Dr. Adrienne D. Cox
Faculty Advisor

Adrienne D. Cox is a 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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Rachel Cherney
President / Treasurer

Rachel is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate 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 traveling, baking, and crossword puzzles. 

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Gabrielle Dardis
Vice President / Chief Editor

Gabby Dardis is the current SWAC Vice President / Chief Editor. She is a 5th year PhD Candidate studying cancer cell inflammatory and epigenetic signaling in the Baldwin Lab, and enjoys editing articles and using social media for science communication. To combat grad school stress, she competes in powerlifting, bakes sourdough, and plays with her lab and husky pups.

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Jamshaid Shahir
Content Editor

Jamshaid is a 4th year PhD Candidate in the Purvis lab where he studies how the cell cycle regulates human embryonic stem cell differentiation. Jamshaid sees scientific communication as a vital skill for scientists that not only engenders trust and personal investment in science by the public but also makes them better scientists. Outside of lab, Jamshaid enjoys playing piano, learning foreign languages, and hanging out with his cats.

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Taylor Tibbs
Editorial Coordinator

Taylor is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in the department of Microbiology & Immunology. She works in the lab of Jason Whitmire where her project focuses on how genetics can influence the immune response to viral infection. She regards effective written and verbal communication skills as key for sharing scientific discoveries and fostering both trust and transparency among scientific professionals and the general public. When she is not hunched over a lab bench or keyboard, Taylor enjoys tending to her extensive collection of orchids and tropical plants, kayaking, or getting coated in mud exploring caves. 

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Ana Cartaya
Visual Communications Coordinator

Ana is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Pharmacology studying targeted nanotechnology-based therapeutics for prevention of vascular disease, in the lab of Dr. Edward Bahnson. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, felting, and playing video and board games. 

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Kayla Goforth
Social Media Coordinator

Kayla is a PhD student in the Lohmann Lab at UNC. Her research focuses on the sensory systems and navigation of sea turtles. Whether it’s for research or fun, you can usually find her on the beach or near the water. In Chapel Hill, her favorite place to head on the weekends is Jordan Lake for paddle boarding.

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Nila Pazhayam

Nila is a 3rd year Genetics and Molecular Biology graduate student researching mechanisms of meiotic crossover patterning in the Sekelsky Lab. In her free time, she enjoys reading, swimming, knitting, and working on digital art. 

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Past Executive Board members:

Daniel Albaugh
Co-Founder / President
Erinn Brigham
Chief Editor
Jonathan Susser
Outreach Coordinator
Kristin Sellers
Editorial Coordinator
Chris Givens
Content Editor
Bailey Peck
Chief Editor / Vice-President; Outreach Coordinator
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Nicole M. Baker
Co-Founder / President
Deirdre Sackett
Chief Editor / Vice-President
Neerali Patel
Outreach Coordinator
Rachel Haake
Content Editor
Suzannah Isgett
Editorial Coordinator
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Christina Marvin
President; Content Editor
Erika Van Goethem
Chief Editor / Vice-President; Treasurer
Christina Parker
Social Media Coordinator
Sarah Vick
President; Content Editor
Richard Hodge
Vice President / Chief Editor
Breanna Turman
Social Media Coordinator
Emma Hinkle
Vice President / Chief Editor
Chiung-Wei Huang
Editorial Coordinator
Gabby Budziszewski
Content Editor