2022-2023 Executive Board

Mandy Chan (She/her/hers)

/ President

Mandy is a 5th year PhD student in the Immunology program and she’s studying macrophage dysfunction in non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases in Dr. Joel Schilling‘s Lab for her thesis work. As President of WiSTEM this year, she hopes to help each committee succeed in programming and connect with other student groups. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, collecting houseplants, fostering animals, and reading.


Melanie Ernst (She/her/hers)

/ Vice-President

Melanie Ernst is a 5th year graduate student in the Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology program studying ion channel folding in the lab of Dr. Janice Robertson in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. As Vice President this year she aims to support the president and each chair in programming and to build a strong network for WiSTEM. In her free time, Melanie likes to swing-dance and listen to the fantastic St. Louis jazz bands.


Jeongmin Lee (She/her/hers)

/ Communications Director

Jeongmin is a 5th-year graduate student in the Molecular Genetics and Genomics program. She is working on identifying the brown adipose tissue secreted factor and its potential in managing type 1 diabetes in the laboratory of Dr. David Piston. Outside the lab, she loves cooking, running in the forest park, and spending most of her time with her two ultra-fluffy cats. As a communication director, she will work closely with all board members to publicize WiSTEM event and maintain WiSTEM website and social media.


Aishwarya Krishnan (She/Her/Hers)

/ Bookkeeper

Aishwarya is a 2nd year graduate student in the Cancer Biology program. She is studying the role of DNMT3A mutations in clonal hematopoiesis, and the subsequent progress towards cancer in Dr. Grant Challen’s. lab. She is a Potterhead, loves to read and is excited to be a part of WiSTEM to help.


Lauren Johnson (She/her/hers)

/ Community Engagement Chair

Lauren is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in Evolution, Ecology, and Population Biology in Dr Jonathan Losos’s Lab. Outside of research, Lauren loves taking fitness classes, playing sports, watching movies, reading, and learning new languages (currently Spanish). Having been actively involved in outreach at her undergraduate university, Lauren is excited to join WiSTEM and the community engagement team.


Molly Brakhane (She/her/hers)

/ Social Activities Chair

Molly is a 3rd year DBBS student working in altered signaling in hematopoietic progenitors cells leading to myeloproliferative neoplasms in Dr. Stephen Oh’s lab. Outside of the lab, she is passionate about animals rescues, including her fat rescue cat Bill. She wants to encourage communication and community for the women of WashU.


Haewon Shin (she/her/hers)

/ Networking and Mentoring Chair

Haewon is an M2 in the Medical Scientist Training Program who will be starting her PhD in the lab of David Wang in January 2023. She is interested in host-viral interactions of C. elegans. Outside of science, Haewon enjoys going on bike rides and running in Forest Park and adding new restaurants to her massive spreadsheet. She’s excited to create opportunities for WiSTEM members to connect with one another and benefit from more vertical integration in DBBS.


Jiaxin (Cindy) Tu (She/her/hers)

/ Professional Development Chair

Cindy is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Neuroscience studying human connectome with resting-state fMRI data. Outside of research, Cindy loves climbing, hiking, and fostering cats. As a professional development chair, she hopes to develop resources in academic and non-academic careers for women scientists.


Ling Liao (She/her/hers)

/ Professional Development Chair

Ling is a first year Ph.D. student in Computational and Systems Biology. She is passionate about combining dry lab and wet lab work to advance tumor genomes research. In free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, hiking, blue-sky thinking, and reading. As a professional development chair, she is excited to work with Cindy and share as much information/resources as they can to help women scientist.