Executive Board

Current Executive Board members:

Dr. Adrienne D. Cox
Faculty Advisor
Adrienne D. Cox is Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and Pharmacology, Director of UNC's Cancer Cell Biology T32 Training Program, and a member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her laboratory studies the Ras family of small GTPases, with particular emphasis on molecularly targeted therapeutics directed against Ras signaling pathways. She is a slow writer, a first-rate editor, and a voracious reader of both scientific and non-scientific writing. She also enjoys visual storytelling via photography.
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Sarah Vick
Sarah is a PhD candidate in the department of Microbiology and Immunology. Her research in the Serody lab focuses on cancer immunotherapy, which finds ways to boost the immune response to help fight cancer. Outside of lab, Sarah enjoys science advocacy, reading, sewing, and watching TV.
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Richard Hodge
Vice President / Chief Editor
Richard is the current Chief Editor and Vice President of SWAC. He graduated with a PhD in Cell Biology from King’s College London, before heading to the USA to begin his post-doctoral studies at UNC. His research in the Der lab at the Lineberger focuses on investigating mutational profiles that drive pancreatic cancer. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, hiking and watching too much sport.
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Rachel Cherney
Content Editor
Rachel is a 2nd year graduate student pursuing a doctorate in Genetics and Molecular Biology. In the lab of Dr. Calabrese, she studies how long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) mediate gene expression. In her spare time, she enjoys being near water, traveling, cooking, eating, and crossword puzzles. Rachel aspires to use science communication and outreach to advocate science to the public and to young aspiring scientists.
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Emma Hinkle
Editorial Coordinator
Emma is a 2nd year graduate student in the department of Genetics and Molecular Biology. She is researching the effect of mechanical forces on the alternative splicing of muscle cells in Jimena Giudice's lab. In her free time she loves to read, exercise and play violin.
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Chiung-Wei Huang
Social Media Coordinator
Chiung-Wei is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry at UNC where she researches nanomaterials using atomic force microscopy related methods in the Atkin Lab. Before living in the USA, she studied and worked in Taiwan. Outside of lab, Chiung-Wei enjoys whatever catches her eyes at the moment (playing piano, reading novels), and spending time with her young son and her husband, also a chemist.
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Prior Executive Board members:

Daniel Albaugh
Co-Founder and President (Jan 2015-Fall 2015)
Daniel Albaugh co-founded the UNC Science Writing and Communication club. He served as President from January 2015 through September 2015.
Erinn Brigham
Chief Editor (Jan. 2015 - June 2015)
Current Position: Assistant Journal Manager at American Institute of Physics Publishing
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Jonathan Susser
Outreach Coordinator (July 2015 - Jan. 2016)
Jonathan is a PhD student in Psychology and Neuroscience working with Dr. Neil Mulligan. He studies people’s awareness of their memory, and how people predict what they will be able to remember later. When not in the lab, Jonathan enjoys running, playing fantasy hockey, and cheering on UNC basketball.
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Kristin Sellers
Editorial Coordinator (June 2015 - Dec. 2015)
Kristin is a 5th year student pursuing a PhD in Neurobiology and Certificate in Translational Medicine in the laboratory of Dr. Flavio Frohlich. She is currently investigating the neural correlates of attention in prefrontal and posterior parietal cortices using high-density electrophysiology in behaving animals. Kristin acted as Editorial Coordinator of SWAC from June 2015 to December 2015. Outside of science, Kristin is a competitive distance runner specializing in the half marathon.
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Chris Givens
Content Editor (June 2015 - Jan. 2016)
Chris is PhD candidate in the Tzima lab at UNC, studying forces and how they shape blood vessels. He specifically studies atherosclerosis, which is the disease that clogs vessels with unhealthy plaques. In addition to his research, he is also interested in building trust between the public and the scientists they fund. Chris acted as the Content Editor for The Pipettepen from June 2015 to January 2015. His interests include writing about weird bits of nature, the history of science, IP law, and bioethics. Oh, and let’s not forget about beer brewing.
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Bailey Peck
Chief Editor & Vice-President (July 2015 - May 2016); Outreach Coordinator (Jan 2015-June 2015)
Bailey earned her PhD in the Genetics & Molecular Biology Program at UNC in August 2016. She investigated the role of non-coding RNAs, including miRNAs, in regulating proliferation and differentiation of the intestinal epithelium as part of her thesis work in the Sethupathy Lab. She previously held the position of SWAC Outreach Coordinator (Jan 2015-June 2015), managing the efforts of SWAC’s social media presence. Bailey was the Vice-President (Dec 2015-May 2016) and Chief Editor of SWAC (June 2015 - May 2016) and led the transition to the new and independent domain for The Pipettepen blog (thepipettepen.com). She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Randy Seeley laboratory at the University of Michigan.
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Nicole M. Baker
Co-Founder and President
Nicole M. Baker received her PhD from the Department of Pharmacology at UNC in September 2016. She is currently a member of the Der Lab where she studies the role of p21-activated kinases in regulating the growth and metabolism of KRAS-mutant pancreatic cancer cells. Nicole's interest in pursuing a career in scientific writing led her to start SWAC. She was both a co-founder and the first SWAC President. Her hobbies include reading, playing cello, laughing when it’s inappropriate, and playing difficult video games and bragging about it to people who don’t care.
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Deirdre Sackett
Chief Editor & Vice-President
Deirdre Sackett is a 5th year graduate student in the Behavioral Neuroscience department at UNC. She researches the neurobiology of decision making in the Carelli lab. Outside the lab, Deirdre is actively involved in science communication and outreach, and loves hiking, reading, and playing video games. She was the Chief Editor and Vice President of SWAC from 2016-2017, and had a brief stint as the club's Editorial Coordinator in early 2016.
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Neerali Patel
Outreach Coordinator
Neerali Patel is a 1st year Masters candidate in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Her research focuses in quality improvement and survivorship care plans. Neerali loves science writing and is interested in pursuing a career in health journalism.
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Rachel Haake
Content Editor
Rachel is a third -year graduate student in the Behavioral Neuroscience doctoral program at UNC. Her research with the Carelli Lab focuses on how the brain processes both drug and non-drug reward following abstinence from cocaine. Outside of class and the lab, Rachel enjoys participating in science outreach, seeing live music, and reading.
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Suzannah Isgett
Editorial Coordinator
Zan is a fifth-year social psychology Ph.D. candidate. Her research interests lie at the intersection of biology and social connection: how do our bodies provide the physiological scaffold that fosters prosociality and affiliation? Specifically, she examines how the hormone oxytocin and vagus nerve play a role in positive social emotions. In her free time, she enjoys writing fiction and poetry, crocheting, and planning an extravagent round-the-world-in-80-days vacation (one day!).
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Christina Marvin
President (2016-2018) Content Editor (2015-2016)
Christina is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill and the current president of SWAC. She currently performs research on cellular delivery of phototherapeutics in the Lawrence lab. Outside of lab, her passion is science communication and outreach. She is working towards a full time career in which she can inspire communication between scientists and the public.
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Erika Van Goethem
Chief Editor & Vice-President (2017-2018) Treasurer (2017-2018)
Erika is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry at UNC. Her research with the Papanikolas Lab focuses on how vibrations travel within nanomaterials using ultrafast lasers. In her spare time, she plays volleyball and volunteers with Science in the Stacks. Erika is passionate about making science accessible to the public through science communication and outreach!
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Christina Parker
Social Media Coordinator
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