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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

CynthiaReinosoWebb_GSA President

Cynthia Reinoso Webb

Cynthia is a third year Ph.D. candidate under the mentorship of  Dr. Matthew Grisham in the department of Immunology and Molecular Microbiology. Her research focus is on the role of the intestinal microbiota in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). She was raised in Ecuador and loves the rainforest, traveling, experiencing other cultures, crafting and photography.

   Greg Fendley Vice-President

Courtney Jarvis
Vice President


Courtney is a second year Ph.D student in the department of Immunology and Molecular Microbiology under the mentorship of Dr. Stéphanie Filleur. His research focuses on studying low dose chemotherapy in combination with PEDF and investigating the molecular mechanisms of taxane resistance in prostate cancer.  When not in lab, he enjoys watching sports, listening to music and competing in pub trivia. 



Somnath Pandey
Public Relations

Somnath Pandey is a third year Ph.D. candidate under the mentorship of Dr. Kevin Pruitt in the Immunology and Molecular Microbiology Department. His research focus is studying the role of SIRTUIN1 (SIRT1) deacetylase and Methyl-CpG-binding Protein 2 (MeCP2) in cancer epigenetics. Apart from research, he enjoys teaching, cooking and adventure sports.



Ravi Rajmohan

Ravi is a fifth year M.D/Ph.D. candidate with the department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience. I work in the neuroimaging of cognitive processes in the laboratory of Michael W. O'Boyle, PhD. We use advanced magnetic resonance imaging techniques to investigate the structure and activity of the human brain. These observations are then used to improve the lives of individuals affected by various psychological and neurological disorders through the creation and modification of treatment and adaptation strategies.




Derek Fleming
Student Government Association Senator

Derek is a second 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.




Dattesh Verlekar
Student Government Association Senator

Dattesh is third year Ph.D. candidate in the department of Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology working under the mentorship of Dr. Min H. Kang. His research focuses on evaluation of cancer-specific signatures in the sphingolipid pathway for hematological malignancies. When not in lab, he enjoys cooking, eating, traveling and listening to music.



Riccay Elizondo
Student Government Association Senator

Riccay is a first year Ph.D. student. Currently she is undeclared, but is interested in the Immunology and Infectious Diseases concentration. Her research interests are in cancers and autoimmune diseases. In her spare time, Riccay enjoys traveling, baking, and playing with her animals.


                                                    Student Research Week Committee

Bala Purna

Bala Purna
Student Research Week Director

Bala is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate under the mentorship of Dr. Ina Urbatsch. She is interested in the Cell Biology and Biochemistry of the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Regulator (CFTR), the chloride channel protein that is implicated in the lethal disease Cystic Fibrosis. She is developing a yeast model system to study CFTR protein folding and misfoding. She also enjoys reading, gardening and clay crafting.

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith
SRW Vice Director of Judging

Jessica is a third 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.

Narong Sok

Narong Sok
SRW Vice Director of Operations

Narong is a second year biotechnology master’s student working under the mentorship of Dr. Ina Urbatsch in the Cell Biology and Biochemistry department. His research involves studying membrane protein expression in yeast.

Dylan Meyer

Dylan Meyer
SRW Vice Director of Marketing

Dylan is a second year Ph.D. student in the Pharmacology and Neuroscience department who works with Dr. Pablo Artigas.  He currently utilizes Molecular Biology and Electrophysiology techniques to study the function and regulation of the Na/K-ATPase, and ultimately aims to understand the molecular pathways underlying multiple sclerosis development.  Dylan grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and loves boating, water skiing, knee boarding, tubing, downhill skiing, golfing, baseball, playing guitar, reading, road trips, and winter weather (SNOW!!).