Graduate Student Association

Officers

PRESIDENT: 

Kristin Wipfler

About: I am working with Dr. Babu Guda in the Genetics, Cell Biology, and Anatomy department.

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Interests: gaming, politics, activism, naps

Words of advice: To paraphrase the great Neil deGrasse Tyson: know more today about the world than you knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others.

Contact information: kristin.wipfler@unmc.edu

 

VICE PRESIDENT: 

Rajvi Wani

About: I am working with Dr. Chen in the Health Services Research and Administration  department.

Hometown: Mumbai, India

Interests: Watching Broadways, comedy shows and concerts; trying new restaurants and traveling.

Words of advice: Imagination is its own form of courage; use courage to meet your goals.

Contact information: rajvi.wani@unmc.edu

 

SECRETARY: 

Lee Sleightholm

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About: I am working with Dr. David Oupicky in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department.

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Interests: Rock climbing, canoeing, camping, restaurant hunting, traveling the world

Words of advice: No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.

Contact information: richard.sleightholm@unmc.edu

 

TREASURER: 

Shashank Shrishrimal

About: I am working in Dr. Green’s lab in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department.

Hometown: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Interests:  Genomic research, Astronomy, Philosophy, Economics and Horse riding

Words of advice: Life is short, make the most of it.

Contact information: shashank.shrishrimal@unmc.edu

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CHAIR: 

Saswati Karmakar

About: I am working with Dr. Surinder Batra in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department.

Hometown: New Delhi, India

Interests: Painting, singing, interacting with people from diverse cultures

Words of advice: Never lose faith in the strength of sincerity and determination.

Contact information: saswati.karmakar@unmc.edu

 

INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION CHAIR: 

William Payne

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About: I am working in Dr. Aaron Mohs’ lab in the Pharmaceutical Sciences department.

Hometown: Pendleton, Indiana

Interests: Hiking, hunting & fishing, electronics, computer programming

Words of advice: Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even experts have more to learn

Contact information: : william.payne@unmc.edu

 

ALUMNI CHAIR: 

Songita Choudhury

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About: I am working in Dr. Thomas Porter’s lab in the Cellular & Integrative Physiology/Internal Medicine department.

Hometown: Clovis, California

Interests: Playing music, trying new restaurants, photography

Words of advice: “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” –Henry Ford

Contact information: : songita.choudhury@unmc.edu

 

OUTREACH CHAIR: 

Eyerusalem Lemma

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About: I am working with Dr. Robert Lewis in Eppley.

Hometown: Woodbury, Minnesota

Interests: Reading, painting, photography

Words of advice: Always take a moment to take care of yourself

Contact information: eyerusalem.lemma@unmc.edu

 

 

SOCIAL CO-CHAIR: 

Tayla Heavican

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About: I am working in Dr. Javeed Iqbal’s lab in the Pathology and Microbiology department.

Hometown: Columbus, Nebraska

Interests: Traveling, attending concerts, photography, and enjoying the outdoors

Words of advice: The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it

Contact information: tayla.heavican@unmc.edu

 

SOCIAL CO-CHAIR: 

Cheng Wang

About: I am working in Dr. Kai Fu’s lab in the Pathology and Microbiology department.

Hometown: Weifang, Shandong Province, China

Interests: Dancing, swimming

Words of advice: Be fully present

Contact information: cheng.wang@unmc.edu

 

STUDENT WELLNESS CHAIR: 

Aneesha Dasgupta

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About: I am working with Dr. Pankaj Singh in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department.

Hometown: New Delhi, India

Interests: swimming, reading, watching movies and plays

Words of advice: Everything is worth at least one try. Even if it seems beyond your reach. Remember the universe is filled with surprises.

Contact information: aneesha.dasgupta@unmc.edu

 

 

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT CHAIR: 

Joel Frandsen

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About: I am working in Dr. Praba Narayanasamy’s lab in the Pathology and Microbiology department.

Hometown: Grand Island, Nebraska

Interests: I’ve been training mixed martial arts for almost 10 years, and have had over 30 MMA fights. I moved to Omaha to train full time and made my professional debut in 2010. I also do jiu jitsu, and competed in the world championships several times.

Contact information: joel.frandsen@unmc.edu

 

 

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