The Executive Team is composed of volunteers who are passionate about our mission, are dedicated to helping PhDs and MDs determine if the management consulting career track is a good fit, and are experts in navigating the recruitment process. Each officer is appointed annually through a highly competitive and rigorous recruitment process to ensure that our members are served by the most talented, motivated and experienced individuals.
Simran is an HHMI Med Into Grad scholar and CPRIT fellow in the Translation Biology and Molecular Medicine Program at Baylor College of Medicine. Her doctoral research is focused on understanding liver pathology in urea cycle disorders and determining genetic drivers of osteosarcoma. She developed the BioVentures Course, a practical course on healthcare technology commercialization, accessible to over 12,000 trainees in the Texas Medical Center. She is part of the core team of Enventure, a Houston based non-profit aimed at providing resources and guidance to early stage life science companies. She received her B.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Senior Vice President
Ivan is a postdoctoral fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center with experience at the interface of engineering and immunology. His primary research area focuses on single-cell functional and phenotypic characterization of chimeric antigen receptor T cells in cancer immunotherapy by using novel engineering techniques and computational pipelines. Outside R&D, he currently serves as the vice-chair of outreach for the postdoctoral fellow association at MD Anderson Cancer Center serving >600 postdoctoral fellows and >1500 graduate students. Outside of academia, he leads several ministry services at his church and local community including live translation, multimedia services, sports events, and fundraising efforts. In his free time, he enjoys participating in community services and playing competitive volleyball.
Vice President, Finance and Operations
Zhou is a PhD candidate at Rice University, majoring in Applied Physics. During graduate study, she worked as research scientist in oil and gas industry for 4 years and research intern at Methodist Hospital for 1 year in cancer therapy. Her current project focuses on the development of nanomaterials for energy industry. Zhou is always interested in combining analytical research with business application. Therefore, she studied at Jones Graduate School of Business, as part of her Professional Science Master’s degree from Rice. Besides work and study, Zhou enjoys volunteer work, especially in junior education. She participates actively in the Junior Achievement program, as well as the educational aid program for less developed area in China.
Assistant Vice President, Finance and Operations
Hima is a postdoctoral fellow in the Dept. of Experimental Therapeutics at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She has over 7 years of experience in conducting translational cancer research. Her current project focuses on investigating the changes in leukemia cellular metabolism in context of microenvironment and pre and post therapy with tyrosine kinase inhibitors. She is the Scholarship Chair of the Association for Women in Science- Gulf Coast Houston Chapter and has served on the executive board of this non-profit organization for nearly three years. Hima enjoys participating in educational outreach, hiking, and reviewing businesses on Yelp.
Vice President, External Relations
Michael is a fourth year PhD candidate in the Department of Cancer Biology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He primarily studies how DNA methylation at discrete regions of genes can impact their expression, and how global patterns of DNA methylation are different between normal and cancer tissues. Michael also helps manage the graduate school’s social media accounts, and is a Student Intercouncil representative. He is originally from Lemoore, California, and earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA. Michael’s hobbies include exercising, seeing live music, reading, and keeping up-to-date on current events.
Assistant Vice President, External Relations
Marci is a postdoctoral fellow in the Bioengineering Department at Rice University. She is currently working with scientists at NASA, MD Anderson, and Texas Children’s Hospital to understand the causes behind two cardiovascular diseases: subaortic stenosis and radiation-induced cardiovascular disease. Outside of the lab, Marci works as an intern at Fannin Innovation Studios and teams with post docs from around the TMC to plan the Annual Presidential Career Symposium, an event that provides 600 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with the opportunity to better educate themselves on career choices. She is originally from Honolulu, HI and earned her undergraduate degree from Occidental College, where she was a Chemistry/Kinesiology double major and captain of the soccer team. In her free time, Marci enjoys playing soccer and baking macarons.
Vice President, Education and Events
Sanjeev is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a member of the laboratory of Mauro Costa-Mattioli and studies the mechanisms regulating protein synthesis in the brain and how they are perturbed in reward learning as well as in various disorders of the nervous system, including Down syndrome. Before joining BCM, Sanjeev received a BA in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and BA in Psychology from Cornell College in Iowa. In his free time, Sanjeev enjoys road trips, traveling internationally, keeping up with global and political affairs, and reading history and philosophy.
Assistant Vice President, Education and Events
Carol is a senior clinical research program coordinator at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Department of Investigational Cancer Therapeutics (ICT). Her work focuses on the start-up and regulatory maintenance of Phase I/II solid tumor clinical research by working with institutional groups (e.g. study team, scientific reviewers, IRB, research finance, legal, IND office, pharmacy, etc.) and external agencies (i.e. pharmaceutical companies and government sponsors). She spearheaded the development and launch of an electronic regulatory database for the department in July 2015 which increased productivity by ~12.5% and decreased costs by ~$73,000 each year. In her free time, Carol enjoys playing volleyball, making edible crafts, and amateur photography.
Vice President, Consulting Agency
Jing is a fifth year PhD student in the Biochemistry and Cell Biology Program at Rice University. Her research focuses on plant natural products, and she tries to understand the enzyme mechanism and enzyme evolution behind the biosynthesis of those natural products. Before coming to Houston, Jing received a B.A. in Environmental Science and Biochemistry with minors in global economics and mathematics from Goshen College in Indiana. In her free time, Jing enjoys traveling, reading, attending book clubs and dance classes, and learning Jiu Jitsu.
Assistant Vice President, Consulting Agency
Linhai is a fourth year PhD candidate in statistical genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. His primary research interest is developing novel linkage analysis methodologies for next-generation sequencing (NGS) data to advance the disease mapping in familial complex diseases. Prior to Baylor, Linhai obtained his bachelor’s degree in bioinformatics in University of Science and Technology of China. Outside of academia, Linhai participated several entrepreneurship activities in the Houston area as volunteers, and also organized the 1st US-China Innovation Summit in Texas as one of the core executive members.