Graduate Student Association
Greetings, from the Graduate Student Association (GSA) officers!
If you have questions about your classes, professors or the Lubbock locale, we can help. Our job is to make your life at TTUHSC a little bit easier and as much fun as possible. Let us know what we can do for you.
The GSA is a student organized and maintained government body. Responsibilities of GSA officers include:
- Dissemination of pertinent information to its members
- Organization of Student Research Week Banquet
- Representation of GSBS Graduate Students on school-wide committees
- Coordination of GSA Journal Club
- Uphold the GSA Constitution
Graduate students who are enrolled full time are members of the GSA and there are no membership dues.
Benefits of GSA membership include:
- Travel awards for those students who meet set requirements
- Social events that allow students from all departments to meet in a casual setting to get to know one another.
There are many ways to contact us:
- Email always works great. We check it multiple times a day and can reply quickly.
- Track us down in the hallway. We might be up for a bit of conversation and coffee.
- Follow the link to our website from the GSBS current students page.
2018-2019 GSA Officers
Monica is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Immunology and Molecular
Microbiology working under mentorship of Dr. Kevin Pruitt. Her research focuses on
characterizing post-translational regulation of Dishevelled proteins in breast cancer.
Monica grew up in India and came to the U.S. for graduate studies. Outside the lab,
she enjoys travelling, music, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Brianyell is a third year Ph.D. Student in the Immunology and molecular microbiology
department working under the mentorship of Dr. Matthew Grisham and Dr. Kevin Pruitt.
Her research focuses on understanding the pathogenesis and progression of acute Graft
versus Host disease and how epigenetic modifiers may influence the severity of the
disease in mice. She hopes to one day be an established immunologist working on infectious
diseases that threaten the public every day. Brianyell was born and raised in New
Orleans, LA and loves reading, dancing, cooking, decorating, and being with family.
Sarah is a second year PhD student working under the mentorship of Dr. Andrey Karamyshev
in the Department of Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology. She studies protein-protein
interactions during translation and how they impact alpha-Synuclein aggregation in
Parkinson's Disease. Sarah is originally from Dallas, but also calls Austin a home.
She enjoys being outside, baking, and hanging out with her cats.
Caitlyn is a second year Ph.D student working under the mentorship of Dr. Gail Cornwall.
Her research focuses on the antimicrobial function of amyloids in the reproductive
tract. Caitlyn grew up in Wisconsin before moving to Texas. In her free time, she
enjoys traveling, cooking, and reading.
Tim is a fourth year MD-PhD student in the Department of Cell Biology and Biochemistry
working under the mentorship of Dr. Vadivel Ganapathy. His research focuses on understanding
the role of lactic acid in the progression of breast cancer. Tim grew up in the mountains
outside of Asheville, North Carolina and is proud to represent the GSBS student body
for the 2018-2019 school year. During his free time, Tim enjoys playing the banjo,
watching sports, traveling, and working out.
Stephany is pursuing a Master’s degree in Biotechnology under the mentorship of Dr.
Abdul Hamood in the department of Immunology and Molecular Microbiology. Her research
focuses on the antimicrobial properties of Next Science® coated urinary catheters.
In her free time Stephany enjoys watching documentaries and playing board games.
Ryan is a second year PhD student in the Pharmacology and Neuroscience Department
working under Dr. Pablo Artigas. His research focuses on the Na/K ATPase and its role
in health and disease. In his free time he enjoys watching and playing sports, reading,
and playing bass guitar and piano.
Omar is a Fourth year Ph.D. student working under mentorship of Dr. Vadivel Ganapathy.
His research focuses on understanding the role of amino acid transporters in the progression
of colon cancer and colitis. Omar was born and raised in Bangladesh, and moved in
USA in 2015 to pursue his PhD at TTUHSC. During his free time, Omar enjoys travelling,
hiking, playing cricket and watching movies.
David is a fourth year Ph.D student in the department of Immunology and Molecular
Microbiology working under the mentorship of Dr. Kevin Pruitt. His research entails
the study of functional and mechanistic role of post-translational modifications of
the methyl CpG binding protein (MeCP2) and its relevance to Cancer Biology and Epigenetics.
David is originally from India. Outside of the lab he enjoys trying out different
cuisines, taking road trips, watching and playing sports, and playing multiplayer
Student Research Week Committee
Riccay is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Immunology and Molecular
Microbiology. She is currently working under the mentorship of Dr. Bright studying
the immune response, specifically T cells, to a cancer vaccine. Riccay enjoys traveling,
baking, anything outside, and spending time with her fur babies.
Whitni is a third year Ph.D. student under the mentorship of Dr. Kendra Rumbaugh in
the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Her research involves enzymatic
degradation of bacterial biofilms in chronic wounds. Whitni is originally from Colorado
and enjoys traveling, cooking, watching movies, and spending time with her dog.
Ksenija is a second year PhD student in the Department of Immunology and Molecular
Biology. Ksenija studies the potential role of lysine deacetylation in D52 vaccin
induced tumor immunity. She was born and raised in Montenegro and enjoys working out,
travlleing, outdoor activities, read, drawing, and spending time with her two Great
Prenees Alpha and Akela.
Director of Marketing
Josue is a second year Ph.D. in the Department of Immunology and Molecular Microbiology
working under the mentorship of Dr. Matthew Grisham. His research project focuses
on Graft vs Host Disease. Josue’s interests include mountain biking, backpacking,
snowboarding, and anything outdoors.
Poster Competition Coordinator
Brad is a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular
Biology. His is currently working under the mentorship of Dr. Bhutia, studying amino
acid and peptide transporters in pancreatic cancer. Brad is from Texas and enjoys
playing and watching sports, traveling, and spending time with his dogs.
Poster Competition Coordinator