Winter Philibert is a first-year Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. student in the Department of Internal Medicine under the mentorship of Dr. Mahmoud Abou Alaiwa. Her research examines the role of nitric oxide in cilia coordination and the development of lung disease, with the goal of improving precision medicine and patient outcomes. Currently, she is involved with a pulmonary research group out of the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery building, working with a porcine model of Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD). Before coming to the University of Iowa, she received her B.S. in animal science from Iowa State University. After obtaining her Ph.D., she plans to pursue a career in industry to develop preventative medicine techniques for a range of clinical disorders. In addition to her research, Winter trains and works with horses, and competes in national hunter/jumper events.