Meet the Team

Founder and Director of Medi-Gators

Alyson Moriarty

Alyson Moriarty is a recent graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. While completing her undergraduate education, Alyson majored in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience and minored in Communication Sciences and Disorders on the pre-med track. Alyson is from South Florida, earning her AA degree along with her high school diploma in 2017, followed by her BS in 2021, leading her to become the first in her family to graduate from college. She intends to continue her education on to medical school with interests in pediatric trauma surgery and emergency medicine. As an undergraduate student, Alyson served as a 2019 Preview Staffer and as the president of a gun violence prevention organization. She is passionate about improving access, equity, and diversity within education and healthcare, including for people from underserved and underrepresented communities. In her free time, Alyson enjoys getting outside to play sports, including football and softball, and she seeks adventurous experiences when traveling with family and friends, while also trying new food along the way. Contact Alyson at


Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Founder and Faculty Director for MedI-Gators

Pouya A Ameli, MD, MS

Dr. Ameli joined the University of Florida in 2020. He completed his undergraduate degree at UF before pursuing graduate school and medical school at the University of Central Florida. He then completed residency in Neurology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, followed by Neurocritical Care fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Ameli serves in multiple leadership roles in Neurocritical Care Society. He is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Heart/Stroke Association, and the Society for Critical Care Medicine.During his career, Dr. Ameli has been involved in a wide variety of research including: the role of specific cell cycle kinases in the development of breast and prostate cancer, the genetics of stroke outcome, and vital sign instability as a predictor of clinical deterioration.

Pouya Ameli, MD


Sionika Thayagabalu

Sionika Thayagabalu is a first-year undergraduate student majoring in Nutritional Sciences and Women’s Studies on the Pre-Med track. She is from Weston, Florida and hopes to specialize in pediatric medicine in the future. Sionika enjoys being the point of contact for any current and potential Medi-Gators members and encourages you to reach out with any questions and concerns. Outside of Medi-Gators, Sionika is involved in Dream Team, an organization at UF that volunteers with children in the PICU at Shands. She is also a part of the TEDxUF partnership team and UF Global Brigades. Sionika hopes to continue building on the Medi-Gators mission of inclusion during her time as outreach chair. In her free time, Sionika loves to volunteer around the community, bike, and dance. Contact Sionika at 


Technology chair

Leanne Rosenbusch

Leanne Rosenbusch is a third year undergraduate student majoring in Biology and Applied Physiology and Kinesiology. Her pre-health goals include attending medical school and specializing in Sports Medicine. She is passionate about helping people who are living with chronic pain or injuries get back to doing what they love to do. Leanne is from South Florida, where she graduated high school in 2019. She is a research assistant with the EXHALE lab on campus, and has leadership roles in Habitat for Humanity and Shoes for Smiles. Leanne enjoys paddleboarding at the springs, working out, running, learning new skills, listening to a good podcast, and spending quality time with friends and family. Contact Leanne at

Leanne Rosenbusch


Anne-Charles Zimmer

Anne-Charles Zimmer is a second year undergraduate student at the University of Florida majoring in nursing and minoring in Spanish. Anne-Charles is from Jacksonville, Florida and she graduated from Episcopal School of Jacksonville in 2020. Her hopes are to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Spain in the future! Anne-Charles was a Preview Staffer last summer, is a member of the Phi Mu sorority, a Captain on the Family Relations team for Dance Marathon, and the Assistant Director for Service on Panhellenic Activities Director’s Board. Her favorite things include trips to Disney World with her family, going to the beach with her two puppies, and traveling with her best friends. Contact Anne-Charles at 

Anne Zimmer