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2018-2019 Student Advisor Profiles and Office Hours

Gabriella Alexandrou '19

Gabriella is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics, and Development with plans to take a gap year to work and travel before attending medical school to become a spine surgeon. Her favorite class is BIOMG 4870: Human Genomics because it covered a wide variety of topics regarding genomics and encouraged her to think outside the box. On campus, she is also involved as a study group leader for Biology Scholars, CALS tutor, ambassador for the Dyson Business Minor, a member of the Linster lab, and a volunteer at Planned Parenthood. For fun, Gabriella enjoys finding recipes on the internet and trying to make them. This past summer, she worked on her thesis, studied for the MCAT, and volunteeed at Planned Parenthood and Ithaca Free Clinic. Her advice for new students: “Don’t resist change—embrace it!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIO 1440, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOMG 2800, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580

Troy Anderson '19

Troy is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics, and Development with plans to go on to a PhD in genetics or developmental biology. His favorite class is BIOMG 3580: Developmental Biology. Outside of class, he’s a part of jazz band, Original Cornell Syncopators, and Alpha Phi Omega. Troy loves to play music for fun and to relax. This past summer, he did research with the Gu lab and worked on his honors thesis. His advice to new students: “Take one non-bio-major class of interest each semester!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
MATH 1110, BIOG 1440, BIOMG 2800
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
3:00

Kei-lani Asper '19

Kei-lani is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology and plans to work before applying to medical school. Her favorite class is BIOMG 3850: Developmental Biology. Outside of class, she is involved in Alpha Phi Omega, Cornell Nordic Ski, and research. Kei-lani enjoys taking fun P.E. classes, hanging out with friends, and going to cultural events on campus. Over the summer, she participated in research on campus at the Adler lab. Her advice to new students: “You’re going to have so many opportunities to get involved at Cornell. Pick the couple or few that will mean the most to you and give them your all.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
3:00

Diana Balint '19

Diana is concentrating in Microbiology with a plan to take a gap year and then apply for a PhD program in the Biomedical Sciences. Suiting her major, her favorite class is BIOMI 2911: General Microbiology Laboratory. Outside of class, Diana participates in the CIHMID undergraduate research fellowship, figure skating, and music. She has also served as a TA for BIOMI 2911 and BIOMG3300. This past summer, she worked in the Brito Lab under the CIHMID summer program at Cornell. Her advice for transfer students: “Don’t overwork yourself your first semester. Give yourself some time to adjust from your transfer school to Cornell.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMI 2900, BIOMG 3300
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:00

Chloe Carpenter '20

Chloe is concentrating in General Biology with a plan to follow the MD/PhD track. Her favorite class at Cornell is SPAN 2070: Spanish for Medical Professions. Outside of class, Chloe is the manager for the football team and is a part of CURB and Cornell Tradition. In her free time, she also enjoys kickboxing! This past summer, she took part in cardiovascular research at Wake Forest University. Her advice for new students: “Try everything! Cornell gives you so many opportunities to explore what you like and don’t like!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOG 1440, BIOG 1500, BIOMG 1350, BIOMG 2800, BIOMG 2801, BIOMG 3300
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:00

Mandy Chan '20

Mandy is concentrating in General Biology with a plan to take a gap year before she attends medical school. Her favorite class is currently BIOG 1445: Introduction to Comparative Anatomy and Physiology. Outside of class, Mandy is involved in research at the Ophir lab and is a member of aKDphi, a multicultural sorority. When she’s not studying, she enjoys sleeping, playing the piano, and watching Netflix. This past summer, she volunteered at her local hospital and participated in research. Her advice for new students: “Although studying is super important, definitely take the time to go out, meet new people, and join a few clubs of interest.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:00

Crystal Cheng '20

Crystal is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology with plans to attend medical school when she graduates. Her favorite classes at Cornell are BIOMG 1350: Cell and Developmental Biology and BIOMG 3320: Principles of Biochemistry: Molecular Biology. When she is not in class, Crystal is involved in ECaFT, Scientista, CAMP, CPS, and research in the Grimson lab. In order to relax, she does calligraphy and plays tennis and piano. This past summer, she participated in a cancer research internship at the University of Minnesota. Her advice for new students: “Be open-minded and proactive.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:00

Felix Chin ’19

Felix is concentrating in General Biology with plans to take a gap year with AmeriCorps and then attend medical school. His favorite class is BIOAP 4580: Mammalian Physiology. On campus, he is also involved in Project Generation as a student companion, is a general manager for college mentors for kids, and TAs for PHYS 1101/1102. In his free time, Felix enjoys video games and filmmaking/photography. This past summer, he continued participating in clinical research and volunteering. His advice for new students: “Don’t feel the need to put too much pressure on yourself. Cornell is an amazing place, and you’ll all do great!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 3300, CHEM 2510, PHYS 1101, PHYS 1102, BIOAP 3110, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
3:00

