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

  • Rebecca Gin
  • CO-PRESIDENT
  • MAJOR: Human Biology
  • MINOR: Human Developmental Sciences
  • COLLEGE: Sixth
  • FAVORITE THING ABOUT BSSA:My favorite thing about BSSA is the numerous amounts of resources that this organization provides to succeed academically and professionally as well as the abundance of opportunities to connect with fellow students and make new friends!
  • About Me

    After receiving my bachelor's in Human Biology, I plan to apply to medical school in hopes of becoming a pediatrician. I currently work as a Research Assistant at the Early Learning and Cognition Lab, a Clinical Intern at Palomar Health, and a UCSD BioSci Peer Mentor. In my free time, I love hiking, watching the sunset, exploring San Diego, and trying new restaurants with friends! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need advice -- I love making new friends :)

  • Tyler Lo
  • CO-PRESIDENT
  • MAJOR: Human Biology
  • COLLEGE: Revelle
  • FAVORITE THING ABOUT BSSA: My favorite thing about BSSA would have to be the culture of community that this organization is able to accomplish and to embody!
  • ABOUT ME

    Hey everyone, my name is Tyler! I will be an incoming fourth year who is currently in the process of applying medical school in hopes of specializing in either sports medicine or cardiology! I am also involved with clinical research at Rady's Children Hospital and am currently working as a scribe/medical assistant at the Metro Comprehensive Medical Center. I love working out, playing sports (as I am a member of the UCSD Club Baseball team), and cooking in my free time and look forward to meeting everyone!

  • Marcella Ku
  • TREASURER
  • MAJOR: General Biology
  • MINOR: Global Health
  • COLLEGE: Revelle
  • FAVORITE THING ABOUT BSSA: I enjoy the diverse opportunities, events, and meetings that BSSA has to offer and the strong community we have created to encourage students to explore and learn about the biological sciences.
  • ABOUT ME

    I am a pre-medical student interested in pursuing a career in family medicine (primary care). I currently work as a student lab assistant at the Moores Cancer Center Biorepository and interning at the Palomar Pathmaker Internship. Whenever I am not studying or working, I enjoy exploring new restaurants and food trucks, and binge watching Netflix shows while munching on chips.

  • Twisha Kurlagunda
  • SECRETARY
  • MAJOR: Microbiology
  • COLLEGE: Sixth
  • FAVORITE THING ABOUT BSSA: I love how BSSA introduces new students to various resources and gives them access to a community that will help students pursue the careers they are interested in
  • ABOUT ME

    I hope to one day become a physician. I love to study biology in school and in my free time I like to draw and paint. I also enjoy watching netflix and playing video games in my free time.

  • Amanda Cyril
  • LOGISTICS COORDINATOR
  • MAJOR: General Biology
  • MINOR: Human Developmental Sciences
  • COLLEGE: Marshall
  • FAVORITE THING ABOUT BSSA: My favorite thing about BSSA is that you're able to find friends to help you through your academic and professional career in Biology.
  • ABOUT ME

    For hobbies I love to dance, weight-lift, read, run, and swim. I also recently started cooking a lot more, but the food may not be fully edible :( After undergrad I plan on going to medical school and hopefully go into emergency medicine.

Commitee Co-Chairs

  • Karina Gunn
  • MENTORSHIP CO-CHAIR
  • MAJOR: Human Biology
  • MINOR: German Studies
  • COLLEGE: ERC
  • FAVORITE THING ABOUT BSSA: My favorite thing about BSSA is the snacks that we have at events! But the camaraderie, connections, and opportunities it provides are great too ;)
  • ABOUT ME

    Hi! I’m Karina and I’m going to be the Mentorship Committee Co-Chair this year!! After undergrad, I plan on taking a gap year (or two) and joining the Health Sector of the Peace Corps and then (hopefully) going off to med school to become an OB/Gyn. When I’m not studying or BSSA-ing, you can catch me either rock climbing at canyon view, tanning with some intermittent surfing at the beach, or cooking something scrumptious in the kitchen! I look forward to being a bigger part of BSSA this year and hope I can make mentorship even more fun :)

  • Ari Brisco Schofield
  • MENTORSHIP CO-CHAIR
  • MAJOR: EBE
  • COLLEGE: Sixth
  • FAVORITE THING ABOUT BSSA:There's always something going on!
  • ABOUT ME

    I'm an aspiring ecological researcher with interests in marine systems, birds, and mammals! Currently, I volunteer in the Shurin Lab researching plankton. In my free time, I play tabletop or video games, watch cartoons and anime, read manga, and do wildlife photography.

