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Executive Council Members
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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

Ms. Jillian Liu is a sixth-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 fourth-year graduate student, and her research focuses on the development of neural circuits that are fundamental for proper respiration in health, and how they are altered in Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome. 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 advises the current leadership as Immediate Past President. He previously served on the Public Relations Committee as Vice-Chair (2012-2014), Technology Chair (2014-2015), President-Elect (2015-2016), University of Connecticut Institutional Representative (2011-2016), and President (2016-2017).

Audra Iness EC photoAudra Iness

Audra Iness is a fifth 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. As a member of Dr. Larisa Litovchick’s lab, Audra is studying the oncoprotein, B-Myb, and its impact on cell cycle gene regulation by the DREAM complex in cancer. 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. At the national level, she was Public Relations Chair for 2016-2017 and is looking forward to further developing APSA initiatives in her role as President-Elect.

Hanna Erickson EC photoHanna Erickson
Vice President

Hanna is a fifth year MD/PhD student in the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is excited to serve as the Vice President of APSA this year! She is currently pursuing her PhD in Molecular and Integrative Physiology for which she is studying the regulation of metabolism and tumorigenesis in the liver, with a specific focus on 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, most notably in the University of Minnesota Marching Band. At UIUC, she is also involved in leadership by serving on many academic committees. She is passionate about improving medical education and ensuring that the incoming medical workforce is well-equipped to take on the challenges of modern medicine. She is an active member of the American College of Physicians, which has helped her act on her interest in advocating for improved healthcare. She has previously served on the APSA Events Committee as a member (2015-2016) and co-chair (2016-2017). Her goal as Vice President is to help strengthen APSA's ability to advocate for its members through increasing the visibility of our policy efforts and engaging more members.

Allyson Palmer EC photoAllyson Palmer
Co-Chair, Events Committee

Ms. Allyson Palmer is an 8th-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 as well as Vice Chair. She is active in the APSA Undergraduate Mentoring program. Allyson also co-founded the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine APSA Local Chapter in 2016.

Jason Siu EC photoJason Siu
Co-Chair, Events Committee

Jason Siu: Born in Los Angeles, Jason shuttled between Texas and California before ultimately settling in Waco, TX. He has spent half of his life thus far in the Lone Star State, attending Rice University in Houston and graduating with degrees in Economics and Biochemistry. His interest in the brain did not develop until after college, while reading neurosurgical nonfiction and auditing neuroscience courses. Subsequently, he found employment at UCSF under the tutelage of neural stem cell biologist Dr. Daniel Lim, MD, PhD, who fostered his interest in biology and medicine and led him to matriculate at the Ohio State University’s MSTP. He is currently mentored by Dr. Lei Cao, PhD. The Cao lab is mainly interested in environmental influence on the brain. Research focuses on how the brain plays a key role in responding to various environmental stress and subsequently modulating behavior, peripheral cancers, and metabolism. Jason’s thesis work particularly focuses on translating molecular findings of environmental enrichment into a tractable, CNS-targeted gene therapy for the most common monogenic obesity. Besides APSA, Jason is involved in mentoring undergraduates, neuroscience education and outreach, and volunteering in the Columbus community. With the above activities, he hopes to integrate his interests in psychoneuroendocrinology, molecular biology, and gene therapy into a fulfilling future clinician-scientist career while setting aside time towards personal environmental enrichment.

Karen Doersch EC photoKaren Doersch
Co-Chair, Fundraising Committee

Ms. Karen Doersch is a 8th year MD/PhD student at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and is excited to be joining the Fundraising Committee. 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 focused on wound healing and fibrosis, especially 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 as well as serving on the Partnerships Committee prior to joining the Fundraising Committee.

Nadav Weinstock EC photoNadav Weinstock
Co-Chair, Fundraising Committee

Mr. Nadav Weinstock is a 6th year MD, PhD student at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, NY. He is currently a senior PhD student working on the cellular mechanisms and pathogenesis of Krabbe Leukodystrophy at the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute. His mentor is M. Laura Feltri, MD. His professional interest include Pediatrics, Neurology and Genetics/Metabolism. He currently serves as the Fundraising Co-Chair for APSA.

Abhik Banerjee EC photoAbhik Banerjee
Chair, Membership Committee

Mr. Abhik Banerjee is a sixth-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 EC photoDaniel Barnett
Chair, Partnerships Committee

Mr. Daniel Barnett is a 7th 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, while serving as a member and Vice Chair of the Partnerships Committee. He has also initiated and led the team organizing the APSA Medstro student interest forums.

