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Executive Council 2020-2021
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Executive Council - 2020-2021

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 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.

Hannah Turbeville


Hannah Turbeville is a seventh year MD-PhD student at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she is currently acting as a fourth-year medical student. Her PhD focused on the effects of preeclampsia on the offspring of affected pregnancies and the therapeutic potential of sildenafil in reducing their chronic disease risk. She previously attended the University of Southern Mississippi and earned a BS in Medical Laboratory Science after completing an honors thesis comparing diagnostic parameters of tumor markers in prostate cancer. Hannah began her journey with APSA in 2016 as a member of the Partnerships committee before moving on to Vice chair and Chair of the same committee. As President, she looks forward to increasing sustainability of APSA’s initiatives and ensuring that APSA serves as the voice of physician scientist trainees across the country. Loves: her German shepherd Zeus, Disney World, adventures, black coffee. Hates: pickles, movie spoilers, alarm clocks. 


Abhik Banerjee
Immediate Past-President

Abhik Banerjee is a 8th year MD-PhD Student in the University of Southern California/California Institute of Technology MD-PhD program. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of California Los Angeles, where he studied Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, and Music Performance. During his undergraduate research experience, he developed an animal model for characterizing the role of the Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor, CDKN1C, in a Growth Restriction Syndrome called IMAGe Syndrome. He currently performs research in the Guttman and Rothenberg groups, studying the roles of Split Ends Transcription Repressor in gene regulatory networks and long noncoding RNA-mediated gene regulation. He previously served as the 2016-2017 APSA MD/DO-PhD Member at Large, the 2017-2018 APSA Membership Committee Chair, and 2018-2019 APSA President Elect before assuming the role of President for the 2019-2020 year. Outside of lab and APSA, he enjoys volunteering with student-run clinics in the Los Angeles area and running.

Jose Rodrigues
President - Elect

Jose Rodrigues is a fifth year DO-PhD candidate at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSU) where he studies the molecular epidemiology and conducts comparative genomics of gastrointestinal bacterial infectious diseases in particular describing the  frequencies, risk factors and outcomes of antibiotic resistant Campylobacter jejuni in the lab of Dr. Shannon Manning Ph.D., M.P.H. Prior to MSU he spent a year supporting the development of the National patient-centered clinical research network in the department of population medicine at Harvard Medical School. He previously attended Northeastern University and earned a BS in Biochemistry while completing cooperative educational opportunities in the area of precision oncology. Jose began serving with APSA in 2017 as a member of the events committee, before becoming the M.D./D.O. Ph.D, Member-at-large, and serving as Co-chair of fundraising and chair of the diversity ad-hoc committee. Jose loves being a dog-dad to his hound "Remy", drinks black coffee, reads fiction, and likes to row boats. 



Samantha Spellicy
Vice President


Ms. Samantha Spellicy is a 7th year MD/PhD student at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and the University of Georgia. She received her B.S. degree in Physiology and Neurobiology from the University of Maryland. As an undergraduate, she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Karen Carleton, PhD, studying evolution of visual communication, and did her postbaccalaureate training at the National Institutes of Health under Dr. Sanjay Desai, MD, PhD.

She recently completed her PhD in the laboratory of Dr. Steven Stice, PhD at the University of Georgia’s (UGA) Regenerative Bioscience Center. In the lab, she worked on development of regenerative medicine therapies for neurodegenerative diseases such as stroke, Parkinson’s, and TBI. This year, she will be returning to the clinic for her M3 rotations, and she looks forward to an eventual residency in neurology or neurosurgery. Currently, Ms. Spellicy serves as the Vice President of APSA, and junior editor for the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science (JCTS). In the past she has served as Co-Chair and Vice Chair of the Policy Committee, Chair of the JCTS ad-hoc, and APSA’s Policy Representative to the American Medical Association (AMA). Outside of APSA, she has also held multiple organizational positions including Chair of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Social Media and Interviews Subcommittee of the Committee on Scientific Issues, and President of the Regenerative Bioscience Center Graduate Student Association. She enjoys playing video games, intramural and recreational sports, and reading in her hammock.





Jane Lock
Co-Chair, Events Committee




Francesca Lobianco
Co-Chair, Events Committee




Jeff Chen
Vice-Chair, Events Committee



Shelley Rae Edwards
Co-Chair, Fundraising Committee


Shelley Rae Edwards is a 3rd year MD-PhD student at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where she will be studying the neurobiological foundation of addiction under the mentorship of Dr. Kevin Freeman. She received her undergraduate degree in neuroscience form Millsaps College where she completed an honors thesis which examined the role of kappa-opioid agonists to reduce the addictive potential of opioid analgesics. In 2019, Shelley first became involved with APSA nationally through her position as vice-chair of the fundraising committee. Now serving as the chair of the committee, she plans to raise funds with an increasing emphasis on expanding the accessibility and diversity of physician-scientist programs. In her free time, she enjoys homebrewing, botany, and playing fetch with her Doberman “Boss.”





