Peer Advisor Profiles 2020-2021

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VICKY ANGENENT-MARI

Year in school: Senior

My name is Vicky, I am pursuing a Neurobiology major with certificates in Biocore and Global Health. I work in a clinical lab at the VA studying Alzheimer’s prevention and early detection in at risk populations. When I’m not in class or at work I shadow at the VA, volunteer at the UW hospital and am a part of Badger Spill, Microbiology club and the Biocore Outreach Ambassadors. I want to go to medical school, so feel free to reach out with questions about how Biocore fits into a premed schedule. In my free time I love pottery, biking and being outside (although not in the winter). I also work for Biocore, cleaning fish tanks and carrying out Seth’s evil plots. If you’re wondering what Biocore can do for you beyond the classroom, please reach out to me! Send me an email through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


MAKENZIE BECKER

Hi everyone! My name is Makenzie, and I’m a junior studying biology with certificates in Biocore, Health and the Humanities, and Leadership. I am also currently a Biocore Peer Mentor, so feel free to ask me any questions about peer mentoring! Outside of Biocore, I am the president of Sigma Alpha Omega Christian sorority, I volunteer at the UW-Hospital (in non-COVID times), and I am a member of AMSA. I also work as an undergraduate teaching fellow and co-facilitate the Wisconsin Experience Seminar class. When I’m not working or studying, I enjoy playing the ukulele, watching Disney movies, and going hiking with my family. If you have any questions about any of the above, feel free to contact me at uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


CHELSEA CHEN

Hi, my name is Chelsea Chen, and I’m a junior majoring in Biochemistry and Spanish with certificates in Computer Science and Biocore, in the L&S Honors Program. I’m involved in undergraduate research in the Cavagnero lab (Chemistry department), specifically using viscosity to examine the size of the compact domain of ribosome-bound nascent proteins. I volunteer at UW-Health with infectious control and serve as the Volunteer Services Officer of the American Red Cross club on campus. I’m also a member of AMSA (American Medical Student Association) and CHVM (Community Health Volunteers of Madison). I’m planning on applying for meds school and getting a MD/PhD in the future. In my free time I love traveling, baking, exercising and binge-watching movies with my friends. Feel free to contact me using uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


JULIE CHEN

Year in school: Senior

Hi everyone! My name is Julie, and I’m a junior in the College of Letters and Sciences. I am pursuing a major in Biology with certificates in Biocore and Chinese Professional Communications. In addition to my studies, I volunteer at ThedaCare hospice in my hometown, and work as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Peyseur’s lab that focuses on the genetics and evolution of island mice. I have also studied abroad for a summer in Tianjin, China to complete one of my certificates, and I am also planning on going to medical school, so if you have any questions about studying abroad, being a pre-med student or about Biocore, please feel free to reach out! Contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


MICHELLE CHUNG

Hi! My name is Michelle. I am pursuing a major in Biology and Environmental Studies with certificates in Biocore and Graphic Design. After undergrad, I want to go to graduate school and focus on Science Communication. I work in Damschen Lab studying the pollen nutritional quality of prairies in WI. I also work as a Communications Intern at the Wisconsin Energy Institute/Great Lakes Bioenergy Center. Outside of class, I am a part of Stem Students for Social Justice and the American Cetacean Society. In my free time, I love painting, being outside, and gardening. If you’ve got questions about Biocore or just want to talk, I’d love to meet you! Send me an email through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


HANNAH DAVIDSON

My name is Hannah Davidson and I am a student in the College of Letters and Science, Honors pursuing a degree in Biology with certificates in Environmental Studies and Biocore. This summer I worked hard to promote racial equity within Madison and, this fall, was appointed to Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Pi Beta Phi Fraternity. In addition, I am a member of the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board (WASB), a student led organization that promotes alumni connections and plans events around campus to build the badger community. Until recently, I worked at the University of Wisconsin Survey Center (UWSC) as a telephone interviewer collecting data on WI residents’ behavioral health risk factors. In my free time I enjoy watching soccer, listening to music and spending time outdoors. After graduating, I plan to take a gap year where I gain work experience and hone what I wish to study in graduate school. Generally, I am interested in botany and conservation biology.  Feel free to contact me at uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


