President: Megan Dowdle
I am a fifth year PhD student in the Integrated Program in Biochemistry working in the laboratory of Prof. Michael Sheets. We are interested in a translational repressor called Bicaudal-C, which helps to establish cell identity in early development by regulating the expression of mRNAs. I am currently working to determine how Bicaudal-C recognizes its mRNA targets and identifying the proteins that Bicaudal-C interacts with to conduct its repression activity. When I am not in lab, I like going to concerts, reading comic books, and watching The CW.
Vice-President : Anna Kowalkowski
I am a third year PhD student in the Physiology Graduate Training Program working in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Nichol. Our lab focuses on intestinal development. We are interested in the role of the extracellular matrix during intestinal organogenesis, both during normal development and when developmental defects cause a loss of intestinal continuity. Outside of the lab I enjoy spending time with friends and family, cooking, and reading scifi/fantasy books.
Secretary: Anastasia Lindahl
I am a fifth year Integrated Program in Biochemistry graduate student working in the laboratory of Prof. John Denu in the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery. We are interested in the regulation of epigenetics by metabolism and reversible protein acetylation. My project focuses on protein acetylation in the nucleus, both of histone and non-histone chromatin proteins, using a variety of approaches to determine the regulatory roles of acetyl-CoA generating pathways. Outside of the lab I enjoy running with my dog, exploring Madison, singing in choir, and trying to keep my New Year’s resolution to read more outside of lab for enjoyment.
Treasurer: Kati Seitz
I am a 4th year PhD student in the Genetics Program, working in the lab of Dr. Patrick J Krysan. We are focused on elucidating the role of mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinases in signaling networks within Arabidopsis. To achieve this, we have created a FRET Biosensor to measure MAPK activity in vivo. My research is focused on using this sensor to understand the role of MAPKs in stomata development. Outside of lab, I love to bake, play video games, and take walks with my dog Bagel.
Seminar Coordinator: Caitlin Warwick-Short
I am a fourth year PhD student in the Neuroscience Training Program working in the laboratory of Dr. Timothy Gomez. Our lab is interested in understanding the mechanisms that regulate the development of the nervous system. Specifically we focus on how a structure called a growth cone at the tip of the growing axon responds to environmental signals to direct growth to the correct synaptic targets to form a functional network. Outside of lab I enjoy swimming, running, cooking and painting.
Scholarship Coordinator : Michelle Fleetwood
I am a fifth year Ph.D. student in the Chemistry department, under the supervision of Prof. Sandro Mecozzi. Our lab focuses on the development of semifluorinated amphiphiles for the delivery of hydrophobic pharmaceuticals for cancer therapy or anesthesia. My projects have focused on developing environmentally benign polymers to emulsify fluorous anesthetics. Outside of lab, I enjoy cooking, running and walking my dog around Madison.
National Liaison: Amarilys (Lily) E. Gonzalez Vazquez
I am a second year Ph.D. student in the Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Program working in the laboratory of Dr. Paul Koch. Our lab is interested in developing methods and creating solutions to current issues affecting urban and suburban landscapes. Specifically, my project focuses on assessing the potential impact of turfgrass pesticides on human and environmental health by determining how seasonal variations alter the biotic mechanisms present in the soil, thus affecting pesticide metabolism and resulting in the formation of different transformations products. In my free time, I enjoy water sports, yoga, watching Hulu/Netflix TV shows, reading motivational books, and spending time with friends and my puppy!
Social Coordinators: Tiaira Porter
I am a second year PhD student in the Physiology Graduate Training Program working in the laboratory of Dr. Darcie Moore. Our lab focuses on the mechanism of asymmetric protein inheritance in neural stem cells during division, and how this inheritance relates to aging. My research specifically focuses on delineating the role of these proteins within the adult brain in vivo. When I’m not in lab, I enjoy seeing live music, hiking, cooking, and I’m also a fan of happy hour.
I am a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Cellular and Molecular Pathology Training Program, in Dr. Loren Denlinger’s lab. Our lab works to understand the mechanisms underlying asthma development and exacerbation. My project focuses on how Rhinovirus infection differentially impacts asthmatic and healthy individuals, with the goal of finding a therapeutic target to minimize the severity of Rhinovirus infection in asthmatics. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors (hiking, rock climbing, camping, biking) or relaxing on the couch (reading, watching TV, cross stitching).
Outreach Coordinators : Lexi MacMillan Uribe
I am a fifth-year PhD student in the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences working in the laboratory of Dr. Beth Olson. Our lab is focused on infant feeding and maternal nutrition education and breastfeeding support and promotion programs. My dissertation focuses on a group-approach to delivering nutrition education to the mother-infant dyad in a family medicine clinic setting. In my free time, I enjoy running, yoga, cooking, and spending time with my partner, friends, and adorable mutt, Ginger.
I am a third year PhD student in the Neuroscience Training Program. I am co-advised by Dr. Ruth Litovsky, who runs the Binaural Hearing and Speech Lab, and Dr. Ozioma Okonkwo, who is part of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. I am interested in exploring whether deficits in auditory perception may be an early manifestation of Alzheimer’s disease pathology. Outside of lab, I like playing cards, binge-watching TV, and seeing live music.