  • Deevya Raman
  • VOLUNTEER CO-CHAIR
  • MAJOR: Human Biology
  • MINOR: Psychology
  • COLLEGE: Revelle
  • FAVORITE THING ABOUT BSSA: My favorite thing about BSSA is all the great people who make every event or meeting fun! I've met some of my close friends through BSSA.
  • ABOUT ME

    I am currently on the pre-med track, and my passion is to be a surgeon. I love playing tennis, so feel free to hit me up for a game! I destress by hanging out on the beach with my friends or reading a good book.

  • Melody Sedighi
  • VOLUNTEER CO-CHAIR
  • MAJOR: General Biology
  • COLLEGE: Marshall
  • FAVORITE THING ABOUT BSSA: I love how BSSA fosters a community-based atmosphere, and enjoy being able to partake in the plethora of biology related events organized by our committees.
  • ABOUT ME

    Hi everyone! My name is Melody I am a pre-medical student at UCSD! On my free time I love playing volleyball, singing, and spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy traveling and learning about different cultures around the world. I'm so excited to be an incoming Volunteer Co-Chair and can't wait to meet people that are as fascinated by biology as I am!

  • Gary Taing
  • PUBLICITY CO-CHAIR
  • MAJOR: Human Biology
  • COLLEGE: Sixth
  • FAVORITE THING ABOUT BSSA: I love the fun events that BSSA hosts as they are great opportunities to connect with like-minded people while partaking in fun activities.
  • ABOUT ME

    I am an incoming second year on a pre-med track and am open to any specialty, but currently cardiology and anesthesiology interest me the most! I spend most of my free time hitting the gym, exploring different restaurants & coffee shops, and just going out with friends. I've had an amazing time in BSSA in my first year and definitely hope that the club gives you guys an amazing experience as well. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions!

  • Niki Roozitalab
  • PUBLICITY CO-CHAIR
  • MAJOR: Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • COLLEGE: Sixth
  • FAVORITE THING ABOUT BSSA: I love the tight-knit community. You get to grow as an individual in BSSA through numerous opportunities with supportive peers by your side!
  • ABOUT ME

    Hi everyone! My name is Niki and I am very excited to serve as your Publicity Co-Chair this year! I am currently a fourth year and I'm planning to enter the biotech industry after graduation. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, playing volleyball, and spending time with friends. I'm looking forward to having a great year with you all in BSSA!

  • Sahiti Yenumula
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CO-CHAIR
  • MAJOR: Human Biology
  • COLLEGE: Revelle
  • FAVORITE THING ABOUT BSSA: I love that BSSA focuses on helping undergraduates develop themselves and explore their interests in biological sciences, while establishing a supportive community.
  • ABOUT ME

    Hello, my name is Sahiti Yenumula, and I'm one of the Professional Development Committee Co-Chairs for 2022-2023! As a pre-med student, I hope to attend medical school after my journey at UC San Diego as an undergraduate. In my free time, I enjoy singing, playing the trumpet, and long walks. My first year in BSSA was amazing, and I look forward to taking part in creating a wonderful experience for you as well!

  • Karthy Sajeev
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CO-CHAIR
  • MAJOR: Molecular and Cell Biology
  • COLLEGE: Seventh
  • FAVORITE THING ABOUT BSSA: My favorite part of BSSA is the supportive and engaging community which allows biology undergraduates to network and connects them with a number of opportunities to advance in their educational journeys.
  • ABOUT ME

    Hey everyone! My name is Karthy and I'm excited to serve as one of your PDC Co-Chairs for this school year! I'm a third-year undergrad with future goals of attending graduate school and entering the field of academia for research. Some of my current hobbies include photography, martial arts, and singing, but I'm always looking to try something new. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions, and I hope to see you all at our events!

