Student Officers

Student officers of ASGSR help to coordinate student events including social events, educational and outreach activities, and more. Feel free to get in touch with us!

 

President:

Samantha McBride

Website: smcbrideresearch.com

 

Samantha has her B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno and her M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her previous lab experience includes water treatment, environmental transport, protein fibrillization, and microgravity fluid mechanics. She is currently working on her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at MIT under Dr. Kripa Varanasi. Her research interests include water treatment, self-assembly, crystallization, and life support technologies.
Vice President:

Ramya Bhaskar

Website: http://www.ramyabhaskar.com/

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Ramya received her BSc in Physics and Computer Science & Engineering from University of California at Davis. She is currently a research assistant in Dr. Benjamin D. Shaw’s group. She works on NASA’s Flame Extinguishment Experiment-2 (FLEX-2), integrating Machine Learning and Physical Optics into the analysis. Her other academic interests include particle physics (CMS experiment at CERN) and experimental quantum computing.
Treasurer:

Pantelis Solomides

Pantelis is a junior at Temple University studying Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. This past summer Pantelis interned at NASA Ames Research Center as part of the Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP). Under the mentorship of Dr. April Ronca, Pantelis analyzed group behavior of mice on the International Space Station (ISS). Through his love of photography, Pantelis created an Instagram travel blog documenting his travels through the vantage point of his sneakers named cruisinconverse which has now gained the attention of Converse®.
Secretary:

Anjali Gupta

 
Membership Coordinator:

Daniel Gove

 
Education and Outreach Chair:

Rai Munoz

 

 

Rodrigo Rene Rai Munoz Abujder, or Rai Munoz , graduated from the City College of New York with a Bachelors of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Bioinformatics from City College. Rai has participated in several internships across the NASA centers on a variety of projects including as an SLSTP Research Associate under Dr.Patricia Parsons-Wingerter on the Retina Image Quality Assessment tool to examine and assist in determining the etiology of the ocular and visual effects microgravity had on astronauts. Rai was a NASA MUREP scholar and has participated in several outreach programs such as being a NASA student ambassador. To relax, Rai either dabbles in independent projects such as 3D printing/building a robotic arm, going to hackathons, jogging/hiking, and the occasional comic book.
Education and Outreach:

Meg Cheng-Campbell

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NASA Bone and Signaling Lab

 

Meg graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology from University of California, Davis and is currently pursuing and Master’s in Bioengineering from Santa Clara University.  Meg was introduced to NASA Ames as a Research Associate through the Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) where she worked on a human study evaluating anxiety of first-time riders on the Human Performance Centrifuge.  Since then, she has worked in the Bone and Cell Signaling Lab at NASA Ames investigating the effects of microgravity mechanical unloading on stem-cell based tissue regeneration.  Meg’s passions include science outreach, science communication, travel, and backpacking.
Webmaster: Mallika Sarma

Twitter: @skyy_mal

 

Mallika is a 3rd year PhD student at the University of Notre Dame studying human physiological adaptations to extreme environments. She studies how humans adapt and acclimatize to extreme environments, specifically looking at the intersection of hormones, behavior, and energetic/metabolic physiology. Her dissertation work considers these systems when individuals are exposed to highly challenging ecologies, using extreme environments on Earth as analogs for future long-duration space travel and Mars missions. She looks forward to the growth of human-space physiology research in the next couple of decades and but is even more excited to get the American public jazzed up about space and gravitational research as a social committee member for ASGSR. Mallika also owns an embarrassing amount of cats-in-space paraphernalia.
 
Social Chair:

Claudia Lopez Camara

Claudia received her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyeria Química (ETSEQ) of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. She has two master’s degrees: one in Chemical Engineering and the other in Nanotechnology, and is now a PhD student in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California at Irvine. Her research is part of the NASA’s Advanced Combustion via Microgravity Experiments (ACME), focused on simulation of combustion processes within applying electric fields in microgravity and gravity environments under the mentorship of Prof. Dunn-Rankin.
Education and Outreach:

Niko Vlastos

 

Niko was inspired to attend ASU for it’s college gymnastics program, and became enthralled with engineering and science while studying Biomedical and Aerospace Engineering. He began working in a professor’s research lab studying new drug delivery systems, where his curiosity for exploring the unknown has continued to grow with age and dreams of space. In the summer of 2016 he had the opportunity to work with the Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) as an intern working on new systems of water purification using microbial fuel cells. He hopes to stay involved with ASGSR and continue doing space research.