Grace Cho '20

Grace is concentrating in Animal Physiology and plans to attend medical school when she graduates. Her favorite classes at Cornell are BIOMG 3320, BIOAP 3160, SOC 1101, and BIOG 1440. Grace also serves as a CALS ambassador and is involved in GMDB, EARS, and research. When she has free time, she loves running, playing the piano, and reading the news. This past summer, Grace did research in her lab studying MiRNAs. Her advice for new students: “Cornell is a humbling place; it will challenge you and push you to your limits, but just focus on yourself, what you love, and what you want to do. Don’t compare yourself with others.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, MATH 1110, BIOG 1440, BIOAP 3160, BIOMG 3320
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
3:00

Justin Choi '19

Justin is concentrating in Microbiology, with plans to take one gap year before attending medical school. His favorite class at Cornell is PLPPM 2950: Biology of Infectious Diseases. When he is not in class, Justin enjoys watching Netflix, playing poker, and swimming. He is also involved as a lifeguard and as the Fundraising Chair of MEDLIFE. Over the summer, he participated in research and shadowed at Boston University Summer Program in Neuroscience. His advice to new students: “Learn to adapt to change because unexpected things always come up in college!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIOMG 1350, BIOMI 2900
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:00

Emily Chow '20

Emily is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to attend medical school right after graduation. Her favorite class is BIOMG 1350: Introductory Biology: Cell and Developmental Biology because she learned many fundamental things that are essential to life processes. Outside of class, Emily is a part of Cornell’s Piano Society, where she teaches students to play piano and read music. For fun, she likes to watch anime, read, and binge-watch The Office (multiple times). This past summer, she shadowed doctors and researched nerve cell regeneration at Johns Hopkins. Her advice to new students: “Don’t take yourself too seriously! Have a good time, study hard, and keep yourself grounded—you’ll be fine! College is all about finding yourself and meeting the most extraordinary people you’ll ever meet.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIONB 2220
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:00

Christopher Diaz '19

Chris is concentrating in General Biology and plans to take a gap year before medical school. His favorite class is NS 3410: Human Anatomy and Physiology. When he is not in class, he is involved in the Pre-Health Mentorship Program, Cornell Surgical Society, BSP Mentorship, and Ithaca Health Alliance. During his free time, Christopher is very active—running, walking, and going to the gym. This past summer, he stayed here in Ithaca for research and volunteered at the Ithaca Free Clinic. His advice for new students: “You can do it! Don’t forget your long-term goals.” He is always happy to help, so feel free to reach out to him for anything!
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:00

Vanathi Ganesan '20

Vanathi is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology with plans to attend medical school and continue research in developmental biology. Her favorite class at Cornell is CHEM 3580: Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences and the ENG1147: FWS: Mystery in the Story. Outside of class, she is a TA for CHEM 2070/2080, an RA in Balch, and a member of research in the Liu lab. For fun, she dances, plays violin, reads, and goes to the gym. She also really loves to travel! This past summer, she took a nutrition class and volunteered. Vanathi’s advice to new students: “Don’t get deterred by a bad grade—take it as a way to better assess yourself and make a plan to do better.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
STSCI 2150, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOEE 1780, BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:00

David Gelikman '20

David is concentrating in Microbiology with a plan to go to medical school and eventually become a cardiothoracic surgeon. His favorite class on campus is BIOMI 2911: General Microbiology Laboratory because it’s very engaging. Outside of class, he is in a sketch comedy (Humor Us!) and writes/directs/acts in sketches during our semester shows. In his free time, he likes to watch TV shows (The Office, Parks & Rec, Scrubs), cook, and play guitar and piano. This past summer, David worked as a stem cell processing intern at a stem cell bank and office. He is excited to get the opportunity to meet and work with new Cornell students, and his advice for new students: “Cornell is big, and there are tons of opportunities to do work and also have fun. Stay on top of things and you’ll have a good time here!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:00

Joseph Gerlach '19

Joey is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology with plans to attend medical school. His favorite class is BIOMG 3850: Developmental Biology. Outside of class, he participates in The Class Notes Co-Ed Acapella, Cornell Fitness Centers, Musical Notes Volunteer Organization, and Community Health Professionals Mentorship Program. For fun, Joseph likes to run, sing, and build Spotify playlists. This past summer, he completed a biomedical research internship at the Gates Center of Regenerative Medicine in Denver, Colorado. His advice to new students: “Explore every inch of Cornell’s campus any way that you can!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, PHYS 1101, PHYS 1102
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:00

Agnes Goldrich '20

Agnes is concentrating in Animal Physiology with plans to take a gap year to do research before going to medical school to be a surgeon. A class that she absolutely loved is HIST 1930: A Global History of Love. Agnes is also the Vice President of Public Relations for Cornell Surgical Society, a member of the Cornell Storytelling Club, and is on the outreach committee for the Center for Jewish Living. In her free time, she likes to follow dogs around the arts quad, get coffee at Libe, and watch Grey’s Anatomy. This past summer, she worked as a student innovator at the Children’s National Medical Center’s Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation shadowing/doing research on facial reconstructive surgery. Her advice for new students: “Bio can be tough, but it’s important to remember that there are lots of different ways to get through the bio track and even if you’re not on the ‘typical’ path, you still belong at Cornell and are amazing! Cornell can definitely be rough, but there are a lot of resources to check out and people who care about you and can’t wait to hear about how you are doing.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
3:00

