Jahir Gutierrez is President of the Bioengineering Graduate Society and a fourth year Ph.D. student. His research focuses on reconstructing genome scale networks of the mammalian secretory pathway using system biology. Besides science and education, Jahir is also passionate about music and song writing.
Sheng-Hsiou (Shawn) Hsu is Vice President - Communications of Bioengineering Graduate Society. He is a fourth year Ph.D. student working on computational neuroscience, EEG analysis, and brain-computer interface (BCI) at Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience (SCCN). As an international student from Taiwan, he loves to travel and explore the world. He also enjoys playing tennis, surfing, and playing music.
Anand Sastry is Vice President – Internal of Bioengineering Graduate Society and a second year PhD student working in Bernhard Palsson’s lab. His work is primarily on dynamic simulations of mammalian metabolism, focusing on human red blood cells. Outside of lab, he enjoys hiking, going to the beach, visiting the local breweries, and playing pool in the grad lounge.
Nick is Vice President - External of Bioengineering Graduate Society and a second year Bioengineering PhD student from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis before joining Dr. Andrew McCulloch’s cardiac mechanics lab at UCSD. Nick’s research focuses on creating multi-scale models of cardiac electromechanics for applications in heart disease diagnosis and treatment. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, going on long bike rides, and finding the best food in San Diego.
Fanny Chapelin is Vice President - Finance of Bioengineering Graduate Society and a second year graduate student in the Ahrens lab (medicine/radiology). She is interested in developing non-invasive imaging modalities to visualize inflammation in cases like cancer and response to therapy, stem cell transplant integration and rejection, cell death. In her free time, you’ll find her at home creating something new (painting/stitching/planting…) or on top of a mountain somewhere. In 3 years in the US (I’m from France originally), she and her boyfriend have visited more than 9 states and 20+ national parks and they don’t intend to stop there!
Chairs and Representatives
Jessica Ungerleider is the Co-Chair - Outreach of Bioengineering Graduate Society. She is a third year Ph.D. student in the Christman lab and her research is based on biomaterial therapies for peripheral artery disease. She also enjoys running, hiking, biking, and tasting local San Diego beers.
Kara Johnson is the Co-Chair - Outreach of Bioengineering Graduate Society. She is a third year Ph.D. student from UC Davis interested in epigenetics and gene regulation. While she has many interests outside of her research, a few of her favorite are gymnastics, cooking, and being crafty.
Nick Csicsery is the Co-Chair - Outreach of the Bioengineering Graduate Society. He is a third year Ph.D. student in the Hasty Lab, working on synthetic biology and lab evolution. Outside of research, he enjoys running, hiking, music, and board/video games.
Aimee Raleigh is the Chair - Breakfast with Industry of Bioengineering Graduate Society and a third year Ph.D. student in the Cartilage Tissue Engineering lab. In her free time, Aimee enjoys long weekend hikes and baking.
Kim McCabe is the Chair of Recruitment and Curriculum Development for Bioengineering Graduate Society. She is a second year Bioengineering PhD student from Stratford, Connecticut. She is a member of the Cardiac Mechanics Research Group and works with Dr. Andrew McCulloch to develop multi-scale computational models of heart failure. In her free time, Kim enjoys playing board games and swimming.
Melissa Hernandez is the Co-Chair - Recruitment and Curriculum Development for Bioengineering Graduate Society and a second year PhD student from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is currently studying injectable biomaterials for the treatment of peripheral artery disease in the Christman lab. In her free time, Melissa enjoys running, playing with her two dogs, and watching football.
Andrew Richards is a Graduate Student Association Representative. He is a fourth year Ph.D. student in Bioengineering working in the Integrative Genomics lab under Professor Kun Zhang. He studies DNA copy number variations (CNVs) in single cells from the human brain. He enjoys surfing, sailing, and the amazing beers brewed in and around San Diego.
Hillary Lam is the Jacobs Graduate Student Council (JGSC) Representative, for Bioengineering Graduate Society, in charge of communicating cross-organizational events. She is a 2nd year M.S. student in Bioengineering in the Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine Lab, working on hydrogels for cardiac surgery. In her free time, Hillary enjoys snorkeling at La Jolla Shores and exploring San Diego's food scene.