Kevin Hwang is currently the Chairman of the Board of The Triple Helix, Inc. He founded The Triple Helix in 2004 and has served as CEO (2004-2007) and Cornell Chapter President (2004-2005). As CEO, Kevin grew the organization into the world’s largest, completely student-run, non-profit corporation involving over 1,000 student staff and 28 chapter universities on 4 continents. For his accomplishments, he has been featured in numerous local and national media articles, including USA Today as one of the nation’s top 20 undergraduates in 2006. Kevin received his B.A. from Cornell University in Biological Sciences (Microbiology) and Economics, where he graduated as a Merrill Presidential Scholar and was selected for 17 major academic and leadership awards. At Cornell, he conducted several years of independent lab research resulting in a College Scholar senior thesis and led several campus organizations. Upon graduation, Kevin worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company advising Fortune 500 healthcare and consumer goods companies. His work experience also includes time at Intel Corporation and the California State Assembly. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Harvard Business School and will be working in private equity this summer in New York.
Erwin Wang served as Executive Production Editor of The Triple Helix from 2004-2007. A member of the founding board, Erwin led the production of over 35 different editions of the journal and subsequently co-managed over $100,000 in expenditures for the organization. Erwin graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Philosophy in 2007 and with a Masters in Health Administration in 2009. Erwin is currently a Research Consultant at The Lewin Group and has advised several governmental agencies, pharmaceutical associations, and a major foundation. Findings from one of his consultations will be incorporated into federal policy. Erwin continues to serve The Triple Helix as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Kalil G. Abdullah
Kalil G. Abdullah is currently a medical student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Molecular Biotechnology from Arizona State University, where he was the founder of the ASU-Triple Helix chapter. In 2009, Kalil became a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholar at the National Institutes of Health. He has been the recipient of a NASA Space Grant Award and an American Medical Association Foundation Seed Grant for biomedical research.
Melissa began her involvement with The Triple Helix as the Executive Director of Marketing in 2006 and joined the Board of Directors in 2007 as Secretary. Melissa received a BA in Neuroscience with honors from Johns Hopkins University. As a Cambridge Overseas Scholar, she went on to pursue an MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise from the University of Cambridge, an interdisciplinary degree in Business and the Life Sciences. Melissa will be matriculating in the Harvard Business School class of 2012 as a Robert S. Kaplan Life Science Fellow. As a result of her entrepreneurial tendencies, Melissa has filed a patent on a drug delivery system which she hopes to commercialize in the coming years. Furthermore, she is producing and hosting a mini-series on female executives in health care for BioBusiness TV. Melissa has corporate experience in biopharma strategy consulting and currently works for Stryker Orthopedics in regulatory affairs. As a hobby, Melissa considers herself a food critic, as she has founded the blog L’Epicuren of View From the Front Row and is a journalist for Culinary Trends Magazine.
Joel Gabre graduated from Johns Hopkins University with degrees in Biophysics and Anthropology. There, he founded the Johns Hopkins edition of The Triple Helix. After founding the journal, Joel was appointed to several international-level positions at The Triple Helix including Chief Operating Officer, North America. At Hopkins, Joel worked in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Bloomberg School of Public Health in addition to being active in the community and as a member of the Foreign Affairs Symposium. He was selected as the sole member of his graduating class to serve on a Trustee search committee. Joel is currently studying medicine at The University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he is a student member of the governing council. He has interned at the International Center for Migration and Health (ICMH), a WHO-collaborating agency in Geneva, Switzerland, and at the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Foundation on the Achieving Diversity in Dentistry in Medicine (ADDM) project. As a third year medical student, he actively conducts clinical research in the Department of Surgery. He continues to serve as one of the original members of the Board of Directors of The Triple Helix.
Manisha Bhattacharya graduated cum laude from Cornell University in 2009 with a double major in Biological Sciences (Molecular and Cell Biology) and Economics. She began her four-year career with the Triple Helix as a writer and Associate Editor at the Cornell chapter, and subsequently held positions on the International Editorial Board as a Senior Literary Editor and Executive Editor-in-Chief. After becoming Chief Executive Officer in August 2007, she facilitated the establishment of both the Science Policy Division and the annual Triple Helix Poster Session, now held each year at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is currently a medical student at Duke University, where she also plans to pursue research interests in access-oriented pharmaceutical innovation strategy and global health care infrastructure, particularly within oncology.