CALEB DELVAUX

Hello everyone! My name is Caleb Delvaux, and I am a senior majoring in Pharmacology & Toxicology with a certificate in Biocore. Currently, I am involved in a few healthcare clubs at UW-Madison including APAA. I also work as a CNA for UW Health and in the Masters Lab at WIMR where we study calcific aortic valvular disease in human heart valves. After I graduate, I plan on taking a gap year while applying for the Physician Assistant program. In my free time I enjoy playing in just about every intramural sport they have at UW-Madison, going to Badger sporting events, and hanging out with friends. Contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


MELANIE DEPAMPHILIS

Year in school: Junior

My name is Mel, I’m pursuing a Biology major with a certificate in German and Biocore! I work in a research lab at the Wisconsin Institute for Medical Research studying HPV and its effects on cancer. I am a pre-med student planning on going to medical school and work in the stroke and oncology unit of my local hospital. In my free time, I volunteer as a Biocore Outreach Ambassador and am a member of the ceramics club. I also have the pleasure of being an undergraduate TA for Biocore (so fun). My hobbies include pottery, biking and I taking care of my freshwater aquarium when I’m home (ask me anything about fish- I love them.) Contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


STEVEN DO

Year in school: Senior

Hi, I’m Steven! I am a pre-pharmacy student double majoring in Pharmacology/Toxicology and Economics with a certificate in Biocore and leadership. Along with my studies, I am a part of Science Policy, Outreach, and Communication (SPOC), Biocore Outreach Ambassadors, and American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). I am a resource navigator at Wingra Family Medical Center and I work in a lab that researches nanoparticles to improve drug delivery. Additionally, I am a Chancellor Scholar, where I have been involved with various planning committees. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, fishing, biking, and anything that requires me to be outside. Contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


MAGGIE GUO

Year in school: Senior

Hello potential Biocorians! I’m Maggie, and I’m a junior pursuing majors in Biology, Computer Sciences, and Mathematics with certificates in German and Biocore. I plan to graduate in May 2021, and I want to study Bioinformatics in the future. I was the uTA for Biocore 382, and I am a member of Biocore Outreach Ambassadors. I am a member in Phi Beta Kappa honor society and undergraduate zoology society. I worked in Smith lab studying the effect of different post-translational modifications of peptides on their half-life through analysis of proteomics big data with computational tools. Right now I work in Lindroth lab as a Holstrom scholar to study plant-insect interaction and Daifeng Wang lab as a research assistant to study gene regulation network inference. In my spare time, I volunteer at the Feathered Friends Sanctuary to take care of the birds and Henry Vilas Zoo to help with events. I also enjoy downhill skiing, watching movies, running, roller coaster riding, and talking to my cat Cappuccino. Contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!

LEXI JOHNSON

Year in school: Senior

Hello potential Biocorians! My name is Lexi Johnson, and I’m a junior pursuing Molecular Biology with certificates in Health and the Humanities and Biocore. I plan to graduate in May 2021 and attend a PhD program to research neuroimmunology in the future. I am very involved with all the amazing opportunities that are available to Biocore students, such as being a uTA for Biocore lab courses and a Co-Chair for Biocore Outreach Ambassadors. I have also held two officer positions in my sorority, Tri Delta. Right now, I work in the Fabry/Sandor lab to identify phagocytizing myeloid cells in central nervous system tuberculosis infections. In my spare time, I enjoy baking, watching movies, kayaking, and walking my dog, Jordan. If you are interested in Biocore or any of the topics above, I’d love to chat! Contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


CASSANDRA KAPLON

Hi, my name is Cassandra Kaplon and I am a Senior majoring in Biology and Environmental Studies along with a certificate in the Biocore program. I am in the L&S Honors program and throughout my years at UW I have enjoyed getting involved in research. I am currently working on my senior thesis through the Hotchkiss lab researching vegetation and fire history surrounding Wisconsin lakes. I have also worked at the Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center as a part of the transformation production team. Upon graduation I look forward to applying to graduate schools to pursue Marine Biology after taking a gap year to gain more hands-on research experience. Outside of class I enjoy hiking, traveling, and hanging out with my dogs and pet rabbits. For any questions about Biocore or pursuing a degree in ecology, you can contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


