Graduate Student Association

Officers

PRESIDENT: 

Pranita Atri

Year: 5th

Lab: Dr. Surinder Batra
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Interests: Reading, reading, and more reading
Words of Advice: “It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that.”
Contact Information: p.atri@unmc.edu

 

VICE PRESIDENT: 

Caitlin Molczyk

Year: 2nd year graduate student / 4th year MD/PhD student

Lab: Dr. Rakesh Singh
 
Department: IGPBS / Immunology, Pathology, and Infectious Disease
 
Interests: 
I enjoy learning more about the world through traveling and exploring. I am passionate about medicine and biology. In my spare time, I enjoy trying out new recipes, playing games, crafting, and spending time with my friends and family.
 
Words of advice: 
Even when it seems impossible, remember that struggle creates endurance and endurance with perseverance leads to success. It takes time to get results: Walt Disney was let go as a cartoon artist because he wasn’t creative enough; J.K. Rowling was fired from her job as a secretary; Oprah Winfrey was told she was unfit for television news. All of these people did not let failures dictate their future, they forged onward to make an impact where they saw fit. I hope your training here helps you make your impact!

 

SECRETARY: 

Chaitra Rao

Year: 3rd

Lab: Dr. Robert Lewis
Department: CRGP
Hometown: Bangalore, India
Interests: Reading interesting books and dancing (both of which I don’t do)
Words of Advice: “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself,” G. B Shaw
Contact Information: chaitra.rao@unmc.edu

 

TREASURER: 

Wyatt Andersen

Year:  4th

Lab: Dr. Polina Shcherbakova
Department: 
Eppley institute 
Interests: Fishing, Hiking, Camping 
Words of Advice: 
“You don’t have to stay anywhere forever”-Neil Gaiman
Contact Information: wyatt.andersen@unmc.edu

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CHAIR: 

Navneet Kaur

Year:  5th 

Lab: Dr. Jennifer Black
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hometown: Nurpur, India
Interests: Traveling, reading, nature photography, animated and action movies
Words of Advice: When things go out of hand, just quit thinking, eat your favorite food, and take a power nap.
Contact Information: navneet.kaur@unmc.edu

 

INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION CHAIR: 

Paul Lovell

Year:  4th

Lab: Dr. Aaron Mohs
Department: Pharmaceutical Sciences
Hometown: Monroe, OH
Interests: Running, traveling, exploring outdoors
Words of advice: Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t- you’re right.
Contact: paul.lovell@unmc.edu

 

ALUMNI CHAIR: 

Madeline Olson

Year: 4th

Lab: Dr. Aaron Mohs
Department: Eppley Institute for Cancer Research
Hometown: Duluth, MN
Interests: Running, playing the cello, drawing, hiking, and spending time with the family
Words of Advice: “It’s so important to do something every day that will make you happy.” Bob Ross
Contact Information: madeline.olson@unmc.edu

 

OUTREACH CHAIR: 

Shelby Knoche

Year: 4th

Lab: Dr. Joyce Solheim
Department: Eppley Institute of Cancer Research 
Hometown: Fishers, IN
Interests: Photography, cooking, exploring with my dog
Words of Advice: “One way to get the most of life is to look upon it as an adventure” William Feather
Contact Information: shelby.knoche@unmc.edu

 

SOCIAL CO-CHAIR: 

Mansi Gulati

Year: 3rd

Lab: Dr. Maneesh Jain
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Interests: Hiking, cooking and playing games
Words of Advice: Work hard, be patient, and persistent. Take time to know thyself.
Contact Information: mansi.gulati@unmc.edu

SOCIAL CO-CHAIR:

Sophia Kisling 

Year: 2nd

Lab: Dr. Sukhwinder Kaur
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Interests: Reading, painting, music, and movies.
Words of advice: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill. Graduate school is hard, but if it were easy, everyone would do it. Remember your goals, and never give up!
Contact Information: sophia.kisling@unmc.edu

STUDENT WELLNESS CHAIR: 

Valerie Fousek-Schuller

Year: 2nd (Masters) 

Lab: Dr. Xu Luo
Department: Immunology, Pathology, and Infectious Diseases (IPID)
Interests: Cats, playing piano, working out, sports, nutrition, family
Words of advice: “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius  
Enjoy your graduate school moments, and remember to take a break once in awhile!
Contact Information: valerie.fousek@unmc.edu

 

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT CHAIR: 

Bhuvaneshwari Seshadri

Year: 2nd

Lab: Dr. Moorthy P Ponnusamy
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Interests: Painting, Gardening, Cooking, and Photography
Words of advice: “Winners are not those who never fail but those who never quit.” – APJ Abdul Kalam
Contact information: b.seshadri@unmc.edu

 

 

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