Shinnyi (Cindy) Chou EC photoShinnyi (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 EC photoVadim Yerokhin
Chair, Public Relations Committee

Vadim Yerokhin is a fifth year DO/PhD candidate at Oklahoma State University, Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, OK. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a minor in Economics from Union College in Schenectady, NY, Vadim served as a high school physics teacher and a Teach for America corps member in Baltimore, MD. Before matriculating to medical school, Vadim completed a graduate program in Education with a focus on Urban Education at Johns Hopkins University School of Education in Baltimore, MD. Vadim's research in Dr. Kenneth Miller's laboratory aims to identify key regulatory molecules in nociceptive (pain-related) and regenerative responses to neuronal injury. He has been a member of APSA for 5 years, during which time he served as a member of the events committee and public relations committee.

Tim Kennell EC photoTim Kennell
Chair, Technology Committee

Mr. Tim Kennell Jr. is currently a fifth year MD/PhD student (GS3) 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 EC photoSiyu Shi
Member-at-Large, MD/DO

Siyu Shi 

Tewodros (Teddy) Mamo EC photoTewodros (Teddy) Mamo
Member-at-Large, DO-MD/PhD

Mr. Tewodros (Teddy) Mamo is a 7th-year MD-PhD student in the Mayo Clinic Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed his thesis work in Dr. Michael Yaszemski's lab investigating the use of DNA-PK inhibitors and gold nanoparticles for radiosensitizing, the primary bone tumor osteosrcoma. Before joining the Mayo MSTP, Teddy graduated from the Nanotechnology Engineering program at the University of Waterloo in Canada. As part of his undergraduate co-op/research experience, he spent 8 months working in the Farokhzad Lab at Brigham and Women's Hospital. At Mayo, he is the recipient of an F31 individual fellowship award from the National Cancer Institute/NIH. Within APSA, Teddy has previously served as an Institutional Representative and on the Events Committee organizing the Residency Luncheon at the Annual Meeting. He is also the co-founder and first president of the Mayo Clinic APSA local chapter

 EC photoTyler Zahrli
Co-Member-at-Large, Social Sciences & Humanities
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee

Tyler Zahrli 

Joshua Franklin EC photoJoshua Franklin
Co-Member-at-Large, Social Sciences & Humanities

Mr. Joshua Franklin is a fifth-year MD/PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is interested in gender and sexuality, mental health, and the anthropology of childhood, and his current project studies the impact of gender affirming care for transgender youth in Philadelphia. He previously conducted research on access to gender affirming care in the Brazilian public health system. Through APSA, he hopes to promote research and training in the social sciences and humanities and help foster critical and interdisciplinary engagements with physician-scientists in all disciplines.

Julia Weidmeier EC photoJulia Weidmeier
Resident Liaison Lead

Ms. Julia (Erin) Wiedmeier, MD, MPH is a PGY1 Internal Medicine Resident at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, AZ. She received her B.S. and MPH degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah and completed her medical degree at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon where she also completed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellowship in cancer biology. Her long term goals include a Hematology/Oncology fellowship with ongoing research in the field of cancer epigenetics. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Laura Flores EC photoLaura Flores
Undergraduate Liaison Co-Lead

Laura Flores is a second year medical student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in the MD/PhD Scholars Program. She attended New Mexico State University for undergrad where she majored in philosophy. While at NMSU, she was active in the philosophy department, with focus on bioethics and metaphysics. She participated in the Howard Hughes Program throughout undergrad, as well at the Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity. She is passionate about minority access to biomedical research and would like to see more diversity among physician scientists. In the future, she plans to become an academic surgeon. Her research interests include surgical outcomes, costs, and ethical considerations of medical disparities.

Iris Schwartz EC photoIris Schwartz
Undergraduate Liaison Co-Lead

Iris Schwartz is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). As an undergraduate student, she obtained a BS in Biological Sciences and studied the link between downregulation of particular zinc finger genes and resistance to liver steatosis in D2KO mice on high fat diet. This year in APSA, she hopes to organize resources and events for undergraduates looking to pursue the MD/PhD track.

Renee Russo EC photoRenee Russo
Executive Director

Renee Russo joined McKenna Management in 2017 and serves as Executive Director for several client organizations. Renee has over 10 years of association management experience, including local trade associations and international medical societies. Prior to joining McKenna Management, she served as Director of Administration for the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary tract at PRRI- An Association Management Company. She has a versatile skill set in administration, membership recruitment and outreach, volunteer engagement, board governance, and marketing communications. Renee holds a Bachelors Degree in Marketing Communications from Emerson College.