AADHISHRE KASAT

Hello! My name is Aadhishre, and I am a junior double majoring in Biochemistry and Creative Writing. Since freshman year, I have been part of the Buller lab, where I have been developing a coupled enzymatic cascade for the biocatalytic synthesis of β- amino alcohols using a unique combination of a decarboxylase and a threonine aldolase. Apart from being involved in undergraduate research, I am also the Managing Editor of the Journal of Undergraduate Science and Technology. I am an Undergraduate Writing Fellow, this semester I am fellowing for Patho-Biological Sciences 370 and Communications Student Writer for the Badger Chemist. In the future, I aspire to attend graduate school and be a Ph.D. student in a biochemistry lab studying signal transduction mechanisms. As the Communication’s Co-Chair at the National Collegiate Journal of Science, I strive to develop a national platform for science communication. In my free time, I like to take BuzzFeed personality quizzes, play chess and scrabble. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach me at uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com! I can’t wait to hear from you!


NIKKI KEHOE

Year in school: Junior

My name is Nikki, and I am pursuing a Neurobiology major with certificates in BioCore, Global Health and Religious Studies. I work at the clinical simulation program at UW Hospital and participate in a research lab studying Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. When I am not in class, at work, or in my research lab, I volunteer with BioCore Outreach Ambassadors (BOA) and Badgers for Special Olympics and am also a BioCore peer mentor. I am a pre-med student who is pursuing comprehensive honors, so if you have questions about how to balance BioCore and other honors courses into your schedule, feel free to reach out. In my free time I love to bike, play sand volleyball, travel, and cook! Feel free to contact me with any questions at uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


HAANIA KHAN

Hello! My name is Haania Khan. I’m working towards doing a complete honors in Biochemistry, double majoring Religious Studies with a certificate in Biocore. I intend to go to graduate school to pursue a PhD. I work as an undergraduate lab assistant in Dr. Peter’s lab in the West Wedge which is right by WIMR, and we study signal transduction pathways associated with glaucoma. I’m pretty rooted in the Biocore community, as I am also a Biocore lab assistant, peer mentor, and co-chair elect for Biocore Outreach Ambassadors. I’m also in the L&S Honors program and a FASTrack scholar. As a WOC in STEM, I aim to emphasize the importance of cultural humility and aiding those that may feel underrepresented because of their identity. In my free time, I enjoy playing mobile games and ACNH, cooking, reading, and drinking bubble tea with my friends! I also hope to have a green thumb in the near future. For any questions about Biocore, pursuing a degree in Biochemistry, pursuing a double major, or just want to have a safe space to talk about any struggles associated with diversity, you can contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


SHUKA KONISHI

Hi everyone! My name is Shuka, and I am a junior studying Biology and Psychology with certificates in Gender & Women’s Studies and Biocore! I work at the Office of Student Financial Aid as a FASTrack/BANNER peer advisor. I am also part of an organization called Building BASES that supports families and children experiencing homelessness as the Fundraising and Social chair. For research, I am an undergraduate research assistant in the BRAVE Research Center which focuses on the effects of adversity and trauma on brain development and family. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering and am part of the Badger Volunteers executive board in the Community Development committee. I love spending time bullet journaling, trying new restaurants and finding ways to enjoy the outdoors such as by hiking and kayaking! Feel free to contact me at uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


LAUREN KRAHL

Year in school: Senior

Hi! My name is Lauren Krahl and I am currently a junior majoring in Neurobiology and Spanish with Honors in the Liberal Arts and an Honors Certificate in Biocore, with plans of graduating in May of 2021. I am hoping to take a gap year abroad and attend medical school after that. As for my involvement here on campus, I am currently the philanthropy chair in my sorority for women in STEM, Alpha Omega Epsilon, and I am the student representative for the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA). Additionally, I involved with Biocore Outreach Ambassadors, I am a team leader for Badger Volunteers, and I volunteer at a local non-profit gynecological clinic called Share the Health. As for research, I am an undergraduate student researcher in the Gibson Lab at the WIMR, where we study the re-epithelialization of burn and excision wounds and the molecular mechanisms behind burn wounds progression. Lastly, I am a certified Behavioral Treatment Technician and work weekends at the Wisconsin Early Autism Project (WEAP), where I help develop autistic children’s social skills. Outside of these commitments, I love to downhill ski, hike, and play ukulele! If you have any questions at all, please contact me at uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com! I can’t wait to hear from you