Kevin Matthew Blum
Chair, Membership Committee


Kevin Blum is a sixth  year MD-PhD student at The Ohio State University. He is currently working on his PhD in biomedical engineering at the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital under Dr Christopher Breuer, focusing on the development of tissue engineering solutions for congenital heart disease, as well as how tissue engineering constructs can develop into functional tissue. Kevin received a bachelors and masters in biomedical engineering from Purdue University, researching collagen-based biomaterials with tunable architecture and mechanical properties.   Kevin began with APSA as an Institutional Representative and member of the Membership Committee in 2019 before taking over as Membership Committee Chair in 2020. Outside of medical and engineering training, Kevin enjoys alternative music, science fiction/fantasy, drumming, and spending time with his wife Angela and their border collie / poodle mix Mackey.


Robert McMahon
Co-Chair, Partnerships Committee


Robert McMahon is a rising fourth year M.D. student at Creighton University School of Medicine. Robert earned his B.S. in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Sociology at the University of Miami in 2017. During his undergraduate years, he became interested in basic and translational research while working in the laboratory of Dr. Emmanuel Thomas. During medical school, he participated in a summer research program at Vanderbilt University. There, he developed a clinical interest in Nephrology under the mentorship of Dr. Leslie Gewin. With regard to the American Physician Scientists Association, Robert founded his medical school’s local chapter and first served nationally as a Member of the Partnerships Committee.


 Alex Waldman
Co-Chair, Partnerships Committee


Alex Waldman is a fifth-year MD/PhD student at Emory University School of Medicine and a National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholar. He is currently conducting a dually-mentored DPhil with Dr. Michael Lenardo at the National Institutes of Health and and Dr. Gabriele De Luca at the University of Oxford. He hopes to uncover and novel susceptibility variants in multiple sclerosis and validate their role in pathogenesis utilizing genomic, neuropathologic, and proteomic techniques. His involvement with APSA began on a regional level when he helped fundraise and recruit keynote speakers for the Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium in 2017. He subsequently joined the APSA Partnerships Committee for the 2017-2018 year and served as a Vice-Chair for the 2018-2019 year. This is his second year in the role of Partnerships Committee Co-Chair where he hopes to continue fostering new partnerships with subspecialty organizations and further develop the International Consortium of Clinician Scientist Trainee Organizations.


Omar Toubat
Co-Chair, Policy Committee

Omar Toubat is a fifth-year MD/PhD candidate in the USC-Caltech MD/PhD program. Prior to medical school, he earned a BA in biological sciences from USC’s Baccalaureate/MD program. His graduate work focuses on studying the paracrine signals between neural crest and second heart field cells during outflow tract morphogenesis, with the goal of improving our understanding of the molecular basis of conotruncal congenital heart disease and associated extra-cardiac anomalies. His long-term career goal is to become an academic congenital heart surgeon-scientist. In his free time, Omar enjoys playing soccer, watching Real Madrid, and attending USC football games.


Abhimanyu Amarnani
Co-Chair, Policy Committee




Gina Calco
Chair, Public Relations Committee


Gina Calco is a fifth year MD/PhD student at Oregon Health & Science University. She attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, where she graduated with a BSE in Biomedical Engineering in 2014. As a third year graduate student in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, she is investigating how metabolic dysfunction in obesity contributes to the pathophysiology of asthma under the direction of her co-mentors Drs. Zhenying Nie and David Jacoby. Outside of the lab, she enjoys dancing, baking healthy treats, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and traveling. Gina previously served on APSA’s Membership and Ad Hoc Mentorship committees and on the Executive Council as the 2019-2020 MD-DO/PhD Member-At-Large. As PR chair, she is excited to broaden the reach and interactions of APSA with its many members through multiple social media platforms.


 Muhammad Saad Shamim
Co-Chair, Technology Committee


Muhammad Saad Shamim (@sa501428) is a fourth-year MD/PhD student and a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow at the Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University. He received a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Computational & Applied Mathematics and Cognitive Sciences from Rice University. His current research is in Computational Bioengineering and Genomics, specifically 3D interactions within the nucleus (Hi-C). Muhammad currently serves as the Technology Chair on the Executive Council, and in the past, has served as an APSA Institutional Representative, Vice-Chair of the Public Relations Committee in the past year, and as an organizer of the 2018 South Regional Meeting.

