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.

 

Linhai Zhao

President

Linhai is a fifth 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.

 

Archie Chen

Vice President

Finance and Operations

Archie is a third-year PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston. His research primarily focuses on developing a high- throughput technique for patterning nanofeatures in a massively parallel fashion, which is potential for developing high-speed transistors and nanodevices for biomedical applications. Before joining UH, Archie received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from National Taiwan University. In his free time, Archie enjoys backpacking, practising yoga and film photography.

 

Ehsan Ehsanipour

Assistant Vice President

Finance and Operations

Ehsan is a fifth year PhD student in the Department of Cancer Biology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is currently studying the role of fibroblasts during the wound repair process. His work focuses on characterizing the contribution and function of distinct subpopulations of fibroblasts at different phases of the healing process. He is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and received an M.S. in Physiology & Biophysics at USC and a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara. In his free time, he enjoys lifting weights, cooking, and hiking.

 

Yingyao Shao

Assistant Vice President

Finance and Operations

Yingyao is a third year PhD candidate in developmental biology at Baylor College of Medicine. Her primary research is developing a novel drug for treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders caused by a single gene. She got her bachelor’s degree in Life Science from Tongji University in Shanghai, China, and spent her last year at Harvard University for the undergraduate thesis. Outside academia, she enjoys hiking, traveling and delicious food-that’s why she’s a Yelp Elite!

 

Eslam Elshahat

Vice President

External Relations

Eslam is a fifth year PhD candidate in the BioSciences department at Rice University. He is using whole genome data and bioinformatics tools to studying how species hybridization affect genome evolution in nature. Before coming to Houston, Eslam received a BSc in Biotechnology from Cairo University, and performed genetic testing on Egyptian mummies at the Egyptian Museum. Outside the lab, Eslam coaches the boxing club at Rice University, enjoys playing basketball, traveling, and cooking.

 

 

Reem Abo-Zahrah

Assistant Vice President

External Relations

Reem is a fifth-year PhD Candidate in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Baylor College of Medicine. She studies Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and her work focuses on uncovering mechanisms by which different signaling complexes cause skeletal muscle impairment, with the goal of developing target-specific therapies. Reem served on the Graduate Student Council at BCM for two years and organized a charity art auction benefiting cancer patients at Texas Children’s Hospital. Reem received a BS in Biochemistry with a minor in German Studies from Centenary College of Louisiana. In her free time, Reem enjoys learning new languages, swimming, and traveling.

 

Cavan  Bailey

Vice President

Education and Events

Cavan is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Pediatrics at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is a member of the laboratory of Joya Chandra and studies epigenetic therapeutics for brain tumors in children, including how they can be used to augment immunotherapy regimens. Before joining MD Anderson, Cavan received a BA in Cell Biology & Neuroscience from Rutgers University in New Jersey. In his free time, Cavan enjoys going to Astros games, exploring museums, biking various bike paths, and eating all the delicious food Houston has to offer.

 

Yi Liu

Assistant Vice President

Education and Events

Yi is a sixth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Using C. elegans as a model system, she studies the mechanism of Reactive Oxygen Species production, specifically, the role of peroxidases, in innate immunity against pathogens. Before joining the UTHealth, Yi received her Master’s degree in Microbiology at Auburn University and Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Central China Agriculture University. In her free time, Yi enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures, playing volleyball, and gardening.

 

Weilu  Han

Assitant Vice President

Education and Events

Weilu is currently third year PhD student at University of Texas Health Science Center. Her research interests focus on Neural Network and machine learning in signal and image processing in applications such as Parkinson’s prediction. With the development of cell phone, smart watch and sensor technologies, large amounts of data have been produced. How to make use of the large datasets and interpret them to assist clinical decisions is the area she is passionate about. Besides research, Weilu is active participant in the Houston Startup scene, and is currently leading a startup team at Bioeventure. Outside of work, Weilu is a patron of the Houston Symphony and Houston Ballet. She also enjoys dancing, reading and boxing.

 

Nathanael Green

Vice President

Consulting Agency

Nate is a fourth year PhD candidate in the Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology at Baylor College of Medicine. He studies how metabolic changes in kidney cancer cells regulate the proteins that get turned on and off in the cell, which then cause the cancer to be more aggressive. He attended Michigan Technological University as an undergraduate, where he double majored in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology. He enjoys his time outside of the lab by trying to stay fit, playing intramural sports, and spending time with his friends and dog.

 

Fremiet  Lara

Assitant Vice President

Consulting Agency

Fremiet is a Senior Data Analyst at MD Anderson Cancer Center. His work focuses on integrating medical records at the Department of Interventional Radiology. Although he is a physician by training, he is a follower of business investment and financial markets. Throughout his career he has performed a variety of functions, including independent technical consultancy, statistical genetic analysis at Baylor College of Medicine and Team leader for DNA sequencing libraries at the Human Genome Sequencing Center. Fremiet is an enthusiast of nutrition based metabolic therapies and human performance optimization.

 

Yue Joy Wang

Assistant Vice President

Consulting Agency

Joy is now a postdoc in UTHealth, doing translational cancer research under supervision of the head of oncology division. Her research is deeply translational, aiming to discover clinical relevant biomarkers and to develop personalized medicine model in tight collaborations with pharmaceutical biotech companies. Her postdoc choice is just another reflection of her interests in advancing into the healthcare business world, among many other involvements.

Joy obtained her PhD in Structural and Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics from Baylor College of Medicine, and BS in Biology from Tsinghua University, China. She enjoys reading and cycling, and is a passionate half marathon runner.