Our Team

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience.

Naomi Luban, MD, Principal Investigator

Program Investigator

Naomi L. Luban, M.D., is Chair of the IRB, the Medical Director of the Office of Protection of Human Subjects at Children’s National Hospital, Director of the Blood Donor Center, Associate Program Director for the General Clinical Research Center and Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs at Children’s National. She has been an attending physician at Children’s National for more than 30 years.

Dr. Luban has published more than 140 peer-reviewed journal articles and more than 40 book chapters. She has edited seven texts in pediatric transfusion medicine and is an editorial board member for Transfusion and the American Journal of Hematology. In addition, Dr. Luban is a peer-reviewer for Transfusion, JAMA, Immunohematology, the Journal of Pediatrics, Pediatric Blood and Cancer and other publications.

Email me: nluban@childrensnational.org

Rachel Smilow, MA

Program Manager

Rachel is the Program Manager for METEOR and another federally funded education program, Discover SCIENCE with Dr. Bear. She has an MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in History from Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Email me: rsmilow@childrensnational.org

Julia Miller

Program Coordinator

Julia is a former kindergarten teacher dedicated to utilizing current data and research to strengthen lesson planning and curriculum development. She is currently working on her MS in Education Studies focusing on education equity and neuroeducation and receiving a certificate in Urban Education and Mind, Brain and Teaching at Johns Hopkins University.

Email me: jmiller3@childrensnational.org

Annika Hvide, MA

Program Assistant

Annika Hvide is a former special educator with a BS in Childhood Education and Childhood Special Education from New York University and an MA in Educational Transformation from Georgetown University. Previously, she has worked at Georgetown University, the US Commission on Civil Rights, the US House of Representatives, and Glenwood Academy.

Email me: ahvide@childrensnational.org

Our METEOR Teacher Fellowship Program Team

Our METEOR Teacher Fellowship is led by a partnership with Children’s National Hospital and The George Washington University School of Education and Human Development (GWSEHD). Learn more about this program here.

Curtis Pyke, PhD, Associate Professor, Curriculum & Pedagogy; Mathematics
Jonathon Grooms, PhD, Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy; Science

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