GPSA Executive Board

GPSA President

Stephanie Molina

GPSA President Stephanie Molina is a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program within the Department of Health Physics & Diagnostic Sciences under the direction of Dr. Steen Madsen. By applying her interdisciplinary background (B.S. in Health Physics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology; UNLV), she is investigating the development of a cell-based drug delivery approach for the treatment of cancers by photochemical internalization, a photonic technique. Her goal is that studying the in vitro efficacy of drug-carrying delivery vehicles will translate to an effective treatment protocol for diffuse brain tumors. As a member of the GPSA Executive Board, Stephanie hopes to expand graduate student services and continue to encourage collaboration between departments for research, scholarly, and creative activities as the university moves forward with top-tier initiatives.

GPSA Vice President

Eric Noonan

GPSA Vice President Eric Noonan is working on his Ph.D. in the Department of Education, under the Department of Teaching and Learning. While at the same time he is also working on his Masters in the Department of Hospitality, under the Department of Food and Beverage. His research interests range from Human Resources and fraternization to what the Greenhouse Effects on Vineyards are, to a comparison study between the American Education system and the European Educational system with a focus on Hospitality and how linguist affect the education of the students, if at all. He has been a member of the GPSA for the past two years and the representative for his department for the past year. He is looking forward to assisting the GPSA to grow and improve.

GPSA Treasurer

Sidath Kapukotuwa

GPSA Treasurer Sidath Kapukotuwa (Sid) is a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program within the Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences under the mentorship of Dr. Francis Cucinotta. Sid obtained his undergraduate degree in Nuclear Medical Science in 2012 from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has been a graduate student at UNLV since 2014, finishing his master’s degree in Medical Physics in 2018. His dissertation research interests are focused on studying effects of radiation on neuronal architecture of the hippocampus. Sid has been the GPSA representative for the Department Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences since 2018 and serving in the Sponsorship Committee as well. He is hoping to serve the continued growth and improvement of the GPSA.

 

 

GPSA Secretary

Mathew Sunil Varre

GPSA Secretary Mathew Sunil Varre is a 2nd year doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Health Sciences program (Biomechanics) within the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences (KNS). He has been a graduate student at UNLV from 2017 and been performing research under the supervision of Dr. Janet Dufek (KNS) and Dr. Mohamed Trabia (Mechanical Engineering). He has obtained his previous graduate degrees in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from University of Kansas (2011) and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2015). Mathew’s research focuses on treatment and rehabilitation of children and adults with neurological and musculoskeletal disorders using biomechanical analysis and computer modeling techniques. He is currently working on identifying and discriminating the risk of foot ulcers at various stages of disease progression in individuals with diabetes. As a member of GPSA Executive Board, Mathew intends to take initiative on student mental health/stress management and create awareness of career pathways after graduate school.