Officer Board

BSSA is run by our talented board of officers who are constantly striving to improve your experience.
Continue reading to learn more about us! We look forward to meeting you!

Executive Board

  • BELINDA LIU
  • PRESIDENT
  • Human Biology Major
  • Revelle College, 2020
  • Favorite Event: BSSA Brings the Heat
  • About Me

    Hi, my name is Belinda, and I am a fourth year student in Revelle College studying Human Biology. I hope to pursue a career in medicine, potentially in Pediatrics! I joined BSSA in my freshman year of college, and I’ve been involved ever since because of the welcoming people I’ve met in committee and various events! Some of my personal hobbies include traveling with friends and trying new foods (If I had to pick, one of my favorites would be eating sushi). I am honored to serve as President for the '19-'20 school year, and I look forward to meeting many new faces! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions! ☺️

  • BENJAMIN CHAN
  • VICE PRESIDENT
  • Biochemistry/Cell Biology Major
  • Business Minor
  • Revelle College, 2020
  • Favorite Event: BSSA Brings the Heat
  • About Me

    Greetings everyone! My name is Ben and it will be my pleasure to serve you as your BSSA Vice President. I am a fourth year Revelle student who aspires to become a STEM professor. I remember first stepping foot onto this campus in search of the place I belong. Through the support of my committees and all of the unforgettable experiences, BSSA has helped me find my direction and a trustworthy group of friends. This organization has not only taught me what is necessary for obtaining my dream career; BSSA’s culture of mentorship and unity has fueled the discovery of my passions and reinvigorated my constant curiosity. I urge you to learn and grow with the rest of the BSSA family here at UCSD.

  • CRISTAL CABRERA
  • TREASURER
  • Physiology and Neuroscience Major
  • Psychology Minor
  • Muir College, 2020
  • Favorite Event: End of the Year Beach Social
  • About Me

    I joined BSSA half-way through my freshman year and stayed because of the amazing, friendly and like-minded people. As your Treasurer, I strive to equip all of you with the tools to grow at UCSD, while offering a fun-filled environment to relax and enjoy your college years. As for me, I love hanging-out with friends and taking my dog, Fluffy, out for relaxing walks. Fun Fact: I am originally from Puerto Rico, so feel free to practice your Spanish with me! I look forward to seeing all of you at our upcoming events! 😁

  • DUSTIN PWEE
  • SECRETARY
  • Human Biology Major
  • Marshall College, 2021
  • Favorite Event: BJ's Food Run
  • About Me

    Hey! My name is Dustin and I’m your Secretary for this year. I’m a third-year Human Biology major and I plan on pursuing medicine with a speciality in neurology or cardiology. In my free time, I love to swim, write music, and watch movies. As Secretary, I will be in charge of the weekly newsletters, so look out for those to keep updated on BSSA’s upcoming events! BSSA is a perfect way to transition into college, as it will provide you with unique opportunities and connect you with the best that UCSD has to offer. If you have any questions or just want someone to talk to, don't hesitate to reach out!

  • BRANDON MUKOGAWA
  • LOGISTICS COORDINATOR
  • Ecology, Behavior & Evolution Biology Major
  • Roosevelt College, 2021
  • Favorite Event: Minute-to-Win-It Social
  • About Me

    Hey, I'm Brandon! I am excited to be your Logistics Coordinator, managing the BSSA website and membership. I highly encourage you to get involved in a BSSA committee as I have had an enriching experience: getting more involved in the BSSA community and making even more meaningful connections with other members! I aspire to become an environmental biologist--so I can enjoy two of my favorite things: traveling and learning about our natural world. In my free time, I like to enjoy the outdoors, listen to music, and search for the best food in San Diego. Hit me up if you ever want some boba recommendations or know of any good hikes--I am always looking for a new adventure! I look forward to meeting you!

Commitee Co-Chairs

  • KATELYN NGUYEN
  • MENTORSHIP CO-CHAIR
  • Microbiology Major
  • Law and Society Minor
  • Marshall College, 2022
  • Favorite Event: End of the Year Beach Social
  • About Me

    Hello everyone! I'm Katelyn, and I'm excited to serve as your Mentorship Committe co-chair this year along with Tvisha! My hobbies include dancing, gaming, hiking, and playing the viola. I plan to pursue a career in forensic pathology, but as that requires a medical degree and a lot of schooling, I'm keeping my options open. So when I joined BSSA during my freshman year, I was blown away by the amount of support and opportunities that was given! Other than the plethora of advice offered, BSSA is also a great way to meet more of your like-minded peers. BSSA is a wonderful and community of people, so please don't hesitate to say hi and pop in on one of our GBMs or other events. I look forward to seeing you guys there!

