Petra is an MD/PhD student at UIUC, and is currently finishing her PhD in Neuroscience. Her dissertation is focused on validating a novel model of ADHD to advance our understanding of the genetic causes of the disorder, as well as novel treatments which may more specifically target symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity.
Petra originates from New York City. She moved to Champaign-Urbana in 2011, and while she misses the hustle of city life, she loves the charm of the C-U community, the people she has gotten to know over the years, and especially her newly adopted dog. Petra joined Avicenna as part of the Intake Team in Fall 2015, and enjoyed her experience so much she continued volunteering as part of the Outreach Team in Spring 2016. Now as an Outreach Co-Coordinator, Petra is excited to help advance Avicenna’s mission by widely disseminating resources that empower uninsured individuals to access and benefit from Avicenna’s excellent healthcare services.