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GSO Officers 2016-2017

Joann Max Joann Max, President

Joann is a fourth year PULSe student in the Chemical Biology Training Group working in Dr. Hilkka Kenttämaa’s laboratories. Her research focuses on functional group selective ion-molecules reactions for the identification of drug metabolites and fundamental studies of gas-phase polyradical species. As President of the GSO and Coordinator for Science in Schools, she aims to foster the professional development, educational outreach and community involvement of all individuals in PULSe.  

 
Priya Prakash

Priya Prakash, Vice-President

Priya is a second year PULSe student in the Chemical Biology training group working in Dr. Chopra's lab in the Chemistry Department. Her research focusses on developing new therapeutics and repurposing FDA-approved drugs for Alzheimer's disease by using an interactome-based drug discovery approach. Besides science and research, Priya enjoys photography, traveling and advocating for women in STEM. Feel free to contact her with any questions about her research, the PULSe program or grad life at Purdue in general!

 

 
Nicole Vike Nicole Vike, Secretary

Nicole Vike, Secretary: Nicole is a second year PULSe student in the Integrative Neuroscience Training Group. She is working in Dr. Thomas Talvage’s lab in the department of Electrical Engineering. Her co-advisor, Dr. Riyi Shi, is in the college of Basic Medical Science and she is also working closely with Dr. Joseph Rispoli in the department of Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on the effects of repetitive sports-related concussion injuries in human subjects using different MRI techniques, such as MRS and DTI. Nicole loves roller blading and anything outdoors. She is looking forward to a fantastic year with her fellow PULSers!

 
Ethan Hillman Ethan Hillman, Treasurer:

Ethan is a second year PULSe student in the Biotechnology Training Group working in Dr. Kevin Solomon’s lab in the Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering. The microbiome is one of his favorite research topics and his project is focused on surveying the gut mycobiome of livestock in search of natural product-based treatments that may replace antibiotic supplements. Other than spending time in the lab, he enjoys sports, videography, traveling, building things in, on, and around his house, and relaxing his wife and dog. He is eager to help students immerse themselves in the PULSe program and the campus, so do not hesitate to reach out to him with any concerns you may have!

 
Kathryn Jacobson Kathryn Jacobson, Activities Coordinator

Kathryn is a second year PULSe student in the Biotechnology Training Group, working in Dr. Sarah Calve’s lab in Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on the proteomics of the extracellular matrix during embryonic development in mice. As Student Activities Coordinator, she strives to create inviting and innovative atmospheres through social activities with the PULSe student body.

 
Katherine Wehde

Katherine Wehde, First Year Mentoring Chair

Katherine is a second year PULSe student in the Chemical Biology training group and a member of Dr. Hilkka Kenttämaa's lab in the Chemistry Department. Her research is on two main projects, one focuses on the composition and related function of compounds in aviation fuels and another involves creating an efficient oil recovery mechanism to remove and obtain oil bonded to rock. Outside of lab, Katherine enjoys traveling, dancing, and cooking. As First Year Mentor Chair and Coordinator for SiS, she plans to use these positions to promote professional development and educational outreach opportunities for all individuals in PULSe. Feel free to contact her with any questions you have about PULSe, Science in School (SiS), or her research.

Cynthia Alvarado

Cynthia Alvarado, Diversity and Inclusion Chair:

I am a second year PULSe student in the Integrative Neuroscience training group. I work in Dr. Susan Swithers' lab in the Psychology Department. Our lab investigates the effects of artificial sweeteners on the brain, physiology and ingestive behavior. 

Rahcel Wu

Quiyu (Rachel) Wu, Student Seminar Chair:

Qiuyu (Rachel) is a second year PULSe student in the Integrative Neuroscience Training Group working in Dr. Alex Chubykin's lab in the Department of Biological Sciences. She is interested in synaptic and circuit plasticity relating to learning and memory. With her unique experience studying, living and doing research internationally, she wishes to promote communication and professional development in the PULSe community.

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