IMG_0908Ashlee Bell-Cohn


Ashlee is a PhD candidate in the Driskill Graduate Program. She received her BS in Biology with a Chemistry minor from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville. Ashlee is a member of Praveen Thumbikat’s lab where her research interests lie in translational immunology. Her current research project focuses on the autoimmune mechanisms of prostatitis. At Northwestern University, in addition to CGSA, Ashlee is a volunteer for the STAMP program, a student-to-student mentoring program which aims to offer the advice and guidance of older graduate students to younger students. Ashlee enjoys bar hopping with friends, watching movies, trying new restaurants in Chicago, and training to become a bartender.

IMG_2098Samantha Genardi


Sam is a Ph.D. candidate in the Driskill Graduate Program at Feinberg School of Medicine. She received her B. S. in Biochemistry and minor in Mathematics with honors from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Sam is a member of Dr. Chyung-Ru Wang’s laboratory in the Microbiology-Immunology department, where she is studying the role of type I and type II NKT cells in systemic methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. Her math skills come in handy as the treasurer of CGSA. In her free time, she enjoys backpacking in the wilderness, working on her yoga skills as she starts her RYT200 hr teacher training this fall, and blues dancing at underground dance halls around Chicago.

Work PicSarah Bassett


Sarah is a student in the Social Sciences and Health track of the Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program. She received her MA in health psychology from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. Sarah is a member of Dr. Judith Moskowitz’s lab, in which she studies the ways that positive affect influences disease outcomes.  She enjoys running along the lake, great conversations with friends, cooking, yoga, and delving into a good book with a cup of tea by her side.

Danielle_FanslowDanielle Fanslow

Social Media Manager

Danielle is a PhD candidate in the Driskill Graduate Program at Northwestern. She received her BS in Biology from Indiana University. Danielle is in Steven Kosak’s Lab where she studies nuclear body organization and dynamics. Danielle is also an enthusiast of storytelling, homebrewing, and ballet.

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Tim Hark

Website Administrator 

Tim is a PhD student in the Northwestern Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (NUIN). He is from Cleveland, OH and received a BS in Neurobiology from Georgetown University. Tim joined Jeff Savas’s lab where he uses proteomics to study protein decay dynamics in Alzheimer’s Disease. In his free time, Tim enjoys juggling, rock climbing, playing volleyball, as well as all things Cleveland sports.

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Lizzie Aguiniga is a Driskill Graduate Program student. She received her BS in Microbiology from the University of Texas in El Paso and is currently working on identifying the transcription factors involved in arachidonic acid-dependent corticotropin-releasing factor induction and their involvement in interstitial cystitis. She loves planning CGSA community service activities. Outside of school, Lizzie enjoys hanging out with friends, dancing, running, and trying to cram in television time.

Aabha_SharmaAabha Sharma


Aabha Sharma is a PhD and MPH candidate in the Driskill Graduate Program at Feinberg School of Medicine. She is studying lipid biochemistry and protein palmitoylation in Trypanosoma brucei, the agent of African Sleeping Sickness, at Engman Lab in the Departments of Pathology and Microbiology-Immunology. She received her BA with honors in Biological Chemistry and a minor in Women and Gender’s Studies from Wellesley College, MA. In her free time, she likes to walk near the lake and hang out with friends and Wellesley alums

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