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New lab in the new Clinical Translational Research Building

Recent Student Orientation

Dr. Tom Geoghegan presents program information and new friends are made

We appreciate and support the contributions of our postdocs

The promise of a limitless future


Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars make significant contributions to the dynamic research at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies aims to help graduate students and postdocs maximize this pivotal state in their professional development. This office is dedicated to enhancing their experience.

We invite you to explore the materials and information that pertain to you in the pages of this site. Please contact the office with any questions, comments, or ideas that you may have about graduate and postdoctoral studies at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Trainee Spotlight

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Naomi Charalambakis

Department of Anatomical Sciences & Neurobiology

I was born in Chicago, Illinois and my parents were planning on moving back to Greece after having me when my dad earned a job in Lexington, KY. I grew up there my whole life and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2013 in Pre-Med, double-majoring in Psychology and Mathematics. I always thought I was destined to be a doctor one day. While working to improve my MCAT score, I decided to pursue my Masters degree. Neuroscience was always my favorite, and UofL’s program seemed perfect. Little did I know how much I would fall in love with research. Once I began rotating in Dr. William Guido’s lab, I was hooked and knew that the research/doctoral path was where I needed to be. I currently study the development of inhibitory mechanisms in the visual system.  
Interests: I have so many! I’m a complete nerd. I played piano since I was 5, so I definitely love playing music. It’s the perfect stress reliever from all those hours in the lab. Reading has always been a big hobby, especially mystery/crime novels. But probably my biggest passion outside of science is politics, as crazy as that may seem. I absolutely love staying up-to-date on the policy issues, and am very interested in using my science expertise to guide/advise policymakers so that public health, research, and medicine remains top priority.  
Goals: Apart from graduating, I hope to refine my public speaking, critical thinking, and advocacy skills in order to become a well-rounded scientist. I feel it’s so important for scientists to communicate with the public, and I hope to be a leader and role model in that field. I am currently the director of the graduate student organization SPOG (Science Policy & Outreach Group), and together we work to inform the community, young students, as well as policymakers about the importance of research.  

Personal goals: One day I definitely see myself in DC. After doing a summer internship there on The Hill, I felt right at home. But other than that, I hope to mature into someone people can look up to—both in who I am as a person and career-wise. I’m learning every single day. I can’t wait to be a mom one day (with lots of puppies), and show them all that this world has to offer.