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Research Staff

Administrative Coordinator

Connor Stephens

Connor graduated Magna Cum Laude from Clemson University with a BA in Psychology and a double minor in Human Resources Management and Spanish Studies. Prior to joining Clemson, he served as an Assistant Manager for a national non-profit organization. He enjoys hiking, basketball, reading, and watching movies.


Research Program Managers


Courtney Fine

I graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI with a B.A. in Neuroscience and a minor in English. My academic interests include data analysis, coding, and the brain-gut connection. Outside of the lab, my interests include running, writing, and drawing.

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Jeremy Shields

In 2018 I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Basic Medical Science from Wayne State University. And I am currently tackling a second bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering at Clemson University. In addition to my years working in the preclinical research industry and academics, I have launched two biotech startup companies based on university technology. My research and business background allows me to pursue truly innovative investigations that advance medical research. My personal interests include photography, adventure racing/triathlons, "biohacking", and construction technology.

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Recruitment and Retention Coordinator

Mary Brock

Mary Brock, M.J.M., is the Recruitment and Retention Coordinator for the PACT and ENACT studies at Clemson’s IEA. Mary was the Executive Director of Seniors in Service, a non-profit organization serving Northern Nevada. Mary has experience in community outreach and collaboration, grant administration, volunteer management and serving vulnerable populations. Mary has a master’s degree in Justice Management for the University of Nevada, Reno. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Montreat College in Montreat, North Carolina. Mary grew up in Clemson, is an avid golfer, and enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs.

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Research Technologists

Anne Aycock 

Anne serves as a Research Associate for the PACT study at Clemson University's IEA.  She graduated from Clemson with a BA in Psychology and went on to complete her Masters + specialist level degree in School Psychology at the University of South Carolina.  Anne has worked as a School Psychologist in Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia.  She served as an administrator in a preschool setting and has dabbled in interior design.  Anne is married and has two daughters.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going on long walks with her dog and learning new things.


Chloe Bloom 

Chloe has a BA in Psychology, with emphases in Research and Religion, and is in the process of completing an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her personal interests include hiking, sci-if, and baking. 


Jordan Solt

I graduated from Penn State in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in BioBehavioral Health and a minor in Biology. I spent much of my undergraduate time in genetics research and working as a teaching assistant for various science departments, as well as in IT for the Penn State library. My personal interests include working on my motorcycle, building computers, volunteering and numerous forms of art and performance!

Gina Lee Jadunandan

Gina graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2020 with a B.S in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience and obtained two minors in Medical Sociology and Biology. Prior to working with the IEA, she worked with Florida Tech in their Animal Behavior Lab, where she did observations and coded data on black-handed spider monkeys. Her academic interests include brain development, health-psychology and variables contributed to maladaptive behaviors. Outside of academia, Gina enjoys experiencing new cultures, listening to music and drawing.

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Jenna Kutzner-Mulligan

I grew up in Travelers Rest, SC. I first attended Mars Hill University for 2 years studying Zoology, but completed my Bachelor's at Clemson University in Animal and Veterinary Science with a concentration in Equine Business Management. I completed my Masters of Science at NC State University in Animal Science with a concentration in Equine Nutrition, where I held a Research and Teaching Assistantship and primarily investigated reducing risk of developing insulin resistance in horses through management and dietary considerations. I have worked in Diabetes Education at Prisma Health, was an Assistant Professor of Human Anatomy and Physiology at Greenville Technical College for 6 years, and was most recently the US Head of Nutrition for an international equine nutrition company. I'm excited to bring my research skills and interest in health management to the IEA team.

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