**Remember to check out our 2022 National Conference Committee
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.
Outreach Coordinator: Alexis Adrian
I am a second-year Ph.D. student in the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology program. I work in Dr. William Ricke’s lab, which specializes in basic and translational research related to prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia. My project specifically focuses on how aging and mitochondrial dysfunction contribute to lower urinary tract dysfunction in benign disease. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing the clarinet, listening to music, and spending time with my friends and family.
Social Coordinator: Kalina Reese
I am a second-year Ph.D. student in the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Training Program doing my thesis work under Dr. Ying Ge. Our lab utilizes mass spectrometry-based omics technologies to investigate cardiac systems biology. My project focuses on understanding the underlying pathogenesis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy using patients-specific engineered cardiac tissues and proteomics. When I’m not in the lab, I am enjoying the outdoors with my husband and corgi puppy or cooking up some delicious food at home. I also enjoy touring wineries, seeking new and exciting experiences, and trying to vocally conquer the newest Broadway showtune.
Senior Adivisor: Morgan Walcheck
I recently graduated from UW-Madison with a PhD in Molecular and Environmental Toxicology. At UW Madison, my research was focused on understanding the role of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor in the development of pancreatic cancer. During my time with the Madison chapter of GWIS, I served as national liaison and then as president. As my time at UW Madison was wrapping up I moved into the Conference Coordinator role to help lead the planning of the 2022 National Conference for Graduate Women in Science being held in Madison, WI. In addition to planning the conference, I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School, working to understand the environmental influences that affect the development of hematopoietic stem cells.