University of Nebraska Medical Center



Sophia Kisling

Year: 5th
Lab: Dr. Surinder Batra
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hometown: Cortland, NE
Interests: Discovering new music genres, binge-reading a good book series, and painting.
Words of advice: “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s just going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.” – Stephanie Simpson
Contact Information: sophia.kisling@unmc.edu


Namita Bhyravbhatla

Year: 3rd
Lab: Dr. Surinder Batra
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hometown: Westborough, MA
Interests: Hanging out with friends, traveling, cozying up to a good book, binging TV shows 🙂
Words of Advice: “If you’re the smartest person in the room, then you’re in the wrong room.”
Contact Information: namita.bhyravbhatla@unmc.edu


Christabelle Rajesh

Year: 3rd
Dr. Prakash Radhakrishnan
Eppley Institute of Cancer Research
Mumbai, India
Reading, karaoke, brunching, hiking
Words of Advice:
Stepping outside your comfort zone can get you anywhere 🙂
Contact Information:


Evie Ehrhorn

Year: 3rd
Lab: Dr. Aaron Mohs
Department: Eppley Institute of Cancer Research
Hometown: Papillion, NE
Interests: Singing, exploring nature, and playing tennis
Words of Advice: “Risk something or forever sit with your dreams.” -Herb Brooks
Contact Information: eehrhorn@unmc.edu


Clara Mundry

Year: 5th
Lab: Dr. Tony Hollingsworth
Department: Eppley Institute of Cancer Research 
Hometown: Kassel, Germany
Interests: Traveling, Nature, Hiking, Swimming, Baking, Cooking, Tennis, Salsa Dance, Inline-Skating, Camping
Words of Advice: Don’t take life and yourself too seriously, laugh often, find time to do things that only you like, eat well, sleep more and never forget “others have survived Grad School as well, so why shouldn’t I!”
Contact Information:  clara.mundry@unmc.edu


Sakshi Khairnar

Year: 2nd
Lab: Dr. Romanova and Dr. Oupicky
Department: Pharmaceutical Sciences
Hometown: Nashik, India
Interests: Music, Baking, Gardening, Travelling
Words of advice: Grow through what you go through!
Contact: skhairnar@unmc.edu


Sanjali Panigrahi

Year: 2nd
Lab: Dr. Ram Mahato
Department: Pharmaceutical Sciences
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Interests: Dance, playing badminton
Words of Advice: Heya everyone! I am really excited to be a part of GSA this year (2023-24). Waiting for organizing events and getting you involved in all the exciting stuffs to get through your graduate studies journey. GSA would really appreciate your active participation to make this student association a success and this would also help you guys to feel a sense of belonging and adjust more easily to graduate life.
Contact Information: spanigrahi@unmc.edu


Annant Kaur

Year: 2nd
Lab: Dr. Moorthy Ponnusamy
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Interests: puzzles, playing lawn tennis, and watching documentaries
Words of Advice: “Don’t let the muggles get you down, because they don’t understand the magic in you”. Believe in yourself!
Contact Information: akaur@unmc.edu


Laiba Anwar

Year: 2nd
Lab: Dr. Wasim Nasser
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hometown: Delhi, India
Interests: Cooking, hiking, cycling, listening to music and binge watching TV shows
Words of Advice: “That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” – Abraham Lincoln
Contact Information: lanwar@unmc.edu


Sipra Panda

Year: 3rd
Lab: Dr. Katherine Hyde
Department: Eppley Institute of Cancer Research
Hometown: Odisha, India
Interests: Singing, Travel, exploring varied cuisines, Spending time with family
Words of advice: As a Social Chair, I highly encourage students to engage in social activities, share their thoughts regarding any issues and come together to make a significant difference in our well beings as grad students. Pursuing a PhD can be challenging, but by building a supportive connection amongst ourselves, it’s important to find ways to unwind. Looking forward to connecting and make the process of grad school fun and successful at the same time.
Contact Information: sipra.panda@unmc.edu


Aditya Gupta

Year: 3rd
Lab: Dr. Ram Mahato
Department: Pharmaceutical Sciences
Hometown: Delhi, India
Interests: Hiking, Trekking, Reading
Words of advice: If you concentrate on small, manageable steps you can cross unimaginable distance!
Contact Information: adgupta@unmc.edu


Rachel Kehrberg

Year: 5th
Lab: Dr. Sushil Kumar
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hometown: Hinton, Iowa
Interests: Traveling, hiking, reading, playing board games, rock climbing 
Words of advice: “Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” -Harriet Beecher Stowe 
Contact Information: rachel.kehrberg@unmc.edu


Gunjan Misri

Year: 2nd
Lab: Dr. Steve Caplan
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hometown: Pune, India
Interests: Learning new musical instruments, singing, and reading
Words of Advice: Be grateful for the little wins!
Contact Information: gmisri@unmc.edu


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