  • TVISHA DEVAVARAPU
  • MENTORSHIP CO-CHAIR
  • Human Biology Major
  • Roosevelt College, 2022
  • Favorite Event: Spring GBM
  • About Me

    Hi! I'm Tvisha, and I'm an international second-year human bio major planning to become a Medical Scientist or go into the research field. I enjoy taking long walks, watching soccer, and exploring San Diego with my friends. I joined BSSA in my freshman year and got really intent to be part of a system which helps gauge the pulse of UCSD's Biology in the most friendly and helpful manner! In the same way that we gained from it, Katelyn and I are super excited to give back by being BSSA's co-chairs for Mentorship this year and hope to help students get comfortable by providing them with the right resources to make the most of their time while here :)

  • MEGAN GEE
  • VOLUNTEER CO-CHAIR
  • Human Biology Major
  • Revelle College, 2020
  • Favorite Event: Walk for Animals
  • About Me

    Hello! My name is Megan and I am a fourth year Human Biology major. I enjoy listening to music and watching Youtube videos. I joined BSSA when I was a freshmen and am grateful for all of the opportunities and resources BSSA has provided. I loved being part of a committee and being able to collaborate with others to create informative and fun events, while creating meaningful friendships with my committee members and committee chairs. I am looking forward to providing you with fun volunteering events this year that will have a positive impact on our community. If you have any ideas or events you want to see BSSA be a part of let me know or join our committee! Hope to see you volunteering with us at our events!

  • BRITTNEY TRINH
  • VOLUNTEER CO-CHAIR
  • Molecular Biology Major
  • Economics Minor
  • Revelle College, 2020
  • Favorite Event: Mentor-Mentee Mixer
  • About Me

    Hey everybody! I’m Brittney and I am a molecular biology major from Revelle minoring in Economics. A little about myself is that I enjoy spending time with friends and family, listening to music (open to hear any new suggestions), being outside and trying new things. I want to get back into playing the piano and violin, and learn how to play the guitar better. Oh, I’m also a sucker for puns! I was very involved in high school with a club that became like my second family and coming into college I wanted to have a similar experience, which I found through BSSA. After going to the first GBM as a freshman, I saw how close all the members got and how they had fun together. This will be my 4th year with BSSA and I would love to say that I every year of being part of the organization, I have been presented with incredible people, along with new opportunities and resources. My goal as your Volunteer co-chair is to help you find opportunities to get involved with the community and have fun!

  • HENRY GOH
  • PUBLICITY CO-CHAIR
  • Human Biology Major
  • History Minor
  • Roosevelt College, 2021
  • Favorite Event: Professor-Student Mixer
  • About Me

    What a pleasure it is to meet you, I am Sir Henry! Not an official honorific, but I'm giving it to myself anyway. I am a second-year Human Biology major in Eleanor Roosevelt College. I always stay committed to the activities I get involved in. I've fenced for over a decade, played the piano since I was four, and I have been with BSSA since my first year in UCSD. I enjoy what I do in all parts of my life and this organization is no different. Its members are optimistic, friendly, and curious. My passion outside of science include history, particularly historical European martial arts. If you ask me about how people fought in the past, from Classical Greece to Renaissance Italy, I will probably have a lot to say. I am always eager to share my knowledge with others, and I hope that the people I meet this year will have something to share with me too.

  • ANNIE CHEA
  • PUBLICITY CO-CHAIR
  • Molecular Biology Major
  • Revelle College, 2021
  • Favorite Event: Spring GBM
  • About Me

    Hello!!! I'm Annie, a third year in Revelle majoring in Molecular Biology. As one of BSSA's publicity committee co-chairs, I look forward to publicizing for BSSA to help foster the club's growth and documenting all the good memories that will happen this year! When I joined BSSA during my freshman year, not only did I gain a lot of valuable knowledge, but I also made some great friends! In my free time, I enjoy exploring San Diego, thrift shopping, and creating spotify playlists :-) Come out to BSSA's events and say hi to me, or even better, join publicity committee and make graphic design your passion!!!!

  • LYDIA CHEN
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CO-CHAIR
  • Molecular and Cell Biology Major
  • Mathematics Minor
  • Revelle College, 2022
  • Favorite Event: GBM
  • About Me

    Hi everyone! I'm Lydia and I'm super excited to be one of the Professional Development Co-Chairs this year. I am a second-year Molecular and Cell Biology major and in the future, I hope to go into the biotech industry. In my free time, I love watching movies, going to coffee shops, and hiking! I also love to travel, and I'm always eager to listen to stories about your travels! I joined BSSA soon after going to the first GBM last year and gained many new friends, as well as a sense of community from the whole organization, including the Professional Development committee. Through this committee, we present opportunities to develop your professional skills to ease your transition into college and the real world. I hope to see you all at our events, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions!!

