Past Board Members

Former President: Carla Ramos (


2017 Graduate
Major/Program: Cellular and Molecular Biology Program (CMB)
Research Interest/Project: During my 3rd year of undergraduate my mother was diagnosed with Diabetic retinopathy (DR), essentially an eye disease that occurs frequently in diabetics. At the time I had no idea what DR was so when I moved to MI I made some research on potential lab rotations and I found my current lab that focuses on mechanisms involved in diabetes that leads to DR.
About Me: Five quick facts:

  1. I was born and raised in Hollywood, California (so by default I went to Hollywood High).
  2. I am the first in my family to graduate high school, college, and pretty soon from a PhD program.
  3. I am a dual citizen because my parents are Salvadorean. So I consider myself a Salvadorean-pocha Latina scientist.
  4. I have a ball python pet named Hades because he has an attitude.
  5. I love my family, I love my friends, I love making new friends, and yes I love to talk and have fun in the company of friends and family.

Former Treasurer: Kyle Ketchesin


2017 Graduate
Major/Program: Neuroscience
Research Interest/Project: My research is focused on the role of stress and the corticotropin-releasing hormone system in mouse models of alcohol addiction.

About Me: Five quick facts:

  1. I was born and raised in Ohio.
  2. I am a first-generation college student.
  3. My first major trip outside the US was to El Salvador.
  4. I have a cat named Nemo.
  5. I love spending time with my friends and family.



Former Media Manager: Matthew Medina


2017 Graduate
Major/Program: Earth and Environmental  Sciences, Geomicrobiology
Research Interest/Project: Broadly, I am interested in microbial ecology. I am currently researching microbial mats that live in a submerged sinkhole in Lake Huron, The Middle Island Sinkhole. This submerged sinkhole hosts phototrophic microbial mats that live under low-oxygen and sulfidic conditions; therefore, it is considered to be an analogue to Proterozoic microbial mat ecosystems. Using meta-genomic and meta-transcriptomic methods, I am uncovering the biogeochemical roles of sulfate-reducing bacteria in this unique microbial mat ecosystem. My work has implications for enhancing our understanding of early Earth geobiology.