Our Staff

Stephanie Budhan: Editor-in-Chief

Major: Chemistry
Class of 2021
Hometown: Smithtown, NY
My name is Stephanie Budhan and I am a chemistry major in the Honors College. I am from Smithtown, NY which is located 10 minutes from campus, so I am a commuter. My interests in science are expansive, thus joining SYBIR is a great way to be exposed to different types of science via literature. Furthermore, I am interested in pursuing research in the future, perhaps in psychology. In my free time, I like developing independent research projects, listening to old Hindi music, and spending time with friends and family.

Jesse Pace: Head of Cabinet

Major: Biochemistry
Minor: Bioengineering
Class of 2020
Hometown: Malverne, NY
My name is Jesse Pace and I am a junior majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Bioengineering. I grew up on Long Island in the small town of Malverne. Apart from SBYIR, I am a member of the Honors College where I volunteer as a Big Sib mentor for incoming freshman students. I’ve been a member of Phi Delta Epsilon, the international premedical fraternity since my freshman year. Anyone who knows me knows that I am very passionate about my research in the lab of Dr. Sandeep Mallipattu at Stony Brook Medicine’s Division of Nephrology and that one of my favorite movies is Finding Nemo.

Lauren Yoon: Layout Chief

Major: Biology and Psychology
Class of 2021
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Hi! My name is Lauren Yoon and I am a junior. Outside of SBYIR, I do research as a part of the World Trade Center Personality Study under Dr. Roman Kotov in the Stony Brook Psychiatry department. In my free time, I enjoy taking pictures, attempting to knit, and baking.

Nomrota Majumder: Managing Editor

Major: Biology
Class of 2021
Hometown: Queens, NY
My name is Nomrota Majumder and I’m a freshman Biology major on the pre-med track in the Honors College. SBYIR combines my passion for both scientific research and academic writing, which is why I look forward to everything it has in store for me during college. I’m also a part of Badminton Club and Stony Brook’s South Asian Student Alliance (SASA). In the future I hope to continue to pursue my love for neuroscience and conduct ischemic stroke research on campus. In my free time I enjoy singing, dancing, and watching Friends on Netflix.

Nita Wong: Associate Editor

Major: Biochemistry and Spanish
Class of 2021
Hometown: New Hyde Park, NY
My name is Nita Wong, and I’m a sophomore double majoring in biochemistry and Spanish. Writing has always been one of my greatest passions, and I am extremely excited to contribute to future SBYIR publications and help shed light on both amateur and professional research. Aside from academic and on-campus pursuits, I have been trained in classical music and recently received my Diploma in piano performance from ABRSM. In my free time I enjoy running and reading and am an avid fan of Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Nina Gu: Associate Editor

Major: Biology
Class of 2021
Hometown: Queens, NY
My name is Nina, and I am a Biology major with a minor in Ecosystems and Human Impact, in the WISE Honors Program. My research involves investigating stochastic gene expression and fitness consequences of expression outliers. I love teaching and supporting my peers; I mentor new undergraduates in the lab, have been a TA in the Biology and Chemistry Departments, and am a member of Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Anyone who knows me knows that I am strangely fond of taking long walks and learning biostatistics.

Caleb Sooknanan: Copy Editor

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Class of 2020
Hometown: Woodhaven, NY
My name is Caleb Sooknanan, and I am a junior biomedical engineering major in the Honors College. This is my third year participating in SBYIR, and I believe that this organization truly has the potential to encourage scientific literacy across our campus. SBYIR has given me the opportunity to explore my research interests and strengthen my ability to understand the research occurring on campus and around the world. Aside from SBYIR, I am the Vice President of 3Diatrics, a MedHacks Campus Ambassador, a member of Stony Brook University’s 2017 iGEM Team, and an undergraduate teaching assistant for the Chemistry Department. I am also involved in BASIC and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and for fun, I enjoy listening to jazzy hip hop music, working out in the Recreation Center, or spending time in the Innovation Lab.

Claire Garfield: Copy Editor

Major: Biology
Minor: Marine Science, Chemistry, French
Class of 2020
Hometown: Oneonta, NY
My name is Claire Garfield and I am a Biology major/Marine Science, Chemistry, French minor. I joined SBYIR to keep involved with what’s going on in science, especially the aspects that are outside my comfort zone. Outside of SBYIR, I’m a member of the Honors College and Environmental Club, and I’m a research assistant in the Collier lab studying environmental microbiology. I hope to pursue a PhD in Biological Oceanography. In my spare time, I enjoy scuba diving, swimming, and hiking.

Priya Aggarwal: Layout Editor

Major: Human Evolutionary Biology
Class of 2021
Hometown: Levittown, NY
My name is Priya Aggarwal, and I am a sophomore Human Evolutionary Biology major on the pre-med track in the WISE Program. Through SBYIR, I hope to learn more about different scientific advancements going on in the world and to help further scientific literacy. Outside of SBYIR, I am a member of 2018 Stony Brook iGEM Team and Events Coordinator for the Stony Brook Bhangra Team. On the off chance that I have spare time, I enjoy taking naps.

Additional Staff: 

Shrey Thaker, Matthew Ng, Vincent Han