Our Staff

Sahil Rawal: Editor in Chief

Major: Biology
Class of 2019
Hometown: Searingtown, NY
My name is Sahil Rawal and I am a Biology major in the Scholars for Medicine Program. I am also a member of the Honors College where I am a part of the Big Sibling Program to acclimate new students to Stony Brook. In my free time, I like to read books, watch TV shows, and spend time with my friends. I also love to write and expand my knowledge on ground-breaking science, so SBYIR is the perfect fit for me.


Peter Alsaloum: Head of Cabinet

Major: Biochemistry
Class of 2019
Hometown: Yonkers, NY
My name is Peter Alsaloum and I am a Biochemistry major in the Honors College. I am from Yonkers, NY, a large city just north of the Bronx. Apart from SBYIR, i am a member of Stony Brook’s Campus Community Emergency Response Team. Also, I am a TA for Molecular Science 1 and tutor Molecular Science II at the Academic Success and Tutoring Center and the Residential Tutoring Center. I currently do research in a pharmacology lab at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. I plan on attending medical school in the future. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, hiking and hanging out with my friends.

Dana Espine: Layout Chief

Major: Anthropology and Philosophydanae
Class of 2018
Hometown: New Market, MN
My name is Dana Espine, and I am currently majoring in Anthropology and Philosophy. My hometown is New Market, Minnesota with the great lakes and where they make you go to school in -35 degree weather. Other than SBYIR, I am a staff member of Weekend Life Council and I enjoy collecting gundams and snap chatting. My guilty pleasure is watching animal documentaries on Netflix before I go to bed.

Jenna Mallon: Managing Editor

Major: Chemical and Molecular Engineering/ Appliedjennam
Maths and Statistics
Class of 2018
Hometown: Smithtown, NY

My name is Jenna Mallon and I am a junior double majoring in Chemical and Molecular Engineering and Applied Math and Statistics. Joining SBYIR has been one of the best decisions I have made as an undergrad and I cannot wait to see how the organization continues to grow. Apart from SBYIR, I am the Treasurer of the American Chemical Society, an undergraduate TA for the Department of Chemistry, and a member of the University Scholars Outreach Committee. When I’m not in school I horseback ride competitively and love to hang out with friends, read, and go to the beach.

Rachel Kogan: Managing Editor

Major: Biologyrachelk
Class of 2019
Hometown: Port Washington, NY
My name is Rachel Kogan and I am a sophomore biology major on the pre-dental track originally from Port Washington, New York. This is my first year as a member of SBYIR and I am incredibly excited to work with students who are as passionate about the sciences as I am. I speak Russian fluently and intend to study French and Spanish. I enjoy traveling and have been to eight countries. During my free time I enjoy reading, painting, and playing piano.

Julia Jun: Assistant Layout Chief


Major: Psychology
Class of 2019
Hometown: Queens, NY

My name is Dahae Jun, but I just go by Julia. I am currently a sophomore majoring in Psychology and hoping to minor in Linguistics. I was born in Korea but I grew up in Queens, New York. On campus, besides SBYIR, I am an active member of Korea Campus Crusade for Christ (KCCC) as well as the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. I love taking road trips and camping, but most of the time you can find me binge watching Friends.

Anna Tarasova: Associate Editor


Major: Psychology Minor: German
Class of 2019
Hometown: Bronx, NY
I am a sophomore student on the pre-medical track hoping to make a career in neurology or neuroscience research. I am currently a research assistant at Stony Brook’s Developmental Stress and Prevention Lab with Dr. Kristin Bernard. Apart from participating in SBYIR, I am also part of the Honors College and on the board of Neuroscience Axis. In my spare time I enjoy learning foreign languages and traveling, as well as trying new cuisines.

Samara Khan: Associate Editor


Major: Biochemistry Minor: English
Class of 2019
Hometown: Franklin Square, NY
My name is Samara Khan, and I am a sophomore biochemistry major in the University Scholars program. This is my second year with SBYIR, and I’m excited to continue being part of such an impactful organization. I am currently a part of the Stony Brook University iGEM team, and hope to be involved with other labs in the future. Outside of SBYIR, I am a Make the Magic Coordinator for Camp Kesem, a writer for The Humanology Project, an AIDS Peer Educator, and play cello for the University Orchestra.

Lillian Pao: Associate Editor

Major: Anthropology/Biologylilianp
Minor: Biology
Class of 2018
Hometown: Queens, NY
My name is Lillian and I’m a junior double majoring in Anthropology and Biology. Joining SBYIR has allowed me to learn more about others and myself who are aspiring researchers, physicians, and people genuinely interested in science. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be involved in a premier undergraduate science journal and learn about science and other research opportunities from my fellow peers. Apart from SBYIR, you may see me around on campus as an Office Assistant (OA) at the Tabler Quad Office, a Red Watch Band Care Team member, and a research assistant for the Anthro. Department. I enjoy traveling to new places, eating free samples from Trader Joes,  and binge watching Grey’s Anatomy.

Daniel Walocha : Copy Editor


Major: Biochemistry B.S
Class of 2019
Hometown: Hewlett, NY
This is my first year at SBYIR, and I am a Copy Editor. SBYIR has allowed me to combine my two passions for journalism and scientific writing. I look forward to becoming part of a community that shares the same interest in scientific research as I do—the comradeship is invaluable. In addition to be involved in SBYIR, I am also active in the Neuroscience Axis (historian), Biochemistry Society (outreach coordinator), Baruch Hall Council (vice president), and Premedical Society. Furthermore, I volunteer at SBU Hospital and am a mentor for the Kelly Quad Event Planning Committee. My hobbies include reading, playing the ukulele, and watching competitive cooking shows.

Aaradhana Natarajan: Copy Editor


Major: Biology/Anthropology
Class of 2020
Hometown: South Brunswick, NJ
My name is Aaradhana Natarajan, and I am double majoring in Biology and Anthropology. I am passionate about research (especially in neuroscience and genetics) and hope to conduct some of my own. Along with SBYIR, I am also a member of the University Scholars program. Outside of science, my hobbies include running, television, reading and writing. My not-so-secret favorites are science fiction and fantasy, but I will read almost anything.


Benjamin Kerner: Cabinet Member


Major: Psychology B.A.
Class of 2018
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY
My name is Benjamin Kerner and I am a junior Psychology major and Business minor looking to pursue Industrial Psychology.  I am deeply passionate about anything pertaining to Psychology and Business as well learning languages aside from English. Currently I can speak English, Spanish, and Hebrew and am studying German.  Additionally, I am looking into studying abroad and expanding my knowledge of cultures across the globe.

Jerin Thomas: Cabinet Member/Photographer


Major: Biochemistry Class of 2019 Hometown: Yonkers, NY
My name is Jerin Thomas and I am one of the photographers for SBYIR. I am a sophomore who is currently a University Scholars Fellow and I am a Biochemistry Major who is currently on the pre-med track. I am also a TA for the undergrad chemistry department and I am also part of C-CERT and YUVA. I  enjoy watching movies, biking, playing basketball, hanging out with my friends and of course, photography.

Ronak Kenia: Webmaster


Major: Computer Science
Class of 2018
Hometown: New Rochelle, NY

My name is Ronak Kenia and I am a junior studying computer science at Stony Brook. I have appreciated the sciences since I was a kid and have doused myself in technology specifically within the last 5-6 years. I aim to help SBYIR grow by improving our web and tech output in every way possible. Outside of SBYIR, I am passionate about both playing and watching sports and love spending time in the ocean.