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Greetings, from the Graduate Student Association (GSA) officers!

If you have questions about your classes, professors or the Lubbock locale, we can help. Our job is to make your life at TTUHSC a little bit easier and as much fun as possible. Let us know what we can do for you.

The GSA is a student organized and maintained government body.  Responsibilities of GSA officers include:

  • Dissemination of pertinent information to its members
  • Organization of Student Research Week Banquet
  • Representation of GSBS Graduate Students on school-wide committees and
  • Coordination of GSA Journal Club
  • Uphold the GSA Constitution

Graduate students who are enrolled full time are members of the GSA and there are no membership dues. 

Benefits of GSA membership include:

  • Travel awards for those students who meet set requirements
  • Social events that allow students from all departments to meet in a casual setting to get to know one another.

There are many ways to contact us:

  • Email always works great. We check it multiple times a day and can reply quickly.
  • Track us down in the hallway. We might be up for a bit of conversation and coffee.
  • Follow the link to our website from the GSBS current students page.

Helpful Links:

GSA Constitution

Requirements for travel funds, application steps, & travel forms

Student Research Week

GSA Meeting Minutes

 

2018-2019 GSA OFFICER PROFILES

   

Monica Sharma
President

Monica is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Immunology and Molecular Microbiology working under mentorship of Dr. Kevin Pruitt. Her research focuses on characterizing post-translational regulation of Dishevelled proteins in breast cancer. Monica grew up in India and came to the U.S. for graduate studies. Outside the lab, she enjoys travelling, music, cooking and spending time with family and friends. 

Brianyell Mcdaniel
Vice-President

Brianyell is a third year Ph.D. Student in the Immunology and molecular microbiology department working under the mentorship of Dr. Matthew Grisham and Dr. Kevin Pruitt. Her research focuses on understanding the pathogenesis and progression of acute Graft versus Host disease and how epigenetic modifiers may influence the severity of the disease in mice. She hopes to one day be an established immunologist working on infectious diseases that threaten the public every day. Brianyell was born and raised in New Orleans, LA and loves reading, dancing, cooking, decorating, and being with family.

   

Sarah Kader
Public Relations

Sarah is a second year PhD student working under the mentorship of Dr. Andrey Karamyshev in the Department of Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology. She studies protein-protein interactions during translation and how they impact alpha-Synuclein aggregation in Parkinson's Disease. Sarah is originally from Dallas, but also calls Austin a home. She enjoys being outside, baking, and hanging out with her cats.

Caitlyn Myers
Treasurer

Caitlyn is a second year Ph.D student working under the mentorship of Dr. Gail Cornwall. Her research focuses on the antimicrobial function of amyloids in the reproductive tract. Caitlyn grew up in Wisconsin before moving to Texas. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and reading.

   

Tim Brown
SGA Senator

Tim is a fourth year MD-PhD student in the Department of Cell Biology and Biochemistry working under the mentorship of Dr. Vadivel Ganapathy. His research focuses on understanding the role of lactic acid in the progression of breast cancer. Tim grew up in the mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina and is proud to represent the GSBS student body for the 2018-2019 school year. During his free time, Tim enjoys playing the banjo, watching sports, traveling, and working out.

Stephany Navarro
SGA Senator

Stephany is pursuing a Master’s degree in Biotechnology under the mentorship of Dr. Abdul Hamood in the department of Immunology and Molecular Microbiology. Her research focuses on the antimicrobial properties of Next Science® coated urinary catheters. In her free time Stephany enjoys watching documentaries and playing board games.

   

Elham Pirayesh
SGA Senator

Elham is a third year Ph.D. candidate under the mentorship of Dr. Michaela Jansen in the department of Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics. Her research focuses on pentameric ligand-gated ion channels, in particular the intracellular domain, and aims to understand their structure and function. Elham was born and raised in Iran and she loves music, traveling, hiking, and experiencing different cultures.

Omar Sikder
SGA Senator

Omar is a Fourth year Ph.D. student working under mentorship of Dr. Vadivel Ganapathy. His research focuses on understanding the role of amino acid transporters in the progression of colon cancer and colitis. Omar was born and raised in Bangladesh, and moved in USA in 2015 to pursue his PhD at TTUHSC. During his free time, Omar enjoys travelling, hiking, playing cricket and watching movies.

 

David Vartak
SGA Senator

David is a fourth year Ph.D student in the department of Immunology and Molecular Microbiology working under the mentorship of Dr. Kevin Pruitt. His research entails the study of functional and mechanistic role of post-translational modifications of the methyl CpG binding protein (MeCP2) and its relevance to Cancer Biology and Epigenetics. David is originally from India. Outside of the lab he enjoys trying out different cuisines, taking Road Trips, Watching and Playing Sports, and playing multiplayer video games.

 

Student Research Week Committee

   

Riccay Elizondo
SRW Co-Director

Riccay is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Immunology and Molecular Microbiology. She is currently working under the mentorship of Dr. Bright studying the immune response, specifically T cells, to a cancer vaccine. Riccay enjoys traveling, baking, anything outside, and spending time with her fur babies.

Whitni Redman
SRW Co-Director

Whitni is a third year Ph.D. student under the mentorship of Dr. Kendra Rumbaugh in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Her research involves enzymatic degradation of bacterial biofilms in chronic wounds. Whitni is originally from Colorado and enjoys traveling, cooking, watching movies, and spending time with her dog.

   

Ksenija Korac
SRW Director of Marketing

Ksenija is a second year PhD student in the Department of Immunology and Molecular Biology. Ksenija studies the potential role of lysine deacetylation in D52 vaccin induced tumor immunity. She was born and raised in Montenegro and enjoys working out, travlleing, outdoor activities, read, drawing, and spending time with her two Great Prenees Alpha and Akela.

Josue Enriquez
SRW Poster Competition Coordinator

Josue is a second year Ph.D. in the Department of Immunology and Molecular Microbiology working under the mentorship of Dr. Matthew Grisham. His research project focuses on Graft vs Host Disease. Josue’s interests include mountain biking, backpacking, snowboarding, and anything outdoors.

Bradley Schniers
SRW Poster Competition Coordinator

Brad is a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology. His is currently working under the mentorship of Dr. Bhutia, studying amino acid and peptide transporters in pancreatic cancer. Brad is from Texas and enjoys playing and watching sports, traveling, and spending time with his dogs.

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