Lab Members

Stacy Tessler Lindau

Stacy Tessler Lindau

MD, MAPP, Catherine Lindsay Dobson Professor, Director of the Program in Integrative Sexual Medicine, Founder of Feed1st, Special Advisor to the Provost

Stacy Tessler Lindau is the Catherine Lindsay Dobson Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Medicine-Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine.

She is also special advisor to the provost at the University of Chicago. In this role, Dr. Lindau leads projects in the provost’s highest priority strategic domains, working closely with the vice provosts and the provost’s chief of staff as well as other administrative and faculty leaders.

Dr. Lindau’s research examines mechanisms through which social and sexual conditions relate to health across the life course, including the effects of iatrogenesis on social and sexual functioning. Her CommunityRx program of social care research studies how and why connecting people to community-based assets drives health. This program is currently funded by five institutes of the National Institutes of Health and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Dr. Lindau also leads the National Cancer Institute-funded Bionic Breast Project, a paradigm-shifting effort to preserve sensation and mitigate pain following mastectomy. She was founding co-principal investigator of the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, an ongoing national, longitudinal biosocial study of U.S. adults. Her research has been published in journals such as the New England Journal of MedicineHealth AffairsJAMA, and the British Medical Journal and has been featured in the New York Times and other major media outlets. 

Dr. Lindau is also a practicing gynecologist and successful entrepreneur. She founded and directs the Program in Integrative Sexual Medicine (PRISM) for Women and Girls with Cancer and Feed1st—a unique, healthcare-based food insecurity mitigation program. Her past leadership roles include director of research and innovation of the University of Chicago Medicine Urban Health Initiative; founding chair of the Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer, 501c3; founder and president of MAPSCorps, 501c3 (which joined Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy in 2023); and founder and chief innovation officer of NowPow, LLC (acquired by Unite USA, Inc. in 2021). She has also served as an elected member to the University Senate and was an Academic Leadership Program Fellow with the Committee on Institutional Collaboration.

Stacy earned her BA from the University of Michigan Honors College with studies in political science and secondary education, her MD from Brown University, and her MAPP from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and served the program’s National Advisory Committee, an Irving B. Harris Fellow, and is an Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellow. Before medicine, Stacy worked in broadcast journalism, including at Dow Jones & Company’s Wall Street Journal TV. She serves the board of directors of RISE, 501c3, an organization dedicated to elimination of racism through sport. She is also an active emeritus member of the boards of the Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer and the Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship. 

Dr. Lindau is a storyteller and a 2023 Chicago Moth Story Slam winner.

Emily Abramsohn

Emily Abramsohn

MPH, Director of Research

Emily Abramsohn is a passionate public health researcher, partner and (self-described) “cool mom.” She came to the Lindau Lab at the University of Chicago in 2009 for its cross-cutting research efforts in women’s health and community health improvement. As the current Director of Research, she oversees primary data collection and the security of our datasets. For WomanLab, she curates content and distills research findings into “what every woman needs to know.” Emily spent three years as a rape victim advocate and researched community organizing efforts to reduce inefficiencies among domestic violence service providers. During her time in the Lab, she has been a Patient Educator, and trained others to provide this education. Emily received her BS in psychology from the University of Iowa and her Master’s in Public Health from San Diego State University.

Veera Anand

Veera Anand

Research Assistant

Veera is passionate about using innovative health care solutions to address social determinants of health and to create a more equitable health care experience for all. Having joined the Lindau Lab in the Summer of 2021, she is thrilled to expand on these interests as a research assistant. Prior to joining WomanLab, Veera worked as a research specialist in a neuroscience lab studying neural connectivity in fruit flies. She has also worked as a clinical research assistant for the Hospitalist Project and volunteered as a surgical patient liaison at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Outside of the lab, she loves to cook and eat (mostly eat) new dishes and explore different hiking trails.

Brandon Bordenkircher

Brandon Bordenkircher

MPA, Director of Operations

Brandon is a passionate researcher whose work focuses on nascent technologies and their effects on cities. He was drawn to the Lindau Lab due to its impactful research and its cutting edge technology development. He is the co-founder of a startup that developed a research app utilizing NLP technology that breaks down vast textual information, organizes it, and provides valuable insights via computational analysis, giving researchers the information they need fast. Prior to joining the lab, Brandon worked in the private sector: as a lobbyist for Mercedes Benz and Airbnb. He received a master of public administration from DePaul University, and is a policy fellow at DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute.

