We are a team of UNC-CH biology and biomedical engineering students.

Rachael Hamm Rachael Hamm is a junior studying Biology and Chemistry at UNC. An avid runner, Rachael previously qualified for the Boston Marathon. After losing her close friend and running partner, Maggie Daniels, who was sexually assaulted and murdered in 2014, Rachael became an advocate against sexual assault. Her work continued to expand as she began working in a research lab that focuses on improving treatment and preventatives for Chlamydia. Chlamydia, surprisingly to some, is the world’s leading cause of preventable blindness. This has led Rachael, the founder of Feelin’ DNA, to incorporate her passion for science and the legacy of her dear friend to oversee the creation of elaborate 3-D models for improving the STEM instruction of visually impaired students.

Rachael Hamm

Rachael Hamm is a junior studying Biology and Chemistry at UNC. An avid runner, Rachael previously qualified for the Boston Marathon. After losing her close friend and running partner, Maggie Daniels, who was sexually assaulted and murdered in 2014, Rachael became an advocate against sexual assault. Her work continued to expand as she began working in a research lab that focuses on improving treatment and preventatives for Chlamydia. Chlamydia, surprisingly to some, is the world’s leading cause of preventable blindness. This has led Rachael, the founder of Feelin’ DNA, to incorporate her passion for science and the legacy of her dear friend to oversee the creation of elaborate 3-D models for improving the STEM instruction of visually impaired students.

Emma Astrike-Davis Emma is a Morehead-Cain scholar and Track and Field athlete at UNC.  She is currently a junior in the School of Public Health where she is majoring in Nutrition Science.  Emma became connected with the blind community when she joined an Achilles International running team last summer and served as a guide runner for blind athletes. When she heard about the concept of Feelin DNA, she jumped at the opportunity to combine her varied interests, and put her biology studies to good use by empowering blind students.   

Emma Astrike-Davis

Emma is a Morehead-Cain scholar and Track and Field athlete at UNC.  She is currently a junior in the School of Public Health where she is majoring in Nutrition Science.  Emma became connected with the blind community when she joined an Achilles International running team last summer and served as a guide runner for blind athletes. When she heard about the concept of Feelin DNA, she jumped at the opportunity to combine her varied interests, and put her biology studies to good use by empowering blind students.   

Amaya Martinez Amaya is a senior transfer student majoring in Biology with a minor in Hispanic Studies. Besides Feelin' DNA, she works at the Lineberger Cancer Center on geriatric oncology research and volunteers at the NC Children's Hospital. In her free time she enjoys to cook and hike.  

Amaya Martinez

Amaya is a senior transfer student majoring in Biology with a minor in Hispanic Studies. Besides Feelin' DNA, she works at the Lineberger Cancer Center on geriatric oncology research and volunteers at the NC Children's Hospital. In her free time she enjoys to cook and hike.  

 
Nicholas Steven Whitham Nick is a junior biomedical and health science engineering major at UNC who wants to become a Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Engineer to make custom orthotics. Outside of Feelin' DNA he is involved with the Helping Hands Project.

Nicholas Steven Whitham

Nick is a junior biomedical and health science engineering major at UNC who wants to become a Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Engineer to make custom orthotics. Outside of Feelin' DNA he is involved with the Helping Hands Project.

Joanna Cao Joanna is a sophomore Biomedical Engineering major and is part of the Helping Hands Project. She spends her spare time making 3D models and Olympic weightlifting.

Joanna Cao

Joanna is a sophomore Biomedical Engineering major and is part of the Helping Hands Project. She spends her spare time making 3D models and Olympic weightlifting.