HST Joint Council 

The HST student association, known as the Joint Council, sponsors activities and creates policies that improve student life. The Joint Council Chairs, one MD student and one PhD student, are elected each year along with other officers and student representatives to various HST committees. HST has a rich tradition of including student voices in policy making as well as in admissions, curriculum design, and alumni relations.

Student Officers and Representatives (AY 2020 - 2021)

Council Chairs
Responsibilities include calling and presiding over regular meetings of the Joint Council (JC), managing the HST Joint Council budget, assembling and distributing meeting agendas.

Taylor Cannon

Taylor Cannon
PhD Chair

Mesyngier, Maia

Maia Mesyngier

MD co-Chair

Schiantarelli

Julia Schiantarelli
MD co-Chair

Treasurer

Works with the Chairs to oversee the HST Joint Council budget and works closely with Graduate Administrator to ensure that expenses are properly accounted for.

Patel

Jay Patel

Secretary

Works with Chairs to communicate on behalf of the JC. Coordinates meetings and takes minutes at JC meetings.

Sanz

Jon Arizti Sanz

Social Chairs

Work with the Chairs and administrators to plan events that build community. Examples of events are the TGIFs, Formal dinner and the Retreat.

Flores

Micayla Flores

Gao

Xining Gao

Garmilla

Andrea Garmilla

Hoying

Madelyn Hoying

Jackson

Hannah Jackson

Krupczak

Brandon Krupczak

Constantine Tzouanas

Constantine Tzouanas

Public Service Chairs

Organize public service activities for student, staff, and faculty participation. List of opportunities available here.

Melodi Anahtar

Melodi Anahtar

Sayo Eweje

Sayo Eweje

Lee

Gha Young Lee

Ami Thakrar

Ami Thakrar

Constantine Tzouanas

Constantine Tzouanas

Professional Events Coordinator

Organize professional development events such as interview/CV workshops, discussions with representatives from local industry/startups/other life sciences-focused businesses, and site visits.

Jen Dawkins

Jen Dawkins

Krupczak

Brandon Krupczak

Aditya Misra

Aditya Misra

Representatives to the HST-IMES Committee on Academic Programs (HICAP)

Responsibilities include attending regularly scheduled meetings of HICAP, providing student input, and communicating information regarding issues before HICAP to the student community.

Shoshana Das

Shoshana Das

Neha Kapate

Neha Kapate

Ariziti Sanz

Jon Arizti Sanz (alternate)

Varela, Claudia

Claudia Varela

PhD Representatives to the HST MD Curriculum Committee

Responsibilities include attending the monthly meetings of the HST MD Curriculum Committee, providing student input, and communicating details of MD Curriculum Committee deliberations to the student community.

Kumar

Ashwin Kumar

Kristen Rodrigues

Kristen Rodrigues

MD Representatives to the HST MD Curriculum Committee

Responsibilities include attending the monthly meetings of the HST MD Curriculum Committee, providing student input, and communicating details of MD Curriculum Committee deliberations to the student community. Each entering MD class has two representatives

Eriene Sidhom

Eriene Sidhom
MD Class 2017

Carly Ziegler

Carly Ziegler
MD Class 2018

Sarah Weiss

Sarah Weiss
MD Class 2019 

Angela Zhang

Angela Zhang
MD Class 2019 

David Cookmeyer

David Cookmeyer
MD Class 2021

Rahul Gupta

Rahul Gupta
MD Class 2021

Alaina Bever

Alaina Bever
MD Class 2022

Evans

Kathryn Evans
MD Class 2022

Brian Chang

Brian Chang
MD Class 2023

Deitrich

Chris Deitrich
MD Class 2023

Lee

Gha Young Lee

MD Class 2024

Mather, Rory Vu

Rory Vu Mather

MD Class 2024

Ramirez

Nereida Ramirez 

MD Class 2024

Representatives to MIT’s Graduate Student Council

Responsibilities include attending the meetings of the MIT Graduate Student Council to represent HST student interests, and making reports to the HST graduate council at their meetings on issues discussed by the GSC.

Palepu

Anil Palepu

Patel

Jay Patel

Sydney Sherman

Sydney Sherman

MD Advocacy Chair

Responsibilities include leading and coordinating student advocacy efforts, including but not limited to diversity, equity, & inclusion, mainly on the HMS side of HST in collaboration with HST/IMES leadership. This involves coordination with the PhD Advocacy Chair and other groups working on these issues and forging relationships with many different resources across HMS/MIT.  

Urke, Amanda

Amanda Urke

PhD Advocacy Chair and 4th HICAP Rep

Responsibilities include leading and coordinating student advocacy efforts, including but not limited to diversity, equity, & inclusion, mainly on the MIT side of HST in collaboration with HST/IMES leadership. This requires coordination with the MD Advocacy Chair and other groups working on these issues to forge relationships with many different resources across HMS/MIT. The PhD Advocacy Chair also serves as a fourth student representative to the HST-IMES Committee on Graduate Programs (HICAP). 

Subramanian

Sandya Subramanian

HST/IMES Diversity Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee

Working with the faculty, administrative staff, and research staff members of the DEI Committee (DEIC), student representatives represent thoughts and concerns of the IMES/HST student body to the DEIC

Garwood, Indie

Indie Garwood

Mendez, Keegan

Keegan Mendez

Varela, Claudia

Claudia Varela