Dr. Pels joined the hemophilia treatment center at Yale University as a pediatric hematology/oncology resident in 2004 after receiving her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins and her MD from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Her recently-authored poster abstract on immune thrombocytopenia was selected for presentation at the 2009 Plenary Scientific Session of the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Research Society's Annual Meeting. As an NHF-Baxter Clinical Fellow, Dr. Pels will spend two years developing advanced skills in clinical hemostasis and learning rigorous methodologies of clinical trial design, completion and monitoring. She will also continue her work on several ongoing studies under the mentorship of Dr. Diana Beardsley. Dr. Pels intends to pursue a career that includes both academics and research, including clinical work in the broad areas of hemostasis and thrombosis. She is hopeful that this work will lead to better therapies for patients with hemophilia as well as other bleeding and clotting disorders.