Graduate School

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Emily Smith (Primary Senator)

Emily Smith is a fourth year PhD candidate in the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology program. She studies host-pathogen interactions of the human intestine and E.coli infection with the goal of developing new vaccines. She is from King George, Virginia and attended James Madison University to receive a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has served as a USGA senator for 2.5 years, specifically the primary senator within the last year. She also serves as the graduate school vice president and the student representative for the university shuttle committee. Her hobbies include running, eating Nutella, and loving on her three cats.


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Sol Baik
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Sol is a third-year doctoral student in the School of Social Work PhD program within the Graduate School. She graduated from Seoul National University with BA and MA in Social Welfare before moving to Baltimore. Her research focuses on identifying support resources (e.g., physical/social environment, time) on informal caregivers of older adults with functional and/or cognitive impairment. This is her first year to serve as a USGA senator and she is looking forward to getting to know more people from other schools and contributing to the University.

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Christine Carney 

Chrissy is a fourth-year PhD Candidate in the Molecular Medicine Program from Silver Spring, Md. She studied Biology and Women’s Studies at the University of Delaware and completed her master’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biological Sciences at UMB in 2016. Chrissy's research focuses on utilizing drug-loaded nanoparticles for treatment and prevention of metastatic Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC). Chrissy is also a representative in the Graduate Student Association and on the Maryland Higher Education Student Advisory Committee and is looking forward to her third year serving as a USGA senator.

Carleigh Jenne

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Gillian Mbambo 
Pronouns: Sher/Her/Hers

Gillian is a third-year PhD candidate in the Program in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology.  She is interested in using immunology and bioinformatics approaches to understand malaria host-pathogen and pathogen-pathogen interactions. She was born in raised in Malawi and moved to Maryland, USA at the age of 14. She attended University of Maryland, College Park (Go Terps) and majored in Cell Biology and Genetics. This is her second year serving as a USGA senator. In her free time, Gillian enjoys working out, trying vegan food/restaurants, taking picture, and dancing! 

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Elizabeth Robinson
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Elizabeth (Lizzy) is a fourth year PhD student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department within the School of Pharmacy. She received her B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and her home state is Texas. Her research focuses on developing high-throughput assays and synthesizing small molecules to inhibit P. aeruginosa virulence. This is her first year as a USGA senator. Her hobbies outside of school include playing beach volleyball and flag football.