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.

 

 

Sri Kamal Kandala

President

Sri is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Imaging Physics at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. He currently works on the development of new computational tools by employing machine learning and deep learning, for improved early detection of cancer using magnetic relaxometry. Prior to that, he completed his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, where he developed novel treatment strategies for clinical translation of magnetic nanoparticle hyperthermia. Outside of research, Sri had been active in business consulting – worked on several consulting projects and developed growth strategies for businesses across various sectors. He also enjoys playing table tennis, badminton, and reading old Telugu literature.

 

 

Akash Mitra

Vice President

Finance and Operations

Akash is a third year PhD candidate in the Department of Genomic Medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He primarily works on large scale genomic data by evaluating tumor heterogeneity and predictors of response to immune checkpoint blockade. Akash has held active roles on the curriculum committee for UT GSBS, the Quantitative Science student council and the Association of Science Communication. He received his B.S. in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics from Rutgers University in 2016. Akash enjoys his time outside of the lab by cooking, spending time outdoors and is invested in animal welfare.

 

Carlos Kramm

Assistant Vice President

Finance and Operations

Carlos recently finished his doctoral thesis in the Neurology Department at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He studied the presymptomatic detection of prion disease in wild and captive deer. His work in collaboration with the USDA has been published in important scientific journals and now he wants to develop new technologies for the early diagnosis and treatment of patients. He is originally from Chile a received his Biochemistry degree from the Austral University of Chile. He enjoys his free time traveling and trying new food. Passionate about nature, meditation, wildlife, dogs, Formula 1 racing and EDM music.

 

Jintan Liu

Assistant Vice President

Finance and Operations

Jintan is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate at MD Anderson. He received his B.Sc of biotechnology from Peking University.  His research focuses on the technology development of high throughput drug target identification, cancer functional genomics and genome editing.  He takes active part in the entrepreneurship trainings and activities at the Texas medical center. He enjoys swimming, aquascaping and E-sport in his free time.

 

Jeanne Manalo

Vice President

External Relations

Jeanne Manalo is a 3rd year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biochemistry at MD Anderson UTHealth GSBS. She is in the Neuroscience Program working on her thesis investigating the relationship between elevated adenosine and hearing loss. She believes that understanding this relationship with a molecular signaling perspective will contribute to developing alternative therapeutic strategies for a very common disability. Outside of lab, she founded the Association of Science Communication organization at her school with her colleagues and help with illustrating scientific concepts for publications and presentations. Jeanne received a BS in Biology at the University of St. Thomas – Houston. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, trying restaurants, watching anime, and playing video games.

Pranavesh Panakkal

Assistant Vice President

External Relations

Pranavesh is a second year PhD student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University. His a structural engineer with a mission to identify and mitigate urban risk associated with natural hazards such as earthquakes and hurricanes. His work leverages machine learning, probabilistic models, and data analytics to optimize strategies for disaster
mitigation and emergency response.

Catherine Yingyao Shao

Vice President

Education and Events

Yingyao is a fourth 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!

Devin Plote

Assistant Vice President

Education and Events

Devin is a fifth-year PhD Candidate in the Department of Immunology at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. She studies Urothelial Carcinoma and Immunotherapy and her work focuses on understanding the cellular mechanisms by which viral-mediated innate immune therapy inhibits cancer growth, with the potential of combination therapy strategies. Devin has served on the Cancer Biology Program Steering Committee for one year, and is still active on the GSBS Student Outreach Coordinator Board helping to organize events promoting STEM advocacy and education. Devin received a BS in Biotechnology with a minor in Biochemistry from Rutgers University. Outside the lab, Devin plays competitive volleyball and soccer, and enjoys cooking and traveling.

Cong Zhu

Assistant Vice President

Education and Events

Cong Zhu is a third year PhD candidate in Epidemiology at UT Health. His research interests is developing and implementing various statistical and machine learning models to help understand the risk factors associated with various disease or health status. His current work focuses on developing and improving quantitative models to predict the radiation therapy associated toxicity among cancer patients. He enjoys travelling, reading and photographing in the spare time.

Yash Khemka

Vice President

Consulting Agency

Yash is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. His research focusses on characterizing crude oils and predicting asphaltene onset as well as other phase equilibrium properties. He is also developing simple yet accurate numerical algorithms to predict viscosity of multi-component crude oil systems. Prior to joining Rice, Yash graduated with a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering and Minor in Energy Sciences from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. He is an ardent fitness enthusiast and a well-travelled individual with a passion for skydiving and other extreme sports.

Eunna Huh

Assistant Vice President

Consulting Agency

Eunna is a third year Ph.D candidate in pharmacology at Baylor College of Medicine. Her primary research aims to predict functional connectivity between protein residues applying network analysis and unsupervised learning methods. Prior to Baylor, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Fredonia with dual majors in B.Sc. Chemistry and Molecular Genetics. Other than analyzing data, she loves exploring. Seeking delicious restaurants, Making creative recipes, & Traveling in/outside of countries.