Our Staff

Executive Board

Shrey Thaker: Editor-in-Chief

Major: Biochemistry
Class of 2022
Hometown: Smithtown, NY
Being a Scholar for Medicine, my undergraduate focus is to genuinely pursue opportunities that will help me develop as a scientist and those I believe can leave a footprint on campus. In my free time, I love 3D animating and photography. The tether that clings me to science is the possibility of expansion and how anybody that has motivation can contribute to the ever-growing trove of information humanity will depend on for its seemingly bleak future. This concept pushes me to continue my own research in colon cancer prevention and racial health disparity in the Stony Brook Department of Medicine. My drive for science communication parallels my joy in conducting research for the past five years in the Stony Brook Health Sciences Center, and in pursuit of my goal to develop all aspects of a scientist, joining SBYIR was a no-brainer.

Aneesha Rompally: Co-Head of Cabinet

Major: Chemistry
Class of 2024
Hometown: Parsippany, NJ
My name is Aneesha Rompally and I am a chemistry major in the Scholars for Medicine Program. When I first heard of SBYIR, their mission of communicating science and working closely with research really appealed to me. Joining SBYIR was a way for me to delve deep into my passion for science, meet people with the same interests as me while taking initiative and inspiring students in the Stony Brook community and beyond to develop a passion for science. Outside of SBYIR, I am involved with Choose a Challenge Club and am beginning to pursue research with Dr. Alfredo Fontanini on taste and the gustatory cortex. In my free time, I love playing with my dog, hanging out with my family and friends and reading books. 

Matt Ramirez: Co-Head of Cabinet

Major: Biology and Psychology
Class of 2022
Hometown: Fishkill, NY
My name is Matt Ramirez and I am a fourth year Biology and Psychology student! I was born in the Philippines and immigrated with my family to upstate New York at the age of six. Joining SBYIR has allowed me to learn about upcoming research in various fields and make STEM more accessible to everyone. I think that it is important to demistfy the enigma around STEM and to support anyone’s interest in it regardless of background and identities. Outside of SBYIR, I am a volunteer EMT in my hometown, I tutor, and I work at a library. And some of my hobbies include: baking pastries and cakes, watching foreign films, and traveling! 

Komal Grewal: Layout Chief

Major: Applied Math and Statistics Class of 2023
Hometown: Setauket, NY
Hi! I’m Komal Grewal and I am a third-year student majoring in Applied Math and Statistics with a minor in Digital Art in the University Scholars program. I was born in India, immigrated to Charleston, South Carolina with my parents when I was two years old, and moved to NY at six. I joined the layout staff of SBYIR during my freshman year to work towards fulfilling my perpetual quest for a creative outlet. As the Editor-in-Chief of my high school’s literary magazine, I loved designing a magazine, and being surrounded by scientific research from an early age allowed me to develop a loving interest in STEM. SBYIR allowed me to combine both of my passions, so joining was a no-brainer. Outside of SBYIR, I am a layout editor/graphic designer for the SB Press and an off-campus magazine called EARTHZine. I am also a member of SBU Just For Kidz and SBU Bhangra. In my free time, I enjoy watching vintage films, exploring new places, reading, learning to box, and listening to some groovy tunes.

Gabriela Zanko: Managing Editor

Major: Engineering Science
Class of 2023
Hometown: Maspeth, NY
My name is Gabriela Zanko and I am a junior Engineering Science major on the pre-med track in the Honors College. I was born in Poland, and currently live in Maspeth, a small town in Queens. I joined SBYIR because I enjoy writing/editing as well as learning about new research, so becoming an Associate Editor seemed like the perfect fit. Aside from my interest in the sciences, I enjoy singing and attend SBU’s Gospel Choir rehearsals. In high school I worked on a research project involving bilingualism and lexical access, and I hope to continue that line of research or discover something new I’m interested in here at SBU. In my spare time, I enjoy having spontaneous dance breaks from homework and singing karaoke with my suitemates.

Riya Gandhi: Managing Editor

Major: Biochemistry
Class of 2022
Hometown: Orangeburg, NY
My name is Riya Gandhi and I am a senior Biochemistry major with a Creative Writing minor in the University Scholars program. I joined SBYIR to promote scientific literacy on campus and expand my current knowledge about novel breakthroughs in science. Through SBYIR, I was able to grow as a writer and develop my skills as an editor. Outside of SBYIR, I am an EMT for the Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps, conduct research in the Brownlee lab, and have been an undergraduate TA and tutor for a variety of classes. In my free time, I enjoy reading memoirs, writing creative nonfiction pieces and poetry, doing yoga, and attempting new recipes with my suite

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Nicole Gladstein: Associate Editor

Major: Biology
Class of 2023
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
My name is Nicole Gladstein, and I am a junior biology major on the pre-med track in the Honors College. I joined SBYIR because it combined my love for science and research with my interest in journalism and editing. Being able to contribute to the journal while also learning a lot from each issue is really exciting. Outside of SBYIR, I’m an EMT with the Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps, conduct research with the SBU iGEM team, and I and love to draw and watch Netflix in my free time.