Tulasi Gopalan '19

Tulasi is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics, and Development and plans to attend medical school after completing a gap year to become a certified yoga teacher and cross fit instructor. Her favorite class on campus is PHIL 2200: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy. Tulasi researches the connections between cancer progression and metabolism in the Lammerding lab. She is also a TA for BIOMG 2800. For fun, Tulasi loves cycling, yoga, CrossFit, and listening to NPR podcasts. This past summer, Tulasi took the MCAT and worked as a volunteer at a clinic that serves undocumented immigrants. Tulasi’s advice for new students: “Don’t underestimate how crucial mental and physical wellbeing are to excelling academically.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 2800
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:00

Matthew Guo '20

Matthew is concentrating in General Biology and plans to attend medical school to pursue an MD or MD/PhD. His favorite class on campus is CHEM 3600: Honors Organic Chemistry II. Outside of class, he is involved Cornell Club Swimming, MEDLIFE, Phi Delta Epsilon, and the Community Health Peer Mentorship Program. He is also a TA for BIOG 1445. He conducts research in the Weiss lab at the veterinary school studying the role of DNA damage in mammalian meiosis. For fun, Matthew likes try new foods, swim, read, and binge-watch Game of Thrones. This past summer, he shadowed doctors and volunteered in the ER while studying for the MCAT. He wants students to know that if they would like to watch Game of Thrones with him, they can be friends. Matthew’s advice for new students: “Don’t be afraid to be alone and invest in yourself.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1445, CHEM 3590, CHEM 3600, BIOMG 1350
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:00

Emily Hasser '20

Emily is concentrating in Animal Physiology and plans to apply to veterinary school after taking a gap year to get more vet/animal experience. Her favorite class is FREN 3160: Translating French: Theory and Practice. Outside of class, she is involved in Club Gymnastics, Phi Sigma Sigma, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and is a volunteer coordinator for Encouraging Young Engineers and Scientists. She conducts research at the Hume lab at the veterinary school. For fun, Emily likes to read and hang out with friends. When the weather is nice, she also likes to hike. This past summer, she worked as a veterinary assistant at a clinic while taking organic chemistry lab at UC Berkeley. Emily is very excited to meet and get to know her advisees, and she is willing to answer questions about being a French double major. Her advice to new students: “Make sure you don’t overload your schedule so you leave time to have fun. There are many clubs and activities at Cornell—I encourage you to explore your options!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:00

Amrit Hingorani '20

Amrit is concentrating in General Biology and plans to attend medical school to pursue an MD or MD/PhD. His favorite class is biochemistry and BIOMG 1350. Outside of class, he is involved in Club Field Hockey, Club Paintball, Club Frisbee, Club Rowing, Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Zeta, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Biology Service Leaders, Cayuga Waters, and the Golden Key Club. He conducts research in the Cerione lab at the veterinary school doing a lot of wet lab work. For fun, Amrit loves playing sports, watching Netflix, reading books, traveling, and hanging out with friends. This past summer, he traveled abroad to Zambia as part of the global health minor to do a policy analysis research project as well as some hospital shadowing. Amrit is a strong believer in trying new things and experimenting while he still can. His advice to new students: “Just try everything you want to do when you get here! Don’t be afraid—college is the time to try new things and have fun.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIOMG 3300
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
3:00

Yuanyun (Rose) Huang '20

Rose is concentrating in General Biology with plans to go to graduate school to study biophysics. Her favorite class is BIOEE 1780: Evolutionary Biology because the huge diversity in life fascinates her greatly. When she is not in class, she participates in the Chinese drama club doing backstage work. For fun, she likes to watch TV, read manga, and sleep. She also enjoys trying new outdoor sports like tree climbing. Over the summer, she explored and did research in Ithaca for a month and then went back to China. Her advice to new students: “You are awesome! Enjoy what you experience!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
STSCI 2150, PHYS 2207
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:00

Morgan Hubbard '20

Morgan is concentrating in General Biology and plans to take a gap year before hopefully attending medical school to work in EMS, as well as volunteering at a hospital in Michigan and Special Days Camp. Her favorite class is AMST 1575: History Goes to Hollywood. Outside of class, Morgan is a CALS ambassador, a member of the running club and PATCH, and the director of activities for Delta Gamma. For fun, she likes running. This past summer, she is worked as a sailing instructor and volunteered at Holland Hospital and the Special Days Camp. Her advice to new students: “Give yourself some time to adjust! Especially coming from the perspective of a transfer student; take time to give yourself a pep talk. Coming to a new place is really hard, and it’s important to remind yourself that you’re doing great!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:00

