2019-2020 Executive Committee

President

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.

Vice President

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. By being a part of GCA, she hopes to help other graduate students in discovering careers that best fit their goals and aspirations. Julie is also the current Social Media Representative, and maintains GCA's Twitter feed, Facebook page, and writes occasional blog posts about GCA events.

Treasurer

Jennifer Park is a graduate student in the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology PhD program, working in Dr. Hyungjin Kim’s lab. Her research is focused on exploring how the DNA repair system preserves and regulates genomic stability in order to prevent tumorigenesis. As a first year graduate student, she is elucidating the role of TIMELESS, a component of the Fork Protection Complex, involved in replication fork protection. She has also characterized its interaction with the genome surveillance factor, SDE2. As the Treasurer of GCA, she hopes to smoothly coordinate GCA events to help other graduate students looking for career advice and opportunities.

Secretary

Kafi Belfon, Biochemistry and Structural Biology; French lab

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).