Farah Hasan: Associate Editor

Major: Psychology & Economics
Class of 2023
Hometown: Roslyn Heights, NY
My name is Farah Hasan, and I am a junior double majoring in psychology and economics in the WISE honors program. I joined SBYIR because I believe scientific literacy is an important part of being informed (especially at a research university like Stony Brook), and SBYIR effectively achieves this by integrating scientific professionalism with a conversational air. Outside of SBYIR, I am involved in psychology and behavioral science research at the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center, have been a TA for various classes, and tutor for physics. In my free time, I like to do phone photography, spend time with my family and my bunny, and read!

Elbek Fozilov: Associate Editor

Major: Biology
Class of 2022
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
My name is Elbek Fozilov and I am a senior Biology major. After falling in love with research and presenting publications during journal clubs, it was natural for me to be interested in SBYIR. A major part of science is sharing your findings; aiding the production of a high quality journal that is accesible to the general public is an honor. I am thrilled to work with students that are as enthusiastic for science as I am— this support system is what allows for this autonomous machine that is SBYIR to work so well. When I am not working on editing papers or holding workshops for SBYIR, I am a teaching assistant for biochemistry and conduct research at Stony Brook Medicine. Aside from research, reading, and writing, I enjoy photography, music, and long walks.

Colin St. Aubin: Associate Editor

Major: Health Science
Class of 2023
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
My name is Colin St. Aubin and I’m a Health Science major. I am very passionate about the work we do at SBYIR because scientific literacy and accessibility is very important in an time where misinformation runs rampant, so guiding people through reading the research for themselves has never been more vital. Outside of SBYIR I am a competitive curler (yes that goofy sport with the ice and the brooms).

Megha Gopal: Copy Editor

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Class of 2024
Hometown: New Hyde Park, NY
My name is Megha Gopal and I am a sophomore biomedical engineering major in the Honors College. SBYIR is a very supportive and fun community of science geeks, so I’m glad I joined this organization right away. In my spare time, I enjoy novels, long walks in the woods, and good company.

Alexander Ye: Copy Editor

Major: Biology
Class of 2025
Hometown: Arverne, NY
I am a freshman copy editor, which means I help highlight writers throughout their individual writing processes. SBYIR is a great place to not only learn about research and improve your writing but also be part of a community. I enjoy the copy-editing process, especially working on citations, organization, and style. In my free time, I like to listen to and sing catchy songs and exercise.

Francesca Serraino: Copy Editor

Major: Biology
Class of 2022
Hometown: Yonkers, NY
My name is Francesca Serraino, and I am a senior Biology major and Music minor in the University Scholars program. SBYIR’s goal of making science more accessible to the community led me to apply, and I love being a part of this important initiative. Outside of SBIYR, I conduct research in a neurobiology laboratory on campus, have previously volunteered at SBUH, and I am part of the Stony Brook Pipettes. I enjoy playing the piano, finding new recipes, and spending time outside.

Panayiota Siskos: Copy Editor

Major: Chemistry
Class of 2023
Hometown: New York City, NY
My name is Panayiota Siskos and I am a Chemistry major. Being apart of SBYIR has allowed me to be exposed to the various kinds of new research and advancements being made in different fields, and has continued to foster my love and interest in research. Outside of SBYIR, I am an Editor for the Humanology Project, as well as a member of the Greek and Cypriot Student Association and Biochemistry Society. In my free time I enjoy taking walks, reading, and listening to podcasts.

Sarah Cheung: Copy Editor

Major: Biology
Class of 2024
Hometown: Syosset, NY
Hi! My name is Sarah Cheung and I am majoring in Biology with a minor in English. SBYIR has allowed me to discover a community of individuals with similar passions as me, all geared towards the common goal of scientific accessibility. Outside of SBYIR, I am a TA in the chemistry department and enjoy playing the violin, electric guitar, basketball, and badminton.

Gaurav Sharma: Peer Reviewer

Major: Biochemistry
Class of 2022
Hometown: Queens, NY
My name is Gaurav Sharma and I’m a Biochemistry major with a Health and Wellness minor on the pre-med track in the Honors College. I joined SBYIR because it resembled a student-led journal produced in my high school and gives me the ability to spread scientific research advancements to a larger audience. Outside of SBYIR, I’m also a part of the South Asian Student Alliance and the Red Watch Band CARE Team. In my free time I enjoy watching sports, playing basketball, and working out.

