Officers

Chaoyang Wang - Co-President 
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About Chaoyang
Hi my name is Chaoyang Wang
I will be the co-president of AMSA for the 2016-2017 year with Tiffany Hu! I am in the Integrated Life Sciences Honors College, where I'm studying neurobiology and physiology with a minor in music performance. I will also be co-leading the Alternative Spring Break trip to West Virginia focused on health care in 2016! This summer I will be working with UMD's iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) team.

I want to give AMSA a greater atmosphere of community this year rather than an organization that you earn points for--so please do not hesitate to reach out to anyone in AMSA! We have such a friendly, welcoming E-Board so please feel free to ask us any questions or concerns you have.
I look forward to meeting you all!

Nancy R Zhang - Webmaster 
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About Nancy
Hello! My name is Nancy Zhang and I am AMSA's Webmaster. I am a sophomore majoring Neurobiology and Physiology in the Integrated Life Sciences program of the Honors College and minoring in LGBT studies. I'll be TAing for UNIV100, and you'll also see me in the Viet Nam Medical Assistance Program, CMNS ambassadors and iGEM synthetic biology team. When I'm not working on schoolwork I'm either behind my computer screen or sculpting, drawing or sewing. If you have any questions about the website you can always talk to me!

I look forward to seeing you all!


Isha Darbari  
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About Isha
Hey! I’m Isha, and I am AMSA’s secretary! I am a sophomore majoring in Neurobiology & Physiology and hopefully minoring in Spanish Language and Cultures, as well as Sustainability! This past summer I did clinical research at Johns Hopkins related to pediatric hematology. I’m also a mentor/volunteer with Children's National's STRIVE program for youth with Sickle Cell Disease. In my free time I love painting, eating, attempting to gain some muscle, and telling (admittedly slightly mediocre) jokes. (Sadly, the one about blood vessels always ends up in vein.) I also love getting to know people and can’t wait to meet you all!

John E. Locke  
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About John
My name is John Locke, and I am a sophomore Neurobiology major in the Integrated Life Science program, which specializes in preparing students at the University of Maryland for careers in the fields of scientific research and medicine. After graduating from high school, I took a gap year to explore the world of science, during which I worked in two research labs. The first was a neurogenetics lab at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, a pediatric affiliate of Johns Hopkins which studies genetic and developmental disorders, and specializes in treating patients suffering from these conditions. The lab I worked in studied a disorder called adrenoleukodystrophy, a condition where, as a result of a mutation in a fatty acid transport protein, long chain fatty acids aggregate in the brain and cause damage to the myelin sheathing of the neurons, inhibiting neural connections and resulting in loss of cognitive function. This type of research turned out to be fascinating to me, and the experience helped me start to focus my interests in science and general biology towards neuroscience and genetics. The second lab was a neurosurgery lab at Johns Hopkins, which allowed me to experience translational research and learn about the role of animal models in laboratory science, while also exposing me to some aspects of patient care. My interests piqued by these experiences, I hope to learn more about the field of neuroscience and ultimately pursue a career in either scientific research, medicine, or some blend of both in the future.

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