Anupreksha Jain '19

Anupreksha is is concentrating in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and plans to take a gap year to be a research assistant before going to graduate school. Her favorite class is PLBIO 2410: Introductory Plant Biodiversity with Dr. Karl Niklas. On campus, she is part of the Alpha Zeta fraternity and is involved in Cornell Minds Matter and the Crisis Text Line. For fun, she likes going to multicultural events on campus because there’s always something going on! Over the summer, she interned at NICE lab group of Dr. Shannon Olsson at the National Center for Biological Sciences in Bangalore. Her advice to incoming students: “Every semester, take a fun class unrelated to your career goals."
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIOEE 1780, BIOEE1610, BIOG 1500
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:00

Deepthi John '19

Deep is concentrating in General Biology with plans to attend medical school. Her favorite class is PAM 3280: Fundamentals of Population Health. On campus, she is involved in Cornell Bhangra and works as a student advisor in the OUB. When she is not busy, she loves to dance, watch Netflix/Amazon Prime, and sleep. Over the summer, Deepthi worked at NYP-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and did research at Albert Einstein. Her best advice to new students: “Don’t worry too much about grades. In the end, you’re going to remember the time you fell down the slope over that one CHEM 2080 prelim.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:00

Durgaprasad Kullakanda '18

Durga is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to matriculate into medical school after doing research. His favorite class is BIOMG 3300: Principles of Biochemistry. When he is not in class, he is involved in CUSN, Alpha Phi Omega, Loaves and Fishes, and the Warden lab as a research assistant. He loves watching movies and playing games in his free time. Over the summer, Durga traveled, worked on medical school essays, and returned to Cornell to work in his lab. His advice to new students: “Try to get involved in the Ithaca community as early as possible. It’s nice to meet people in the town and have a view of what Ithaca is truly like.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 3300, BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:00

Vi Le '19

Vi is concentrating in General Biology with plans to attend medical school, but she is not sure yet. Her favorite classes are AEM 4380 and AEM 4390. She participates in research in engineering E. coli, Cornell Vietnamese Association, and is a chemistry tutor here at Cornell. For fun, Vi likes to run, hang out with friends, and sit on the slope to enjoy the nice weather. Over the summer, she completed an internship at Regeneron. Her best advice to new students: “Never let ‘I’m not good enough’ be a reason for you not to do something.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2080, CHEM 3580, CHEM 2510

Brian Lee '20

Brian is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology and plans to take a gap year before applying to graduate school. His favorite classes are CHEM 3570 and CHEM 3580. Outside of class, he is the outreach committee chair director for CURB and the associate director of Young Researchers Program. He conducts research at the veterinary school and is continued his research this past summer. For fun, Brian likes beekeeping, exercising, cooking, tennis, and science documentaries. His advice to new students: “Take classes you enjoy and take time to appreciate them all.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:00

Joshua Lee '20

Josh is concentrating in Animal Physiology. He does research in the Buchon lab. Outside of class, he is involved with CRU, and he is an RA in Low Rise 7. For fun, Joshua likes to watch YouTube videos, work out, and play basketball. His favorite class is BIOMG 3300. This past summer, he traveled to Asia on a mission trip and volunteered at a hospital in Arizona. His advice for new students: “Find a community where you belong and where you can find support.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:00

Mitchell Lee '19

Mitchell is concentrating in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and plans on taking a gap year to work at an environmental policy job before going to graduate school. His favorite class is NTRES/BIOEE 4560: Stream Ecology. At Cornell, he is involved in Cornell Outdoor Education and works with Cornell Environmental Collaborative. Mitchell enjoys hiking around Ithaca, watching Netflix, and hanging out with friends. This past summer, he stayed in Ithaca and worked for the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Farming. His best advice for new students: “Take things slowly and learn your limits so you are not spread too thin.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1610
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:00

Nikita Lee '19

Nikita is concentrating in General Biology and plans to take a gap year doing a program abroad before applying to medical school. Her favorite class is COGST 2264: Language, Mind, and Brain. She conducts research in Loeckenhoff lab in the Department of Human Development. Outside of class, Nikita is involved in Cornell Circle K, Asian American Intervarsity, Cornell Taiwanese American Society, and she also works as a scribe at Cayuga Medical Center in the Emergency Department. For fun, she likes playing basketball, reading, working out, playing the guitar and drums, baking, and playing board games. This past summer, she studied for the MCAT and attended an international convention for Circle K in Chicago. Her advice for students: “It might be difficult to find what you want to do at Cornell because there is a plethora of opportunities. But wherever you go, whatever you decide, I have no doubt you will find an amazing group of friends and a supportive community.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
STSCI 2150, BIOMG 2800
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:00

