Georgia Team

Clayton Edenfield

University of Georgia

Clayton graduated from UGA in 2018 with his B.S. in Environmental Health Science. He is currently a fourth-year Ph.D. student whose research focuses on SARS-CoV-2, epigenetics, and model improvement. Outside of the lab, he enjoys hiking, woodworking, and reading.


Anecia Gentles

University of Georgia

Anecia is a second year PhD student in the IDEAS program. After she earned her BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice University, she worked on a field project investigating zoonotic pathogens in the three fruit bat species of Madagascar. She is broadly interested in exploring how human land use might influence pathogen transmission dynamics in fruit bats. In her free time, Anecia loves to paint, be outside, and build terrariums! She hopes to instrumental in translating scientific research for all communities and engage with young scientists through primary education.

Elizabeth Riegelman

University of Georgia

Elizabeth Riegelman is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the Department of Environmental Health Science at the University of Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology (BSB) in 2018 and her Master of Public Health (MPH) in 2020 from Georgia Southern University. Her research interests include the gut microbiome, food-borne carcinogens, and neurodegenerative diseases. In her free time she likes to read, be outside, draw, and take naps with her cats. Elizabeth is passionate about science education and literacy and is excited for outreach opportunities through SciREN. 

Alec Thompson

University of Georgia

Alec Thompson is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Population Health at the University of Georgia. He received his BS in microbiology from the University of Oklahoma in 2017. He has broad interests in infectious diseases, parasites, and wildlife health. His current research focuses on characterizing the natural history and health risks associated with exotic tick species in the United States. 

Georgia Team Alumni
Maite Ghazaleh, Georgia Team Co-Founder (UGA)
Courtney Thomas, Georgia Team Co-Founder (UGA)
Ruth Wangia, Georgia Team Co-Founder (UGA)
Chandler Countryman (UGA)
Maria Letourneau (UGA)
Madison O’Malley (UGA)
Carol Yang (UGA)
Megan Lott (UGA)
Julia Frederick (UGA)
Megan Beaudry (UGA)
Austin Heil (UGA)
Aarum Youn-Heil (UGA)
Katie Dillon (UGA)