Past Board Members

Former SecretaryRishi DasRishiDas
Year:1st year Medical Student
Major/Program: Medicine M.D. Program
Research Interest/Project: Ever since I interned at a small molecular drug discovery company, I have been passionate about therapeutics in Oncology, which led me into research into breast cancer genomics looking at molecular targets and prognostic chemotherapy markers. I will be currently working with the Department of Radiation Oncology in elucidating best treatment sequencing with chemo-radiation, and developing dosimetric risk models for treatment administration.
Five Quick Facts:
  1. I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, but spent much of my childhood in Mumbai, India.
  2. I can make the meanest and baddest masala chai.
  3. I am a big fan of motorsports, and enjoy following the FIA World Rally Championship and the World Endurance Series.
  4. I am space geek with absolutely no knowledge or skill set in Astrophysics.
  5. In the sport of Cricket, I am a medium fast bowler and wicket keeper

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.


Former Social Event Coordinator: Anabel Flores
Major/Program: Cellular and Molecular Biology Program (CMB)
Research Interest/Project: Obesity and its associated co-morbidities increase each year but the mechanisms underlying obesity is still not fully understood. Insight about molecular mechanisms underlying obesity can be gained by studying human mutations associated with obesity. Recently, human mutations in SH2B1 have been associated with obesity. I am using a mouse model encoding one of the human obesity mutations in SH2B1 as a tool to study cellular mechanisms underlying obesity.
Five Quick Facts:
1. I was born in Mexico and I love Spanish! My second major in undergrad was Spanish Literature.
2. I ran cross country and track in high school and college. I still love being a competitive long distance runner.
3. I enjoy reading for fun. My favorite authors are Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende, and John Grisham.
4. I have a big family (8 total) and my 4 sisters are my best friends.
5. I love traveling!

Former Fundraising Coordinator & National Liaison:  Adam Banda


Major/Program: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Research Interest/Project: Metabolic and epigenetic reprogramming in pediatric high grade gliomas
Five Quick Facts:
  1. I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and as such the weather difference between Texas and Michigan has taken some getting used too.
  2. I’ve gained a lot of weight and I’ve lost of a lot of weight since coming to Michigan (3 years!).
  3. When I’m not in lab you can probably find me running or exercising.
  4. I was initially a nursing major before switching over to biochemistry to pursue research.
  5. I’ve never owned a car and I doubt I will anytime soon (Ann Arbor is really walkable)