Jessica Leipman '20

Jess is concentrating in Human Nutrition and plans to take a gap year before attending either medical school or graduate school. Her favorite class is NS 1150: Nutrition, Health, and Society. Outside of class, she is a diver, the captain of the Varsity Swimming and Diving Team, and a member of the Big Red Leadership Institute. For fun, she likes to listen to music, take naps, work out, and lift weights. This pastsummer, she took physics at Boston University. Her advice to new students: “Don’t be afraid to ask for help, have fun and meet new people, work hard and try your best. Don’t stress too much.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:00

Michael Lin '19

Michael is concentrating in General Biology and plans to take a research position and become a scribe for a year before matriculating into medical school. His favorite class is BIOAP 4580: Mammalian Physiology. On campus, he is involved in Alpha Phi Omega, Active Citizens, Community Health Professionals Mentorship Program, Habitat for Humanity, and is an achievement coach at Village of Ithaca. For fun, he loves attending talks by professors and alumni, sleeping, and going to campus events. Over the summer, he shadowed and did research. His best advice to students: “Failure is the foundation for the edifice of success. Never let an opportunity for adventure escape your grasp.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 3320
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:00

Omri Maayan '19

Omri is concentrating in General Biology. For fun, he loves going to the gym, playing basketball, relaxing outside, watching movies, and investing in the stock market. Over the summer, he volunteered at Glen Cove Hospital and completed the Medical Education Summer Internship Program at Mount Sinai. He is looking forward to the first session with incoming students.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIONB 2220, BIOEE 1780, BIOAP 4130, BIOMG3300
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:00

Zain Mehdi '20

Zain is concentrating Molecular and Cell Biology with a goal of pursuing a medical degree or an MD/PhD and specialize in surgery. His favorite class is Organic Chemistry. When Zain is not in class, he is involved with the Cornell Daily Sun, Global Medical and Dental Brigades, CURB, and research in the Clark lab. He also swims, plays football, and writes creative pieces for fun. Over the summer, Zain went to Honduras with Cornell GMDB and then did research in the Baby lab in Pittsburgh under the BIOSIP research grant. His advice to new students: “Don’t get caught up in the struggles of acclimating to Cornell because you will definitely learn to fit in and excel once you are more familiarized with the university.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, MATH 1110, BIOG 1440, BIOG 1500, CHEM 2510, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208, BIOMG 1350, BIOMG 3320
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:00

Christina Mendoza '19

Christina is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior and plans to go to medical school after taking a gap year. Her favorite class is BIOEE 1780: An Introduction to Evolutionary and Biology and Diversity because she enjoyed the interactive learning aspect and got to go to the Galapagos Islands through BSP in this class. On campus, she is involved in Biology Scholars Program, Cornell Filipino Association, is an RA at HILC program house, and is a research assistant for Emerging Markets Institute of SC Johnson School of Management. For fun, she likes to bowl with the Cornell bowling team and play for the club badminton team. Christina’s best advice to students: “As biology majors, we’ve been in your shoes and are here for guidance and to help with your transition to college.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
3:00

Radhika Narasimhan '19

Radhika is is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to take a gap year and then attend medical school. Her favorite class is BIONB 3920: Drugs and the Brain. She is the president of Less Than Three Acapella, Community Education officer of CUEMS, and a TA for BIONB 2220. For fun, Radhika likes to bake, cook, watch Netflix, and sing. Over the summer, she did clinical research at the NYU Motor Recovery lab. Her best advice to students: “Go to office hours!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIONB 2220, BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320, BIOG 1440
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:00

Talia Ostrow '20

Talia is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics, and Development and is considering going into medicine or industry. Her favorite class in the major is BIOMG 2800: Lectures in Genetics and Genomics, but she also loves FGSS 2010: Introduction to Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Outside of class, Talia takes part in Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Cornell Minds Matter, Cornell Hillel, and the Center for Jewish Living. For fun, she does Zumba and goes to a capella and dance shows on campus. This past summer, she stayed on campus and continued to work in the Cohen lab. She is very much looking forward to meeting with advisees and helping to calm the anxiety throughout the year! Her advice to new students: “Don’t be afraid to reach out for help—there are so many resources on campus for tutoring and counseling that are very helpful in the transition to school.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:00

Jasmine Peng '20

Jasmine is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to attend medical school and become a doctor someday. Her favorite class is BIONB 2220: Introduction to Neuroscience. Outside of class, Jasmine dances with Impact Dance Troupe and Shadows Dance Troupe while being a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. For fun, she binges Netflix, travels, and hangs out with friends. Over the summer, she shadowed at a hospital in Brooklyn through Cornell’s Practicing Medicine Program. She would like to tell new students: “Welcome to Cornell! We’re happy to have you and are so glad you’re here! We all want to make your experience here as positive as possible, so please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions/concerns at any time.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
MATH 1110, BIOEE 1780
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:00

Mitchell Plesser '19

Mitch is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology and plans to attend medical school after one or two gap years. His favorite class is BIOMG 3340. When he is not in class, he is involved in PhiDE, FIJI, the Ma lab, and is the undersecretary general of Cornell Model U.N. Conference. In order to relax, Mitchell enjoys watching TV, playing basketball, and procrastinating. This past summer, he did research in the city through Student Undergraduate Research Program. His advice to new students: “Don’t rush! You have plenty of time.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 2150, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:00

