Graduate Student Body President 2014-2015
Ryan Bradley is from Hoosick Falls, New York. He received a B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Potsdam. He spent a number of years teaching English in South Korea and travelling throughout Asia before discovering SCUBA and underwater archaeology. Ryan returned to the U.S. to pursue a Master’s degree in Maritime Studies and Nautical Archaeology at East Carolina University. His research focuses on the whaling industry that existed on the Outer Banks of North Carolina from the Colonial period to the turn of the 20th century. Ryan is a certified Divemaster and Technical diver. He is the graduate assistant to the Dive and Water Safety Officers of East Carolina University. Ryan recently interned as a support diver on Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31 at the Aquarius Underwater Reef Base in Islamorada, Florida and was a Research Fellow with the Whalehead Preservation Trust of Currituck County, North Carolina.
Vice President 2014-2015
Diana Wright grew up in Virginia Beach, VA. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2009 with dual degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a minor in Chemistry. Diana is currently a Doctoral Candidate with the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Brody School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the role of HTLV-1 viral protein HBZ in the development of Adult T-cell Leukemia. Diana has presented her research at the local, state, regional, and international level and is co-author on one peer-reviewed scientific journal article in Nucleic Acids Research.
Diana is the current Vice President of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate. Diana is involved with the Brody Graduate Student Association, Medical Reader’s Theater, and helped found the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) ECU chapter. She was selected to attend the 2013 IHI Student Quality Leadership Academy. Diana plans to use her scientific knowledge, critical thinking skills, and leadership experiences towards a future in governmental research or policy making.
Executive Associate 2014-2015
Congratulations to the newly elected executive board of 2014-15! From left to right: President Ryan Bradley, Vice President Diana Wright, Executive Associate Jennifer Jones, and Treasurer Michael Flynn