Academic & Professional Development

Amy Rapp

Academic & Professional Development Co-Chair

Amy Rapp is a PhD student in Northwestern’s Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (NUIN). She works in the Disterhoft lab, where she investigates the role of the lateral entorhinal cortex in eyeblink conditioning. She received her BA in Psychology with honors and minored in Biology and Studio Art at Binghamton University in New York. When she’s not in lab, Amy likes to paint, dance, travel, and watch way too much Netflix.

Namratha Sastry

Academic & Professional Development Co-Chair

Namratha is a PhD student in the Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (NUIN). She is working in Dr. Shi-Yuan Cheng’s lab, studying the mechanisms by which microRNAs in the brain can become dysregulated and lead to the development of oncogenes. She received her BS in biology and psychology from West Virginia University. When she’s not in lab, she enjoys outdoorsy activities, reading, and baking.

Patrick Woida

Academic & Professional Development Representative

Patrick is a PhD candidate in the Driskill Graduate Program. He received his BS in Chemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Patrick is a member of Dr. Karla Satchell’s lab where he studies how the the Vibrio cholerae MARTX toxin regulate host signaling pathways to promote infection. When Patrick is not in the lab he enjoys traveling and running.

krithikaKrithika Ramachandran

Academic & Professional Development Representative

Krithika is a PhD candidate in the Driskill Graduate Program at Northwestern. She graduated from SRM University in Chennai, India with a BS in Genetic Engineering. She is currently working in Dr. Grant Barish’s lab to understand the role of BCL6, a transcriptional repressor protein, in skeletal muscle metabolism and maintenance. In addition to CGSA, She leads CLIMB study group sessions for 1st year students and is a member of the Chicago chapter of Graduate Women in Science. Outside lab, She likes to dance, hang out with friends, watch movies and explore Chicago.


Megan Novak

Academic & Professional Development Advisor

Megan is a PhD candidate in the Driskill Graduate Program at Northwestern. She graduated from Furman University in Greenville, SC with a BS in Chemistry. She is currently a member of Dr. Cara Gottardi’s lab where she studies the impact of forced dimerization and membrane targeting of the adherens junction protein, alpha catenin, on cell membrane dynamics. In addition to CGSA, Megan is involved in the Chicago chapter of Graduate Women in Science and volunteers to judge science fairs in Chicago-area schools. When she is not in lab, she spends most of her time cooking, catching up with friends, and exploring Chicago. She also enjoys camping and traveling.






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