Jeremie Lever EC photoJeremie Lever
Vice-Chair, Events Committee

Jeremie Lever is serving as Vice-Chair of the Events committee. Jeremie graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara College of Creative Studies in 2011 with a BS in Chemistry and Biochemistry. He is currently in his 5th year as an MD/PhD student in the UAB MSTP, with plans to graduate in 2021. He is in pursuit of his PhD in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine where his graduate studies focus on ontologic relationships of kidney macrophages and heme oxygenase-1-mediated protection in the setting of acute kidney injury. Jeremie plans to pursue a career as a physician-scientist in Nephrology. In his post with APSA, Jeremie aims to build on previous success of the Events committee by liaising with research residency programs and leading the associated fundraising efforts. Additionally, Events committee initiatives include bringing exciting programing to the Annual Meeting that is of the highest value to our members.

Lillian Zhang EC photoLillian Zhang
Vice-Chair, Events Committee

Ms. Lillian Zhang is a fifth year MD/PhD student at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. She received her BS in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics with a minor in Biomedical Research from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Currently, Lillian is a graduate student researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Andreas Baumler, where she is examining the genetic differences between Salmonella Typhimurium and Salmonella Typhi that contribute to their abilities to cause gastroenteritis and typhoid fever respectively. Within APSA, Lillian has served as an Institutional Representative and as Vice Chair of the Events Committee.

Krishna Bharani EC photoKrishna Bharani
Vice-Chair, Fundraising Committee

Krishna Bharani is a fifth year MD/PhD student at the Medical University of South Carolina. He received his BS in Biology and Chemistry at Loyola University Chicago with minors in Mathematics and Neuroscience. After receiving his degrees, he worked as a lab manager for a cognitive and affective neuroscience lab for two years. Currently, Krishna is working on his PhD in Neuroscience studying biomarkers for pathologic aging and plans to work in the field of Alzheimer’s disease in the future. He looks forward to using his experience fundraising for local events at a larger capacity in service to APSA as Vice-Co-Chair for the Fundraising Committee.

Kristin Olson EC photoKristin Olson
Vice-Chair, Fundraising Committee

Ms. Kristin Olson is a fifth year MD/PhD student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Scientist Training Program. She is currently under the co-mentorship of Dr. Hemant Tiwari (Department of Biostatistics, Section on Statistical Genetics) and Dr. William Geisler (Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases). Her F31 supported research focuses on the immunogenetic determinants of chlamydia reinfection in African-American women. Kristin previously received both her BS (Biology) and MPH (concentration in Health Behavior) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also completed a fellowship at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). She has a special interest in improving access to vulnerable populations, with past and current leadership involvement with Equal Access Birmingham, UAB's student-run free clinic.

Leanne Dumeny EC photoLeanne Dumeny
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee

Ms. Leanne Dumeny is a fourth year MD/PhD student (GS2) 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 and precision medicine. 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 EC photo
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee

Mona Chatrizeh is a transfer student from Pierce Community College and is currently a senior at UCLA majoring in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and minoring in Biomedical Research. She works as an NIH-MARC scholar in the laboratory of Dr. Hilary Coller studying the relationship between autophagy and wound healing. She also became interested in hematology as an HHMI EXROP summer intern investigating regulation of hematopoietic stem cells in the laboratory of Dr. Leonard Zon at Harvard Medical School and hopes to continue studying stem cell fate as an MD-PhD trainee later on. Mona has been a member of APSA since 2015 and looks forward to increasing resources the organization offers to undergraduate students.

Tamutenda Chidawanyika EC photoTamutenda Chidawanyika
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee

Ms. Tamutenda Chidawanyika is a fifth year MD/PhD student at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She attended the College of Wooster for her undergraduate education, where she studied Chemistry and Chinese. Currently, in Dr. Surachai Supattapone’s lab, Tamu’s work is focused on dissecting cell death pathways that are induced by endoplasmic reticulum stress. Tamu’s involvement in APSA has been focused on Institutional Representative initiatives in the Membership Committee. She looks forward to continuing to work on these initiatives with the overarching goal of expanding APSA’s reach within the physician-scientist community.

Brandon Fox EC photoBrandon Fox
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee

Mr. Brandon Fox is an MD/PhD student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Scientist Training Program and immediate past vice president of APSA. He is a student in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Pollock, and his 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 conducted research in the laboratory of Dr. May Wang. As vice-chair of the membership committee, Brandon is leading the team that oversees APSA's undergraduate mentorship program.

Tyler McCaw EC photo Tyler McCaw
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee

Tyler McCaw is a 5th year MD/PhD student at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB). He earned bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering and biochemistry while at North Carolina State University. Prior to enrolling in the UAB MSTP Tyler took two gap years to research monoclonal antibody purification techniques at Biogen Idec in Research Triangle Park, NC. He is currently working under the mentorship of Troy Randall, PhD, studying mechanisms of boosting anti-tumor T cell responses by manipulating the tumor microenvironment. Tyler has been on the leadership team of UAB’s LC for the past four years, serving as president for two. He hopes to bring the lessons learned at the local level to his current position as vice chair of the Membership Committee.

