The Division of Nephrology gives a warm welcome to research technician Devin Wall, who will assist Drs. Tarek Alhamad and Andrew Malone with the Clinical Trials in Organ Transplantation (CTOT-19) project and the Kidney Translational Research Core (KTRC) biobanking program.
Dr. Alhamad, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Interim Medical Director of the Kidney Transplant Program, says, “Devin has a lot of skills and we are excited that we have him. I think he will be an essential member in our clinical and basic research studies.”
Devin, who is from Olney, Illinois, recently obtained his Master of Science in Biology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. “I am very excited to be a part of the team and look forward to learning more about the research and people of the division.”
Off-hours, Devin definitely knows how to decompress. This past summer, he discovered a fondness for hiking and hammocking. “I don’t use a tent when I go hiking. I use a hammock and rain tarp,” says Devin. “It makes for light packing and I think it is more comfortable.”
Hammocking has become popular in the last few years with the availability of lightweight, easily portable slings. “It is also nice to study in a hammock, and how I stayed sane through graduate school.”
As for other off-time pleasures, Devin points out that he is from a rural community. “I always enjoy a good bonfire!”
Cindy Ritter, firstname.lastname@example.org