ChBE Graduate Student Advisory Committee
The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department Graduate Student Advisory Committee (ChBE GSAC) is a representative body of graduate students that acts as a liaison between the graduate students and the administration of the department. We organize events such as the annual Graduate Research Symposium, providing students with a platform to showcase their research and enhance scholarship. We also assist with graduate student recruitment and arrange social events, such as academic networking, welcome week, and recruitment weekends to provide bonding opportunities for students. Moreover, we organize outreach events such as Toys for Tots and a food drive, among others, to create and foster a sense of community service.
ChBE GSAC has created a helpful guide to cultural and recreational spots and tips for new students on getting acclimated to the life in Champaign-Urbana.
Board and contact information
Victoria Kriuchkovskaia, President
Victoria is a member of the Harley Lab, where she conducts research in the field of tissue engineering. She focuses on developing multidimensional platforms to study pathophysiological mechanisms that underlie spread and therapeutic resistance of the deadliest brain cancer, glioblastoma. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, road trips, wine tastings, and spending time with her cat, Luna, and dog, Izzy.
David Potts, External Vice President / Treasurer
David is a member of the Flaherty lab. He studies interactions at the solid-liquid interface for alkene epoxidations over zeolite catalysts. During his free time, he enjoys working out, watching sports, and going to the bars (in non-pandemic times).
Tianhao Yu, Internal Vice President
Tianhao is a member of the Zhao lab, where he works on automated protein engineering guided by machine learning and developing machine learning algorithm for protein engineering. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games and entertain his dog, Sony.
Yash Kamble, Outreach Chair
Yash is a member of the Guironnet Lab. He works on synthesizing shape-controlled bottlebrush polymers for their application in nanomedicine. When he is not making polymers you can either see him hanging out with friends, doing some artsy things or binging shows and movies.
Azzaya Khasbaatar, International / Symposium Chair
Azzaya is a member of the Diao lab, where she works on determining how polymer assembly process governs the morphology evolution in organic photovoltaic devices. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, biking, working out, and listening to podcasts.
Aashutosh Boob, Symposium Chair
Aashutosh is a member of the Zhao lab, where he employs computational framework to design tools for genetic engineering and protein localization. Outside of the lab, he enjoys playing board games, watching movies, visiting icecream/froyo parlors and hanging out with friends.
Jiachun Shi, Professional Development Chair
Jiachun is a member of the Rogers lab, where she focuses on differentiating polymer topologies under large amplitude oscillatory shear to help optimize plastics forming operations and tailor different material properties. In her free time, she loves to watch thriller movies and read detective novels.
Christian Coon, Secretary
Christian performs research in the area of nucleation and growth in the Peters group. He currently utilizes theoretical and simulation techniques to further study the nucleation process in solid solution systems. In his free time, he enjoys playing games, watching Netflix, and drinking with colleagues.
Jemin Jeon, Webmaster
Jemin is a member of the Su group, where he separates small molecules by electrochemically modulated redox polymers. Currently, he is developing an enantioseparation method for amino acids and pharmaceuticals. In his free time, he enjoys leading a book club called “Book Your Future,” watching movies, and exercising.