  • Emily Lippman
  • ANNUAL EVENTS CO-CHAIR
  • MAJOR: Microbiology
  • COLLEGE: Seventh
  • FAVORITE THING ABOUT BSSA: The welcoming environment that encourages everyone to get involved in their interests!
  • ABOUT ME

    Hi all, I’m Emily and I’m a microbiology major! Some of my favorite things to do are travel, watch random documentaries, cook and go to the beach! In the future I hope to continue to work either in research or continue onto graduate school in the biological sciences to work in science.

  • Arya Tanksale
  • ANNUAL EVENTS CO-CHAIR
  • MAJOR: General Biology
  • COLLEGE: Marshall
  • FAVORITE THING ABOUT BSSA: My favorite thing about BSSA are the unique events that allow students to explore different career options within and beyond the field of biology.
  • ABOUT ME

    I choose to major in biology because it allows for plenty of flexibility in choosing a career. I aspire to have a career centering around biology whether that be medicine, research, or academia, but I am still exploring my options! In my free time, I like to read, bake, watch Netflix, and kayak :)

  • Jovina Djulamsah
  • Peer Networking CO-CHAIR
  • MAJOR: EBE
  • COLLEGE: Warren
  • FAVORITE THING ABOUT BSSA:My favorite thing about BSSA is how it’s such a super supportive and fun community who really encourages growth.
  • ABOUT ME

    I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia and briefly lived in the UK before moving to California. I’m hoping to go to vet school in the future and pursue specialties in either mycology or immunology. I love to read, paint, and bake!

  • Aren Khachatryan
  • Peer Networking CO-CHAIR
  • MAJOR: Molecular and Cell Biology
  • MINOR: Marine Sciences
  • COLLEGE: ERC
  • FAVORITE THING ABOUT BSSA: My favorite thing about BSSA is meeting new friends through all the events.
  • ABOUT ME

    Hey, I'm planning on pursuing a pHD in molecular biology after UCSD with the goal to eventually do research in a lab. I love the ocean and may try to see if i can research marine life maybe. In my free time I like trying to make new drinks and working out.

Advisors

  • Elaine Scott
  • STAFF ADVISOR
  • Student Engagement Coordinator
  • Student Success and Engagement School of Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Keefe Reuther
  • FACULTY ADVISOR
  • Assistant 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
2019-2020
  • President: Belinda Liu
  • Vice President: Benjamin Chan
  • Secretary: Dustin Pwee
  • Treasurer: Cristal Cabrera
  • Logistics Coordinator: Brandon Mukogawa
  • Annual Events: Tiffany Chu
  • Annual Events: Katie Clark
  • Mentorship: Katelyn Nguyen
  • Mentorship: Tvisha Devavarapu
  • Professional Development: Noelle Johnson
  • Professional Development: Lydia Chen
  • Social: Edric Gagui
  • Social: Claudia Yan
  • Volunteer: Brittney Trinh
  • Volunteer: Megan Gee
  • Publicity: Henry Goh
  • Publicity: Annie Chea
2020-2021
  • Co-President: Brandon Mukogawa
  • Co-President: Noelle Johnson
  • Secretary: Henry Goh
  • Treasurer: Tiffany Chu
  • Logistics Coordinator: Lydia Chen
  • Annual Events: Dustin Pwee
  • Annual Events: Anu Chaparala
  • Mentorship: Katelyn Nguyen
  • Mentorship: Brian Dinh
  • Professional Development: Katie Clark
  • Professional Development: Reema Apte
  • Social: Edric Gagui
  • Social: Cristal Kwan
  • Volunteer: Nikhil Rao
  • Volunteer: Megan Griswold
  • Publicity: Anythony Sweha
  • Publicity: Marcella Ku
2021-2022
  • Co-President: Lydia Chen
  • Co-President: Brian Dinh
  • Secretary: Anu Chaparala
  • Treasurer: Crystal Kwan
  • Logistics Coordinator: Katie Clark
  • Annual Events: Twisha Kurlagunda
  • Annual Events: Katelyn Nguyen
  • Mentorship: Amanda Cyril
  • Mentorship: Jack Naritomi
  • Professional Development: Marcella Ku
  • Professional Development: Marana Kuhn
  • Social: Rebecca Gin
  • Social: Hira Ali
  • Volunteer: Deevya Raman
  • Volunteer: Anthony Sweha
  • Publicity: Tyler Lo
  • Publicity: Brian Nquyen