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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

 

2017-2018 GSA OFFICER PROFILES

   

Bojana Ristic
President

Bojana is a third year Ph.D. student working under mentorship of Dr. Vadivel Ganapathy. Her research focuses on understanding the role and mechanism that iron/heme have in the development of colonic pathologies. Bojana was born and raised in Serbia, and she is fascinated with cultural diversity and enjoys learning about it. In addition, she enjoys running, dancing, hiking, cooking, and reading.

Monica Sharma
Vice President

Monica is a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Immunology and Molecular Microbiology working under mentorship of Dr. Kevin Pruitt. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanism of regulating Wnt signaling pathway via novel post-translational modification of Dishevelled proteins. Monica grew up in India and came to US for graduate studies. Outside the lab, she is enjoys travelling, music, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

   

Brianyell McDaniel
Public Relations

Brianyell is a second 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 pathology 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.

Paola Castillo
Treasurer

Paola is pursuing a dual MS/MBA program, and she is currently a second year Biotechnology student in the Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics department. She is currently working under the mentorship of Dr. Pablo Artigas and her research focuses on FXYD proteins and Na-K-ATPase in neuroblastoma and mice models. Paola was born and raised in Guatemala, and loves nature and traveling with her husband. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, reading, cross-stitching and playing board games.

   

Hannah Zhao-Fleming
SGA Senator

Hannah is a fifth year MD/PhD student in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. She is currently working under the guidance of Dr. Kendra Rumbaugh, studying the role of anaerobic bacteria in polymicrobial necrotizing wound infections. Outside of lab, she enjoys traveling, movies, and puppies.

Anagha Tapasawi
SGA Senator

Hello, my name is Anagha Tapaswi. Originally from India, I moved to the United States in fall 2016 to pursue master's in biotechnology here at Texas tech university health sciences centre. I am currently working on prostate cancer in Dr Ganapathy's lab. I am also doing the STEM MBA program at the Rawls School of Business at the main campus. I am a trained Indian classical dancer and have performed in a few events in Lubbock. I am an avid reader and a movie buff.

   

David Vartak
SGA Senator

David is a third 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.

Charmi Dedhia
SGA Senator

I’m an engaged idealist. I love animals and humans, which gives me outstanding people skills. I am extremely focused at managing people issues and leading group discussions. Serving others genuinely pleases me, the best way to do that is through science and public relations; I believe. I work as research assistant in Dr Reid’s lab in department of ophthalmology and am getting STEM MBA from Rawls College of Business on main campus. I travel, sing and run in my free time. Mom to a pup and wish to mother all the animals in the world.

 

Omar Sikder
SGA Senator

Omar is a third 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.

 

Student Research Week Committee

   

Antonia Stuebler
Student Research Week Director

Antonia is a third year Ph.D. student under the mentorship of Dr. Michaela Jansen in the department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience. Her research focuses on pentameric ligand-gated ion channels, in particular the intracellular domain, and aims to understand their structure and function. Antonia was born and raised in Germany, so she loves to travel, hike, and experience different cultures.

Whitni Redman
SRW Vice Director of Operations

Whitni is a second year Ph.D. student in the department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. She is currently working under the guidance of Dr. Siddiqui and his pursuits of a vaccine for schistosomiasis. Whitni is originally from Colorado and enjoys traveling, cooking, volleyball, and watching movies with friends.

   

Riccay Elizondo
SRW Director of Marketing

Riccay is a third year Ph.D. student 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 previously developed in the Bright lab. Riccay enjoys traveling, baking, anything outside, and loving on her fur babies. 

Derek Fleming
SRW Poster Competition Coordinator

Derek is a Fourth year Ph.D. student working under the mentorship of Dr. Kendra Rumbaugh in the Immunology and Infectious Diseases department. His research involves the enzymatic destruction of bacterial biofilms. He was raised in Houston, and enjoys skiing, hiking, backpacking, traveling, sports (playing and watching), reading, watching movies, and playing video games.

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