Fareen Dhuka

Fareen Dhuka

CIH Fellow, Intern

Alongside her advocacy of accessible healthcare and voicing minority experiences, something Fareen values most in life is forming genuine relationships with others. She is a sophomore at the University of Chicago pursuing a B.S. in Neuroscience who loves to intertwine her passions for medicine and digital media. Fareen joined the lab as a 2022 Metcalf intern working on web development and content creation for the Lindau Lab sites, media outlets, and newsletters. As the token Gen Z recruit, her tech experience includes producing videos on substance cessation for Comer Children’s Hospital and developing websites for organizations such as Women Working Wonders nonprofit and the St. John’s student newspaper: Review Online. She has also served as a Leukemia Student Researcher at MD Anderson in the Texas Medical Center and adores the third graders she teaches with Aga Khan Education Board. Fareen’s dream retirement hustle is wedding planning, partly to continue creating wax seal calligraphy invitations, but also to serve her aspirations of dabbling in photographing engagements and producing wedding videos with her new beau: Adobe Premiere Pro.

Claire Fendrick

Claire Fendrick

Feed1st Program Manager

Claire believes that everyone, no matter their circumstances, should have access to healthy food. She is a public health professional that is passionate about food justice and anti-hunger work, looking to learn more about how to make healthy eating more accessible to all. She holds a B.A. in Community and Global Public Health from the University of Michigan, and an MPH in Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences from Emory University. Since graduating, Claire has worked both behind-the-scenes and in the community tackling food justice issues – including food waste, food insecurity, and nutritional education. Outside of work, you can find her baking, thrifting, playing volleyball, or trying out new coffee shops!

Charlie Fuller

Charlie Fuller

Research Associate

Charlie creates spaces and structures that celebrate queer people, connection, and pleasure. They joined the Lindau Lab at the University of Chicago as a Research Assistant in September 2019. With a background in LGBTQ health research and sexuality education, Charlie also brings tools from their work as a teacher and artist to the Lab’s community health projects. They hold a BA with honors in Gender & Sexuality Studies and English from the University of Chicago. Outside of the Lab, Charlie cooks large meals in a small kitchen, pretends to be a good sport about losing board games, and makes participatory theater about reproductive justice as a company member of For Youth Inquiry (FYI) at the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health.

Mellissa Grana

Mellissa Grana

Research Associate, Feed1st Operations Lead

Mellissa is a well-rounded scientist with an extensive background in basic science research and a newly founded love for public health and clinical research. She graduated from The University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 2016 with a B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a focus on medicine. Since graduating, she has been in several labs within the Chicagoland area but has recently settled down with the Lindau Lab in Spring of 2020. Her current aspirations are focused on getting her PhD in psychology from The University of Chicago and to eventually become a licensed psychologist and therapist. When she’s not in the lab, Mellissa enjoys an active lifestyle by weight training and by spending time outside travelling to naturally scenic places.

Su Lee

Su Lee

PhD, Health Research Data Analyst

Su is a prevention scientist with a deep appreciation for food. She explores and savors diverse cuisines from various regions and cultures, cherishing the joy of sharing meals that bring people together and create lasting memories. This passion drives her desire to contribute to addressing food insecurity. During Su’s graduate studies in Prevention Science at Washington State University, she immersed herself in the intricate dynamics of parent-child relationships and their profound impact on children’s emotional, social, mental, and behavioral health. Her research focuses on identifying risk and protective factors that can promote optimal health outcomes in immigrant and racially minoritized groups. With this foundation, her goal is to design prevention programs that reduce health disparities in these communities. In her postdoctoral work at Northwestern University with ILPQC, Su shifted her focus toward improving healthcare systems for pregnant individuals and newborns. Her research was centered on identifying the protective and risk factors that play a crucial role in shaping health outcomes in marginalized communities. Outside of her professional pursuits, as a Pacific Northwest transplant, she finds solace in long walks, whether the weather is sunny, cloudy, rainy, or snowy. She also enjoys camping in the summer, going on hikes, experimenting with new recipes, and continually expanding her culinary horizons.
Jen Makelarski

Jen Makelarski

PhD, MPH, Senior Research Data Analyst

Jen is an epidemiologist. Her most recent work focuses on assessing and addressing health-related social risks among vulnerable populations including women, minorities and friend and family caregivers. She was the lead epidemiologist on the development and evaluation of the CommunityRx intervention, a resource referral intervention that provides personalized information about health-promoting community resources to people during regular clinical care. She is especially interested in interventions to reduce food insecurity and played a lead role in the establishment of Feed1st, a hospital-based food pantry program. To best solve these social justice issues, Jen hopes to continue to emphasize the value of understanding the mechanisms by which such interventions work in order to maximize their impact, but also pair traditional epidemiologic methods with system science methodologies to better assess the impact of clinical and public health interventions.

