President (& Scholarship Coordinator): Margaret Jameson
I am a fifth-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 live music, yoga, and tennis.
Vice President: Amber Zhou
I am a sixth-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.
Secretary: Sarah Copeland
I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Dr. Beth Weaver’s lab. Our lab focuses mostly on studying cell division in cancer and chromosomal instability. My project is specifically trying to understand how a mitotic checkpoint protein (Mad1) becomes overexpressed in breast cancer patients and what the consequences of this overexpression are using a novel mouse model. When not in the lab I enjoy camping with friends, biking around Madison, picnics in the local parks, and the hobby I picked up in lockdown – playing games on my Switch.
Treasurer: Katelyn Cassel
I am a fourth-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.
National Liaison: Laura Muehlbauer
I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Chemistry program and on the Analytical Chemistry track. I work in Josh Coon’s lab, where my projects focus on mass spectrometry-based proteomics. I work on improving sample preparation techniques and data acquisition strategies for proteomics, as well as applying and optimizing our instrumentation and methodology to different biological questions. In my free time, I enjoy biking, walking, reading, and trying new flavors of ice cream.
3-Minute Thesis: 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 initiative. In my spare time, I enjoy yoga and live music.
Outreach Coordinator: Brenna Walton
I am a third-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.