executive board

2022 Academic Year

Josh Martins-Caulfield

Josh is a Senior in the Public Health Sciences program in the School of Public Health. He was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has been a wolverine since he was born. Josh is a very proud member of the Omicron pledge class in PhiDE since Fall 2020. In his free time, Josh enjoys playing and watching all kinds of sports, especially soccer, tennis, and football. He is also on the triathlon team on campus, but you will only find him at the pool and on the bike because he doesn't like running very much. You may also find Josh in the labs of the Chemistry building, where he has been teaching underclassmen the wonders of organic chemistry since his Sophomore year as an orgo lab GSI. Josh also works for the non-profit organization Physicians for Human Rights where he has been researching social issues that lead to health inequities, like overpolicing and undercounting of police-related mortality and morbidity, since his Junior year. Josh's favorite PhiDE memory was haunted bance his Junior year, where on the haunted hay ride, his friend holding on to him ripped his shirt at one of the jumpscares. He looks forward to continuing to build the PhiDE community and is very excited for the upcoming year in PhiDE.

Akash Dantuluri
Vice President of Programming

Akash is a Junior in the College of LSA majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. His hometown is Troy, MI and he is a proud member of the Rho pledge class. Outside of PhiDE Akash is the Finance Director for Heal-Move-Shift, a non-profit student organization that facilitates seminars on nutrition, mental health, and drug safety for elementary and middle school students. Additionally, he works as a Peer Facilitator for the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program and helps transfer students navigate the world of research through the Changing Gears Program. He is a research assistant for the Sleep and Circadian Rhythm Lab where he is currently working to prove that treating insomnia through therapy is a successful way to avoid relapse in individuals diagnosed with Alcohol Abuse Disorder. Furthermore, Akash volunteers at Grace Hospice where he spends time with and cares for patients who are terminally ill. Outside of his commitments he loves to stay active by playing volleyball, basketball, and football with his friends and he is also a huge Detroit Lions fan.

Izzy Merem
Vice President of Recruitment

Izzy is a Junior studying Movement Science through the School of Kinesiology. She was born and raised in Troy, Michigan and has been a Wolverine fan since day one. Izzy has been a member of the Rho pledge class since the fall of 2021. She is currently a research assistant within the Dan Wahl Lab, a radiation oncology lab that focuses on improving treatments for patients with glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive type of brain tumor. Izzy also served as a medical assistant at the Premier Hematology Oncology Care office at WellPointe Medical Center located in Rochester Hills, Michigan. During her free time, you will probably find Izzy at the gym lifting some heavy weights, as this is her favorite hobby to do outside of school. She is currently a member of the Michigan Muscle Club and plans on joining the Umich Powerlifting team this upcoming fall 2022 semester. Other than lifting, she also loves to online shop and play sports with friends, especially soccer and volleyball. Izzy’s favorite PhiDE memory was ice skating her sophomore year, even though she doesn’t know how to skate in the slightest.

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Michelle Lee
Vice President of Finance

Michelle is a Senior in the College of LSA majoring in Neuroscience. She is also minoring in Business through the Ross School of Business. Michelle is from Troy, Michigan and is proud to be a part of the Omicron pledge class. Outside of PhiDE, Michelle is the Director of Outreach for PPE4ALL, a student-run nonprofit that donates PPE to organizations and individuals during the pandemic. She is also an analyst for Blueprints For Pangaea, a student organization that redistributes medical supplies to areas in need in order to reduce health inequities and medical waste. Michelle is also involved in research with the Thoracic Surgery Cancer Biology Lab, which is focused on understanding the biological and molecular alterations that cause esophageal and lung cancers. Michelle is currently an EMT at Huron Valley Ambulance, where she has expanded her patient care experience through emergency medicine. In her free time, Michelle loves singing, soccer, tennis, and piano.

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Preetam Vupputuri
Secretary/Risk Management Officer

Preetam is a Senior in LSA majoring both in Philosophy and Biochemistry. He is from Rochester, Michigan, and has been a member of PhiDE for three years as part of the Xi pledge class. Outside of PhiDE, Preetam is involved in spheres of food security and sustainability. He volunteers with the Maize and Blue Cupboard, helps organize food-focused LSA events, and is on the board of Friends of the Campus Farm, an organization that coordinates harvest days at the University of Michigan's Campus Farms. Preetam is also a Research Assistant in the Stigma Psychopathology Assessment (SPLAT) Lab, a lab that studies how current frameworks and models in clinical psychology fail to account for the unique stressors marginalized communities experience. Preetam is also very interested in Sexual and Gender Minority Health and is a part of Students Opportunity in AIDS Research, a two year graduate school preparatory program in HIV/AIDS research. In his future, Preetam is interested in working in medicine serving marginalized communities, specifically with LGBT and food-insecure individuals. Before attending Med School, he hopes to spend his gap years further focusing this interest. Interests outside academics include hiking, cooking, and playing flute and guitar.