Archana Podury '18

Archana is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to complete an MD/PhD program after spending time in Okinawa, Japan. Her favorite classes are GOVT 3141: Prisons and BIONB 3920: Drugs in the Brain. On campus, she is involved in the Goldberg lab, BSL, PCAT, and TAs for neuroscience, physics, and organic chemistry. For fun, Archana likes to draw, make music, talk to people, and play Breath of the Wild in her apartment. This past summer, she worked on imaging population activity of neurons in C.elegans at the Leifer lab at Princeton University. Archana would like students to know that the student advisors are human too and have probably been through similar emotions, so they can help with more than just academics. Her best advice to new students: “Take time to self-reflect on your progress in college to make sure the parts of yourself you’re choosing to keep and the new parts you’re acquiring are in balance with each other. You should be prepared to rework your perspective in many ways, but trust that you are moving forward towards a richer outlook!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIOMG 1350, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 2510, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320, BIOMG 2800, PHYS 1101, PHYS 1102
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:00

Colton Poore '20

Colton is concentrating in Systematics and Biotic Diversity with plans to get a job working in science policy and education. He is also double majoring in English and minoring in Medieval Studies. His favorite class is ENGL 3080: Icelandic Family Sagas. Outside of class, he is involved in Alpha Phi Omega, Cornell Environmental Collaborative, the Epsilon Eta sustainability fraternity, Rainy Day Literary Magazine, and serves as a student ambassador for Arts and Sciences. Colton also enjoys listening to music, writing, and going for runs. Over the summer, he had an internship at Oneida Lake working on field ecology and science communication. Colton’s advice to new students: “Don’t feel as if you have to have everything figured out when you first get here. There is plenty of time to explore your interests and do the things you want to have done!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780, BIOEE 1610, BIOEE 2740, BIOG 1440
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
3:00

Kimaya Raje '20

Kimaya is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to go to medical school and pursue an MD. She is also minoring in Inequality Studies. Her favorite class is currently BSOC 3111: Sociology of Medicine. She is the president of the Hindu Student Council and does research in Dr. Smith’s psychology lab on campus. For fun, Kimaya likes to read, watch Netflix, and hang out with friends. Over the summer, she worked in a research lab at Indiana University’s Medical School. Her advice to new students: “College is a completely new environment, so allow yourself to enjoy it.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOMG 1350
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:00

Ankit Rana '19

Ankit is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to attend medical school. His favorite class is PSYCH 1101: Introduction to Psychology. On campus, he is involved in Habitat for Humanity, CURB, and is an Active Citizen in Hans Bethe. He enjoys playing tennis, going to hockey games, and catching up on sleep in his free time. This past summer, he did research in the Rutgers SURF program and volunteered at a local hospital. Ankit’s best advice to students: “Everything will be okay in the end, and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:00

Nancy Ren '19

Nancy is concentrating in General Biology and plans to attend medical school after graduating. Her favorite class is BIOMG 3300 and MUSIC 2207: History of Western Music I. Outside of class, she is involved in Project Generations, Cornellian Yearbook, and Christian Union. She plays the piano and harpsichord and cooks for fun, while also enjoying photography and watching movies. In her junior spring, she studied abroad in London and is worked in Dr. O’Brien’s lab on iron and calcium metabolism this summer. Her advice to new students: “Don’t be afraid to explore outside of your field! Take advantage of the eclectic classes Cornell has to offer!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIOMG 1350, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOMG 3300
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:00

Rebecca Rodell '18

Becca is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology and plans to pursue a PhD in molecular biology after graduating. Her favorite classes are GOVT 3999: How Do You Know That? and BIOMG 6390: The Nucleus because it describes the experiments that got us to what we know. She is the head manager of the Big Red Marching Band and works at the Lee lab. For fun, Rebecca likes to read books and take naps. This past summer, she worked on her honors thesis in the Lee lab at Cornell. Her best words of encouragement to new students: “It can take some time to settle in at Cornell, so don’t expect it to happen overnight, but it will happen.” Also, join band!
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:00

Kareena Sagar '20

Kareena is concentrating in General Biology with hopes of attending medical school after graduation. Her favorite class at Cornell is BIOG 1445 and STSCI 2150: Introductory Statistics for Biology. She also enjoys her Spanish classes. Outside of class, Kareena is involved in Cornell Bhangra, Alpha Phi Omega, and the Cornell Association of Medicine and Philanthropy. She is an undergraduate research assistant in the Cheetham lab. For fun, Kareena loves to read, draw, and cook. She also enjoys spending her free time learning new things. This past summer, she worked at the Lincoln Hospital in New York City under the Practicing Medicine Program which includes shadowing and working in public health. Her advice for new students: “Keep an open mind and try new things! You will never know who you’ll meet or what you might like.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOMG 1350, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOG 1445, BIOG 1500, BIOEE 1780, STSCI 2150, CHEM 2510
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:00

