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The Graduate Student Association

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:

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 lots of 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.
  • If you would like to see what we have been covering in our meetings, please see our meeting minutes.

2013-2014 GSA Officer Profiles

Dhyanesh Patel


Dhyanesh is a 3rd year PhD candidate in Pharmacology and Neuroscience. His research will be focusing on targeting Nrf2, using various micro RNA’s currently in neuroblastoma cell lines. When he’s not working in Dr. George Henderson’s lab, he enjoys short trips, movies and cricket.


Ashish Chougule
Vice President


Ashish is a 4th year PhD student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Program. He is currently working under the mentorship of Dr. Jeffery Thomas in Cell Biology and Biochemistry department. His research is mainly focused on understanding the signaling pathway by Src64 during Drosophila cellularization. Along with research, Ashish also has some interest in learning new sports, watching cricket and traveling with friends.



Connor Hall
Public Relations Director


Connor is a 5th year MD/PhD student in the Pharmacology and Neuroscience program. He is currently working under the mentorship of Dr. Min Kang at the TTUHSC-SOM Cancer Center where he is identifying pathways involved in Glucocorticoid resistance as it pertains to Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. In his spare time, when not working hard in the lab, Connor enjoys the outdoors and volunteering in the local community.


Brad Youngblood


Brad is entering his 3rd year as a PhD student in the Cell and Molecular Biology program.  He is currently working under Dr. Clinton MacDonald in the Cell Biology and Biochemistry program.  His research includes studying the role of histone processing and expression in embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells.  Apart from research, he enjoys tumble weeds and long romantic walks on the beaches of Lubbock.  



Allie Clinton
Student Government Association Senator



Allie is entering her third year as a PhD candidate in the Department of Immunology and Molecular Microbiology. She works in the laboratory of Dr. Kendra Rumbaugh focusing on chronic wounds and multi-species biofilms. Specifically, her project researches the interspecies interaction of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus in the wound environment. In her spare time, Allie enjoys traveling, athletics, and cooking.


James Wang
Student Government Association Senator


James is a 5th year MD/PhD student in the Immunology, Molecular Microbiology, and Infectious Disease program. He is currently working under the mentorship of Abdul N. Hamood, PhD and Joehassin Cordero, MD, FACS. Specifically, his research aims to examine otopathogenic biofilms and identify possible alternative therapies for prevention and treatment.  In his spare time, James enjoys rock climbing, playing sports, and traveling.


                                                    Student Research Week Committee

Swapneeta Date

Student Research Week Director

Nirupama Nishtala

SRW Vice Director of Judging


Greg Fendley

SRW Vice Director of Operations

Cholpon Tilegenova

SRW Vice Director of Marketing