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Postdoctoral Associates:                  


Shuchita Tiwari, PhD



Shuchita is from India and did her PhD in Saskatoon Canada. She loves biking reading and traveling.

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



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

Rômulo Leão Silva Neris, MS


Romulo is a Fulbright's exchange visitor doing his PhD in immunology on the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. He loves to discover and play new music genres on bass, to play soccer and rugby and to read and talk about fantasy and dystopias.

Undergraduate Researchers: 

Liam Condon



Liam is a second year NPB major that aspires to become an orthopedic surgeon. He also plays lacrosse for UC Davis and likes to do Olympic lifting in his free time. 

Roger Hsieh



Roger is an NPB major from southern California. In his free time, he enjoys improvising music on his piano, volunteering with student orgs, and is an avid competitor in his fantasy

sports leagues. He is an aspiring physician and hopes to work with kids someday!

Tiange Hou



Tiange Hou is a 3rd year NPB major student. She has gained many new perspectives in science thanks to the Gomes Lab. She would like to continue her  study in biological research in the future. She enjoys science, traveling and video games.

Leib Lipowsky



Leib is a neurobiology, physiology, and behavioral science major from San Diego. He enjoys outdoor activities with his friends. Since his move from Southern California, his search for the perfect wave has shifted to the perfect coffee shop.

Jennifer Morales



Jennifer is from San Jose, CA. She is a third year undergraduate student majoring in biological sciences with a minor in Chicanx studies. With her degree, she hopes to become a physician to provide quality care to individuals from underserved communities. Her favorite pastimes include reading, playing volleyball, going on hikes and traveling.

Rainney Chiu



Rainney is an NPB major from the Bay Area. She enjoys playing volleyball, watching Netflix with a face mask on, and spending time with family and friends when she's not at the library. 

Andrew Kisin


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Andrew is a sophomore studying biological sciences with a strong interest in pursuing medicine. In his free time, he loves to ski, bike, fish, hike, and listen to music.

Michael Chang



Michael is a third-year global disease biology major. He enjoys playing golf and watching movies during his free time. His favorite types of music are rap and Electronic Dance Music (EDM). 

Visiting Graduate Students:

YU-Hsuan Chen, MS


I am from Taiwan on a short-term exchange scholarship at UC Davis. I like drawing and eating gourmet food, as well as travel.

Ajuni Kaur



Ajuni is a Biochemistry major from the Bay Area. She enjoys sketching and reading poetry in her free time. She likes being around nature (especially under stress) and the 17 Mile Drive is her favorite place for sightseeing. 

Cierra Hall



I am a 3rd year Cell Biology major and African and African American studies minor with hopes of going to medical school to become an orthopedic surgeon. I am currently on the Women's Basketball team here at Davis and while that takes up most of my time, I also love going to the movies and play with my cat Cleo.

Yael Vainberg (yvainberg@ucdavis.edu)


Yael is a third year neurobiology, physiology, and behavioral science major aspiring to become a gastroenterologist. In her free time, she enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures, playing piano, being a leader in the Jewish community, playing basketball, cooking, and discovering new coffee shops!

Elena Willow



Elena is a third year NPB major from the bay area with hopes of becoming a surgeon. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and traveling the world.

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Ria is from Houston, Texas and currently a Sophomore at UC Davis majoring in NPB. I love spending time with my family and friends, and enjoy playing the piano as well as painting and cooking! As an aspiring physician, I am so excited to see how the field of medicine will grow over the years.

Ching Hsuan (Sophia) Lin


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Sophia is an international student from Taiwan majoring in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. She has a strong passion in pursuing medicine. In her free time, she enjoys discovering new songs on YouTube, watching medical tv shows and true-crime documentaries, spending time with friends and family and experimenting with cooking and baking. She also loves collecting cute stuffed animals.

Natalie Nashed



I am a 2nd year NPB major from Southern California aspiring to go to medical school and become a pediatric surgeon. In my free time I like to paint, craft, bake and explore new places while traveling.

Rotating Graduate Student

Selin Gumusderelioglu, BA


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Selin is a first year graduate student in the BMCDB graduate group. She was born and raised
in Ankara, Turkey. She moved to Boston to study biochemistry and molecular biology at
Boston University. She enjoys running, doing ballet and yoga in her free time.