Graduate Staff Listing 2017-2018

Connie Kaspar Brophy

(765) 496-6095

Assistant Director of Science Diversity

brophyc@purdue.edu 

 

Brianna Hudson

Brianna Hudson
Chemistry
hudson81@purdue.edu

I am the Chemistry Representative for the Graduate Women in Science Programs. I am a third-year graduate student in the Chemistry department, where I specialize in biochemistry and work under the advisement of Dr. Angeline M. Lyon. My research focuses on addressing cardiovascular disease through the combination of atomic force microscopy and X-ray crystallography to gain structural and functional insights into the cardiovascular enzyme, phospholipase Cβ (PLCβ).

Candi Esquina

Candi Esquina
PULSe
cesquina@purdue.edu

I am the PULSe representative for the Graduate Women in Science Programs. I am a third year PULSe student in the Lyon Lab in the Chemistry Department. I obtained my BS in Health Science at Aurora University, and my MS in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan. For fun, I like going to concerts (especially Justin Timberlake), watching shows on Netflix, and hanging out with my family.

Lyon lab Website:
https://www.chem.purdue.edu/lyon/index.php

Bithi De

Bithi De
EAPS
bde@purdue.edu

I am the EAPS representative in the Graduate Women in Science Programs. I am a Ph.D. candidate studying Atmospheric Dynamics. My research focuses on how Arctic sea ice variability can impact mid-latitude weather and climate. This is my first year on the WISP leadership team. I am excited for sharing, learning and growing together with women scientists at Purdue. For fun, I love traveling, reading and spending time with family.

Rashmi Soni

Rashmi Soni
Computer Science
soni10@purdue.edu

I am the Computer Science representative for the Graduate Women in Science Programs. I am a Master's student in Computer Science and this is my first year on the WISP Leadership Team. I feel energized to be able to contribute to the development of women in their career and as a whole. In my leisure hours, I like painting, sketching, listening to music and traveling to new places.

Kate Schreiber

Kate Schreiber
Physics
schreibk@purdue.edu

I am the Physics representative for the Graduate Women in Science Programs. I am a fifth year in the Ph.D. program in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. My research involves the electrical properties of semiconductor devices at temperatures near absolute zero. This is my first year as the Physics WISP representative, and I am excited for a great year of programs.

Ankita Thawani

Ankita Thawani
Biology
athawan@purdue.edu

I am the Biological Sciences representative for the Graduate Women in Science Programs. I am a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Donna Fekete's lab and my research focusses on early brain and inner ear development using the chicken embryo model system. I am from India and I enjoy cooking and puzzles in my free time. Feel free to email me with any questions.

Van Vo

Van Vo
Mathematics
vom@purdue.edu

I am the Mathematics representative for the Graduate Women in Science Programs. I am a 2nd year graduate student working towards my Ph.D. in Math. This is my first year on the WISP Leadership Team.

Courtney Henry

Courtney Henry
Statistics
henry44@purdue.edu

I am the Statistics representative for the Graduate Women in Science Programs and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Statistics. I obtained a B.S. degree in Mathematics at Hampton University, and then completed a M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). My primary hobbies include fitness and exercise, traveling, and being among family and friends. I look forward to a great first year on the Leadership Team!

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