Roma Kidambi: Peer Reviewer

Major: Psychology
Class of 2022
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Hi! I am Roma Kidambi, a Psychology B.S. Major in the Scholars for Medicine Program through University Scholars. SBYIR is the perfect channel for my combined interest in primary scientific research and in academic writing. I am honored to play a role in expanding scientific literacy throughout campus, simultaneously generating an interest in science in undergraduate students and prospective students alike. Outside of SBYIR, you can find me teaching students in BIO 204, conducting research in biochemistry, and facilitating Health and Nutrition Club meetings. In my free time, I thoroughly enjoy surfing, hiking, painting, and blasting rap/R&B in the car with my friends. During medical school and beyond, I plan on pursuing neuroscience at the clinical level through the study of biomedical imaging and brain mapping.

Shreya Addepalli: Peer Reviewer

Major: Psychology and Globalization Studies & International Relations
Class of 2024
Hometown: Queens, NY
My name is Shreya, and I am a sophomore double majoring in Psychology and Globalization Studies & International Relations. I love how SBYIR provides students with a forum to bond over a shared love of science through its presentation of dense topics as easy-to-digest reading material. As a Peer Reviewer, I enjoy partaking in the editing process and reading the same literature that our writers use in order to ensure the highest level of scientific accuracy. Outside of SBYIR, I am a Research Assistant at a psychology lab, volunteer tutor for K-12 students, and a volunteer with Invisible Hands NYC. I am passionate about cycling, cooking, and baking in my free time.

Tharun Alamuri: Peer Reviewer

Major: Biochemistry
Class of 2023
Hometown: Medford, NY
My name is Tharun Alamuri and I am a junior Biochemistry major in the Honors College. I joined SBYIR as a peer reviewer because it seemed like the perfect fit for my interest in research and scientific literature as well as my future career goals. Aside from SBYIR, I am part of the Duong Lab in the Radiology Department (formerly at Stony Brook Medicine, now at Albert Einstein College of Medicine), an Honors College big sibling, a former general chemistry TA, and a current organic chemistry TA. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, watching Indian movies, and playing basketball and cricket.

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Fanny Zhao: Layout Editor

Major: Health Science
Class of 2023
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Hi, my name is Fanny Zhao and I am majoring in Health Science. I joined SBYIR because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and meet new people while doing something I enjoy. Being a layout editor allows me to bring out my creativity as well as expand my knowledge on science outside of what I learn in my classes. In my free time, I love to binge-watch shows on Netflix and play board games with friends and family.

Robin Bath: Layout Editor

Major: Computer Science
Class of 2024
Hometown: New Hyde Park, NY
My name is Robin Bath and I’m a sophomore Computer Science major with a minor in Digital Arts. I grew up in Queens moving around a lot and spent a little time in New Jersey as well but now I’m in Long Island. I joined SBYIR as a layout editor because of my love for design and publications. In high school I was chief designer for yearbook and SBYIR was another similar art path for me to continue down. Through SBYIR I am not only combining my love and skills for design, but I’m also learning more about STEM and science research which is new for me. Outside of SBYIR, I’m a graphic designer for the Career Center and do freelance photography for Student Affairs. In my free time I like reading a lot of fantasy and contemporary books, taking pictures of friends, and shopping.

Bee Mitchell: Layout Editor

Major: Studio Art
Class of 2022
Hometown: Merrick, NY
I am a senior Studio Art major with an Electronic concentration. I’m interested in the line between visual design and social justice work, which sparked my interest in SBYIR for how it applies accessible scientific literacy. Outside of school I like hiking with my dog and learning about art history.

Judy Liu: Layout Editor

Major: Computer Science
Class of 2022
Hometown: New York, NY
My name is Judy Liu. I am a senior majoring in computer science in the WISE Honors Program and minoring in digital arts. I joined SBYIR because I thought it would be a good opportunity to meet others with a passion with art and science. Outside of SBYIR, I work for Stony Brook’s Division of Information Technology (DoIT) as a support technician and I will be interning for a project with CEWIT and Softheon. I also enjoy reading and drawing on my free time.

Isra Ahmed: Graphic Editor

Major: Biology
Class of 2023
Hometown: New Hyde Park, NY
My name is Isra Ahmed, a junior bio major on the pre-med track. Being a graphic editor for SBYIR has allowed me to facilitate scientific literacy, not only for others, but for myself―I look forward to growing with the organization. Outside of SBYIR, I act as a digital artist for SBU’s Artists in Medicine and a Graphic Designer Volunteer for Pre-Health Shadowing. I’m also a member of Stony Brook’s Pre-Med Society and Art Club. Within the realm of academics, I’m a UGTA for CHE331 and BIO201. For fun, I browse through YouTube, draw, and attempt to learn other languages.

