2020-2021 Editorial Board

Executive Board

Michael Dryden – Executive Editor-In-Chief – third year medical student at MSU College of Human Medicine heading to the Traverse City campus in the coming months. He grew up in Petoskey, Michigan before heading to the University of Michigan where he completed his B.S. in Neuroscience. He then attended Eastern Michigan University where he received his M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology with a focus in Behavioral Neuroscience. While there he studied mouse olfactory behavior and olfactory bulb plasticity while developing new equipment and methodology. He is currently interested in both Emergency Medicine and Neurology, and when not studying or on the wards, you will most likely find him outdoors either riding his bikes or spending time on the water. 

Tyler Madden – M4 Executive Editor Tyler is a third year medical student at MSU College of Human Medicine. He grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and earned a B.S. in Biomedical Science at Grand Valley State University. He is interested in pursuing a career in Orthopedic Surgery, and his own research endeavors have revolved around hip trauma, foot and ankle arthritis, and clinical implementation of computerized support systems. He enjoys golfing, lifting weights, and traveling with his fiancee.

Anfal Marafie – M3 Executive Editor – is a third year medical student at MSU, CHM. She grew up in Kuwait/Sterling, VA and received her B.S. in Dietetics/Nutrition, Fitness, and Health from Purdue University and her M.S. in Applied Psychology from ASU in Texas. She has done research most of her research in the field of mental health; previously on the stress of T1DM in adolescents, the effects of anxiety on pain perception, and currently on the differences in mood on the vaginal and gut microbiome in pregnant women and assessing the barriers to seeking out psychotherapy in a depressed population. She is currently interested in pediatrics as a career. She enjoys cooking, traveling, learning languages, rock climbing, and playing table tennis. 

Amar Atal  – Secretary – 

Christopher Dextras – Sr. Treasurer – Chris is a third year medical student at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. He grew up in Frederick, Maryland and received a B.S. in cell biology and molecular genetics from the University of Maryland. Prior to medical school, he worked at the NIH doing preclinical drug discovery research. He is currently interested in internal medicine. 

Ergest Isak  – Jr. Treasurer – 

Talha Ghazi – Senior Editor Coordinator – 

Esaw Kurban Junior Editor Coordinator – 

Antara Afrin – IT Officer and Website Manager

Brian Ogendi – PubMed Coordinator

Gabrielle Guzzardo – Public Relations Officer – third-year medical student at CHM Flint campus interested in pursuing Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. She studied at Loyola University of Chicago where she received her B.S. in Psychology and a M.S. in Biomedical Science. She worked as a scribe in the Emergency Room and as an MA assistant during her gap year. She has volunteered at Trail’s Edge camp for ventilator dependent children for the past 5 years and has taught multiple cooking classes to underserved communities through the program Cooking Matters. Gabrielle serves as the founder and vice president of the Psychiatry Student Interest Group, is a member of the American Medical Association, and a representative for the MSU College of Graduate Students Mental Health & Wellness Committee. Her current research explores the effectiveness of exercise anatomy classes on student retention medical anatomy.

Senior Editors:

Junior Editors: 

Eric Lind- Junior Editor– Eric is a third year medical student at MSU College of Human Medicine. He grew up in Caro, Michigan but has spent time living in various parts of the country including Arizona, California, and Wisconsin. Prior to medical school he received a BS in Biomedical Science from Western Michigan University and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan , after which he worked as a clinical pharmacist for seven years. Outside of school, Eric enjoys fishing, growing vegetables and spending time with his family and friends.