Meet Your 2021-2022 Officers!

Co-President: Basia  Gabela-Zuniga

Hello, I am a 4th year PhD candidate in Dr. Samir Ghadiali’s lab and my research focuses on developing a microfluidic ventilator-on-a-chip to study ventilator induced lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome. After graduation, my goal is to obtain a job in industry in a research-based environment. I was born and raised in sunny southern California where I obtained by Bachelor’s degree from UC Merced. In my free time, I enjoy working out, especially weight lifting and spending time with my fiancé and friends. When it’s nice outside, I also enjoy hiking and biking.

Co-President: Summer Gallentine

Summer Gallentine received her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the Ohio State University, and is currently a 3rd year BME PhD candidate in Heather Powell’s lab. Her projects include studying and developing engineered skin alternatives and applications for mechanically altered wound environments. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, reading, and camping. As the current chair for the Wellness Subcommittee, she aims to improve the availability of mental health resources, involving students in mental health discussions, and bringing awareness of overall wellness to the department.

Vice President: Tom DePalma

Treasurer: Brendan Fuller

Outreach Chair: Tom DePalma

Social Chair: Kimberly Denman

Professional Development Chair: Annie Ryan

Wellness Chair: Ana Panic