Yelizaveta Sapozhnikov '18

Yeli is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior and plans to either attend medical school or do a PhD program. Her favorite class is BIOMG 3300: Principles of Biochemistry. On campus, she participates in Big Red Buddies, research, and volunteers at Ithaca Free Clinic. For fun, she likes to read, watch, TV, and go for walks. This past summer, she volunteered at a hospital back home. Yeli’s best advice for new students: “Use the opportunities provided on campus to get involved.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
MATH 1106, BIOMG 3300, BIONB 2210
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:00

Calvin Schuster '19

Calvin is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics, and Development and plans to take a gap year before attending medical school. His favorite class is BIOMG 3800: Advanced Genetics and Genomics with Professor Fox. Outside of class, Calvin participates as the head organizer of Biology Service Leaders, an SA in Becker house, a facilitator for Intergroup Dialogue, and editor for The Research Paper. For leisure, he enjoys getting food with friends in the Commons and seeing plays. Over the summer, he conducted research at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston at a hematology lab. His advice for new students: “Trust yourself; you usually know what you need for yourself. And explore Ithaca! There are a lot of great things to do both on and off campus.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:00

Jheel Shah '19

Jheel is concentrating in Computational Biology with plans to work in Policy and International Development after graduation. Her favorite class at Cornell is American Shakespeare which she took in D.C. through the Cornell in Washington program. Outside of class, Jheel participates in Cornell in Washington, Cornell Daily Sun, and is also a tour guide. She works with the Mehta research group in nutrition. This past summer, she conducted research with Prof. Mark Roberson in the veterinary school. For fun, Jheel loves cooking, watching plays, and trying out new restaurants. Her advice for students is “Cornell can be overwhelming, but it is also a place for finding yourself and reinventing yourself. Good luck!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOEE 1780, BIOG 1500
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:00

Yousuf Shah '19

Yousuf is concentrating in Biochemistry and plans to attend medical school after graduation. His favorite class at Cornell is PSYCH 2800: Social Psychology. Outside of class, Yousuf is involved in Science Olympiad and Encouraging Young Engineers and Scientists (EYES) where he teaches science lessons at after school programs in elementary schools. He also tutors CHEM 3570 and CHEM 3580 through the Learning Strategies Center program and does research in the Emr lab. For fun, Yousuf plays ping-pong and watches TV shows and football. This past summer, he did research and volunteered at the Sciencenter. His advice for incoming students: “Don’t procrastinate! Always take breaks and don’t stress out over any single class!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOG 1440, BIOMG 1350, MATH 1110
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:00

Jacob Sinopoli '19

Jake is concentrating in Animal Physiology with plans to attend medical school and specialize in orthopedics one day. His favorite class is HIST 2560: War and Peace in Greece and Rome. When he is not in class, he participates in Cornell Catholic Community, volunteers at Cayuga Medical Center, and is a member of the handball club. For fun, Jacob likes to play basketball, soccer, and go hiking with friends around local parks and gorges. This past summer, he did endocrinology research at the Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland and applied to medical schools. His best advice to students: “Keep in mind that a few extra hours of work now can mean a world of difference in the future.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIOMG 3300, PHYS 1101, PHYS 1102
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:00

Ashley Tam '19

Ashley is concentrating in General Biology and plans to go to medical school after graduation. Her favorite class is NS 3410 & NS 3420: Human Anatomy and Physiology and its lab. Outside of classes, she tutors biology at the Learning Strategies Center, is part of a sorority, and volunteers at Cayuga Medical Center. For fun, Ashley likes to go out and try new food places around Ithaca and chill at home. Over the summer, she did research at a cancer lab. Her advice for incoming students: “Never be afraid to ask for help!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIOMG 1350
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:00

Brendan Tarantino '20

Brendan is concentrating in Human Nutrition and plans to attend medical school to become a doctor after graduation. His favorite class is STSCI 2150: Introductory Statistics for Biology. Brendan is also involved in Sport Taekwondo, research, and Greek life. He is also in the process of completing the Dyson Business Minor for Life Sciences Majors. For relaxation, he enjoys naps and more naps. During the summer, he did electrophysiology research in the Li Niu Lab at the University of Albany. His advice to new students: “College is a time to grow as a person and gain new experiences, so work hard, but don’t forget to have fun.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOEE 1780, STSCI 2150, MATH 1106
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
3:00

Veer Vekaria '19

Veer is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with a plan to attend medical school. His favorite class is currently PAM 3280: Population Health. Outside of class, he is involved in the CALS Dean’s Student Advising Council, YOURS, Cornell Health International, and Cornell Sitara. Veer also enjoys photography, travelling, outdoor activities, and watching YouTube/Netflix. Over the summer, he worked as a summer research intern at Weill Cornell. Additionally, his advice to incoming students: “Everything will be okay in the end, and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:00

