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GSO Officers 2017-2018

Qiyuy-Wu-President Qiuyu (Rachel)Wu, President

Qiuyu (Rachel) is a fourth year PULSe student in the Integrative Neuroscience Training Group. As the president, her vision for the PULSe GSO is to promote communication within the PULSe community and to facilitate professional development and career exploration among PULSe students. Having lived and studied in mainland China, Hong Kong, and the United States, Rachel has received influence from both Chinese and Western culture, which gives her a unique perspective serving the diverse PULSe student body. She has previously also served in the PULSe GSO as the diversity and inclusion chair and the seminar chair. Rachel currently works with Dr. Alexander Chubykin on functional local neuro-circuit mapping in the primary visual system, aiming to decipher the abnormality of visual memory encoding in mouse models of autism.

Logan-Ganzen Logan Ganzen, Vice-President
Logan is a forth year PULSe student in the Integrative Neuroscience training group. He works in the laboratory of Dr. Yuk Fai Leung utilizing the zebrafish model to study vision. His research involves designing behavioral assays with larval zebrafish to identify novel drug treatments for retinal degeneration. As a co-chair for Science in Schools, he designs experiments for local 4th-grade students to foster interest and excitement in the STEM fields.  
Diana-Cortes-Selva Diana Cortes-Selva, Secretary

Diana is a fourth year PULSe student working in Dr. Keke Fairfax’s lab in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology. Her research focuses on the immune responses to the parasitic helminth Schistosoma mansoni using genetically modified mouse models to probe the mechanisms of lymphoid compartment regulation. Originally from Nicaragua, Central America, Diana earned a M.S. from the University of Florida, Gainesville. When not working in the lab, she serves as Ambassador for the Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease (PI4D) and also as grant reviewer for the Purdue Graduate Student Government Grant and Allocation Committee. In her free time she enjoys oil painting, trying different cuisine from around the world, reading and swimming. 

Ethan-Hillman Ethan Hillman, Treasurer

Ethan is a third-year PULSe student in the Biotechnology Training Group working in Dr. Kevin Solomon’s lab in the Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering. The microbiome and synthetic biology are two of his favorite research topics. His project is focused on surveying the gut mycobiome of livestock in search of natural products, and then using synthetic biology approaches to realize their full potential. He enjoys sports, videography, traveling, building things in, on, and around his house, and relaxing with 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 third 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 third 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.

Yu-Tang Yu Tang, Diversity and Inclusion Chair

Yu is a second year PULSe student in the integrative neuroscience training group, working in Dr. Alex Chubykin's lab in Biological Sciences department. She is interested to understand neural circuitry involved in experience-dependent visual perception, using in vivo electrophysiology. As diversity and inclusion chair, she hopes to enhance understanding among PULSers with diverse academic and cultural backgrounds, and to promote interdisciplinary and collaborative atmosphere in PULSe.

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