This year’s symposium marked a special research event for the Ranellone twins, Nicholas and Tyler, who share not only the same birthday but also the same workplace at the Safar Center.
Nicholas presented his project from Dr. C. Edward Dixon’s lab, while Tyler presented his project conducted in Dr. Corina O Bondi’s lab. They both graduated in 2022 from the University of Pittsburgh, with Nicholas majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry and Tyler majoring in Microbiology and Philosophy. After graduation, Nicholas will work as a patient care technician in the trauma unit of the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, while Tyler became a full-time research technician in Dr. Bondi’s lab. Becoming a physician is the long-term goal for both of the Ranellone brothers. When asked what the favorite aspect of working at the Safar Center was, Nicholas stated “Having the opportunity to complete a senior honors thesis. I also enjoyed the collaborative nature of the lab because I never felt intimidated to ask questions. The support I received has made me a better researcher.” Tyler’s response was “I have really enjoyed the opportunities I’ve been given to prepare and present our research for several different symposia. I also appreciate learning about all of our studies, along with the other cutting-edge TBI research studies being done in the Safar Center, as it allows me to further my role as a scientist.”