2016-17 Graduate Student Representatives
Alexandra Keane, MD Student
Alexandra Keane is a first year medical student at Washington University School of Medicine. Prior to attending WUSM, she attended WashU for her undergraduate education where she was a Liselotte Dieckmann Scholar and Florence Moog Scholar, double majored in neurosciences and chemistry, and graduated summa cum laude. In addition to her academic endeavors, Alexandra played on the Washington University women’s basketball team, continuing to play into her first year of medical school as a team captain. She is currently an Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Research Fellow and an American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Medical Student Research Fellow, conducting research in the lab of Dr. Alison Snyder-Warwick in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She is investigating the processes underlying neuromuscular junction reinnervation after motor nerve injury, in the hopes of implementing these findings in the treatment of patients with peripheral nerve injuries. In addition to her research, Alexandra is involved in many medical student organizations including: member of the Board of the Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic, president of the American Medical Women’s Association student group, and co-leader of the Plastic Surgery and Surgery Interest Groups.
Wei Zhu, JD Student
Wei Zhu is a third-year student at Washington University School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree in bioengineering from Tianjin University, China. She then came to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for higher education and received her PhD in chemical engineering, a master’s degree in statistics, and a professional MBA. Before she came to Washington University, she also worked for a green energy start-up company for three years and served as the principal investigator for an NSF-funded project, which later successfully received continuous funding. She has published more than 25 journal and conference publications, some of which were in the most prestigious scientific journals Science and Nature Nanotechnology. During her time at Wash U Law, Wei served as a teaching assistant for international students, a research assistant for Professor John Drobak, and the vice president of the China Law Society. After finishing her second year of law school, Wei spent a split summer, first at a Fortune 200 company and then at an international law firm located in Palo Alto. Her career goal is to become an IP attorney who can protect the innovations of both startups and well-established companies.