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Jacob Kallenbach

Jacob Kallenbach- President

My name is Jacob Kallenbach and I am a third year Biomedical Engineering major pursuing a minor in Psychology. I enjoy skiing, mountain biking, watching How I Met Your Mother, listening to Jack Johnson and Macklemore, and I love playing soccer for the UC Men’s Club Soccer team. On campus, I am involved in the Biomedical Engineering Society, CEAS Ambassadors, the National Kidney Foundation’s kidney walk/ 5K, and the Arthritis Foundation’s walk.  Since April 2012, I had the incredible opportunity to work in Hong Lab for Computational and Molecular Biology, which has the vision to understand molecular mechanisms of circadian rhythms and their interconnected network with other cellular processes such as cell cycle, DNA damage response, and metabolism in Neurospora Crassa. Specifically, I worked on over-expressing numerous core genes, involved in such cellular processes, and then I observed, collected, and recorded data from these over-expression constructs. I hope to share these eclectic experiences with my fellow undergraduate students and enlighten them to the plethora of opportunities offered at UC. 

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Nisarg Bakshi- Vice President

My name is Nisarg Bakshi and I am a junior studying Neurobiology, English, and Biology. I have been researching with a graduate student in Dr. Steve Danzer's lab at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center since June 2012. My lab focuses on Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, using an animal model to understand disease progression in the brain and even find a way to ablate malfunctioning cells without damaging the hippocampus. This past summer, I presented a poster at the UC SURF Symposium, and was awarded 2nd place. Besides research, I’ve competed for the UC's Mock Trial team for three years, for which I am currently also the Secretary/Website Manager. For the last two years, I have also worked as a Resident Advisor. Besides work and school, I love to work out, read, write, and play music. My plans after graduation are either medical school or an MD/PhD program.

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Adam Miller- Treasurer, Engineering Representative

As a 3rd year Biomedical Engineering student working at Cincinnati Children’s in the Division of Experimental Hematology and Cancer Biology, I study microRNA expression in Neurofibromatosis Type I Schwann cells. My work in the Ratner lab will provide insight to Mir-155’s upstream and downstream targets with hope for future gene-targeting therapy. In addition to my research, I am also a member of the National Honor Society: Sigma Alpha Pi, the Minority Association for Pre-Med Students, and the UC Gymnastics Club. In my spare time I perform for the Cincinnati Circus Company, draw, play piano, and row. My plans after graduating are to enroll in the MD/PhD program at UC Med School and specialize in pediatrics.

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Lakmal Ekanayake- Biology Representative

My name is Lakmal Ekanayake and I am a freshman studying Biological Sciences, with a Pre-Med track. I am currently conducting research at Cincinnati Children's Health Medical Center under the mentorship of Dr. Jorge A. Bezerra MD and Dr. Pranavkumar Shivakumar PhD, PharmD in the Bezerra Lab. My goal of conducting research at Children’s is to investigate the effects of complement inhibitors on intrahepatic cholestasis and liver and extrahepatic bile duct (EHBD) injury using a mouse model of experimental biliary atresia. Biliary Atresia (BA) is a life-threatening condition in infants in which the bile duct outside the liver (extrahepatic bile duct) becomes inflamed and obstructed resulting in a failure to drain bile from the liver to the intestine. Another than research, I enjoy my time volunteering at Good Samaritan Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit(NICU), and overall giving back to the community of Cincinnati. My primary goal of becoming a RECON Mentor, is to facilitate the transition and help students become more familiar with research

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