CARTER KREFT

Year in school: Junior

Hi, my name is Carter. I am currently working on degrees in Biochemistry and Neurobiology with a certificate in Biocore, and I’m looking to go to medical school to become a medical scientist. I also work in an Oncology Lab at the WIMR, Lifeguard at the YMCA, and clean examination rooms at Access Community Health Center here in Madison. When I’m not working or in class, I am an avid member of Swim Club UW and HOSA. In my free time I practice guitar, work on my Spanish, lift weights, or swim. If you’re wondering how Biocore can help you in science, if you want to talk about 90’s rock or even just how to stay active in college. feel free to contact me at uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


STELLA MA

My name is Stella Ma, and I’m majoring in Biochemistry and Nutritional Sciences with Honors in Research in CALS. I am vice president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) UW-Madison chapter, a member of Biocore Outreach Ambassadors, previously was a Biocore Peer Mentor and Peer Mentor Leader for Biocore 381 and 383, and now tutor introductory biology, chemistry, physics, organic chemistry, and biochemistry with the Greater University Tutoring Services (GUTS). One of the labs I do research in is the Huttenlocher lab, where we study innate immune system interactions with wounds, infections, and cancer. Specifically, I am looking at interactions between neutrophils and cancer. I also do research in the Blackwell lab, where we study the chemistry of bacterial communication. Specifically, I am studying the communication of Listeria monocytogenes and, in collaboration with the Huttenlocher lab, the role of L. monocytogenes communication in infection. I also enjoy running, canoeing/kayaking, skating, crocheting, and reading. Contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


KATIE MCDONALD

Year in school: Junior

Hi, I’m Katie McDonald! I am a biology and global health major. After graduating, I am considering joining the Peace Corps for 2 years then attending medical school. On campus I am involved in AED Pre-Medical Honors Society and the Eagle Heights Community Garden. I am currently in a research lab studying mosquito dietary effects. Last summer I had a research fellowship with the Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector Borne Disease studying the same mosquitos. I have a phlebotomy certification and work for UW Health lasts year. Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, baking banana bread, and caring for my many houseplants. Contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


MADELINE MEINECKE

My name is Madeline Meinecke, I am majoring in biochemistry and psychology. I am also a premed student and plan on applying to medical school in 2022. On campus I work at the biochemistry capstone student lab, preparing all the solutions and equipment students need for their lab. Off campus, when I am back in Milwaukee, I work at my family’s hardware store. I am also a member of the Biocore Outreach Ambassadors. Outside of school I’m on the club field hockey team, and I love camping, hiking, biking, and just being outside. I am also an avid believer that dogs are the best animal on the planet and will always defend my claim. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. Contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


NIKITA MENON

Hey! My name is Nikita Menon and I’m a senior double majoring in Molecular Biology and Psychology with a certificate in Biocore. After graduating, I hope to pursue a masters in Endocrinology or Kinesiology, or take a gap year before going to medical school. On campus, I’m a board member and dancer for a nationally competitive Bollywood Fusion dance team called Wisconsin Surma, the Head Liaison & Design Chair for ADZ (Wisconsin’s largest dance competition), and I volunteer with Badger Volunteers. Aside from this, I research in the Laryngeal Physiology department where I analyze biomolecular mechanisms of vocal folds and tissues. Also, I work for BioTrek Student Outreach and lead workshops to teach kids how to think like a scientist. I love to do yoga, spend time with friends, and cook! Contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


