The Baylor College of Medicine Alumni Student Ambassador Board (ASAB) is a group of dedicated students from the School of Medicine, School of Health Professions and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, who work to strengthen the bond between Baylor alumni and current students. Some of their initiatives to engage alumni include informal networking events, career panels, an email mentorship program, volunteering events and the annual Alumni Mixer.
- Gabrielle Fatora
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and came to Houston to attend Rice University, where I graduated with a degree in bioengineering. My experience at Baylor has been fantastic so far in many ways, but I think the best part has been the support, encouragement and motivation that my classmates provide to every member of our class. In my free time, I enjoy Irish dancing, watching football games and TV shows and spending time with family and friends.
- Amanda Gajdosik
A small town girl from West Texas, I completed my bachelor’s degree in psychology at Texas A&M University in 2009 and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Johns Hopkins University in 2011. I practiced as a Surgical Intensive Care Unit and Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit registered nurse for five years before pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice-Nurse Anesthesia degree at Baylor. I enjoy fishing, camping, travel/road trips, spending time with friends, family and my dog.
- Chris Huynh
Born and raised in Houston, I graduated from the University of Houston with a major in biochemistry and minors in chemistry and music theory. When not studying, I enjoy fishing, playing video games and sewing. My love of gardening includes an affinity for carnivorous plants and succulents. I appreciate the wide range of support that Baylor College of Medicine faculty and staff provide students.
- Sirus Jesudasen
Born in London, England, I moved to Houston, Texas, where I was brought up for most of my life. I attended Rice University to study biochemistry and cell biology with a minor in business. In 2015, I graduated and began my time at Baylor College of Medicine, where I have felt honored and privileged to grow my knowledgebase and budding clinical skills while building relationships with mentors, peers and patients. Outside of my time spent within the medical field, I play and keep up with basketball (Rockets!), run and spend lazy afternoons playing board games as well as nurturing my potted bamboo plant.
- Bailee Kain
Born and raised in the Mississippi Valley of Northern Illinois, I attended the University of Missouri (Mizzou) and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a minor in Sociology. Looking for a graduate program that married basic science research with clinical experience, I found Baylor's Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine program and jumped at the chance to move to Houston. When I am not researching the development of a universal therapeutic for the flu, I like to explore Houston and its variety of restaurants in addition to traveling, attending concerts, spending time with friends and reading for fun.
- Nhon Le
I was born and raised in Dallas, but moved to Houston to attend the University of Houston. I graduated from the Honors College with a major in biology and a minor in medicine and society. When I am not in clinic or studying, I enjoy eating, sleeping, playing basketball and spending time with my loved ones. I love Baylor College of Medicine and its community for a multitude of reasons. The people I meet here are so sharp, genuine, kind and amazing in their own regard. Being part of the Baylor family motivates me to become a better student, colleague and healthcare professional.
- Andrew Lewis
I graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in bioengineering in 2014 and currently am studying leukemia. I became interested in cancer research early in my schooling and found Baylor College of Medicine through the SMART Program. I hope to contribute to findings that improve long-term outcomes for cancer patients. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports and exploring the outdoors. I like Baylor's abundance of people who are willing to teach and to discuss diverse medical and scientific topics.
- Sarah Ann Miller
Originally from a small town in Wisconsin, I graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science and minors in Biology and Chemistry. My passion for healthcare and my desire to become a physician assistant brought me to Baylor. When not in clinic or preparing for my upcoming graduation, I likely am looking for the nearest coffee shop, rejuvenating with a nice power nap or planning my next trip to see my family. I love being part of the Baylor community where I have the opportunity to learn from the most passionate and accomplished healthcare professionals around.
- Sayantan Mitra
I am pursuing a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology at Baylor College of Medicine. Before joining Baylor, I earned my bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Calcutta. My research at Baylor focuses on characterizing the structural flexibility of NS1 protein in the flu virus. I feel privileged to be part of the Baylor community and joined ASAB with the purpose of contributing to a more streamlined network between students and alumni. Apart from science, I love exploring national parks, rock climbing and photography.
- Taylor Nguyen
Born and raised in Beaumont, Texas, I attended The University of Texas at Dallas and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Healthcare Studies. When I am not drinking coffee on the wards, I am drinking coffee on my couch with my dog and watching Netflix or visiting my huge family back home. I am so grateful for all the people I have met and the experiences I have had thanks to Baylor College of Medicine.
- Ninad Oak
Born and raised in Mumbai, India, I completed my Master of Science in Bioinformatics before coming to Baylor for my Ph.D. in molecular and human genetics. My doctoral thesis focuses on understanding the genetic basis of childhood cancers. During my time at Baylor, I have served as a genetics representative on the Graduate Student Council, as President of the Indian Students and Scholars Association and currently as a Chair on the Alumni Student Ambassador Board. Various collaborative and extracurricular opportunities make Baylor a unique learning environment. Outside of Baylor, I participate in Houston-area cricket tournaments.
- Preeti Prakash
Born in New York and raised in Washington, I was first introduced to Texas while attending Rice University where I majored in cognitive sciences. I have stayed in Texas ever since and now am in my third year of medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. I feel honored to study at a school enveloped in the Texas Medical Center with a diverse patient population and gifted faculty and staff. When I am not walking the halls of the hospital or studying away, I enjoy dancing and cooking new recipes.
- Saumya Sisoudiya
I was born and raised in India and completed my undergraduate degree in biotechnology in South India in 2015. That same year, I came to Baylor College of Medicine to pursue a Ph.D. in human genetics. At Baylor, I am interested in using genome sequencing to study pediatric cancer. Outside of lab, I like spending time with the friends I have made here, all thanks to Baylor. I love the welcoming atmosphere at Baylor and how everyone is always willing to help.
- Jessica Weckhorst
After growing up in a suburb of Philadelphia, I completed my degree at Louisiana State University in 2015 with a major in biological sciences and a minor in Spanish. At Baylor College of Medicine, I am interested in the application of computational methods to understanding the host-microbiome interaction. Outside of the lab, I like reading, computers, spending time with my two kittens and indulging in bad reality television. I love how connected Baylor is within the Texas Medical Center and with other institutions. This offers unique opportunities for collaboration, which I appreciate.
- Ann Xu
Born and raised in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, I first came to Houston through an academic scholarship at Rice University where I majored in political science and biochemistry. While coming to Baylor College of Medicine may seem just a quick walk across the street, the dedication of Baylor faculty and staff to medical education is unmatched anywhere else in the nation and made my decision easy. Outside of wards and clinical rotations, I can be found on culinary misadventures, preoccupied with fish husbandry or tinkering in the garden.