 
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Political Action Committee: 

Alice Zhang

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Alice is a senior from Indiana studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale University. She has been conducting stem cell and wound healing research for the past three years and is looking at the effects of VEGFR-3 in lymphangiogenesis on wound healing as part of her senior thesis. This past summer she interned at the NASA Ames Research Center as part of the Space Life Sciences Training Program. She worked with Dr. Galazka looking at the effects of spaceflight on cellular aging. Outside of school, she plays the saxophone in the Davenport Pops Orchestra, is a peer liaison for the Asian American Cultural Center, and loves to run!
Political Action Committee:

Jonah Peter

 

 

Jonah is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying astrophysics and computational neuroscience. He is currently developing novel methods of quantifying metabolic brain changes in neuropsychiatric disorders using positron emission tomography. Jonah worked at the NASA Ames Research Center last summer as a member of the Space Life Sciences Training Program. His research at Ames was focused on the effects of simulated microgravity and space radiation on cancellous bone loss for future applications to protective countermeasures for long-duration space flight. He is also a member of the Penn Aerospace Club and leads the experimentation group for high-altitude space balloon missions.
Education/Outreach Committee: Julia Schorn Julia is a graduate student at University of California, Los Angeles where she studies cognitive neuroscience. She holds a bachelor’s in psychology with minors in neuroscience, musical performance, and Italian language. She previously worked at NASA MSFC where she proposed a study on circadian rhythms and night shift workers. More recently, she worked at NASA Ames in the Reproduction and Development lab, studying how perinatal asphyxia can affect neurometabolites at birth as well as adult anxiety-typed behavior. She wants to pursue research and keep working with NASA
Education/Outreach Committee: Sophie Benson Sophie is a junior at Harvard University, where she studies Human Evolutionary Biology and Astrophysics. Last summer, she participated in NASA’s Space Life Sciences Training Program, where she worked in Dr. April Ronca’s Reproduction and Development Lab, investigating the effects of 2G on expression of stress-related hormones on the rat placenta. She is interested in the future of human space travel as well as the prospects of finding life elsewhere in the universe. She loves Carl Sagan and his ability to get the public feeling passionate about science, and hopes to do the same as a part of ASGSR’s Education & Outreach committee.

 

Education/Outreach Committee

Political Action Committee

Design Committee:

 

Anna-Sophia Bogoreuv

 

Anna-Sophia is a sophomore at Yale University studying Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. She currently works in the DiMaio lab where she is investigating the ability of novel small transmembrane proteins to restore function to various mutated forms of the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator. She became involved in space science through the Genes in Space program in 2015, and has since done work to validate PCR as a viable technique for molecular genetic research on the International Space Station. She hopes to see this research through to its eventual goal of developing an effective assay for monitoring epigenetic changes at relevant genetic loci in astronauts’ immune systems. When she’s not in the lab or watching rocket launches, she is either catching up on reading for her English double major or outside, possibly in the woods somewhere (and probably staring at the stars).
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Andy Pelos

Andy is a junior at Pomona College, where he is pursuing a double major in Molecular Biology and Gender Studies. He has been involved with space sciences since his final year of high school, when he started working on multispectral imaging system design with Dr. Ved Chirayath at the NASA Ames Laboratory for Advanced Sensing. More recently, he returned to Ames as a part of the 2017 Space Life Sciences Training Program, working in Dr. Sharmila Bhattacharya’s lab to examine the effects of a hypergravitational developmental environment on dopaminergic system viability in Drosophila. He is passionate about the intersections of scientific research and social policy, and hopes to continue exploring molecular neuroscience, the space sciences, and their impacts on society as a part of ASGSR’s political action committee. Outside of school and research, you can usually find Andy working in student government, writing poetry, or camping under the stars.
Political Action Committee

Education/Outreach Committtee:

 

Esther Putman

Esther Putman is a junior at the University of Kentucky, studying Biology and Neuroscience with a minor in physics. Her passion for space led her to pursue a career in aerospace medicine, with hopes to use a medical degree as well as engineering experience to help make spaceflight safe and accessible for commercial applications. She also seeks to apply innovations made in space to applications here on earth. She explores these passions through her internship with Space Tango, a commercial flight opportunity company that helps researchers conduct spaceflight experiments through cube labs on the International Space Station. She also recently completed a summer internship at NASA’s Space Life Sciences Training Program, studying stem cell based tissue differentiation in spaceflight environments under the mentorship of Dr. Elizabeth Blaber. When she’s not in class or staring at the stars, Esther enjoys performing as a member of the University of Kentucky Dance Ensemble.
Education & Outreach Committee:

 

Maya Ramachan

 
Education & Outreach Committee:

 

Ons M’Saad

 
Education & Outreach Committee:

 

Payton Barnwell

 
Design Committee

Political Action Committee:

 

Likitha Somasekhar

 
Education & Outreach Committee

Social Committee:

 

Om Prakash