  • NOELLE JOHNSON
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CO-CHAIR
  • Biochemistry/ Cell Biology Major
  • Psychology Minor
  • Revelle College, 2021
  • Favorite Event: Finding Research Opportunities Workshop
  • About Me

    Hi y'all! I am so excited to be serving as your Professional Development Committee co-chair this year! Our events are centered around helping you gain real-life skills that will serve you for years to come in both your personal and professional life. I hope to pursue a career in the health field after graduation and further my education in medical school. I love to cook, paint, read, and exploring La Jolla's many hiking trails. Feel free to reach out with any questions about our committee or BSSA in general - I hope to see you all at our events this year!

  • TIFFANY CHU
  • ANNUAL EVENTS CO-CHAIR
  • Molecular Biology Major
  • Spanish Linguistics Minor
  • Sixth College, 2021
  • Favorite Event: Date with Your Destiny
  • About Me

    Hello! My name is Tiffany, and I am a third year Molecular Biology major. I plan to pursue medicine with a specialization in either neurology or trauma. In my free time, I enjoy running and spending time with friends. Through hosting BSSA's largest events, my goal is to provide resources, networking opportunities, and a place to meet fellow biologists who are walking along the same path. Hope to see you at our events!

  • KATIE CLARK
  • ANNUAL EVENTS CO-CHAIR
  • Human Biology Major
  • Revelle College, 2022
  • Favorite Event: Richland Elementary Science Fair
  • About Me

    Hello! My name is Katie and I’m one of the new co-chairs for the BSSA annual events committee! I’m a pre-med student who hopes to go into Emergency medicine, as well as do research in Medical Venomology. In my spare time I love to paint, dance, and go on adventures. I am so grateful to be in this position and I look forward to all of the fun to come!

  • EDRIC GAGUI
  • SOCIAL CO-CHAIR
  • Human Biology Major
  • Sixth College, 2021
  • Favorite Event: Exploring Careers in Life Sciences
  • About Me

    What’s up? I’m Edric and I’ll be one of your co-chairs for the Social committee. I’m a junior majoring in human biology and minoring in political science. This will be my third year in BSSA, where I’ve previously been part the Professional Development committee as a committee member and a co-chair. Some of my hobbies include hiking, going to the beach, and you might catch me at the Linda Vista Skate park! After college, I hope to become an officer in the U.S. Air Force, where I will pursue a career in medicine. I’m very easy-going, so don’t be afraid to say what’s up.

  • CLAUDIA YAN
  • SOCIAL CO-CHAIR
  • Human Biology Major
  • Political Science Minor
  • Sixth College, 2020
  • Favorite Event: Ice Skating Social
  • About Me

    Helloooo!! My name is Claudia and I'm a fourth year Human Bio major with a political science minor! I'm originally from LA and I love going to the beach and sketching in my free time. I joined BSSA my freshman year honestly out of curiosity and never thought I would still be here 3 years later. I remember nervously going into committee meetings thinking that everyone was going to judge me or my ideas because I was a freshman but instead, I found such an inclusive community to be around. I became social chair because I love seeing this organization grow and being apart of bringing people together. I look forward to an amazing year and can't wait to see what's in store for BSSA!

Advisors

  • JAIME ESTEPA
  • STAFF ADVISOR
  • do/Bio Center Manager
  • Division of Biological Sciences
  • DR. STEPHANIE MEL
  • FACULTY ADVISOR
  • Associate Teaching Professor
  • Division of Biological Sciences

Previous Officers

2017-2018
  • Co-President: Stephanie Chu
  • Co-President: Christine Pham
  • Secretary: Sara Ye
  • Treasurer: Sandra Rabat
  • Logistics Coordinator: Ivan Lu
  • Annual Events: Vineet Tummala
  • Annual Events: Nikhil Sinha
  • Professional Development: Jake Sy
  • Professional Development: Benjamin Chan
  • Social: Jarrod Yee
  • Social: Brittney Trinh
  • Volunteer: Anh Nguyen
  • Volunteer: Jacqueline Chang
  • First Year Programs: Claudia Yan
  • First Year Programs: Belinda Liu
  • Publicity: Kimelton Kim
2018-2019
  • Co-President: Ivan Lu
  • Co-President: Kimelton Kim
  • Secretary: Belinda Liu
  • Treasurer: Benjamin Chan
  • Logistics Coordinator: Sara Ye
  • Annual Events: Jezra Relente
  • Annual Events: Nikhil Sinha
  • Professional Development: Dustin Pwee
  • Professional Development: Edric Gagui
  • Social: Claudia Yan
  • Social: Jarrod Yee
  • Volunteer: Joshua Mandap
  • Volunteer: Megan Gee
  • First Year Programs: Brittney Trinh
  • First Year Programs: Brandon Mukogawa
  • Publicity: Henry Goh
  • Publicity: Cristal Cabrera