SAVANNAH MEYERS

Hello! My name is Savannah and I am a senior studying Biology and pursuing a certificate in Global Health. After undergrad, I am looking at pursuing a Master’s in Public Health. On-campus I am currently a House Fellow and a member of the UW Spirit Squad. In the past, I was also involved in the Biocore Board of Directors for 587. Over the summers in Madison, I have gotten the opportunity to take different classes and volunteer at the American Family’s Children’s Hospital. Outside of classes I like to spend time with friends and family, travel, and explore all the wonderful things Madison has to offer (especially all the fresh cheese curds samples and spicy cheese bread at the Farmer’s Market). If you have any questions about the Biocore program, life as a college student, time management strategies, how to get involved over the summer, or about life in general I would love to talk! (And yes, this picture was taken in THE Biocore Prairie) Contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


FREDDIE MILDENHALL

Salutations! I’m Freddie a senior pursuing a double major in both horticulture and genetics. I’m interested in how plants differ from other forms of life and how they have evolved to be so different. Outside of the classroom, I’m a member of a research lab studying Arabidopsis thaliana as a means to understand more about the function of its gene’s. I also love running and you’ll find me out running the streets even in the dead of winter as part of the UW-Madison Running Club. Feel free to get in contact with me through the biocore peer advisor email at uwbiocore.peeradvisor@gmail.com, I’m always down to grab a cup of tea with a perspective biocore student! Contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!

 


GRACE MORLEY

Hello everyone! My name is Grace Morley, and I am currently a senior on campus, double majoring in biology and Spanish. I hope to attend graduate school to pursue a degree in a healthcare field. I have previously studied abroad in Spain, Costa Rica, and Belize. I am currently working in Dr. Jiang’s Laryngeal Physiology Lab. I also received my CNA certification last summer. During my free time, I like running outside and eating Babcock ice cream with my roommates. If you have any questions about how study abroad and Spanish fit in with a biology major and Biocore, feel free to contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!

 


NICOLE NEUROCK

Hello! My name is Nicole Neurock. I am a senior majoring in Biochemistry with certificates in Biocore and Global Health. After I graduate, I plan on taking a gap year and applying to medical school. I am currently involved the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), Doctors Without Borders student chapter, club gymnastics team, and volunteering at American Family Children’s Hospital. Next semester I will also be a part of the Resource Navigator Program, where I will be helping patients at local clinics meet their basic needs. In my free time, I enjoy attending badger sporting events, playing with my roommates’ cats, and trying new coffee shops! If you have any questions about how Biocore fits in with the Biochemistry major or other pre-med coursework feel free to contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


GRACE QIU

Greetings! My name is Grace, and I am pursuing a biochemistry major, with certificates in Biocore, Health and the Humanities, and Physics. I research the immune response after stroke in the Famakin lab, and also work as a general chemistry lab teaching assistant. During my free time, I enjoy exercising, playing tournaments through UW Club Tennis, or watching TV. Feel free to reach out if you ever want to grab some bubble tea and chat! Feel free to contact me at uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


CRYSTAL QING

My name is Crystal. I’m working towards a double major in Biochemistry and Nutritional Sciences with certificates in Graphic design and Biocore. I’m currently volunteering in Dr. Eide’s lab which focus on zinc deficiency and glucose metabolism. I’m planning on going to grad school after graduation. I’m a Chinese native speaker and I’m learning Japanese right now. In my free time, I love to create digital illustration, reading, ice skating, and skateboarding. Contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


MILCAH PULIYELIL

Year in school: Junior

Hi there! My name is Milcah Puliyelil and I am a junior studying Biochemistry. I am also a pre-health student and am planning on taking a gap year after graduating. On campus I am a part of the Undergraduate Entomology Society (UES) and Biocore Outreach Ambassadors. In my free time I love to hike, camp, and bake. If you have any questions about Biocore, courses, pre-health, or anything else feel free to contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com.


GABI RAULS

Year in school: Senior

Hi! I’m Gabi. I am a junior studying Biology with a certificate in Global Health. Outside of Biocore, I research the genetics of ALS using Drosophilia in the Tibbetts lab, and I am the secretary of the waterski and wakeboard club. In my free time, you can find me at the shell or hanging out with my biocore friends in Merit. I am going to graduate a semester early and then start my gap year. During my gap year, I want to travel to Copenhagen and volunteer for a public health organization. Also, golden retrievers are my favorite kind of dog! Email me to learn more about biocore at uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!