Trevor Hunt
Member-at-Large, MD/DO - MAL


Trevor C. Hunt is a fourth year MD student pursuing urology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, now serving his second consecutive term as MD/DO Member-at-Large. Trevor is a member of Brody's Research Distinction Track with a focus on the role of mitochondrial dysfunction in bladder disease. He also studies socioeconomic factors and disparities in surgical patient care, and recently completed a one-year fellowship in urologic oncology research at the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute. In this role, Trevor designed and led numerous clinical and health services research projects relating to screening, testing, treatment, and value in prostate and bladder cancer care. Trevor became involved in APSA through the Events Committee, where he planned and moderated the Social Sciences and Humanities panel for the 2019 Annual Meeting. He is an avid skier, golfer, and writer, authoring the monthly column "Research for the Rest of Us" on the medical advising website Student Doctor Network. Find him on Twitter: @TrevorHunt_ECU

Delaney Ding
Member-at-Large, SSH



Delaney D. Ding is a post-baccalaureate research assistant at the Medical Practice Evaluation Center (MPEC) of Massachusetts General Hospital, applying for admission to physician-scientist training programs for matriculation in Fall 2021. He is serving his first term as Social Sciences and Humanities Member-at-Large. Delaney graduated from Cornell University in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, Health, & Society, with Honors in Research and minors in Biomedical Sciences, Infectious Disease Biology, and Policy Analysis & Management. At MPEC, he conducts clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness research on interventions for HIV-AIDS and its comorbidities. As an advocate and aspiring physician-scientist, he is passionate about socially-purposeful public health research and the representation of the social sciences and humanities in medicine. Delaney is also an avid musician and writer. In his free time, he sings with the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum and likes to read and write poetry.


Gabrielle Gilmer
Member-at-Large, MD/DO-PhD MAL


Gabby Gilmer is a second year MD/PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh. She attended Auburn University in Auburn, AL where she graduated with a Bachelors of Chemical Engineering in 2018. After graduating, Gabby worked at the NIH studying kidney physiology and thru-hiked the Arizona Trail. Gabby’s research focuses on understanding sex related differences in joint disease progression and regenerative processes, specifically focusing on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and knee osteoarthritis. Outside of the school, she enjoys yoga, backpacking, photography, long walks with her dog, and reading. Gabby joined APSA as an undergraduate in 2016 and has started a local chapter at the University of Pittsburgh. As MD-DO/PhD Member-At-Large, she is excited to represent her MD-DO/PhD peers and help provide opportunities of interest to them.


Yentli Soto Albrecht
PST-DWG Ad Hoc Chair

Yentli Soto Albrecht is a 2nd year MD-PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She previously attended Princeton University and earned a degree in Molecular Biology where she completed an award-winning thesis on the in vivo immunopathogenesis of yellow fever and contributed to developing tools for its study at the single cell resolution. While she has yet to decide on a home for her PhD, she is currently leading a project on dissecting the immunopathogenesis of dengue virus in a Dominican Republic pediatric population along with Dr. Edward Behrens at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In the face of suspended clerkships and closed labs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she is leading regional efforts for the Connect for COVID-19 initiative, to ensure that COVID-19 patients and nursing home residents in Philadelphia have the video-enabled devices they need to stay connected with loved ones during this time. In her free time, she devours books, hikes and travels with her friends and fiancée, and sits in the sun (with sunblock, of course). Her career goals are to leverage her experience and privilege as a physician scientist trainee to both target pathogens that threaten global underserved communities and increase multi-faceted diversity in her career path. To this end, it is her honor to serve as the chair of the Diversity Ad-Hoc Committee for the 2020-2021 term and work alongside intelligent trainees to develop innovative ways to combat this centuries-long issue.

Linzheng Shi

Mentorship Ad Hoc Chair 


Linzheng (Ling) Shi is a second-year MD/PhD candidate at Boston University School of Medicine. Ling graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BE in Biomedical Engineering and minors in Chemistry and Math. He plans to pursue his PhD in BME as well. Currently, his interests fall in the overlap between the fields of cardiovascular biology and biotechnology, and aspires to become an academic cardiologist-scientist. He is also passionate in medical education and mentorship, and is serving as the 2020-21 Chair of the APSA Mentorship Committee. On the side, Ling enjoys biking, reading, hiking, and playing the violin.


                                            Daniel Groso

Undergraduate Liaison


Daniel Groso is a third-year Biology student (minors in Health Disparities and Bioinformatics) at the University of Florida. He hopes to pursue an MD/PhD in Molecular/Cellular Biology, working on the clinical translation of novel therapeutics for diseases ranging from CVD to cancer. His current research interests lie in regenerative medicine, immunology, and stem cell biology. He has conducted research in the lab of Dr. Anthony Maurelli at the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute. Daniel is serving as the Vice President External of UF APSA in 2020-2021, in addition to beginning his role as the Undergraduate Liaison. Daniel enjoys playing the trumpet, drinking espresso, learning to cook new foods, watching NBA basketball, and spending time with his friends and family.



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