Director of Outreach
Vivek Gurung is originally from Darjeeling, also known as the Queen of the Hills, located in India's foothills of the Himalayan range. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, and Immunology at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) in Kansas City where his research focuses on understanding regulated proteolysis in bacteria. Previously, he has served as the South-Central Regional Chair at NAGPS. He has also served as the President of the Graduate Student Council (Dec 2019 – Dec 2020), Senator at the Student Governing Council (FALL 2020 – FALL 2021), and as the President of the Indian Association at the University of Kansas Medical Center (FALL 2018-2020) for two years at KUMC. Vivek's primary goal for this year at NAGPS is to increase membership, membership engagement, building healthy communication and networking opportunities for the graduate students in the United States. While he is not working at the laboratory, he enjoys playing soccer on the field or Xbox, playing guitar, and singing.