President: Morgan Walcheck
I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Molecular and Environmental Toxicology program working in the laboratory of Dr. Sean Ronnekleiv-Kelly. Our lab focuses on understanding the role of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) in the development, progression, and treatment of pancreatic cancer. My project focuses on investigating the role of the AhR in regulating the immune system during the development of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). When I am not in the lab, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, gardening and growing succulents, practicing yoga, and exploring the local restaurants and breweries!
Vice President: Anne Turco
I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Molecular and Environmental Toxicology program working in the laboratory of Dr. Chad Vezina. Our lab focuses on identifying the developmental and environmental causes of urinary dysfunction in aging men. My project is specifically investigating how the ubiquitous environmental pollutant, dioxin, may predispose men to develop urinary dysfunction. Outside lab, I enjoy being active by swimming, hiking, camping, playing ultimate Frisbee, biking, and finding local breweries.
Secretary: Margaret Jameson
I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Training Program working in the laboratory of Dr. Gail A. Robertson. Our lab is interested in understanding the mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias which can lead to sudden cardiac death. My project focuses on the cotranslation of voltage-gated ion channels and what factors might affect expression at the membrane. When I’m not in the lab, I like to be outside at the terrace or at the public parks around Madison. I also enjoy reading, yoga, and music.
National Liasion: Celeste Underriner
I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology program working in the laboratory of Dr. Laura Hernandez. Our lab is a lactation physiology lab focusing on determining how the use of antidepressants (SSRIs) taken during pregnancy and lactation affects maternal bone mass. My project focuses on determining mechanistically how breastfeeding, SSRIs, and bone loss are connected. When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy spending time with my niece and nephews, planning my upcoming wedding, being the best plant-mom I can be (we have herbs galore), and traveling to new destinations!
Treasurer: Katelyn Cassel
I am a third-year Ph.D. student in the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences in the laboratory of Dr. Guy Groblewski. Our lab is interested in molecular mechanisms that regulate protein secretion from secretory cells of the pancreas. My project is exploring lipid function and metabolism in secretory acinar cells relevant to the pathophysiology of acute pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. I am passionate about mentoring young scientists and volunteering around Madison. Outside the lab, you’ll find me swimming at the Nat, gardening, or traveling with family and friends.
3-Minute Thesis/Scholarship Coordinator: Elizabeth Bayne
I began my Chemistry Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2018. I am interested in using mass spectrometry-based proteomics to advance precision medicine technologies to treat cardiovascular disease. I joined the board of the Graduate Women in Science Beta Chapter in 2019 and am the head of the 3 Minute Thesis and Scholarship initiatives. In my spare time, I enjoy yoga and live music.
Public Relations: Amber Zhou
I am a fifth-year Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Ph.D. student, working in the laboratory of Dr. Beth Weaver. Our lab is interested in understanding how chromosome segregation is regulated during mitosis in the context of cancer. My project focuses on manipulating genetically-induced models of chromosomal instability to improve the efficacy of the anti-cancer drug paclitaxel. Outside of the lab, I enjoy gardening, camping, shopping, and Yelping.
I am a second-year Ph.D. student in the Molecular and Environmental Toxicology program working in the laboratory of Dr. Lisa Arendt. Our lab focuses on elucidating how obesity increases the risk of breast cancer development and metastasis. My project specifically looks at how the dietary component, acrylamide, increases obesity, and breast cancer risk in a postmenopausal model. Outside of the lab I enjoy going hiking and camping, baking, scrapbooking, and spending time with my family.