Executive Board 2023-2024Meet this Executive Board
Helen Qian is a fourth-year from Boyds, Maryland, and is majoring in Neuroscience. She is involved in research investigating the neurophysiology of emotional and cognitive processes and their dysfunction in psychiatric disorders. Outside of her lab work, she loves to paint and write short stories. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Natalie is a fourth-year from southern Illinois. She worked with discovering more effective treatment regimens for malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors, but is currently conducting infectious disease research in the Lacy Lab at VUMC. Science is her #1 passion, but she also enjoys making film-like videos and drawing. After graduation, she is hoping to pursue an M.D./Ph.D and focus on oncology or immunology! Email: email@example.com
Director of Communications
Grace is a fourth-year from Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently a research assistant at the Schlesinger Lab where she studies ICU Alarms and vital screens to improve clinician and patient fatigue. She is also involved in Vanderbilt Service Council, Tour Guides, and the Hustler. In her free time, she enjoys running, baking and trying new restaurants in Nashville. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Advising
Phoebe is a Junior from Brentwood, Tennessee. She is a research assistant in the Winder Lab at Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research, where she studies molecular changes during abstinence from alcohol use disorder in mouse models. Outside of classes, she loves to hang out with friends, exercise, and read. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a PhD and continue her work with the neuroscience of addiction. Email: email@example.com
Co-Director of General Events
Milind is a 2nd-year student studying neuroscience and economics. He is involved in research concerning liver fibrosis with the Flynn Lab and retinal inflammation with the De la Huerta Lab. He plans to pursue an MD/MBA after graduating. Outside of research, Milind enjoys pretending to be Steph Curry on the basketball court.
Co-Director of General Events
Mayaank Pillai is a fourth-year from Hillsborough, New Jersey. With a major in biomedical engineering, he hopes to apply to MD/Ph.D. programs upon graduation. He is a research assistant for the Bowden Biomedical Optics Laboratory, where he studies algorithmic approaches to streamlining cancer surveillance. He is specifically developing a real-time clinician guidance system to improve cystoscopy frame quality and produce successful 3D bladder reconstructions. Beyond research, Mayaank enjoys listening to hip hop, playing video games, and practicing soccer with friends. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi! My name is Stuti Jain and I am a junior majoring in Neuroscience and CSET. I have worked as an undergraduate research assistant for the Schrag Lab for the past two years where I am working on characterizing a neuronal cell type’s inflammatory effects that contribute to markers, such as fibrosis, that are observed in Alzheimer’s patients. I am excited to serve as one of your programming coordinators because I am passionate about making science and research more accessible!
Sahil Patel is a fourth-year student studying neuroscience. He is a research assistant at the Vanderbilt Dermatology Translational Research Clinic where he is interested in fundamental technology research in clinical dermatology and its implications for improved patient care. He hopes to pursue an MD/ MBA after graduating.
Kate Wang is a junior from San Diego, CA majoring in Computer Science. She has been a research assistant in Dr. Catie Chang’s lab since her freshman year working on computational fMRI analysis to examine how fMRI patterns linked with vigilance relate to cognitive impairment in the aging brain. Outside of research, she enjoys reading, traveling, listening to music, and exploring different restaurants in Nashville.
Maya Anderson is a third-year from Atlanta, Georgia. She is majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology. Since the summer of 2022, Maya has been working in McMahon lab, studying the circadian rhythms of honey bees. She is working to develop new tools to study the structure of honey bee biological clock. Post graduation, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. Outside of research, her hobbies include ballroom dancing, drawing, and writing. Email: email@example.com
Karen Nie is a third-year from Needham, Massachusetts. She is majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and minoring in Neuroscience. Since the summer of 2022, Karen has been working in the Skaar Lab where she studies the effects of nutrient zinc and iron on the host-pathogen interface during Acinetobacter baumannii infection. After graduating, she plans to go pursue an MD. Outside of research, she enjoys painting, dancing, and watching TV.
First Year Representative
Grace is a first year Crescere Aude and MOSAIC scholar majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in data science. She enjoys doing research, learning new languages, and hanging out with friends.