgia majoring in Health Science and minoring in Spanish on the pre-medical track. Hillary hopes to one day attend medical school in order to become a General Surgeon. She is very excited to work with the Medi-Gators Leadership Team after participating in the program herself in the Summer of 2021. On campus, Hillary is also involved in clubs such as Psychology Club, and the Neuroscience Club, and hopes to get involved with other pre-health organizations this upcoming school year! At home in Georgia, Hillary has been involved by volunteering at her local food bank for the past 6 years and volunteering at a local hospital this past summer. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, watching TV, hanging out with friends, and traveling to new places. Hillary is very excited to chair the new mentorship program that Medi-Gators is offering and is looking forward to seeing the new program grow and help other pre-health students.

Contact Hillary at hillaryaina@ufl.edu

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mentorship co-director

Veronia Sadek

Veronia Sadek is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in biology and minoring in Spanish and anthropology. Veronia is from Port Orange, Florida, and is on the pre-med track in hopes of specializing in emergency medicine. She is very active in her church: she teaches the children church hymns and the liturgical Coptic language and is the secretary of Orthodox Christian Campus Ministries (OCCM). Veronia will volunteer weekly at Shands Emergency Department this semester and hopes to study abroad in Spain before graduating. She is bilingual in Arabic and English and hopes to be fluent in Spanish as well. In her free time, Veronia enjoys playing the piano, painting, and hanging out with friends.

Contact Veronia at veroniasadek@ufl.edu

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our team of ambassadors

Events committee chair

Maria J. Gomez

Major: Psychology
Gap Year

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social media committee chair

Raymond Martucci

Majors: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience & Microbiology
Minor: History
3rd Year Undergraduate

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Fundraising committee chair

Anthony Scuderi

Major: Biology
Minor: Spanish
2nd Year Undergraduate

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Hasan Aldelamy

Major: Chemistry
3rd Year Undergraduate

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Jenessa Bailey

Major: Applied Physiology & Kinesiology
Minor: Business Administration
3rd Year Undergraduate

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Leah Baker

Major: Applied Physiology & Kinesiology
Minor: Nutritional Sciences
1st Year Undergraduate

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Erica Charles

Major: Psychology
2nd Year Undergraduate

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Jannila De Asis

Major: Nursing
2nd Year Undergraduate

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Laila Duffey

Major: Animal Science
2nd Year Undergraduate

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Abigail Eckhardt

Major: Applied Kinesiology & Kinesiology
2nd Year Undergraduate

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Jaret Geston

Major: Health Science
4th Year Undergraduate

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Nicole Hernandez

Major: Biochemistry
Minor: Disabilities in Society
4th Year Undergraduate

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David Hilferty

Major: Biochemistry
Minor: Classical Studies
3rd Year Undergraduate

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Ryan Krueger

Major: Applied Physiology & Kinesiology
Minor: Chemistry
3rd Year Undergraduate

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Elie Nassif

Major: Biochemistry
2nd Year Undergraduate

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Shree Patel

Major: Health Science
3rd Year Undergraduate

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Gopika Pillai

Majors: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience & Biology
Minor: Spanish
3rd Year Undergraduate

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Andrew Randolph

Major: Nursing
Minor: Food Science
2nd Year Undergraduate

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Priya Shah

Major: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
3rd Year Undergraduate

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Lauren Smith

Major: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
Minor: Chemistry
2nd Year Undergraduate

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Mollie Usher

Major: Microbiology and Cell Science
1st Year Undergraduate

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Aracelly Valdes

Majors: Biology & Psychology
Minor: Innovation
4th Year Undergraduate

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