Meet Our 2019 – 2020 Board!

Matthew Xin

Co – President

Class of 2020
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Minor: Neuroscience
Matthew’s work in Dr. Bradley Richmond’s lab focuses on the effects of cigarette smoke on
inflammation and the airway epithelium in the lungs. He plans to apply to medical school in the
future.
Anica Mohammadkhah
Co – President
Class of 2021
Majors: MHS and History of Art
Minors: French and Biological Sciences
Anica is a sophomore from Brentwood, Tennessee. She works in the Ferguson Lab under the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, conducting research on the microbiome and its effects on CVD and heart failure. She is currently pursuing the pre-med track with hopes to become a medical doctor.
Brittany Carey Fox
Vice President
Class of 2021
Major: Medicine, Health, and Society
Minors: Biology and Music
Brittany is a junior from Huntsville, Alabama. After starting out Vanderbilt as a Molecular and Cellular Biology major, she discovered her passion for the law and the application of science to the law and public policy. Unlike the other members of the board, Brittany is now a pre-law student focusing on legal and sociological research in the health field. She also is an avid musician, writer, dancer and semi-professional nerd. 
Laurie Lapp
Director of Advising
Class of 2020
Major: Neuroscience
Minor: MHS
Laurie was previously a research assistant in the Carter Lab, where she studied the protein Jedi1 and its role in mammalian dorsal root ganglia. She also worked with the Numerical Brain Lab. She is the captain of the Vanderbilt Dance Team and works as a neurofeedback technician at the Nashville Child and Family Wellness Center
Samantha MacGavin
Treasurer

Class of 2022
Majors: Neuroscience and MHS

Sam is a sophomore from St. Louis, MO. She works in the Mchaoruab lab, studying the role of proteins in cataract formation. Sam aspires to be an oculoplastic surgeon in the future. In her free time, Sam enjoys playing field hockey and being involved in her sorority.

Jennifer Tat
Director of Communications
Class of 2021
Major: Neuroscience & Spanish
Jen is a junior from Memphis, TN. She joined the Calipari Lab last fall to study the neurocircuitry underlying substance use disorder and behavior, primarily focusing on the sex differences in each mechanism. She had the opportunity to participate in VUSRP! When she isn’t in lab or singing with VUCC, you can find her at a local coffee shop.
Channing Chi
Director of General Events
Class of 2021
Major: Medicine, Health and Society + Molecular and Cellular Biology
Channing is a junior from Denver, Colorado. He is in Dr. Jeff Rathmell’s lab in VUMC, studying potential cancer immunotherapies in CD4 and CD8 T cells. Specifically, this year, he is looking at the effects of a newly-approved clinical cancer drug on CD8 T cells. Outside of lab and studying, Channing is also a member of VUCC and the Vanderbilt Fencing Club.

Adam Geffner
Director of General Events
Class of 2021
Major: Communication of Science and Technology
Adam is a junior from Livingston, NJ. He is currently working under Dr. Fissell in the Kidney Project lab, which aims to develop an implantable artificial kidney that would improve the lives of those suffering from kidney failure. Adam also has a passion for scientific writing, sports, and movies.

Anusha Srivastava
Programming Coordinator
Class of 2022
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Anusha is a Sophomore from Dublin, Ohio. She recently joined the Cover Laboratory, which studies the H. pylori bacterium as it relates to the development of Gastric Cancer. Specifically, she studies nitrous and oxidative effects on bacterial growth and proliferation. In her free time, Anusha enjoys dancing, running, traveling, and petting dogs.
Kolapo Dairo
Programming Coordinator
Class of 2022
Major: Psychology
Minor: Neuroscience
A sophomore from Columbus, OH, Kolapo works as a summer research assistant in the Bakaletz lab at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In his free time, Kolapo plays on the club tennis tennis team here, and is a part of a volunteering group called, Mentor TENNISsee, where he mentors and teaches tennis to middle school students.
Sydney Roth
Programming Coordinator
Class of 2021
Major: Neuroscience
Minor: Computer Science
Sydney is a junior from Warren, New Jersey. She works in Dr. Key’s Psychophysiology lab at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center where she examines brain-based markers of cognition in nonverbal individuals with Angelman Syndrome. She also conducts research with Dr. Kumah-Crystal at VUMC where she is working on developing a Voice-Assisted Electronic Health Record for physicians.
Hamza Kouzer
Research Mentoring Aid
Class of 2021

Major: Neuroscience
Minor: Quantitative Methods
Hamza is a junior from Knoxville, Tennessee. He works in Dr. Blackford’s lab at the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and is researching the role of anxiety in extended psychopathology. He currently is planning to pursue medicine and continuing his career as a researcher.

Brian Hou
Senior Advisor
Class of 2020
Major: Neuroscience & MHS
Brian is from Montgomery, NJ and recently spent the summer as a research trainee in the Tavakkoli & Sheu lab at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. He worked on Surgical and Metabolic research, investigating the role of mitochondria in post-gastric bypass outcomes.
Evan Rothchild
Senior Advisor
Class of 2020
Major: BME and Mathematics
Minor: Scientific Computing
Evan is a Senior from Long Island, New York. He is currently conducting research in Dr. Rubinov’s lab focusing on applying machine learning generative models to brain network data. This past summer he had the opportunity to pursue this research through Vanderbilt’s Data Science Institute. Aside from research, Evan works as an Emergency Medicine Scribe at NorthCrest Medical Center.

Eden Baker
First-year Representative
Class of 2023
Major: Human & Organizational Development 

Eden is a first-year student from Glastonbury, Connecticut. Before coming to Vanderbilt, Eden postponed her acceptance a year and worked as a medical assistant at a dermatologists office. Currently she is majoring in Human and Organizational Development in hopes of one day running her own dermatology practice. Eden also loves to travel, read, and listen to music!