Student Representatives

Each year graduate students and postdocs are elected by their peers to representative positions.  These representatives play a critical role in enriching graduate student life through recruitment and orientation of new students, participation in Graduate Training Committee meetings, organization of the Pharmacology retreats, coordinating special events and communicating the needs of the graduate students to the Graduate Training Committee and the department chair. They also participate in faculty meetings. Through these activities, the student representatives gain valuable leadership experience, the ability to positively influence the department’s graduate program, and serve as an information conduit between the graduate students and the faculty.

Meet our current representatives:

Will Crosson

Will is a third-year graduate student in Dr. Dubinett’s lab investigating the role of myeloid-derived suppressor cells in drug-resistant non-small cell lung cancer. He received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Biochemistry with a minor in Biomedical Research. In his free time, he enjoys cinema, theater, and escape rooms.



Claire Storey

Claire is a third year PhD candidate in the labs of Drs. David Ulmert and Robert Damoiseaux studying radio-immunotheranostics in cancer treatment. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Outside of lab, she loves running, yoga and exploring the LA food scene!




Marissa Pioso

Marissa is a second-year graduate student in the labs of Drs. David Nathanson and Robert Prins studying tumor-immune crosstalk in glioblastoma. She received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from The Ohio State University. In her free time she is a competitive ballroom dancer, and enjoys trying new restaurants around the city!