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Mauna Dasari

President

Mauna Dasari

Primate Behavior & Microbiology

 

Mauna is a 2nd* year in the Archie lab, where she studies how the gut microbiome influences host behavior and development (and vice versa) in baboons. When not working on baboons, she's likes to write about gibbons, eat like a gibbon, climb like a gibbon, or talk to kids about gibbons.


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Vice President

Matt Trentman

Stream Ecology

 

Matt is a 2nd year PhD student in the Tank lab studying the impact of conservation practices on stream water quality. Matt is an avid gardener, and enjoys keeping track of the current weather.


Katherine Barrett

Secretary

Kate Barrett

Aquatic Ecology

 

Kate is a first-year PhD student who has a background in aquatic invertebrate ecology, and she particularly digs chironomids. Kate’s interest and dissertation is centered on Utah’s Great Salt Lake, where she is interested in quantifying patterns of aquatic invertebrate diversity in impounded wetlands and understanding brine fly larvae population dynamics. When she’s not in the lab, she enjoys kickboxing, running, and philosophical writing.


Benjamin Gombash

Treasurer

Benjamin Gombash

Primate Behavior & Microbiology

 

Ben (G-Bash to his friends) is a first year PhD student in the Hollocher lab studying macaque diets. He enjoys food, monkeys, and other hobbies.


Brittni Bertolet

Graduate Student Union Representative, Professional Development Chair

Brittni Bertolet

Aquatic Microbial Ecology

 

Brittni is a 1st year in the Jones Lab studying how microbial communities influence the structure and function of freshwater lakes. Interests include coffee, cats, and carbon. Strong aversion to clowns, climate change, and alliteration.


Felicity Newton

Philanthropy/Volunteering

Felicity Newton

Cell Biology

 

Felicity is a country lovin' girl from Nashville, TN. If she's not having a mini dance party in the basement of Galvin, she can be found baking or attempting to find a coffee shop with live music that can compare to her "hipster" hometown. 


Amanda Yamasaki

Activities

Amanda Yamasaki

Stem Cell Biology

 

Amanda’s interests include craft beer, ballroom dance, and complicated board games. Her research focuses on using stem cells and reprogramming to understand blood development and disease. When not in lab, she can often be found at dance practice or at home with her two cats (especially if it’s after 10:00 pm). Feel free to let her know if you have any ideas for fun social activities!


Chissa Rivaldi

Recruitment Co-chair

Chissa Rivaldi

Genomic Evolution

 

Status:3rd* year in the Hollocher Lab. 
Research: falls under the ecology & evolution focus in the ND Biological Sciences, incorporates bioinformatic methods to find environmental effects on genomic variation.
Fun (?): graphic design, eagle cam, twitter


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Recruitment Co-chair

Francisco Fields

Microbiology & Biochemistry

 

Pancho is a 3rd year PhD student in the lab of Dr. Shaun Lee, studying the design of antimicrobial petides.  He used to be in a mariachi band, and he loves doing improv.


Rachel Oidtman

Social Media

Rachel Oidtman

Infectious Disease Modeling & Disease Ecology

 

Rachel is a 2nd year PhD student in Alex Perkins' lab using mathematical models to look at environmental and human drivers of vector-borne disease outbreaks and emergence. When she's not trouble shooting code, she enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends. 


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Webmaster (interim)

Stefan Freed

Microbiology, Rare Genetic Disease

 

Stefan is a 5th year student in the Lee Lab, studying modified microbial peptides made by a bacterium on human skin as well as how genetic mutations lead to rare disease in humans.  He enjoys woodworking, cross-country skiing, and board games, and will be welcoming a daughter into his family soon.


Prof. Robert A. Schulz

Faculty Advisor

Prof. Robert A. Schulz

Cardiac and Hematopoietic Development

Professor Schulz studies genetic models of human disease, especially as they relate to abnormalities in heart and blood cell development, using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. Click here to learn more about his lab and research.