The Bioengineering Graduate Student Society is a student run organization with three main goals in mind: 1. Promote social, academic, and professional interaction between graduate students 2. Promote opportunities for professional development for members (e.g. industry visits and talks, skill seminars, careers in academia seminars) 3. Serve as a democratic liason between grad students and faculty (e.g. surveys, opinion polls, elections) How exactly we fullfill these broad goals depends on the membership!
All bioengineering graduate students are automatically members of BGSS and are encouraged to get involved by attending our events!
Meet the Board (2020-2021)
President- Aaron Sorrin
Aaron graduated from Boston University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. His undergraduate research projects included nanoengineering a scaffold for neuronal regeneration, and studying biochemical cues in the tumor microenvironment. He then matriculated to the University of Maryland Bioengineering Department in the Fall of 2018, and joined Dr. Huang's Optical Therapeutics & Nanotechnology Laboratory. His current projects focus on developing novel, light-activatable combination regimens to target ovarian cancer. Outside of his research, he enjoys ceramics, spending time with his cat, and baking breads and pies.
Micaela graduated from University of Washington in 2018 with a B.S. in Bioengineering and a minor in Mathematics. She is currently a PhD student in Dr. White's Amplified Molecular Sensors Lab. Her research focuses on developing a single-step, isothermal amplification method to detect microRNA. When she isn't in lab, Micaela enjoys baking chocolate chip cookies and watching rom coms.
VP Professional Development - Brandon Gaitan
Brandon Gaitan received a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland College Park. Afterward, he worked for Millipore-Sigma for two years validating bio-processes. He is currently advised by Dr. Huang and co-advised by Dr. Yu Chen, with his current research focused on developing fluorescent based imaging devices for clinical use. His goals as vice president of professional development are to help students gain professional experience outside the lab, and expose them to a wide range of available career options after graduation.
VP Social Affairs - Raymundo Rodriguez
Raymundo studied at Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Mexico where he got a B.S. and a Master's Degree in Biophysics. At UMD, he is part of Dr. Scarcelli´s Optics Biotech Lab, where he studies the biomechanical properties of the corneal tissue. Outside of the lab, Ray loves to watch and practice sports, travel and spend time with family and friends.
VP Finance - Jose Delgado
Jose F. Delgado received his B.S in Nanotechnology and Molecular Engineering from Universidad de las Americas Puebla, Mexico. After his Bachelor's, he trained at the National Cancer Institute, where he focused on the synthesis of novel radioimmunoconjugates for colorectal cancer treatment. José Delgado also performed research at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute working on the surface modification of fluorescent nanodiamonds with antibodies for optical tumor imaging. He is currently developing novel locoregional therapies for the treatment of liver cancer combined with immunotherapies under the UMD/NIH Clinical Center Graduate Partnership Program with the co-advisory of Dr. Bradford J Wood and Dr. Joe Huang.
Class Rep (2016) - Christina Conrad
Christina graduated from Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA) in 2016 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. She then returned to her home state and joined Dr. Scarcelli’s Optics Biotech Lab in UMD’s department of Bioengineering. In Christina’s research, she is investigating a relationship between mechanical properties, cell volume, and chemoresistance in ovarian cancer. Outside of the lab, she enjoys playing street hockey, coaching field hockey, and spending time with her friends and family.
Class Rep (2017) - Samm Stewart
Samm is currently a PhD student in Dr. He's lab. Samm's research involves using nanotechnology to investigate organic solvent-free cell banking and its applications in cancer therapy. In her free time, Samm likes to play basketball, sample craft beer, and cheer on Baltimore sports teams.
Class Rep (2018) - Stephanie Kronstadt
Stephanie graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne, FL) in 2014 with a B.S. and M.S. in Marine Biology. After working for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for 4 years as a marine research associate, Stephanie returned to her home state to achieve her dream of starting a career in bioengineering. She began her PhD at the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018 where she has joined Dr. Jay's Biotherapeutic Development and Delivery Laboratory. Her current research involves developing extracellular vesicle (EV)-based therapeutic approaches for the treatment of sepsis. Outside of research she enjoys long-distance running and weight-lifting as well as spending as much time as possible outdoors.
Class Rep (2019) - Camilla Edwards
Camilla graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida (go Gators!) in 2017 with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering. While at the University of Florida, she developed PEG-peptide functionalized microparticles for use in pulmonary drug delivery in Dr. Jennifer Andrew’s lab specifically focusing on processes to optimize their size and behavior when swollen in a variety of mediums. She was awarded funding from the University Scholars Program to conduct her research. Immediately following graduation, she worked as a process engineer for Procter and Gamble in Ohio before pursuing her PhD. In the Jewell lab, she looks forward to using her knowledge of biomaterials to help develop therapies for cancer and autoimmune diseases, and to testing those materials in vitro and in vivo. Outside of work and school, Camilla is an avid distance runner, Crossfit enthusiast, and enjoys spending time outdoors with friends and family.