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Graduate Students:

Rasheed Sule, BS



Rasheed moved to the U.S. from Africa to study science at the University of Maryland Eastern Shores. He enjoys traveling.

Gabriela Rivera, BS


Gabriela Rivera is currently a second year graduate student in MCIP.  In her free time she loves to bake, camp, and spend time with her family.

Research Assistant: 

Emily Gartrell, BS



Emily (she/her) graduated from UCLA with a BA in Psychology in 2021 and is finishing her medical school pre-requisite courses to apply for medical school in 2023. In her free time, she enjoys working out, snowboarding, and reading.

Undergraduate Researchers: 


Ethan (he/him) is a second year Pharmaceutical Chemistry major. He is from the Bay Area and is excited to be in his first research lab. During his free time, he enjoys lifting at the Arc, playing video games, and wrestling.

Emily Barson


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I am an incoming junior majoring in cellular biology at UC Davis. I am originally from the Bay Area and moved to Davis for college about two years ago. I am a very curious person who love learning, but when outside of school or lab I enjoy hiking, cooking, going to the gym, and most importantly spending time with friends and family.

Yue “Cynthia” Yu



Cynthia is a Fourth-year NPB and philosophy major. She enjoys reading (classics are somewhat more interesting for her), cooking, and playing video games during her free time.

Jacob Tuazon



Jacob (he/him) is a Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior major at UC Davis with aspirations to join the medical field. In his free time, he enjoys working out, people-watching, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Timothy Gutierrez



Timothy (he/him) is a Global Disease Biology major and a MARC Scholar who is pursuing a career as a physician-scientist. He is from Stockton, CA and in his free time enjoys playing the piano, going camping, and watching the SF Giants!

Massie Gardizi


Massie is a Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior major who is pursuing a career as a Doctor of Sports Medicine. He is a very competitive and athletics-oriented person who loves to engage in anything that brings out that nature in him; specifically activities like futbol, chess, and video games. 

Celeste Do


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Celeste is a second year Biomedical Engineering major from Sacramento, CA, and is an aspiring pediatrician. She is also a former YSP Gomes lab student. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, reading mystery books, and baking!

Tanishq Vaidya


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Tanishq Vaidya (he/him/his) is currently a third year NPB major with a minor in psychology. I am passionate about cell physiology, particularly relating to cardiovascular systems and spend countless hours reading papers and articles on the subject. After graduating, I plan on attending medical school in hopes of becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon while also continuing to conduct research. Outside of academics I enjoy playing golf, reading and cooking various dishes from around the world. A fun fact about me is that I have travelled to over 20 countries.

Nicole Lonsway


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Nicky Lonsway is currently a Psychology major with an emphasis on Biology and Political Science double major. She is also minoring in Neuroscience and Human Rights. During her free time, Nicky enjoys doing yoga, meditating, and going to the gym. In the future, Nicky hopes to get her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and conduct research.

Maria Azmat


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Maria is a first-generation immigrant who would like to be the first in my family to attend graduate school and earn a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. She wants to improve the quality of health care and medical services by researching and eventually teaching undergraduates. She likes to sketch and paint in her free time. She also collects Funko pops. She is working on modifying her car and also have two kittens that help me relieve stress after hectic days at school.

Adyasha Padhi


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Adyasha (she/her) is a Biochemistry & Molecular Biology major who aspires to be a physician-scientist. In her free time, she enjoys doing puzzles, reading and playing video games!

Igor Bejenari


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Igor (he/him) is a senior majoring in Human Biology; his research interests are linked to the cardiac and endocrine systems. He is originally from Eastern Europe, born and raised in Moldova. His ultimate goal is to pursue a medical career; he plans to use his interest in health and science to optimize and prologue patients' chances for a happy and productive life. Igor loves snowboarding, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

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