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Board Members 2012-2013

Photo of Brandon Brown. Brandon Brown, 2012-13

Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Group
Other campus affiliations: Graduate Ally Coalition; Black Graduate and Professional Student Association
Brandon Brown is a second year Ph.D. student in the Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate group. As a member of Dr. Heike Wulff's lab, Brandon focuses on synthesizing potassium channel modulators for the treatment of hypertension, autoimmune and neurological disorders. He is currently investigating the effects of anti-hypertensives on the immune system. Brandon received his B.S. in Biochemistry from UC Davis in 2006, and he worked in several analytical chemistry labs before returning to Davis to pursue his doctoral degree. Brandon is originally from Inglewood, Calif., and is a huge Los Angeles Lakers and San Francisco 49ers fan.

Photo of Heather Cantua. Heather Cantua, 2012-13

School of Law
Other campus affiliations: Co-Chair of King Hall Women's Law Association
Heather Cantua is third year law student. She received her bachelor's in Sociology from UC Davis in 2010. In the fall of 2011, Heather was a research assistant for the California Law Revision Commission where she researched and drafted memoranda on legal issues surrounding California adoption the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act. Over the summer of 2012, she was a summer associate at Reed Smith LLP in San Francisco, Calif. Once she graduates from law school, Heather will return to Reed Smith as a new associate. In her spare time she can be found in her garden or being creative in the kitchen.

Photo of Destanie Cummings. Destanie Cummings, 2011-13

Immunology Graduate Group
Other campus affiliations: Immunology Graduate Student Association Representative
Destanie Cummings is a second year Immunology student with interests in neuroimmunology and virology. She received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from California State University, Chico in 2007. Destanie has worked in the industry for two companies. Her interests include educating K-12 in science and encouraging interest in pursuing scientific careers, especially among female students.

Photo of Roz Earl. Rosalyn “Roz” Earl, 2012-13

Education Graduate Program
Other campus affiliations: Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and Chancellor; Graduate Student Association Executive Council; Graduate Council; Graduate Student Ally Coalition; Black Graduate and Professional Student Association
Roz Earl is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education within the School Organization and Educational Policy emphasis area. She is also a designated emphasis area graduate student in Feminist Theory and Research. Her current research interests include equity and access of underrepresented students in higher education, social justice and gender diversification in higher educational leadership. Roz received her master's degree in Educational Counseling from San Jose State University, and has previously worked in higher education administration and student affairs. Currently, Roz assists disadvantaged youth in after-school programs in Yolo County and is a member of various non-profit organizations that provide educational services and mentoring programs for youth.

Photo of Katja Herges. Katja Herges, 2012-13

German Graduate Program
Katja Herges is a first year Ph.D. student in German. Originally from Germany, she earned her M.D. from the University of Heidelberg before she was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University. At UC Davis, Katja integrates her background in medicine and neuroscience into the study of German literature and pursues research in the interdisciplinary field of medical humanities. Katja is particularly interested in improving the graduate experience for international graduate students. Beyond academia, Katja likes to backpack, climb, ski and bike in the Sierras.

Photo of Amandeep Kaur. Amandeep Kaur, 2012-13

Physics Graduate Program
Other organizational affiliations: Secretary of Indian Graduate Student Association
Amandeep Kaur is a Ph.D. candidate in Physics, with a focus on theoretical solid state physics. Her research is based on studying electronic structure properties of different materials (potential superconductors, semi-conductors and molecules). Before coming to Davis, she earned her master's in Physics from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. Her interests include dancing, traveling, reaching out to people who need help and working for the welfare of international graduate students on campus.

Photo of Robert Knight Robert Knight, 2012-13

Physics Graduate Program
Robert Knight is a first year Ph.D. student in Physics, specializing in cosmology. His past research has included simulating the effects of the earth's atmosphere on astronomical information, developing observational image processing techniques for polarized light, and studying the effect of the expansion of the universe on the conservation of energy. When not conducting research, Robert spends time with his family, raising his baby daughter.