Kevin Zeng: Graphic Editor

Preferred Name: Maple Zeng
Major: Computer Science
Class of 2024
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Hi! My name is Maple Zeng and I am a second year Computer Science major. I joined SBYIR primarily because of my passion for science and art, but, having been on my high school’s newspaper club, I also wanted to continue on doing something I loved while helping to introduce science to a broader audience. Outside of SBYIR, you’ll find me teaching as an Undergraduate College Fellow, volunteering with the SBU Cat Network, and hanging around the LGBTQ* Center. For my hobbies, I enjoy listening to and playing music whenever possible, singing, and being with friends.

Annie Li: Graphic Editor

Major: Biology
Class of 2022
Hometown: Queens, NY
My name is Annie Li, and I am a senior majoring in Biology and minoring in China Studies. I joined SBYIR because I wanted to merge my major with my interest in graphics and design, and contribute to the effort to bring more attention and interest to scientific topics and news. Aside from SBYIR, I used to TA for CHI courses. I enjoy sketching and doodling during my free time, and I watch dramas on a regular basis to destress.

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Jessica Hui: Event Coordinator

Major: Biology
Class of 2022
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
My name is Jessica Hui, and I’m a senior majoring in biology and minoring in writing and rhetoric on the pre-dental track. I joined SBYIR because I wanted to learn more about what is happening in the field of research, and I also wanted to combine my interests in science, writing, and event planning in order to raise awareness for research on campus. In addition to SBYIR, I am the President of the SBU Photography Club, a writer for SBU Odyssey, a research assistant at the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, and a graphic designer for PPE4ALL. On the side, I enjoy writing poems, kayaking, and watching Master Chef religiously.

Hannah Philipose: Event Coordinator

Major: Biology
Class of 2023
Hometown: Jericho, NY
My name is Hannah Philipose, and I’m a junior Biology major in the Honors College. Joining SBYIR seemed like a fitting way to combine my interests in both STEM and writing while staying up to date on novel research findings in a wide range of disciplines. Aside from SBYIR, I volunteer as an EMT and am part of the rowing team on campus. I am passionate about my past research in ophthalmic drug discovery, and hope to continue similar work as part of Dr. Markus Seeliger’s lab in the Pharmacological Sciences department. Some of my hobbies include running, baking, and graphic design.

Debolina Chanda: Event Coordinator

Major: Biology
Class of 2022
Hometown: Queens, NY
My name is Debolina Chanda and I am a senior majoring in Biology with a minor in South Asian Studies. Since high school, I have had a passion for science research and scientific language. I joined SBYIR because I wanted to gain knowledge in various fields of science and new research through the literary compositions of my peers. In my free time, I like to dance. I’ve always been very fond of dance so I joined two dance teams at Stony Brook! I’m secretary of Taandava which is Stony Brook’s very own classical Indian dance team! I’m also Public Relations for SBU Bhangra, a cultural dance team that showcases the folk dance of Punjab!

Ruiting Li: Event Coordinator

Major: Biology
Class of 2023
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Hello, my name is Ruiting but you can call me Toby. I’m from Brooklyn and I am majoring in Biology. I joined SBYIR because I thought it was a great platform for young researchers who wanted to show their work to the public. Outside of SBYIR, I enjoy cooking and baking for friends and family.

Stephanie Shum: Event Coordinator

Major: Health Science
Class of 2022
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
My name is Stephanie Shum, and I am a senior majoring in Health Science. I joined SBYIR because it allows students to learn how to write scientific papers and present their research through a cohesive publication. I was also curious about the behind-the-scenes activities involved in planning the major events the club hosts. In my free time, I like to play with my dog, catch up on sleep, and watch Netflix shows.

Ruchira Samant: Webmaster

Major: Applied Math and Statistics
Class of 2023
Hometown: Pune, MH, India
My name is Ruchira Samant, and I am a junior with an Applied Math and Statistics major. My interest in different kinds of research (regardless of my subject of study) was one of the main reasons I joined SBYIR. Aside from my interest in science, the supportive, nurturing, and friendly community of SBYIR made me want to be a part of it. Outside of SBYIR, I am the secretary for the Stony Brook Applied Math & Statistics Committee. I am also a Kathak dancer and teacher in our institute. I have been a UGTA for a few AMS courses. In my free time, I enjoy cooking (and eating), reading, hiking, traveling, making friends, and taking long naps!