Current 2019-2020 officers
Andy Soltisz: President
Howdy, I’m a 3rd year PhD student working in Katelyn Swindle-Reilly’s ocular biomaterials lab where I study the mechanical properties of the optic nerve and develop hydrogel-based therapies for treating traumatic optic nerve injuries. As president of BMEGSA I aim to improve our department’s capacity to understand, maintain, and improve student and faculty wellness in professional and social settings, as well as providing more resources to our graduate students to facilitate stress-free completion of their degree and career planning. Much of my time outside of the lab is spent learning how to play piano, injuring myself playing soccer, homebrewing IPAs, and biking around the beautiful city of Columbus
I am a 2nd year PhD graduate student in Dr. Liu’s ocular biomechanics lab. Currently, I am studying structural and neuronal deformations in the posterior eye during pressure fluctuations and their role in ocular degenerative neuropathy such as Glaucoma. After graduation, I hope to find work in research and development for ocular medical devices or pursue a medical degree to strengthen my abilities in clinical research. I am eager to bring more accessibility and faculty interactions to the student body as well as further increase our visibility within OSU. In my free time, I like to play volleyball, tennis, super smash bros, and rock some sad tunes on my piano and guitar.
Heather Struckman: External Vice-President
I am a 2nd year PhD graduate student in Dr. Veeraraghavan’s lab. Our research focuses on understanding how nanodomain level structural changes within the heart may precipitate organ level electrical dysfunction seen in atrial fibrillation. My ultimate goal is to continue on the path of academia to become a professor specializing in cardiac arrhythmias. I am excited to have the opportunity to serve as the external vice president for BME graduate student association and the events to come. During my spare time I enjoy lounging on the couch with my two miniature dachshunds (Ginger and Fritz) and rock climbing.
Tricia Oyster: Treasurer
I am a 3rd year PhD graduate student in Dr. Ghadiali’s lung biomechanics lab. Currently, I am studying epithelial and macrophage cell interactions and their role in ventilator induced lung injury, as well as developing cell-specific therapeutics to reduce lung injury. My ultimate goal is to work in industry developing therapeutics for lung diseases such as asthma. I am excited to be involved in GSA this year and help foster communication and collaboration between students and faculty. I also look forward to planning and participating in the annual research symposium again this year. When I’m not busy in lab I enjoy working out at the RPAC or playing with my kitten Dixie.
President: Mark Calhoun
Internal Vice-President: Birce Ela Onal
External Vice-President: Peter Amaya
Treasurer: Lauren Cosby