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SHORE Research Team

The Student Health Office of Research Excellence (SHORE) facilitates the exploration of scientific study pertaining to the student population with the goal to improve student health and well-being. The SHORE team assists with enrolling student research participants who are representative of our collegiate populations with the utmost respect for each individual and assuring research projects are managed in full compliance with regulations and guidance. Our inclusive mission facilitates student participation in quality research with the goal of benefiting the student population, higher education, and society as a whole.

For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Ferrara, BS, MS.

Research Team

Christoper Holstege, MD, Executive Director


  • BS, Chemistry, Calvin College (1988)
  • MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine (1993)
  • Residency, Emergency Medicine, Butterworth Hospital (1996)
  • Fellowship, Medical Toxicology, Indiana University (1998)

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Clinical Toxicology
  • Chemical agents utilized in terrorism/murder
  • Substance use disorder trends in student populations
  • Emergence of new substances of abuse
Meredith E. Hayden, MD, Associate Executive Director


  • BS, Magna Cum Laude, Biology, Davidson College (1996)
  • MD, Medical University of South Carolina (2001)
  • Pediatric Intern, University of Virginia (2001–2002)
  • Pediatric Resident, University of Virginia (2002–2004)

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Primary Care
  • Resident Education
  • Quality Improvement
  • Infection Control


  • Board Certified General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Nephrology Fellow, University of Virginia (2004–2005)
Rebecca Ferrara, BS, MS, Public Health Data Specialist


  • BS, Summa Cum Laude, Biology, Old Dominion University (2020)
  • MS, Biology with a Concentration in One Health, Old Dominion University (2023)

Research Interests

  • Data Science for Healthcare

Other Members

  • Danielle D'Andrea, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Margaret Phillips, Director of Administration
  • Jennifer Slaughter, Special Advisor to the Executive Director