Brenton Westbrook '20

Brenton is concentrating in Human Nutrition and plans to take two gap years working at Teach for America before attending medical school. His favorite class is EDUC 2610: Intergroup Dialogue Project. He is also minoring in Human Development and has a huge focus on health disparities. At Cornell, Brenton is involved in BBMTA, the PhiDE pre-med fraternity, CTFC, and volunteers at Saturday Math and Science Academy at Beverly J. Martin. To relax, he likes to sing, write songs, and hang out with friends. Over the summer, he is attended the Pre-Dental/Pre-Medical Enrichment Program at UCLA. Brenton’s advice to new students: “Take your time. You will get to where you want to be in the future. Be calm and be patient. I know you will succeed!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780, BIOG 1440
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:00

Emily Yang '20

Emily is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to attend medical school after one gap year. She is also minoring in English. Her favorite class is BIONB 2220: Introduction to Neuroscience. Outside of class, Emily is active in the Cornell Daily Sun, Cornell Book Review, tutoring at GIAC, and works in Libe Café. For fun, she likes to go jogging and get bubble tea. Over the summer, she participated in the Undergraduate Research Program. Her advice to new students: “You can do it!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1500, BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIONB 2210, BIONG 2220
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
3:00

David Zhang '20

David is concentrating in Computational Biology and plans to attend medical school. His favorite class is CHEM 3590: Honors Organic Chemistry I. Around campus, he is involved in Glee Club, Debate in Science and Health, and he plays violin. David loves outdoor physical activity, TV shows, and singing. This past summer, he participated in Harvard Medical School Bioinformatics Summer Institute Research Program. His advice to new students: “Try a bit of everything you want to try or you think you want to try.” He also wants to let you know he's excited for this year!
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, MATH 2210, BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:00

Freya Zhang '20

Freya is concentrating in Microbiology with plans to go to graduate school or take a gap year then pursue a PhD. She is completing the Dyson Business Minor for Life Sciences Majors. Her favorite class is PLBIO 3100: Medicinal Botany and Health. She also takes part in the Western Equestrian Team, CIHMID Fellowship, and The Research Paper as a writer and design editor. In her free time, Freya likes to kayak, dance, and go to concerts. Over the summer, she did research in the Douglas lab for a month and then traveled to China to visit family. Her advice to students: “Explore and have fun!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1500, MATH 1110, BIOEE 1780
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:00

Melissa Zhang '20

Melissa is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics, and Development and plans to do research for a year or two then go to medical school after graduation. Her favorite class is COMM 2010: Oral Communication because public speaking is such a valuable life skill. Outside of class, Melissa is involved in Phi Delta Epsilon, Alpha Phi Omega, Wild Roses Ultimate Frisbee, and research. For fun, she enjoys Frisbee, tennis, baking, hiking, and backpacking. She did research at the Jay Shendure lab at University of Washington and tutored English over the summer. Her advice to incoming students: “Cornell might seem big and scary, but we’re all super friendly and can’t wait to welcome you all to campus!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:00

Ruiling (Renee) Zhang '20

Renee is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology with plans to go to graduate school and conduct research related to molecular biology and genetics. She is also a psychology minor. Her favorite classes are Genetics and PSYCH 1500: Environmental Psychology. Outside of class, she is involved with being an advisor. For fun, Ruiling likes to watch movies, listen to music, and play board games (although she’s not very good at it). Over the summer, she volunteered in Feschotte lab for one month and then visited in China to intern there. Her advice to new students: “Cornell can be a very great and challenging place. Hope you’ll have a good time studying here. Be prepared and also be confident!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 2800, BIOMG 3800
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:00

Christine Zhang '19

Christine is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior and plans to take a gap year before attending medical school. Her favorite classes at Cornell are BIONB 3920: Drugs in the Brain, PE 1651: Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing, PE 1385: Thai Boxing, and PSYCH 6420: Human Perception and Computer Graphics. Outside of class, Christine is the president of Cornell Circle K, a member of rock climbing club, and an ice skating teacher at Cass Park ice rink. For relaxation, she enjoys drawing, playing piano, reading, eating fruit, and going on scavenger hunts. In addition, she loves exploring the nooks and crannies of Cornell so she’d be happy to offer up any secret locations and cool spots. This past summer, she studied for the MCAT and volunteered at a hospital. Her advice to new students: “It can be really difficult to manage the decisions you have to make, but there is so much to look forward to, so be open to change and trying things that might make you uncomfortable.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:00

Katherine Zhou '19

is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology and plans to go to medical school after graduation. Her favorite class is BIOMG 3310: Principles of Biochemistry. Outside of class, she is a piano teacher for the Cornell Piano Society, a member of GlobeMed, and a member of Cornell Surgical Society. For fun, Katherine likes to play volleyball, knit cool patterns, and play music. Over the summer, she did clinical research at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine. Her best advice to students: “Take the time to explore Cornell and enjoy life.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:00