Christian Porras

A third-year student at the University of Chicago, Christian is our Undergraduate President since 2017. In addition to his studies in Biological Chemistry and Statistics, he works with Dr. Dmitry Kondrashov performing statistical analysis of protein sequence evolution.

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Juan Manuel Vazquez

The President of UCSACNAS, Manny is a fourth-year Graduate Student in the Human Genetics Program of the University of Chicago. Working with Dr. Vincent J Lynch, he studies the evolution of cancer resistance in Elephants, Bats, and the Bowhead Whale.

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Jay Pittman

A fourth-year Graduate Student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Jay is our Business Operations Manager. When he is not working on the various initiatives within UCSACNAS, he studies amyloid protein aggregation using NMR and other biophysical techniques.

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Lauren Blake

Lauren is a fifth-year graduate student in the Human Genetics Department of UChicago, and is the UCSACNAS Treasurer. Her research involves studying the transcriptional changes that occur during differentiation in iPSCs, and investigating the differences in gene expression in iPSCs between humans, chimps, and other primates.

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Meghan O’Connell

Meghan, the Secretary of UCSACNAS, is a third-year grad student in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Chicago. Working with David Kovar, she studies cytoskeleton dynamics in cells using cutting-edge microscopy.

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