Executive Council - 2017 - 2018
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Executive Council - 2017 - 2018

The Executive Council is made up of sixteen 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 Committee 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.

Jillian Liu EC photoJillian Liu
President

Ms. Jillian Liu is a fifth-year MD/PhD student in The Ohio State University Medical Scientist Training Program in Columbus, Ohio. She attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa where she graduated with a BSS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Psychology. She is currently a third-year graduate student, and her research focuses on fundamental respiratory biology in health and disease. Jillian has previously served as Vice-Chair of Events for the 11th Annual APSA Meeting, Chair of Events for the 12th Annual APSA Meeting, and as Institutional Representative for Ohio State University. She is an avid consumer of audiobooks, PRX podcasts, and black coffee.

Alexander Adami EC photoAlexander Adami
Immediate Past-President

 Mr. Alexander Adami is an MD-PhD student at the University of Connecticut. He received a BS in Information Technology and Web Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2010. His current research includes asthma and the dynamics of the host-microbiome relationship as well as a small clinical project concerning the immunology of sickle cell disease. Alex oversees all of APSA's initiatives and committees as President of the Association.  He previously served on the Public Relations Committee as Vice-Chair (2012-2014), Technology Chair (2014-2015), President-Elect (2015-2016), and University of Connecticut Institutional Representative (2011-2016).

       Audra Iness      

Audra Iness
President-Elect

Audra Iness is a fourth year MD-PhD student at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology from California State University, Fresno's Smittcamp Honors Program in 2013. Audra earned membership in the Association of Clinical Pathologists & The Intersociety Council for Pathology Information, Inc. Pathology Honor Society for her medical school performance. She has also been a coordinator for the Mattaponi Healing Eagle Clinic, serving the Native Americans of Virginia, and is an active member of the medical school Admissions Committee. Currently, Audra is studying the DREAM complex and its role in cell cycle regulation in Dr. Larisa Litovchick's lab at VCU. Additionally, she enjoys playing soccer and has been a part of a community league for several years. Her involvement in APSA began when she founded a local chapter at VCU and held roles as President and Institutional Representative. She is looking forward to helping unify the physician-scientist community in her role as Public Relations Chair.

Hanna Erickson

Hanna Erickson
Vice-President

Hanna  is a fourth year MD/PhD student in the Medical Scholars Program (MSP) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and is excited to be one of the co-chairs of the Events Committee this year! She is currently pursuing her PhD in Molecular and Integrative Physiology for which she is studying regulation of metabolism and tumorigenesis in the liver, with a specific focus on the role of the scaffolding protein IQGAP1. Hanna is a proud University of Minnesota alumna, graduating in 2013 with a BS in Chemistry. While at Minnesota, she held a number of leadership positions, notably in the marching band. At UIUC, she has helped plan numerous MSP and department retreats. She has also previously served on the APSA Events Committee (2015-2016).

 

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Allyson Palmer
Co-Chair, Events Committee

Ms. Allyson Palmer is a 7th-year MD-PhD student in the Mayo Clinic Medical Scientist Training Program. She completed her thesis work in the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging, exploring the role of cellular senescence in metabolic dysfunction in the context of obesity and aging.  Allyson graduated magna cum laude from the College of Wooster with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2010. Allyson is the recipient of an F30 individual fellowship award from the National Institute on Aging as well as a Glenn/AFAR Scholarship for Research in the Biology of Aging. Within APSA, Allyson has previously served as an Institutional Representative and on the Events Committee as chair of the Residency Luncheon at the Annual Meeting.

Jason Siu
Co-Chair, Events Committee


Ryne Ramaker photoKaren Doersch
Co-Chair, Fundraising Committee

Ms. Karen Doersch is a 7th year MD/PhD student at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and is excited to be joining the Partnerships Committee as one of the Vice-Chairs. She completed Bachelor of Science in psychology and biology at Carnegie Mellon University in 2009 and began her MD/PhD at Texas A&M in 2010. Her graduate research focuses on wound healing in the context of autoimmunity. Additional research interests include urology and women’s health. As an APSA member, Karen has served as the Chair of Programming for the 2015 APSA South Regional Conference prior to joining the Partnerships Committee.

 Nadav Weinstock
Co-Chair, Fundraising Committee
 

Abhik Banerjee
Chair, Membership Committee

Mr. Abhik Banerjee is a fifth-year MD/PhD student in the University of Southern California/California Institute of Technology MD/PhD Program. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he graduated with a BS in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, and a BA in Music Performance in 2012. As a third year graduate student in the laboratories of Drs. Mitchell Guttman and Ellen Rothenberg, his research focuses on characterizing the roles of long non-coding RNA in the regulation of gene expression and differentiation in early T-cell development. Abhik previously served as the MD-PhD/DO-PhD Member at Large and as Vice Chair for the Membership Committee for the 2016-2017 year and has served on the APSA Western Regional Meeting Planning Committee since 2015. As Chair of the Membership Committee for the 2017-2018 year, Abhik aims to expand APSA's breadth and reach to new members through integration of the organization's Institutional Representatives, Local Chapter Initiative, and Institutional Membership programs, as well as provided continued support for expansion of the organization's successful Undergraduate Mentorship and Interactive Sessions programs.

