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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Manuel Galvan

Manuel is a 4th year Ph.D. social psychology student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. He works with Drs. Keith Payne and Keely Muscatell and studies economic and social inequality. He also co-hosts a podcast called A Bit More Complicated where he interviews experts to discuss the problems of society and what to do about them.

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Nila Pazhayam
Vice President / Chief Editor

Nila is a 4th year Genetics and Molecular Biology PhD candidate researching mechanisms of meiotic crossover patterning in the Sekelsky Lab. In her free time, she enjoys reading, swimming, knitting, and digital art.

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Bree Iskandar
Content Editor

Bree Iskandar is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in the Chemical Biology & Medicinal Chemistry department within the Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She studies peptide therapeutic discovery platforms in the lab of Dr. Albert Bowers and is passionate about making and communicating scientific discoveries. Away from the bench, she is an avid home cook, the proudest cat mama, a hot yoga and circuit training enthusiast, and an escape room fiend. Find her at breezyscience.com or follow her on Twitter @breezyscience.

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Taylor Tibbs
Editorial Coordinator

Taylor is a senior Ph.D. candidate in the department of Microbiology & Immunology. She works in the lab of Dr. 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, kayaking, or getting muddy while exploring caves. Find her at thetayloredscientist.com or on Twitter @tayloredsci.

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Jillian Battista
Social Media and Visual Communications Coordinator

Jillian is a 3rd year behavioral neuroscience Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. She conducts her research in the lab of Charlotte Boettiger where her project currently focuses on the intersection of cognitive aging and alcohol misuse. She finds necessity in effective communication, including written, illustrative, and verbal, in all aspects of the scientific process. She especially promotes science communication practice in unfamiliar topics and ideas geared toward the general population. When she is not in the lab, she enjoys running, hanging out with friends, or spending time with her cat.

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Kirsten Giesbrecht
Treasurer / Event Coordinator

Kirsten is a 5th year applied math PhD student. She develops computational models of blood flow in embryonic chick hearts in the Griffith lab and conducts benchtop research on embryonic chicks in the Bressan lab.  Kirsten is a contributor at SciCommBites where she writes about the latest in science communication. In her spare time, she can be found foraging mushrooms alongside her dog or starting a new crafting project. 

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Past Executive Board members:

Rachel Cherney
President / Treasurer
Gabrielle Dardis
Vice President / Chief Editor
Jamshaid Shahir
Content Editor
Ana Cartaya
Visual Communications Coordinator
Kayla Goforth
Social Media Coordinator
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