2016-2017 Executive Committee
President: Prajna Shanbhogue is a doctoral candidate in the Biochemistry and Structural Biology program, under the supervision of Dr. Yusuf Hannun. Her research is focused on the regulation of sphingolipid-metabolizing enzymes involved in cancer pathogenesis. Through her work with the Graduate Career Association, she hopes to aid her fellow graduate students in discovering their ideal career path.
Vice President: Jinelle Wint is working on her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology in the lab of Dr. Howard Sirotkin. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease using a model organism called zebrafish. She is really early in her PhD career and would like to thoroughly explore all of the options available to her upon completion of the PhD. She believes in the mission that GCA has put forth and would like to help spread the word of career opportunities to the Stony Brook campus.
Treasurer: Yang Liu is a PhD student in the Molecular and Cellular Biology program. Her research work is focused on the molecular mechanism of Krüppel-like factor 5-mediated maintenance of intestinal barrier function. Her role in GCA is to maintain the finances.
Secretary: Samia Mohammed is a graduate student in Dr. Yusuf Hannun's Lipid Cancer Lab, pursuing a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Her research focuses on the roles of enzymes modulating the levels of bioactive sphingolipids. She is excited to be a part of the Stony Brook University Graduate Career Association and looks forward to serving the committee and her fellow graduate students.
Social Media Representative: Lauren Prentis is a PhD student in the lab of Dr. Rob Rizzo, and is part of the Biochemistry and Structural Biology program.
Website Coordinator: Alexandra Weinheimer is a graduate student in the Biochemistry and Structural Biology PhD program, working in the lab of Dr. Orlando Schärer. She is studying the interactions between the nucleotide excision repair protein XPC, which recognizes lesions in the DNA duplex caused by UV damage, and the proteins it recruits to the damage sites to begin the repair process, including the multi-subunit complex TFIIH. Her role in GCA is to maintain and update the website.
Members of the GCA executive committee with Drs. Yakubovskaya, Pepenella, and Garbarino at the Careers in Science Outreach panel (02/10/17).