2018-2019 Executive Committee


Jinelle Wint grew up near Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She attended University of Miami and received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and General Studio Art. She continued her education by joining the Master’s program in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Stony Brook University. As a master’s student, she worked with Dr. J. Peter Gergen conducting research that focuses on gene transcription in Drosophila embryogenesis. Subsequently, she entered the PhD program in Molecular Cellular Biology at Stony Brook University. She currently works in Dr. Howard Sirotkin’s lab and her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease using the model organism called zebrafish.

She has mentored in several programs including Community of Student Mentors (SBU), Afterschool STEM Mentoring Program (NYAS), and Next Scholars Program (NYAS). On her off time she enjoys traveling, photography, and ceramics. She has had extensive training in science communication through the Alan Alda Center at Stony Brook University and aspires to be a science communicator working with the public and scientific community. From the moment she started her PhD career she wanted 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.

Vice President

Lauren Prentis is a PhD student in the lab of Dr. Rob Rizzo, and is part of the Biochemistry and Structural Biology program.


Parth Limbachiya is a student with Computer Science department. His interest lies with intersection of Maths and Computer Science. He is working on applying machine learning techniques on social media data to predict mental health of the user. He is working with Prof. Andrew Schwartz in data science lab.


Forrest Bowling is a student in the Biochemistry and Structural Biology graduate student in Dr. Michael Airola's Lab. His research is focused on the protein structure of lipid signaling enzymes.

Social Media Representative

Julie Bettke is a graduate student in the Molecular and Cellular Biology PhD program, working in the lab of Dr. Adrianus van der Velden. Her research is focused on understanding the early immune response to infection with the bacterial pathogen, Salmonella. Her role in GCA is to maintain GCA’s Twitter feed and Facebook page and to write blog posts on events GCA hosts. By being a part of GCA, she hopes to help other graduate students in discovering careers that best fit their goals and aspirations.

Website Coordinator

Alexandra Weinheimer is a graduate student in the Biochemistry and Structural Biology PhD program, working in the lab of Dr. Hyungjin Kim. She studies the protein SDE2, a newly identified genome surveillance factor implicated in the replication stress response, with a particular interest in its SAP domain, a DNA-binding domain that preferentially binds single-stranded DNA. Her role in GCA is to maintain and update the website. She also makes the flyers.

Members of the 2018-2019 GCA executive committee at the 2018 GSO Orientation (08/30/18).