             Daniel Barnett

Daniel Barnett
Chair, Partnerships Committee

Mr. Daniel Barnett is a 6th year DO-PhD student at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He completed his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UC Santa Cruz, after which he worked in animal genomics and drug development in the biotechnology industry.  He joined the PhD program in Cell and Molecular Biology at Michigan State University in 2011 and the DO-PhD program in 2012.  His graduate research focuses on elucidating the roles of glycans in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.   In APSA, Daniel has worked to facilitate partnerships with student and specialty societies on the Partnerships Committee.  He has also initiated and led the team organizing the APSA Medstro student interest forums.

Shinnyi "Cindy" Chou
Chair, Policy Committee

Cindy Chou is a first year psychiatry resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic residency program. She graduated from the University of Washington's undergraduate programs in orchestral performance and neuroscience, and obtained her MD/PhD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she focused her graduate training on behavioral neuroscience.

 

Vadim Yerokhin
Chair, Public Relations Committee

 

Tim Kennell

Tim Kennell
Chair, Technology Committee

Mr. Tim Kennell Jr. is currently a fourth year MD/PhD student (GS2) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  He received his BS in biology and chemistry from the University of North Georgia in 2013.  Moving from the wet lab into the silicon lab, he has joined the lab of Dr. James Cimino where he is pursuing a degree in clinical informatics and specifically focusing on alert fatigue in the electronic health record.  Previously, he served as the Vice Chair of APSA’s national chapter and the Information Technology Officer of Equal Access Birmingham, his current institution’s free, student-run clinic.


Siyu Shi
Member-at-Large, MD/DO

 


Teddy Mamo
Member-at-Large, DO-MD/PhD

 


Tyler Zahrli
Co-Member-at-Large, Social Sciences & Humanities

 

 
Joshua Franklin
Co-Member-at-Large, Social Sciences & Humanities
 
 
Julia Weidmeier
Resident Liaison Lead

 


Laura Flores
Undergraduate Liaison Co-Lead

 


Iris Schwartz

Undergraduate Liaison Co-Lead
 
Sue Wagner photo

Sue Wagner
Executive Director

Ms. Sue Wagner 

Jeremie Lever
Vice-Chair, Events Committee


Lillian Zhang
Vice-Chair, Events Committee

 

Krishna Bharani
Vice-Chair, Fundraising Committee


Kristin Olson
Vice-Chair, Fundraising Committee


Leanne Dumeny

Leanne Dumeny
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee

Ms. Leanne Dumeny is a third year MD/PhD student (GS1) at the University of Florida. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and an MS in Management. She is pursuing a PhD in Genetics and Genomics and her research focuses on cardiovascular pharmacogenomics. She has previously served as one of the Undergraduate Liaisons for APSA and the Co-President of the APSA Chapter at the University of Florida.


Mona Chatrizeh
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee
 

Tamutenda Chidawanyikar
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee


Brandon Fox EC photo
Brandon Fox
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee

Mr. Brandon Fox is an MD/PhD student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Scientist Training Program. He is currently a second year graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Pollock, and his F30 supported research is focused on molecular mechanisms underlying vascular and renal complications of sickle cell disease. Brandon received his BS in Biomedical Engineering with Highest Honor from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was a recipient of the President’s Undergraduate Research Award. As a strong believer in the importance of professional society involvement, he plans to focus his term on expanding APSA membership across all levels of physician-scientist training. 

 
Tyler McCaw
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee
 
 
Alexander Yang
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee
 
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Tyler Zahrli
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee

 

Elise Burger
Vice-Chair, Partnerships Committee

 

Lauryn Falcone
Vice-Chair, Partnerships Committee 

 

Hannah Rice
Vice-Chair, Partnerships Committee


Mariam Bonyadi
Mariam Bonyadi
Vice-Chair, Policy Committee

Ms. Mariam Bonyadi Camacho is a fourth year MD/PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She began her research career in high school at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, focusing on mechanisms of induced pluripotency in an embryonic stem cell research lab. She went on to complete her undergraduate studies in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where she conducted undergraduate research both in B-cell development and lymphomagenesis and in the neurobiology of stress. Through her involvement in the International Relations department of the UCLA Health System, Ms. Camacho aided international patients by communicating the culture and language needs of international patients. Ms. Camacho graduated as part of the class of 2013 at UCLA with Cum Laude honors and through the UCLA College Honors Program. Currently at UIUC, Ms. Camacho is working on computational modeling of antidepressant drug effects while taking M1 coursework. She has been a teacher through the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) at UIUC for over three years, teaching hands-on courses laboratory courses in Anatomy and Physiology. In addition to her involvement with the university, Ms. Camacho is a columnist for in-Training, the online magazine for medical students, where she founded the column “Bridging the Gap,” in the Fall of 2013. Outside of the lab, Ms. Camacho is also an active leader and participant in numerous volleyball leagues and organizations in Champaign County. As Vice-Chair of APSA in 2016, she was involved in organizing and moderating the Couples in Medicine Panel at the American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) Annual Meeting, and is looking forward to continuing her leadership role in APSA as co-Chair of the Events committee with Hanna Erickson this upcoming year. 

 Thomas McIntyre
Vice-Chair, Policy Committee

 

 Aisha Siebert
Vice-Chair, Policy Committee

 

Sarah Groover
Vice-Chair, Public Relations Committee


Muhammad Shamim
Vice-Chair, Public Relations Committee

 

Elliot Ensink
Vice-Chair, Technology Committee

 

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