MEGAN REILLY

Year in school: Senior

Hi! My name is Megan Reilly, and I am a junior in the College of Letters and Science. I am majoring in Biology with certificates in the Biology Core Curriculum and Global Health. I am a pre-med student who will be applying to med schools this June. I have been volunteering at UW Hospital for about two years now in various different departments. I also work as a home health aide for a woman with disabilities in the Madison area. The research lab that I work at studies the application of stem cells to developmental modeling and cell-based therapy for neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disorders. In January, I will be traveling to Haiti to volunteer at a dental clinic with my dentist! I am also on the board for NSCS. In regard to Biocore, I am on the board of directors and hope to become a uTA during my senior year. In my (limited) free time, I love going to Badger football games, downhill skiing, and traveling with my family! Feel free to contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


CHRISTINE ROGERS

Year in school: Senior

Hi I’m Christine, I’m working on a Biology major and Global Health certificate, and am planning to go to medical school after graduation. I’ve worked in the Okonkwo lab for 3 years doing research on the connection between fitness and the pathology of Alzheimer’s Disease. I am a Biocore Peer Mentor and a member of Biocore Outreach Ambassador. I also am a member of Spill, volunteer at UW hospital, work as a personal care giver and am a tutor with the center for culture and linguistics. When I have some free time, I like to run and paint. If you have any questions about Biocore feel free to contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


GRACIA SANDOK

Year in school: Senior

Hi, my name is Gracia Sandok and I am majoring in Biochemistry and Computer Science with a certificate in Biocore. I volunteer in the Emergency Department at UW Health and at the YWCA in the Children’s Program.I am also a member of the Wisconsin Society for Conservation Biology- Student Chapter I work as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. McCulley’s lab studying developmental biology and genetics related to lung and pulmonary vascular development and disease. On the weekends I work as an EMT for one of the local ambulance services. In my free time I like to bike, hike, and swim! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


ALBIONA SABANI

Year in school: Senior

My name is Albiona Sabani and I am majoring in Biology with certificates in BioCore, German, and Sustainability with plans of graduating in May of 2021. I am looking to take a gap year after undergraduate and go back to Albania, which where my ethnic roots reside. Afterwards, I would like to go to medical school. My involvement here on campus has been exciting. Currently I am on the executive board of the Society and Politics committee and an ambassador for the College of Agricultural and Life sciences. Additionally, I am regularly active with WISER (Women in Scientific Education and Research) and AED (Pre-health society). I love to volunteer at the pediatric center at UW-Health, BioCore Outreach Ambassadors and occasionally with Slow-Foods. For research, I am involved in the Stress and Pregnancy lab with Dr. Zachary Stowe, where we study the effect of anxiety on mothers and children during pregnancy and the transgenerational effect. Finally, I am a registered EMT and work with a private ambulance company called Paratech. Beside all of these commitments, I love playing recreational soccer, read and lifting. If you have any questions or just want to talk, please contact me at uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com! Hope to hear from you soon!


EVELYN SANTOIRRE

Year in school: Senior

Hey guys! I’m Evelyn, and I’m currently a Junior studying Genetics with a certificate in Health and Humanities, and in my second year of Biocore. I’m involved in UGA on campus, and volunteer with NAMI Walks Dane County and the Volunteer Crisis Text line. I also work in the Ikeda lab studying retina degradation and at Bassett Street Brunch Club (come say hi if you love brunch food!!). After undergrad, I’m interested in the Genetic Counseling path, so if that’s something that interests you, let’s chat! Contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


JORDYN SCHULTZ

Year in school: Senior

Hi there! My name is Jordyn Schultz and I am a Senior studying Biology while pursuing a certificate in Global Health. Currently, I am applying to Physician Assistant as well as masters in Public Health programs. I have been a CNA for about 5 years and I also have worked in Dave O’Connor’s lab on campus. My favorite organization on campus is Camp Kesem where we host a week of summer camp to support children through and beyond their parents cancer! Outside of school I love spending time with friends and family, drinking way too much coffee, and snacking every second of every day. Contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


