CMBSA is a student – run organization which works to enrich connections between CMB students and represent them in interactions with the CMB and CSU leadership.

Mission Statement

CMBSA brings together our students for personal growth, graduate education, and navigating a life in academia. It allows for graduate students to develop unique personal and professional qualities, which helps to further translate into overcoming challenges and achieving goals.

The CMBSA wholly embraces community diversity, and provides a platform for all CMB students to come together to learn as a student community.

Current Elected Members

Dayton Pierce

President: Dayton Pierce, (PhD, 2016 Cohort) 

The President manages all CMBSA meetings, activities (see below), and projects. The President also serves as the main point of contact between CMB, CMBSA, faculty, and staff at CSU.

Dayton is in the Hoerndli lab studying C. elegans synapses.

 

Jared Luxton

(Co-) Vice President: Jared Luxton, (PhD, 2016 Cohort) 

The Co-VPs work in tandem to support the President’s efforts. With multiple concurrent projects, the VPs often helm them separately.

Jared is in the Bailey lab and his research interests include: Telomerase, machine learning, mitochondria, bioinformatics

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Heather Deel

(Co-) Vice President: Heather Deel, (PhD, 2017 Cohort)

The Co-VPs work in tandem to support the President’s efforts. With multiple concurrent projects, the VPs often helm them separately.

Heather is in the Metcalf lab and her research interests include: Microbiomes, bioinformatics, decomposition, postmortem interval


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Casey Sniffin

Treasurer: Casey Sniffin, (PhD, 2019 Cohort)

The Treasurer oversees all financial inquiries and maintains the CMBSA financial accounts, spearheading our fundraising events for CMBSA activities. Such activities include: refreshments for all CMB students during finals week, pizza parties, cookouts, etc.

Valerie Lindstrom

Secretary: Valerie Lindstrom, (MS, 2019 Cohort)

The Secretary facilitates the overall organization of CMBSA; recording content covered during meetings, keeping track of current CMBSA goals and ensuring their completion.

Ikaia Leleiwi

Social Media Chair: Kai Leleiwi, (PhD,  2019 Cohort)

The Social Media Chair is a new position that will support the CMBSA with increased social media presence (primarily on FB) and help maintain the CMB website.

Platonas Selemenakis

Diversity Representative Co-Chair:

Platon Selemenakis, (PhD, 2016 Cohort) 

The Diversity Representative ensures that students from diverse backgrounds (minorities, international students, women, LGTBQ, etc.) feel welcome at CSU and within CMB. This is achieved by organizing events that attract and retain diversity within CMB.

Platon is in the Wiese lab and his research interests include: DNA Damage repair, radiation, carcinogenesis, metabolic syndromes


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Noelia Altına

Diversity Representative Co-Chair:

Noelia Altina, (PhD, 2017 Cohort)

The Diversity Representative ensures that students from diverse backgrounds (minorities, international students, women, LGTBQ, etc.) feel welcome at CSU and within CMB. This is achieved by organizing events that attract and retain diversity within CMB.

Noelia is in the Telling lab

CMBSA Activities

The CMBSA organizes a variety of events on and off campus throughout the academic year and summer. These events are developed to bring together our CMB students, who are spread across campus. At these events, we celebrate our successes, sympathize with each other’s struggles, find solutions to lab issues and personal troubles, and just relax in the company of friends.

Past activities include:

  • Serving coffee to CMB students during finals week.
  • Helping host the CMB welcoming and end of semester parties.
  • Pizza parties after major academic exams.
  • Summer hikes followed by potluck dinners.
  • Selling CMB merchandise at CSU’s poster sessions.
  • Hosting quiet / private study rooms the week before finals.
  • Creating fundraisers and raffles at local restaurants.
  • Potluck style dinner with our domestic and international students.
  • Networking events.

Interested in joining the CMBSA Leadership?

Any student within the CMB graduate program can be elected into the CMBSA. New members of CMBSA are elected, by their peers, each year during the spring semester. Prior to the elections there is a call for nominations, where you can nominate yourself and / or your peers.