Keighley Reisenauer (she/her) is a fifth year PhD candidate at Baylor University in Waco, an Outreach Fellow with the National Center for Science Education, and a co-founder of the science communication and outreach organization Present Your PhD. Keighley's doctoral work is in breast cancer biology, working to understand the mechanism and effects of a naturally derived molecule. She began working on this molecule in 2017 after noticing its selectivity against highly aggressive, metastatic, and chemoresistant cell populations in breast cancer. After graduating, Keighley intends to pursue science communication.
Autumn Horne (she/her) is a PhD student in cognitive psychology at Rice University. For as long as she can remember, Autumn has been fascinated by stories and the language that we use to tell them. In her work as a PhD student, Autumn investigates the theoretical and neural basis of our language processing system. She is especially interested in the relationship between language and memory and spends her time in the lab trying to answer questions such as: “How does our short-term memory capacity affect our language production and comprehension?” and “What can the connections between different areas in the brain teach us about the way that language and memory are organized?”
Erik Stricker (he/him) is a fourth year PhD student in the department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). His current research focuses on the viral-derived part of the human genome and its relationship to the development of papillary thyroid cancer. Erik is a teacher through and through having held more than ten teaching and tutoring position at BCM, teaching German at the German Saturday School Houston, and being voted best teaching assistant 2019 by the graduate student body at BCM. Accordingly, he recognized early on that effective science communication is a critical skill when either addressing students, reviewers or the general public. Attending the ComSciCon Houston in 2019, then serving as a volunteer the coming year, Erik is now excited to take on the role of Co-chair in 2021 to share his passion in engaging science communication and visual storytelling.
Bailey Martin-Giacalone (she/her) is a third-year PhD student in Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. In an effort to improve survival and limit adverse effects for kids with cancer, her research aims to identify genetic risk factors that can be used to inform diagnostic procedures and treatment decisions. Bailey is interested in pursuing a career that merges her interests in public health research and science outreach with social justice advocacy. Outside of the lab, Bailey loves playing the oboe, volunteering regularly at a local food pantry, and teaching English to non-native speakers in Houston. She is very excited and grateful to be a part of the organizing committee for ComSciCon – Houston 2021.