Alexander Yang EC photoAlexander Yang
Vice-Chair, Membership Committee

Mr. Alexander Yang is currently a fourth year MD/PhD student at Wayne State University. Before Wayne State University, he graduate from the University of Michigan with a degree in Neuroscience. As a graduate student, his project focuses on the molecular mechanisms of the development of fatty liver disease with Dr. James Granneman as his thesis advisor. In his free time he likes to golf, play video games, and cook.

Elise Burger EC photoElise Burger
Vice-Chair, Partnerships Committee

Elise Burger is currently a seventh year MD/PhD student at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Biochemistry from Occidental College in 2013.She completed her thesis work in the lab of Dr. Felix Yarovinsky, studying the role of autophagy as a protective mechanism in intestinal Paneth cells during Toxoplasma gondii infection in the department of Immunology. She has now returned to the clinics and plans to ultimately pursue a career in dermatology.

Lauryn Falcone EC photoLauryn Falcone
Vice-Chair, Partnerships Committee

Lauryn Falcone is a fifth year MD/PhD student at West Virginia University School of Medicine. She is currently pursuing a PhD in cellular and integrative physiology at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Her clinical and future research interests are in cutaneous disorders, and she plans to pursue a dermatology residency in the coming years. In her free time, Lauryn enjoys running, swimming, cycling, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Hannah Turbeville EC photoHannah Turbeville
Vice-Chair, Partnerships Committee

Hannah is a fourth year MD/PhD student at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of Southern Mississippi where she completed a thesis on the efficacy of selected tumor markers in the detection of prostate cancer. She is currently in her first year of graduate study in the department of pharmacology and toxicology where her research examines the long term cardiovascular and renal effects of preeclampsia on offspring of affected pregnancies. She previously served on the partnerships committee and is enthusiastic to now be a part of planning APSA interactive sessions as vice chair. Other obsessions include scuba diving and her German shepherd, Zeus.

Mariam Bonyadi Camacho EC photoMariam Bonyadi Camacho
Vice-Chair, Policy Committee

Ms. Mariam Bonyadi Camacho is a fifth year MD/PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She completed 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. Currently at UIUC, Ms. Camacho is working on computational modeling of antidepressant drug effects. Outside of the lab, Ms. Camacho is also an active leader and participant in numerous volleyball leagues and organizations in Champaign County. As co-Chair of the Events committee with Hanna Erickson this past year, Ms. Camacho was involved in organizing and executing the Annual Meeting. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Policy Committee, and is involved in multiple initiatives including the APSA Policy website and advocacy work.

Aisha Siebert EC photoAisha Siebert
Vice-Chair, Policy Committee

Aisha Siebert  is an MD/PhD student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She earned her BA from Dartmouth College in English Literature, an MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences, and she completed her PhD in Translational Biomedical Science. Aisha has served as Institutional Representative and as a member of the APSA Policy Committee. Her research interests include Population Genetics, Gene-Environment interaction, and Reproductive Health.

Sarah Groover EC photoSarah Groover
Vice-Chair, Public Relations Committee

Sarah Groover is currently a second year in the PhD program in Dr. Rashmi Kaul's lab at Oklahoma State University, with a focus on cancer epidemiology & immunology. Sarah is also working with Dr. Thomas O'Brien at the NIH National Cancer Institute looking at the role of different genetic factors in liver cancer. Her projects revolve around prevention and early detection of cancer, and she strives to perform research that will be clinically relevant. Sarah is excited about the emphasis that APSA places on translational science, and she is glad to serve as Vice-Chair for APSA's Public Relations Committee this year.

Muhammad Saad Shamim EC photoMuhammad Saad Shamim
Vice-Chair, Public Relations Committee

Muhammad Saad Shamim is a 2nd-year MD/PhD student at the Baylor College of Medicine. He received a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Computational and Applied Mathematics / Cognitive Sciences from Rice University. His current research is in computational genomics, specifically 3D interactions within the nucleus (Hi-C). Muhammad serves as a Vice-Chair with the Public Relations Committee and as the Institutional Representative for Baylor College of Medicine.

Elliot Ensink EC photoElliot Ensink
Vice-Chair, Technology Committee

Elliot Ensink  is currently a second year DO-PhD student (MS1) at Michigan State University. He received his BS in Cell and Molecular Biology from Grand Valley State University in 2016. He is pursuing a PhD in Genetics in the lab of Dr. Sophia Lunt. His research focuses on the rewiring of metabolism within cancer cells by utilizing genetic, metabolomic, and bioinformatic techniques. Prior to his graduate research, he investigated the role of glycans in detection of pancreatic cancer by creating bioinformatic tools to assist in fluorescent signal thresholding of tissue micro array images. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the national APSA technology committee.

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