President – Jeniffer Masi, PhD
Jeni a Geophysicist at Osprey Petroleum Company. Her role includes identifying and maturing prospects within the U.S. Gulf Coast, more specifically South Texas and Louisiana, providing geological and geophysical support during drilling operations, and reviewing and evaluating already producing opportunities within the US. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Geophysical Engineering from the Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela in June 2007 and her PhD in Earth Science with focus in Global seismology from Rice University in December 2013. After she finished her Ph.D. studies, she joined BP America Inc. as a Geophysicist for the Trinidad and Tobago Exploration Team, where she identified and evaluated lease opportunities within the Columbus Basin. This role included data processing, recommendations to improve data quality, volume calculations and risk assessments. After a year, she joined the Gulf of Mexico Reservoir Development team, more specifically the Mad Dog Team, supporting current operations, and aiding the design of new wells that could potentially minimize risk while drilling. She also did an internship within the Gulf of Mexico Exploration New Wells Delivery Team, identifying shallow geohazards for 4 prospects in the Gulf of Mexico. On a personal level, she enjoys dancing, long distance running, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Vice President – Kristina Stemler, PhD
Kristi is a Coordinator for Clinical Research Programs in the Department of Investigational Cancer Therapeutics (Phase I) at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She recently made the career transition into regulatory following a postdoc studying the protective effects of fasting in mitigating the side effects of chemotherapy, specifically in adult tissue stem cells. She has trained fellow postdocs and graduate students and has been an advocate for and advocated by women throughout her scientific career. She believes in lifting while you climb, as she has benefited from wonderful mentorship. She received her PhD in Developmental, Regenerative and Stem Cell Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. Outside of work, Kristi enjoys volunteering, traveling, hiking, camping and spending time with family and friends.
Senior Chapter Trustee – Delphine Boulbes, PhD
Delphine is a Program Manager in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at MD Anderson. She received her PhD in Biological Sciences in France in 2005, followed by two postdoctoral fellowships at MD Anderson that allowed her to land a dual position of Research Scientist and Laboratory Manager within the institution in 2013. After 18 years of scientific research, Delphine chose to take on the path of Research Administration and is now in charge of developing the new Thyroid Cancer Program of the Head and Neck Surgery Department. Delphine loves traveling, discovering new cultures, and above anything else, her two adorable rescue dogs, Chloe and Wilson! In her free time, her favorite things to do are horseback riding, salsa dancing and spending time with her friends.
Treasurer – Dhwani Rupani
Secretary – Ashleigh McWilliams
Ashleigh is a Chemistry Ph.D. candidate at Rice University, where she studies the dispersion and diffusion dynamics of Boron Nitride Nanotubes in aqueous solution. She graduated with her B.S. in Chemistry from Texas Tech University. Outside of the lab, Ashleigh enjoys going out with friends, cheering on the Red Raider football team, and binge-watching Game of Thrones with her husband and cat, Tiger.
Chair, Membership – Priyadarshani Dharia
Chair, Career Development – Margo Cain
Margo is a Ph.D. candidate at MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she is currently focused on defining the critical interactions between the various lung cell types during both development and disease. She earned a B.S. in Cell Biology/ Biochemistry at the Bucknell University. Outside of the lab, Margo enjoys attending performances at the Houston Grand Opera, learning to figure skate, and meeting new people.
Chair, Liaison to Industry – Alyssa Johnston
Chair, Liaison to Academia – Jon Flynn, PhD
Jon is a lecturer in neuroscience teaching at Rice University. He helps to build the new neuroscience major at Rice by instructing classes in basic experimental techniques, behavioral and molecular neuroscience, and science communication. He received his PhD at UTHealth in theoretical neuroscience, where he studied the computational underpinnings of perceptual phenomena. He has a particular interest in how noise in neuronal communication effects perception, as well as the neural correlates of timing. Besides teaching and research, he does a lot of work in science communication and outreach. Currently, he runs two organizations in the Houston area that bring science to the public. BrainSTEM is a multi-institutional organization (as well as a course at Rice – BIOC 129) that attempts to teach neuroscience subjects to local under-served high schools, with a particular emphasis on building connections to KIPP Sunnyside. He is also the City Coordinator for Taste of Science Houston, which focuses on connecting local scientists to the area through demonstrations and talks at various bars and restaurants.
Chair, Public Relations – Lisa Maria Mustachio, PhD
Lisa received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Drew University in New Jersey. In 2016, she earned her PhD in Experimental and Molecular Medicine from Dartmouth College where she trained under Ethan Dmitrovsky, MD, PhD studying post-translational modifications in non-small cell lung cancer. She is completing her postdoctoral studies under the mentorship of Dr. Sharon Dent, PhD at MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) in the Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis where her research focuses on targeting potential oncoproteins in the SAGA coactivator complex in lung cancer. Currently, Lisa is serving as the Chair of the Annual Postdoctoral Science Symposium (APSS) committee at MDACC. She also serves as the co-chair of the Meetings Committee for the National Postdoctoral Association. On her free time, Lisa enjoys to travel and volunteers for various organizations within the Houston area.
Chair, Fundraising – Antje Lindemann, PhD
Antje is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Head and Neck Surgery Department at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She earned her Diploma degree (equivalent to M.Sc.) in Biology and received her Ph.D. in cancer biology in Germany. After graduating, she got awarded with a 2-year Research Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to study head and neck cell carcinoma at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. In her spare time, she loves to walk her lovely dog, Jobey at the Houston bayou. She enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Chair, Outstanding Women in Science – Belkys Sanchez
Chair, Community Outreach – Boomadevi Narendran
Booma is pursuing her doctoral degree in Epidemiology at the UT School of Public Health. Her research interests are in cancer outcomes and clinical informatics. She moved to Houston for graduate school, and enjoys reading fiction, watching movies and spending time with family and friends.
Chair, Science Communication – Garima Vyas
Chair, Scholarship – Caroline Cvetkovic, PhD
Caroline is a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Neuroregeneration at Houston Methodist Research Institute. She is developing human stem-cell derived 3D neuronal tissue cultures that can be used to study various aspects of development and degeneration, while determining their potential for regenerative clinical therapies. Prior to moving to Houston, Caroline earned her PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where her doctoral work was focused on building engineered cellular systems with the ability to sense and process information, respond to external stimuli, and produce force. Her research integrated neuromuscular tissue engineering, 3D printing, bio-robotics, and biomaterials, and she contributed to the first demonstrations of bio-inspired machines powered by electrically and optogenetically stimulated skeletal muscle. She enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, going to museums, reading, mentorship and outreach, and discovering new coffee shops.