Executive Council - 2009 - 2010
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Executive Council - 2009 - 2010

The Executive Council is made up of twelve positions elected by the Institutional Representatives during the APSA Annual Meeting in April of each year. These positions are the only members of the Executive Council with voting privileges. The committee vice-chairs are included as non-voting members of the Executive Council and are appointed to their positions by the Executive Council. The vice-chairs may in the absence of the committee chair serve as the proxy vote.

Visit the Executive Council leadership position page to find out more about the roles and responsibilities associated with each position.

 

David Braun
President

Current Institution:

Mount Sinai / New York University

Year in Program:

G2

PhD Department/Training:

Computational Biology

Research Interests:

Computational Biology, Immunology, Signal Transduction

Main Goals for APSA:

I hope to help APSA continue to develop and provide resources, mentoring, networking, and outreach opportunities to physician scientist trainees. In the coming years, I would like to see APSA grow in membership and forge new collaborations, so that the organization can continue to effectively deal with issues relevant to future physician scientists.

 

Christopher Alvarez-Breckenridge
President-Elect

Current Institution:

The Ohio State University

Year in Program:

G3

PhD Department/Training:

PhD Department/Training: Neurological Surgery

Research Interests:

Innate immunity, angiogenesis, and their combined effect on oncolytic viral therapy for glioblastoma.

Main Goals for APSA:

To identify new partners and collaborators to expand the services and resources that APSA can provide

 

James Pauff, PhD
Past President

Current Institution:

The Ohio State University

Year in Program:

M3

PhD Department/Training:

Biochemistry

Research Interests:

Enzymology, Protein Biochemistry, Neurology, Neuropathology

Main Goals for APSA:

Goals for 2009-2010 include increasing our collaborative partnerships and interactions with other organizations while also focusing on the growth, longevity, and procedural aspects of our own.

 

June Yowtak, PhD
Vice-President

Current Institution:

The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston

Year in Program:

M4

PhD Department/Training:

Neuroscience Graduate Program

Research Interests:

My dissertation focused on the role of reactive oxygen species in promoting spinal GABA neuron dysfunction and central sensitization in the pathogenesis of neuropathic pain in mice.

Main Goals for APSA:

 

 

Jarish Cohen
Annual Meeting Committee, Chair

Current Institution:

University of Virginia

Year in Program:

G2

PhD Department/Training:

Microbiology

Research Interests:

Immunology, Cancer Immunology, Autoimmunity

Main Goals for APSA:

My main goal is to make this years Annual Meeting the most ambitious and exciting meeting to date!

 

Gregory Botta
Annual Meeting Committee, Vice-Chair

Current Institution:

Drexel University College of Medicine

Year in Program:

G3

PhD Department/Training:

Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests:

K-Ras Signaling, Pancreatic Cancer, Biomedical Imaging, Cardiovascular Stem Cell Therapy, Tissue Engineering, Ventricular Assist Devices

Main Goals for APSA:

Our goal is to have an Annual Meeting dedicated to comfortable networking, cutting-edge science, and professional advancement

 

Nikko Ronquillo
Annual Meeting Committee, Vice-Chair

Current Institution:

University of Utah

Year in Program:

G2

PhD Department/Training:

Oncological Sciences

Research Interests:

My work focuses on elucidating the mechanism of how MSP promotes breast cancer metastasis in vivo.  I will directly test the hypothesis that MSP increases a tumor stem cell population, which in turn is responsible for metastasis.

Main Goals for APSA:

 

Oncological Sciences
 

Ivayla (Eve) Geneva
Finance Committee, Chair

Current Institution:

State University of New York Upstate Medical University

Year in Program:

G2

PhD Department/Training:

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Research Interests:

Active transport and diffusion of signalling proteins inside vertebrate photoreceptors and ciliated cells using high-resolution multiphoton fluorescence microscopy and mathematical modeling

Main Goals for APSA:

As the Treasurer of APSA, this year I seek to ensure the financial stability of the organization through proper management of funds and standardization of the fundraising and fund-disbursement procedures.

 

Allison Barz
Finance Committee, Vice-Chair

Current Institution:

State University of New York Upstate Medical University

Year in Program:

 

PhD Department/Training:

 

Research Interests:

 

Main Goals for APSA:

 

 

Marcus Goncalves
Membership Committee, Chair

Current Institution:

University of Pennsylvania

Year in Program:

G2

PhD Department/Training:

Cell and Molecular Biology

Research Interests:

Mechanisms of obesity and prevention of insulin resistance

Main Goals for APSA:

Increase membership benefits

 

Brian Skehan, PhD
Membership Committee, Vice-Chair

Current Institution:

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Year in Program:

M3

PhD Department/Training:

Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Research Interests:

Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

Main Goals for APSA:

Increasing membership and developing new ways for APSA members to interact and network.

 

Jedd Sereysky
Policy Committee, Chair

Current Institution:

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Year in Program:

G2

PhD Department/Training:

Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests:

Tendon Pathology and Biomechanics

Main Goals for APSA:

Use the power of APSA's network to advocate for change on behalf of all physician-scientist trainees

 

Jennifer Kwan
Policy Committee, Vice-Chair

Current Institution:

University of Illinois at Chicago

Year in Program:

G3

PhD Department/Training:

Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Research Interests:

Signal transduction in metabolism and differentiation

Main Goals for APSA:

Facilitate the progress of 3 initiatives:
1) F30: Increase predoctoral NIH funding
2) Tomorrow's Physician survey: identify obstacles facing physician
scientist trainees and identify what they value most in their future
careers.
3) Career and Leadership development: survey geared toward MD/PhD program
directors to identify best practices by which MD/PhD programs impart
specific and important career skills such as conflict resolution and work
life balance.

 

Mercedes Szpunar
Policy Committee, Vice-Chair

Current Institution:

University of Rochester

Year in Program:

G3

PhD Department/Training:

Pathology

Research Interests:

The effects of chronic stressor exposure on breast cancer development

Main Goals for APSA:

Strengthen the fledgling APSA-AMWA partnership

 

Richard Price
Public Relations Committee, Chair

Current Institution:

The Ohio State University

Year in Program:

G1

PhD Department/Training:

Integrated Biomedical Graduate Program

Research Interests:

Role of Cytomegalovirus in Gliomagenesis

Main Goals for APSA:

Enhance the public relations image of APSA and expand the material available on the website

 

Chirag Patel
Member-At-Large (MD-PhD, DO-PhD)

Current Institution:

University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Year in Program:

G4

PhD Department/Training:

Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging

Research Interests:

Spinal cord injury, dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI, blood-spinal cord barrier

Main Goals for APSA:

For APSA to continue to be the leading organization to voice the collective ideas and concerns of physician-scientist trainees from across the United States. For APSA to continue providing networking, mentoring, resources, and outreach opportunities in support of its four pillars.

 

Scott Stonington, PhD
Member-At-Large (Social Sciences & Humanities)

Current Institution:

University of California, San Francisco; University of California, Berkeley

Year in Program:

M4

PhD Department/Training:

Medical Anthropology

Research Interests:

Thailand; End-of-Life/Palliative Care; Global Bioethics; Human Rights; Public Health Care Systems Reform; Engaged Buddhism; Theory of Mind; Philosophy of Place; Global Assemblage.

Main Goals for APSA:

(1) To build a social science and humanities (SSH) physician-scholar community; (2) to provide essential SSH community services through APSA; (3) to create an advocacy body for SSH issues on a national level, including policy and funding; (4) to connect SSH scholars to the larger MD/PhD community.

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