Photo of Kasia Koscielska. Katarzyna “Kasia” Koscielska, 2012-13

Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Graduate Group
Other campus affiliations: Graduate Ally Coalition
Kasia Koscielska is a fifth year Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Ph.D. student and is currently in the Hagerman Lab working on a novel cellular model of the Fragile X premutation. She was born and raised in Poland, but attended college in the United States. Kasia divides her time between research and family (her partner, daughter, two guinea pigs and a fish), and in her spare time she loves to read, cook and bake to some good music.

Photo of Alex Malokin. Alex Malokin, 2011-13

Transportation Technology and Policy Graduate Group
Other campus affiliations: Graduate Student Association Representative
Alex Malokin is a master's student in the Transportation Technology and Policy program of the Institute of Transportation Studies. He is working on the Multi-tasking Project, which is aimed to measure how commuters use their travel time to increase its effectiveness and get many things done. Alex is a U.S. Department of State Educational Program alumnus and a European Forum Alpbach 2010 fellow. He has studied at universities in Europe and United States. Malokin advocates transparency and explicit mechanisms of collaboration between graduate students, faculty and administration. In his free time, Alex enjoys the outdoors, playing sports and reading political/economical analytic literature.

Photo of Susan Perez. Susan Perez, 2012-13

Nursing and Health Care Leadership Graduate Group
Other campus affiliations: Mondavi Center Arts and Lectures Committee Member; Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Business Fellow
Susan Perez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and part of the Nursing and Health Care Leadership program inaugural cohort. Her research interest is using health information technology to improve access to health care services. She earned her master's of Public Health at Benedictine University with an emphasis in health administration. Susan attended UC Davis as an undergraduate, earning a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior and a B.A. in Spanish Literature. In her spare time, she attends events at the Mondavi Center and enjoys community activities with her husband and children.

Photo of Kristina Victor. Kristina Victor, 2012-13

Political Science Graduate Program
Kristina Victor is a third year doctoral student in Political Science. Her research examines the mobilization of Latino voters, and the perception of threat among immigrant populations. Kristina earned an M.A. in International Affairs and a B.A. in International Relations from CSU, Sacramento. Kristina is especially interested in mentoring and retention programs for underrepresented minority graduate students on the UC Davis campus. In her free time, she enjoys running and watching as many baseball games as possible.

Photo of Jared Voskuhl. Jared Voskuhl, 2011-13

School of Law
Other campus affiliations: Graduate Student Association Law School Association Representative; National Graduate Student Association Chair
Jared is a third-year law student and is currently serving his second year on the Chancellor's Graduate and Professional Student Advisory board. In 2012, Voskuhl supported Chancellor Katehi's development of the new child-care subsidy for UC Davis graduate and professional students.

Photo of Gordon Walker. Gordon A. Walker, 2011-13

Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Graduate Group
Other campus affiliations: Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Social Affairs Committee; Graduate Student Association Representative
Gordon Walker is a fourth year Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Ph.D. student with a designated emphasis in Biotechnology and currently housed in the Bisson Lab in Viticulture and Enology. He is concerned with the impact of this atypical yeast prion on the robustness of fermentation, and its role in microbial interaction dynamics and ethanol tolerance. Gordon was born and raised in Cambridge, Mass. but moved to California after high school to attend UC Santa Cruz. He spends much of his free time cooking, playing with his cat and "hanging out" in nearby Sacramento, Calif.

Photo of Kaveh Zamani. Kaveh Zamani, 2011-13

Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Program
Other campus affiliations: Graduate Student Association Representative
Kaveh Zamani is a Ph.D. candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering. His primary research focus has to do with mathematical modeling of transport phenomenon in water bodies, more specifically the transport of pollutant and sediment in rivers, estuaries and coastal waters. Kaveh worked as a coastal engineer for two years after completing his master studies. His volunteer activities include Engineers Without Borders and helping Red Cross with post-disaster relief. His hobbies include biking, hiking and backpacking.