Dr. Freya Mowat Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Freya Mowat grew up in the United Kingdom, studying Veterinary Medicine at the University of Bristol, and gaining her PhD in Molecular Genetics from University College London. She finished a Comparative Ophthalmology residency at Michigan State University in 2015, and joined NCSU as an Assistant Professor in March 2015. She is a board certified Veterinary Ophthalmology specialist with both the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. In her spare time she enjoys running and spending time with her husband and 3 cats.
Melanie Foster grew up in Delaware. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Biology at Washington College and did graduate studies in neurophysiology at the University of Delaware. She worked in toxicology research at DuPont and the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology (CIIT) before joining NCSU in 2007. Melanie was a toxicology research associate for eight years before joining the Mowat lab in 2016. She is a board certified toxicologist with the American Board of Toxicology. She enjoys reading, traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband and golden retriever.
Annie Oh was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. With a strong interest in research, she pursued and earned her Master of Science in Comparative Medicine and Integrative Biology at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Oh started as a Resident in the Ophthalmology service at NCSU in July 2016. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, exploring coffee shops, visiting the local farmers market, snowboarding, traveling, and spending time with her loved ones.
Haley Edwards was born and raised in Alabama, where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She worked in neurodegenerative research at both UAB and Southern Research prior to graduation. She joined the Neuroscience PhD concentration of the Comparative Biomedical Sciences program at NCSU in August 2018, and joined the Mowat lab in April of 2019. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, reading, playing board games, and spending time with her dog.
NCSU Ophthalmology Resident research assistants: Dr. Annie Oh, DVM, MS, Ophthalmology resident, class of 2020 Dr. Demetrius R. Washington, Jr., DVM, Ophthalmology resident, class of 2023
NCSU Undergraduate research assistants: Emma Droste (NCSU Genetics) Vanessa Parslow (NCSU Animal Science)
NCSU DVM research assistants: Anne White (NCSU Veterinary Medicine) Jennifer Heyward (NCSU Veterinary Medicine) Ashley Bowyer (NCSU Veterinary Medicine) Elisabeth Wise (NCSU Veterinary Medicine) Janelle Avelino (NCSU Veterinary Medicine)
Previous laboratory members: Francesco (Philip) Giorgino (NCSU Genetics, 2018) Undergraduate research assistant 2016-2019. Current position: Scribe, Raleigh Neurology Associates Curt Davis (NCSU Biomedical Engineering, 2018) Undergraduate research assistant 2016-2019. Current position: Ohio State University College of Optometry, class of 2023 Alaine Castillo (NCSU Biological Sciences, Neurobiology concentration) Undergraduate research assistant 2018-2019. Current position: undergraduate student Elizabeth Carrigan (NCSU Biological Sciences, Human Biology concentration) Undergraduate research assistant 2018-2019. Current position: undergraduate student Danielle Sawyer (NCSU Chemical Engineering, 2019) Undergraduate research assistant 2017-2018. Current position: senior undergraduate student Jonathan (Garrett) Williams (NCSU Animal Science, 2018) Undergraduate research assistant 2016-17. Current position: NC State DVM class of 2022 Regan Lane (NCSU Animal Science/Spanish. 2018) Undergraduate research assistant 2016-17. Current position: Eastern Carolina University Medical School, class of 2023. Whitney Young (NCSU CVM Ophthalmology resident, 2018) Resident research grant/project 2016-2017: "Therapeutic effect of mycophenolate mofetil in the treatment of SARDS in canine patients". Current position: Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center, Pennsylvania Ariana Lopez (NCSU Veterinary Medicine, 2020) NIH T35 summer research program 2016, current position: Small Animal Rotating Intern, The Ohio State University Emma Marx (NCSU Genetics, 2017) Undergraduate summer internship 2016, current position: Genetics Ph.D program, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Kelly Buddin (NCSU Genetics, 2017) Undergraduate summer internship 2016, current position: Research assistant, Duke University, Department of Ophthalmology