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BLD Student Association

The Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program Student Association (BLDSA) at MSU is a student run organization that provides its members with the opportunity to become involved in their curriculum and profession.

All students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical laboratory sciences are invited to join. Your membership gives you the opportunity to participate in variety of professional and social activities. These activities include volunteer opportunities, facility tours and social activities. The goal of these activities is to provide our members with sufficient background to make career decisions by exploring the diversity of options available in this field of study.

For information about BLDSA, contact bld@msu.edu.

BLDSA Eboard application

2020- 2021 BLDSA Executive Board:

Ilyes Aniba

Ilyes Aniba
President

My name is Ilyes Aniba and I am the BLDSA President for the 2020-2021 academic year. I am also the Eboard Diversity Equity and Inclusion student rep. I'm a 4th year student majoring in Biomedical laboratory science (MLS concentration). One of my favorite classes would be BLD 204. I really enjoyed learning about how the body responds to different diseases and Dr. Morris is a great professor!

Bri'onna Reese

Bri'onna Reese
Vice President

My name is Bri’onna. I’m a 5th year student in the Medical Laboratory Sciences program and I serve as the Vice President on the E-board for BLDSA. My favorite BLD class would have to be 213L for introducing me into the major, and for teaching me the basics of laboratory science. 

Jyoti Prasad

Jyoti Prasad
Secretary

My name is Jyoti Prasad and I serve as secretary on the BLDSA Board. My favorite BLD class is BLD 314L because I like the aspect of being able to apply the knowledge and techniques learned from lecture in lab. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Darcie Kolanek

Darcie Kolanek
Treasurer

My name is Darcie Kolanek and I am going to be the treasurer for the Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Student Association. I am currently a junior and I am also involved in CHAARG a female workout club at MSU. I originally was interested in joining the BLDSA to make connections with more BLD students and faculty.

Dacia Munteanu

Dacia Munteanu
Event Coordinator

My name is Dacia Munteanu and I’m one of two Event Coordinators for the BLDSA. My main role is to plan fun events for BLD students to get to know each other, their professors and learn more about the versatility of our future profession!

Walker Hayslette

Walker Hayslette
Event Coordinator

Hello, I'm Walker. I am Events Coordinator this year. My favorite BLD class I've had so far was 204 Mechanisms of Disease. I enjoyed the case studies and the different activities that I did in that class, as well as my professor, Dr. Morris, who made the class really fun and enjoyable as well. I really look forward to getting to know everyone more this year and working together with you all!

Racheal Nassimbwa

Racheal Nassimbwa
BLD Student Representative to the College of Natural Sciences Student Advisory Council

My favorite BLD class has been BLD 434 (Clinical Immunology), which opened me up to understanding the immune system. This was very fascinating because every little bit of science knowledge I acquired from other classes made sense as I filled out my science “puzzle” to deeply understand immunology.

Joseph Vincent

Joseph Vincent
Member-at-Large

My name is Joseph Vincent. I am a senior serving on the executive board of the BLDSA as a member-at-large, and I am responsible for acting as a liaison between the BLDSA and the BLD community. My favorite class was BLD 430 (Molecular Diagnostics). This class has encouraged me to pursue a career in biotechnology research and development.

Rachel White

Rachel White
Member-at-Large

Hello! My name is Rachel White and I will be a junior this fall. I am excited to be serving as a Member At Large on the BLDSA Eboard this year! My favorite BLD class is BLD 213L. I really enjoyed learning new lab techniques and applying what I have learned in class to a lab setting.

Ms. Michelle Russell

Ms. Michelle Russell
BLDSA Co-advisor

Ms. Russell is BLD Academic Advisor and co-instructs BLD molecular courses. She has a varied background in the clinical lab, including transplantation and molecular diagnostics. She loves working with BLD students and assisting them in all areas of academic, career and professional development.

Ms. Michelle Markstrom

Ms. Michelle Markstrom
BLDSA Co-advisor

Ms. Markstrom has a clinical background as a generalist and along with being a Hematology Team Leader. She has research and production lab experience. She is an Assistant Instructor in multiple BLD teaching Laboratory courses. She enjoys golfing and traveling and sharing her experiences with her students.

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North Kedzie Hall
354 Farm Lane, Room N322
East Lansing, MI 48824-5672
  (517) 353-7800
  (517) 432-2006
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