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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:

  • 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 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.

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2014-2015 GSA Officer Profiles

Kandis Wright

Kandis Wright
President


Kandis is a fourth year M.D/Ph.D. candidate in the department of cell biology and biochemistry working under the mentorship of Dr. Jannette Dufour. Her research focuses on understanding the survival mechanisms of immune privileged Sertoli cells post allo and xenotransplantation. Outside the lab she is a triathlete and marathon runner who enjoys backpacking, camping, dancing, traveling, skiing (cross country and downhill), and cooking. 

   Bojana Ristic

Bojana Ristic
Vice President

 

Bojana is a second 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 colitis and colitis-associated colon cancer. 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.

   

Hannah Zhao

Hannah Zhao
Public Relations

Hannah is a fourth 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.

 

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith
Treasurer

Jessica is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate working under the mentorship of Dr. Schneider. She uses yeast as a model to study the relationship between aging and size. When not in the lab, Jessica enjoys baking, reading, and playing video games.

 

   

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Derek Fleming
Student Government Association Senator

Derek is a third 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.

 

 

 Dylan Myer

Dylan Myer
Student Government Association Senator

Dylan is a third year Ph.D. student working with Pablo Artigas.  He uses molecular biology, electrophysiology, and radioactive uptake and binding assays to study the function and regulation Na/K-ATPase.  He ultimately aims to understand the molecular pathways underlying multiple sclerosis development.  Dylan grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and enjoys boating, skiing, golfing, baseball, music, reading, traveling, and winter weather (SNOW!!).

 

Ben Elberson

Ben Elberson
Student Government Association Senator

Ben Elberson is a 5th year MD/PhD Candidate currently working in the lab of Dr. Luis Cuello in the Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics department. His research is focused on uncovering the structure-function relationship within the pentameric ligand-gated ion channel family using CW-EPRs, specifically with regard to the ELIC (Erwinia chrysanthemi Ligand-gated Ion Channel) - a prokaryotic analogue of the eukaryotic nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. He hopes to one day practice research-oriented clinical neurology. Outside of the lab, he enjoys reading, playing video games (PS4), and being outdoors - as long as it isn't too hot. He climbed a mountain once (pictured).

 

                                                    Student Research Week Committee

Jeremy Thompson

Jeremy Thompson
Student Research Week Director

Jeremy is a fifth year M.D./Ph.D. candidate under the mentorship of Dr. Volker Neugebauer in the department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience. His research utilizes behavioral, electrophysiological, and molecular techniques to identify brain mechanisms of chronic pain in the amygdala and evaluate associated rescue strategies. He was raised in Houston, and enjoys reading, music, and hiking.

Kellsie Beasley

Kellsie Beasley
SRW Vice Director of Judging

Kellsie is a second year Ph.D. student working under the mentorship of Dr. Cornwall in the Cell Biology and Biochemistry department. She is studying prions in sperm as a potential mechanism for transgenerational epigenetic inheritance. In her free time she enjoys watching college football with her husband and reading.

   
Ty Whisenant

Ty Whisenant
SRW Vice Director of Operations

Ty is a 5th year MD/PhD candidate in the department of Molecular Biophysics under the mentorship of Dr Luis Cuello. Our project focuses on the evaluation of human Connexin 43, a protein vital to pathological states of the heart and brain during ischemic periods due to heart attacks and strokes, respectively. When not performing research, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Antonia Stuebler

Antonia Stuebler
SRW Vice Director of Marketing

Antonia is a second year Ph.D. candidate under the mentorship of Dr. Michaela Jansen in the department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience.
Her research focuses on serotonin receptors, in particular their intracellular domain, and she utilizes electrophysiology techniques to better understand their conductance. Antonia was born and raised in Germany so she loves to travel, hike, and experience different cultures.


UPCOMING GSA EVENTS

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