Our Staff

Amanda Ng: Editor-In-Chief


Major: Psychology B.S.
Minor: English
Class of 2018
Hometown: LaGrange, NY


In the past two years, I have had the opportunity to watch SBYIR grow into the organization it is today, and hope to foster this growth as Editor-In-Chief. SBYIR has allowed me to combine my two main interests, research and writing, and joining as a freshman has been my best decision to date. Apart from SBYIR, I am also a member of the University Scholars honors program and research child attachment and parenting styles under Dr. Kristin Bernard.  In my free time I write and record music and perform slam poetry.


Aaron Gochman: President

aarongMajor: Biology
Class of 2018
Hometown: Merrick, NY


I am studying neuroscience at Stony Brook and spend a lot of time pursuing my main passion, science research. In addition to SBYIR and research, I enjoy swimming in the ocean, studying the stock market, and watching Netflix. As the President of SBYIR, I am grateful for the opportunity to communicate my passion for research and hopefully teach and inspire others about what’s going on in laboratories all over the world.


Samuel Lederer: Head of Layout

samlMajor: Biomedical Engineering

Class of 2017
Hometown: Brentwood, NY


I am president of the Honors College Student Activity Board and am a member of an independent research lab. I enjoy board games, basketball, and video games. I enjoy doodling during class when I don’t pay attention.


Sahil Rawal: Managing Editor

Major: Biologysahilr
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 currently an undergraduate researcher in a Nephrology Lab at Stony Brook Medical School under Dr. Sandeep Mallipattu. Outside of this, 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.


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.

Dana Espine: Assistant 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.

Nicole Olakkengil: Associate Editor


Major: Biology and Business Management
Class of 2019
Hometown: Plainview, NY
My name is Nicole Olakkengil and I’m from Plainview, Long Island. I am currently a sophomore at Stony Brook University and double majoring in Biology and Business Management on the pre-medical track and hope to conduct research during my time here. Besides being interested in science, I love writing and reading anything I can get my hands on. I’m involved in the many clubs Stony Brook has to offer, such as South Asian Student Alliance (SASA), Pre-med Society, Bengalis Unite, and Bhangra (although, my friends forced me to join this one but it’s totally worth it). A fun fact that no one here knows about me is that my hair used to be red (don’t ask, middle school phases).

Julia Newman: Associate Editor

julianMajor: Biology/Psychology
Class of 2019
Hometown: Smithtown, NY
My name is Julia Newman, and I am a sophomore biology and psychology double major. I come from Smithtown, New York, which is a small town on Long Island, but I plan on making a huge impact on the world through research. My true passion is for genetics, but I’m also deeply fascinated by anything related to psychology and astronomy. Aside from SBYIR, I am president of Benedict Hall Council, and I play flute in the university’s marching band.

Rachel Kogan: Associate 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.

Anna Tarasova: Associate Editor

annatMajor: 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.

Christin Abraham: Associate Editor

Major: Chemical and Molecular Engineering/
Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Class of 2019
Hometown: Pelham, NY

My name is Christin Abraham, and I am a returning sophomore planning to double major in Chemical and Molecular Engineering and Applied Mathematics and Statistics. I have also recently considered joining the pre-medical track. This is my first year as a member of SBYIR, and I am excited to be a part of this team. Aside from SBYIR, I am a member of Stony Brook’s American Institute of Chemical Engineers chapter, and I hope to conduct research with Dr. Devinder Mahajan this semester. I also love listening to Chance the Rapper and watching The Office (over and over).  To close, here are a couple of fun facts: my favorite fruit is pineapple and my favorite color is purple.

Samara Khan: Associate Editor

samarakMajor: 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: Copy 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.


 Taylor Ha: Copy Editor


Major: Journalism
Minor: Writing
Class of 2018
Hometown: White Plains, NY

I am a foodie, photographer, and writer. Narrative writing is more of my passion, but I love the idea of science journalism – breaking down humanity’s newest discoveries in a creative, informative way for the public. When I’m not editing research highlights for SBYIR, I’m probably posting something on Instagram, listening to weepy music from Korean dramas, watching anime and BuzzFeed videos, or solving a huge jigsaw puzzle. If I’m conducting more professional activities, I’m either reporting for “The Statesman” or writing stories for the SBU Institute for Advanced Computational Science.

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.

Kyle Pacia: Cabinet Member


 Major: Biochemistry B.S.
Minor: Health and Wellness
Class of 2019
Hometown: Middletown, NY
My name is Kyle Pacia and I am a Biochemistry major from Middletown, NY. I am a sophomore on the pre-med track and am currently working in a genomic sciences laboratory. I have a fervent passion for genetics research, but I also serve on the executive boards for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Sigma Beta Honor Society. I am also a member of the Pre-med society, Biochemistry Society, Stony Brook University Red Cross, and PUSO. In my free time, I often watch Netflix and hang out with friends. I find research to be a wonderful opportunity to simply explore your academic interests. SBYIR is an amazing organization that showcases the innovative research being conducted on our campus and I’m proud to be a part of the journal responsible for that.

Peter Alsaloum: Cabinet Member.


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.

Jerin Thomas: 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.

Evelyn Kandov: Photographer


Major: Biology
Class of 2017
Hometown: Queens, NY
My Name is Evelyn Kandov. I am a Biology major at Stony Brook and enjoy spending my time doing research in Immunology and taking pictures for SBYIR. As the photographer, I hope to capture important and memorable moments to showcase the work of our organization and its members on campus.

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.

Arslan Shahid: Webmaster


Major: Computer Science
Class of 2017
Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan

My name is Arslan Shahid and I am one of the Webmasters for SBYIR. I am a senior studying Computer Science. I joined SBYIR because I have a keen interest in Science and Technology and I want to improve the user interface of our website. Aside from SBYIR, I am the Webmaster of GSO(Graduate Student Organization), MSA(Muslims Student Association) and an intern at Stony Brook Radio Station WUSB FM 90.1. I enjoy practicing Taekwondo and love to travel. I have traveled to ten countries and can speak five languages.

Abrar Taseen: Layout Editor


Major: Biomedical Engineering
Class of 2019
Hometown: New York, NY
Born and raised in the Big Apple, I am a sophomore student studying biomedical engineering here at Stony Brook University. My favorite food on campus is the Cyclone Wrap at the Student Activities Center. Aside from SBYIR, I am also a math tutor for the Residential Tutoring Center and an intern for the Undergraduate Student Government. When I am not dwelling in the library, I enjoy spending my free time playing tennis and going to the gym.

Arun Nallainathan: Layout Editor


Major: Biomedical Engineering
Class of 2018
Hometown: Bayside, NY
My name is Arun Nallainathan and I am a biomedical engineering student from Bayside, NY. SBYIR is a great organization which helps bring out the research that undergraduates and investigators do on campus. I help with the design and layout of the magazine. During my free time, I like to play basketball with my friends at the park and watch Netflix during my free time.

Sarah Lynch: Layout Editor

 Major: Psychologysarahl
Minor: Biology and Political Science
Class of 2017
Hometown: Warwick, NY
My name is Sarah Lynch and I am a senior at Stony Brook University. I am pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology, as well as two minors in Biology and Political Science. My hometown is Warwick, NY in Orange County. On campus, I am a Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women International Relations Scholar, a member of Women in Science and Engineering, the Vice President of College Republicans, and a student volunteer for the Academic Judiciary Committee. I love playing the violin, reading, baking, and going on adventures with friends!

Julia Jun: Layout Editor


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.