Tania Mendoza

Tania Mendoza

Research Assistant, PRISM Patient Educator

Tania seeks to contribute to the de-stigmatization of mental health and bridging the gap between quality healthcare and marginalized communities. She joined the Lindau Lab in August 2021 as a Research Assistant after graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Psychological and Brain Sciences. Prior to joining, Tania worked as a research assistant at UC Santa Barbara for projects that aimed to improve the psychosocial adjustment in children with cognitive or behavioral issues. As a PRISM patient educator, her hope is to help patients feel empowered and supported. When she grows up, she’d like to get her PhD in Clinical Psychology to continue working with women and girls as a licensed psychologist and health researcher. Outside of the lab, Tania loves to try out new fitness studios around the city, playing with her cat, thrifting home decor, and browsing sustainable fashion labels online.

El Pinkerton

El Pinkerton

MPH, Senior Research Analyst

El is an aspiring know-it-all who currently knows a medium amount. She joined the Lindau Lab at the University of Chicago in January 2019, and brings obsessive curiosity, a research background devoted to the well-being of women in every aspect of their lives, and a meticulously organized GCal to her work as a research specialist and occasional project manager. El holds a B.S. in Biology from Loyola University Chicago and an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan. Outside of her work with the Lab, she’s passionate about hockey statistics, Vanity Fair long-form investigative reporting from the 90s, and karaoke.

Ife Ojewuyi

Ife Ojewuyi

Research Project Manager

Ife is a public health professional passionate about advocating for quality healthcare for marginalized populations by supporting community-engaged research and health intervention programs globally and domestically. She joined the Lindau Lab in 2023 and is excited to work to address justice and equity issues in health care. Before joining the lab, she was an Infection Control Lead for the Contact Tracing Program at the University of Chicago. She has a background working with diverse populations in refugee case management, sleep and circadian science research, infectious disease education, and clinic administration. She holds a B.S. in Natural Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh and an MPH in Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation from George Washington University.
Delaney Romanchick

Delaney Romanchick

Metcalf Intern

Delaney has a strong interest in women’s health and is passionate about addressing inequities in healthcare. She enjoys interacting with new people and being a part of a team, so she is very excited to join Lindau Lab as a Metcalf intern. Delaney is a rising senior at the University of Chicago, pursuing a B.A. in the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine (HIPS), with a focus on medical ethics. She is also a member of the softball team of the University of Chicago and serves as president of the Women’s Athletic Association. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, swimming, and binge-watching reality TV with her roommates.

Eva Shiu

Eva Shiu

MPH, Senior Clinical Trials Manager

Eva is thrilled to work at the intersection of women’s health and social justice. She joined the Lindau Lab at the University of Chicago in 2019 and is excited to help launch new projects as Clinical Trials Manager. She is passionate about addressing health disparities and promoting health equity. Since 2013, she has coordinated federally-funded research projects. Eva has a BA in International Studies from the University of Illinois and an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan.  Outside of the lab, she practices yoga, is a dog-mom, and likes to browse “best of” food lists, allowing those places to navigate a weekend exploring different parts of the city.

Christina Squiers

Christina Squiers

Intern

Christina is a therapy nerd interested in exploring the connections between mental health, physical wellbeing, and access to healthcare. As an MSW student at the UChicago Crown School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, Christina joined the Lindau Lab in May 2022 as a research assistant after working as a clinician in the Behavioral Health Unit of UChicago Medicine. Before getting her MSW, Christina graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School and was an attorney with experience working in public interest positions, governmental roles, and legal education. In her spare time, Christina loves watching hockey, playing with her three cats, and listening to her favorite band, The National.

Victoria Winslow

Victoria Winslow

MPH, Data Analyst

Victoria is passionate about finding data-driven solutions to health inequities. She has a special interest in using machine learning & data visualization to deliver clear, accessible insights into health.  A longtime Chicago resident, she holds a B.S. in Biology from North Central College and an MPH in Biostatistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She joined the lab as a data analyst in August 2020. During her free time, you can find her keeping the sport of rollerblading alive, checking out new vegetarian restaurants, hanging out with her cats, and working as a freelance makeup artist.

Jie Zhao

Jie Zhao

PhD, BM, Associate Director of Research Operations and Strategy, Feed1st Manager

Jie is passionate about finding solutions to bridge the gaps in health care access through collaboration, innovation and empowerment. Jie joined the lab in February 2022 as Assistant Director of Operations and Strategy and became Associate Director of Research Operations and Strategy in April, 2023. Her efforts are focused on lab operations, strategic planning and seeking funding opportunities for Feed1st, Bionic Breast and other diverse and innovative programs of the Lab. Jie also serves as the Manager of Feed1st, leading efforts on operational improvement, program expansion and fundraising for the program. Jie has extensive experience in operations, fundraising and communicating scientific message to the general public. Prior to joining the Lindau Lab, Jieworked as an executive consultant at the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group and as the director of operations at the National Foundation for Cancer Research.  She has a BM (Bachelor of Medicine) from the China Medical University and a PhD in cell and microbiology from the Catholic University of America. Jie loves singing (not necessarily good at it though), playing piano and guitar and writing ancient Chinese poems.

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