Graduate School

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Lauren McCarthy (Primary Senator)
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Lauren is a fourth-year doctoral student at the School of Social Work and a first time USGA senator. Lauren serves as the Vice President of the Graduate Student Association and is the Primary Senator for the Graduate School. She studied Psychology with a minor in Gender and Sexuality at Dickinson College before earning her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Policy and Practice. Her research interests include mental health care access equity and placement pathways to residential treatment and for child welfare involved youth. Lauren is a licensed clinical social worker who provided in-home family therapy to children and families in Philadelphia before moving to Baltimore for her PhD.


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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.

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Kellie-Ann Kelly
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Kellie-Ann Kelly is a first-year graduate student pursuing a master's degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is originally from St. Andrew Jamaica. She loves reading, hiking, and painting. She is excited to serve her role as a Graduate School Senator for this 2020-2021 school year. 

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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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Kaila Noland

Kaila is a PhD candidate in the Molecular Medicine program. She studied Biology with a concentration in Cellular, Molecular and Systems Biology at the nation’s only tuition free college - Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. This is her first year serving as a senator in the USGA and she is excited to address the needs and concerns of students while also being a member of the Pennington Committee to encourage and foster student volunteer work within the community. Her research focuses on the cellular, metabolic and physiological effects of the skeletal-muscle specific over expression of a thyroid hormone binding protein. She is also passionate about the intersection of science and the non-academic community and was recently selected for publication in UMB’s 1807 Art and Literary Journal for her poetry. In her spare time, she likes to recharge by exploring hiking trails with friends, spending time with her cat Sassafras and enjoying her book of the month subscription.