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WCGS Standing Committees

WCGS Executive Committee

Frederick Maxfield (Biochemistry and Structural Biology, Program Co-Chair, WCM)
Chris Lima (Biochemistry and Structural Biology, Program Co-Chair, SKI)
Heidi Stuhlmann (Cell and Developmental Biology, Program Co-Chair, WCM)
Xuejun Jiang (Cell and Developmental Biology, Program Co-Chair, SKI)
Kirk Deitsch (Molecular Biology, Program Co-Chair, WCM)
Andy Koff (Molecular Biology, Program Co-Chair, SKI)
Sabine Ehrt (Immunology, Program Co-Chair, WCM)
Alexander Rudensky (Immunology, Program Co-Chair, SKI)
Elizabeth Ross (Neuroscience, Chair, WCM)
Harel Weinstein (PBSB, Chair, WCM)
Lorraine Gudas (Pharmacology, Program Co-Chair, WCM)
David Scheinberg (Pharmacology, Program Co-Chair, SKI)
Mary Charlson (Clinical Epidemiology, MS, Program Chair, WCM)
Julianne Imperato-McGinley (Clinical Investigations, MS, Program Chair, WCM)
Rainu Kaushal (HPR, MS, Program Chair, WCM)
Gerard Marciano (Co-Chair Physician Assistants Program)

WCGS Curriculum Committee


The WCGS Curriculum Committee meets bimonthly and is advisory to the WCGS Executive Committee on programmatic and curricular approaches and policies. Areas of Curriculum Committee focus include: comprehensively examining training (e.g., asking such questions as “What should we be teaching our students in this current era of biomedical science?” and “How do we teach our students to be leaders and to do breakthrough science?”); new course approvals; oversight of existing courses (including course evaluations); identification of synergies/redundancies in courses offered by different Programs and, where possible, increase coordination between Programs/courses; identification of curriculum gaps; development and implementation of approaches that could help decrease time-to-degree; identification of how to incorporate meaningful training for non-academic science careers for interested students.

Current Membership

Anjali Rajadhyaksha (Chair)
Kirk Deitsch (Molecular Biology, 2013-14 through 2017-18)
Yariv Houvras (Cell and Developmental Biology, 2017-18 through 2019-20)
Theresa Lu (Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis, 2017-18 through 2019-20)
Anthony Sauve (Pharmacology, 2018-19 through 2020-21)
Jacqueline Burre (Neuroscience, 2019-20 through 2021-22)
Elena Piskounova (Biochemistry and Structural Biology, 2019-20 through 2021-22)
Luce Skrabanek (Physiology, Biophysics, & Systems Biology, 2017-18 through 2019-20)
Chloe Lopez-Lee (Student, 2019-20 through 2020-21)
Jennifer Goertz (Student, 2018-19 through 2019-2020)

Former Members
Noah Dephoure (Biochemistry and Structural Biology, 2016-17 through 2018-19)
Steven Gross
(Pharmacology, 2013-14 through 2017-18)
Stephen Johnson (Population Health Sciences, 2013-14 through 2017-18)
Emre Aksay (Physiology, Biophysics, & Systems Biology, 2013-14 through 2016-17)
Mary Baylies (Cell and Developmental Biology, 2013-14 through 2016-17)
Ethel Cesarman
(Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis, 2013-14 through 2015-16)
Morgan Huse (Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis, 2013-14 through 2016-17)
Christopher Lima (Biochemistry and Structural Biology, 2013-14 through 2015-16)
Carol Mancuso (Clinical Epidemiology, 2013-14 through 2016-17)
Giovanni Manfredi (Neuroscience, 2013-14 through 2015-16)
Caitlin Burgdorf (Student, 2016-17)
Jennifer Knauss (Student, 2013-14 through 2015-16)
Camila Prieto (Student, 2013-14 through 2015-16)
Benji Grigg (Student, 2016-17 through 2017-18)

WCGS Awards Committee


The WCGS Awards Committee makes recommendations to the Dean of WCGS for several annual awards and fellowships, including: WCGS Distinguished Alumnus, WCM predoctoral fellowships, WCGS Student Service Award, WCGS Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award, Rachele Prize, HHMI International Student Research Fellowship, Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation, PhRMA Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship.

Current Membership

Randi Silver - Chair, Non-voting member

Anjali Rajadhyaksha - Neuroscience

Emre Aksay - Physiology, Biophysics, and Systems Biology

Jacqueline Burre - Neuroscience

Daniel Heller - Pharmacology

Former Members
Michael Kharas (Pharmacology, 2015-16 through 2018-19)
Iestyn Whitehouse (Molecular Biology, 2015-16 through 2017-18)
Olga Boudker (Physiology, Biophysics, & Systems Biology, 2015-16 through 2017-18)
Jeremy Dittman (Biochemistry and Structural Biology, 2015-16 through 2017-18)
BJ Casey (Neuroscience, 2015-16)
Todd Evans (Cell and Developmental Biology, 2015-16 through 2016-17)

WCGS Faculty Advisory Committee on Diversity


The WCGS Faculty Advisory Committee on Diversity seeks to improve overall diversity in the Graduate School. The committee’s first charge is to assess and develop strategies to increase faculty diversity in the Graduate School. The committee meets quarterly and makes recommendations to the Graduate School Executive Committee.

Current 2019-2020 Membership

Carl Nathan (Co-chair, WCM division)
Ushma Neill (Co-chair, SKI division)
Marcus Lambert (Co-chair, WCM division)
Ethel Cesarman (WCM division)
Jayanta Chaudhuri (SKI division)
David Christini (WCM division)
Juan Cubillos-Ruiz (WCM division)
Christopher Lima (SKI division)
Teresa Milner (WCM division)
Luis Parada (SKI division)
Samantha Meadows (Student)

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