ELIZABETH SOMSEN

Year in school: Senior

My name is Elizabeth and I’ll be graduating this fall with a major in Genetics and Genomics. I have worked in the lab of Dr. David O’Connor since my freshman year studying novel viruses and viral genetics, often in nonhuman primate models. Most recently, I’ve worked on viral epidemiology project at the WNPRC and fetal demise associated with Zika virus. I’ve also studied Mandarin here at UW and studied abroad in China after my freshman year. I’m on the leadership team for two student organizations, MEDLIFE and Ratio Christi, and have volunteered at several local organizations. After I graduate, I’ll be taking a gap year before getting my PhD; I plan on studying viral phylodynamics, population biology, and evolution. In my free time I enjoy hiking, cooking, reading, and crafting. I’d love to answer any questions folks might have about undergraduate research (including grants), Biocore, PhD programs, virology, or languages! Feel free to contact me using uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


 VISHAL SRINIVASAN

Hi everyone! I’m Vishal and I’m a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. I am pursuing a major in biology, with certificates in Biocore and French. I hope to attend medical school after I graduate. I currently work as a CNA at St. Mary’s hospital and I am an undergraduate research assistant in the MELD Lab, where I study cognitive psychology and math education. Through my student organizations, including the American Medical Students Association (AMSA) and Rotaract Club, I am involved in community service and other volunteering opportunities. In my free time, I love playing sports, cooking and travelling! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


ELISE WARDA

Year in school: Senior

Hi everyone! My name is Elise Warda, and I’m a junior studying Microbiology with CALS Honors in Research and certificates in both Health and the Humanities and Biocore! On campus I’m a personal trainer for UW Recreation and Wellbeing, and I work in a research lab studying colon cancer. I am also a Biocore peer mentor, the vice president of CALS Health and Research society (CHARS), and a volunteer in the Meriter emergency room. I have my CNA certification as well. After my undergrad, I plan to attend medical school (somewhere warmer than Wisconsin) with the end goal of practicing pediatrics. In my free time, you can find me working out, cooking some new food, or spending time with friends! Contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


SHANNA WIEGAND

Year in school: Senior

Hi everyone! My name is Shanna and I am currently a junior double majoring in Biology and Political Science with certificates in Global Health and Biocore and I am planning on applying to medical school! I currently work in a cancer research lab, and also have a virtual internship with the federal Department of Health and Human Services where I’m researching the efficacy of using financial incentives for physicians to improve the health outcomes of Medicaid patients with Lyme disease. I volunteer at the American Family Children’s Hospital and I am involved with Medlife, Biocore Outreach Ambassadors, and the running club. In my free time I like being outside and trying new recipes. I also love running and just did my first half-marathon! Contact me through uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com!


KARIS WONG

Hi, I’m Karis, I’m a junior majoring in genetics. I’m a co-chair for Biocore Outreach Ambassadors, and I’m involved with SPICE Club. I’m a part of the Parks Lab and currently researching the genetic and nutritional components behind cholesterol synthesis that contribute to metabolic diseases. I volunteer in the Emergency Services department at Meriter Hospital, and for Journey Care, a hospice care organization in my hometown. I’m also a CNA back in my hometown! I’m graduating in May and then taking a gap year before med school. Some of my favorite things to do in my free time include, running and baking “healthy” desserts!


CHRISTY ZHENG

Hey everyone! My name is Christy and I’m a junior double majoring in Biology and Asian Languages and Culture with certificates in Asian American Studies, Chinese Professional Communication, and of course Biocore! On campus, I am involved with Community Health Volunteers of Madison (CHVM), which is an organization dedicated to educating students on and eliminating the social health disparities that are apparent in the Madison community, such as being a Health Coach for patients at the Wingra Family Medical Center. Also, I volunteer at the Central Wisconsin Center and the River Food Pantry as a team leader in Badger Volunteers. If you can’t tell already, I love interacting with the amazing community members that are located right here in the Madison area. So, feel free to contact me if you are interested in experiencing out of the box extracurricular activities as well! In addition to these experiences, I am also involved in Biocore Peer Mentoring as well as working as a CNA. In my free time, I LOVE cooking, baking, and just bingeing the next Netflix show! After graduation, I hope to apply myself in a health profession dedicated to helping others! If you have any questions or would just like a friend to talk with, please contact me at uwbiocore.peeradvisors@gmail.com! Hope to hear from you soon!