2018 Student Leaders


Immediate Past President - Stephanie Moore

President - Nicole Perry

VP of Executive Affairs - Eric Figueroa

Co-VPs of Community Affairs - Kayla Shumate and Brittany Spitznagel

Co-VPs of Academics - Nicole Fisher and James Maksymetz

VP of Finances - Breanne Gibson

VP of Communications - Rachel Fischer

First Year Student Representatives - Joe Balsamo, Jordan Brown, and Sheryl Vermudez

GSC Rep (VP of Exec. Affairs) - Eric Figueroa


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About the PhGSA President

  • Nicole Perry

    Graduate Student, V. Gurevich and Iverson laboratories
    BS and BA, Wittenburg University (2014)

    Nicki is under the co-mentorship of Dr. Gurevich and Dr. Iverson, whose labs she officially joined in April 2015. Her chosen thesis research, which is to elucidate the interaction of arrestin-3 with the mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs), is based on evidence from both labs and current publications in the field. As a member of two labs, Nicki is presented with the unique opportunity to approach her scientific questions from two angles: biochemical assays, which allow her to conduct studies of arrestin function, and macromolecular X-ray crystallography, which she uses to determine different arrestin complex structures. This arrangement enables her to develop novel functional experiments with the help of solved crystal structures, a process that usually requires extensive collaboration. It also exposes her to a wide variety of experimental techniques, which range from basic molecular and cell biology to advanced instrumental study.

    Lab Websites:

    (Gurevich) https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/gurevich-lab/

    (Iverson)    https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/iverson-lab/