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.

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 Statistis
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!

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).

Yun Meng Zhang: Associate Editor

Major: Biology
Class of 2025
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Hello! My name is Yun Meng, and I am a biology major who aspires to pursue a career in the medical field. SBYIR is the perfect bridge that connects my passions in STEM and academic writing. I find satisfaction in learning about different aspects of scientific writing/research that I have never been exposed to before and engaging with different kinds of people to perfect them. In my spare time, I enjoy reading mystery/thriller novels, spending time with friends and family, and taking long naps!

Erin Fix: Associate Editor

Major: Creative Writing & Marine Sciences
Class of 2024
Hometown: Queens, NY
My interest in the field of scientific communication can be traced back to my majors: creative writing and marine science. SBYIR, as a scientific magazine, is the perfect link between the two disciplines; working as an associate editor has allowed me to combine my areas of study and use the skills I’m learning to be a part of creating something interesting, informative, and important to our campus community. Scientific writing is its own, unique form of communication, and being a part of SBYIR has taught me how best to use it. Outside of SBYIR, I work at the Recreation and Wellness Center as a lifeguard—and when I’m not doing that, I like to watch TV shows and listen to music.

Rachel Wong: Associate Editor

Major: Biology
Class of 2025
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Hi! My name is Rachel Wong, and I am currently majoring in Biology. I believe that SBYIR is an excellent way of providing undergraduate students with resources for scientific research. SBYIR allows students to exercise their scientific research and writing skills on paper, which is always a pleasure to edit. Outside of SBYIR, I enjoy reading, drawing digitally, and I have recently started to learn embroidery!

Andrew Wang: Associate Editor

Major: Technological Systems Management
Class of 2023
Hometown: Fremont, CA
Hi! My name is Andrew Wang and I am a third-year TSM student. I joined SBYIR because I only had writing experience from my courses, and I wanted to expand to writing about scientific topics. Outside of SBYIR, I am currently participating in a VIP robotics team, tutor students in my free time, and enjoy cooking and drawing.

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: Information Systems
Class of 2025
Hometown: Arverne, NY
I am a copy editor for SBYIR, which means I help highlight writers throughout their individual writing processes. I also do temporary managing editing for review writer teams, which involves polishing lengthy review pieces for clarity of argument. 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 play music and relax around campus.

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.

Giancarlo Mainardi: Copy Editor

Major: Physics & Astronomy
Class of 2024
Hometown: Auburndale, NY
I’m Giancarlo Mainardi, a second-year physics and astronomy major in the University Scholars program and a copy editor at SBYIR. My family is Italian, though I grew up in northeastern Queens. I was inspired to join SBYIR because it resonates with some of my prior writing experiences and my general interest in science; it also offers a great way to hone many of the skills I will need in my future studies and career. I’m also a member of the Stony Brook Astronomy Club and the Society of Physics students. During my free time, I enjoy reading science on my own, watching soccer, visiting museums, and playing jazz guitar.

Katherine Wu: Copy Editor:

Major: Computer Science & Mathematics
Class of 2024
Hometown: New City, NY
My name is Katherine Wu, and I am a sophomore majoring in Computer Science and Math. SBYIR really fosters a sense of community, and everyone here is passionate about the work they do. Additionally, scientific literacy is important in our present day, teaching us to approach problems through unbiased perspectives and to rationalize thoughts before making informed decisions. For these reasons, I decided to join SBYIR. In my free time, I like listening to music and baking.

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.

Siya Majmundar: Peer Reviewer

Major: Political Science
Class of 2024
Hometown: Lake Grove, NY
Hi everyone, my name is Siya Majmundar and I am majoring in political science and have a minor in journalism. I enjoy working at SBYIR because I am able to apply my skills from journalism to peer reviewing which allows me to learn more about peer reviewing as well as enhance my journalism experience. Outside of SBYIR, I enjoy reading, writing, and traveling!

Mrinaleni Das: Peer Reviewer

Major: Applied Math and Statistics & Economics
Class of 2024
Hometown: Sylhet, Bangladesh
Hi! My name is Mrinaleni Das, and I am a second-year AMS and Economics student. I was born in Bangladesh and later moved to NY with my family. I joined SBYIR because I love learning about new scientific advancements and wanted to meet people who have similar interests. Outside of SBYIR, I interned at Brookhaven national lab, I am currently working as a research intern at Koehler, and I have been a chem UGTA. I sleep, travel, cook, and read in my free time.

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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.

Emma Cherian: Layout Editor

Major: Biology
Class of 2024
Hometown: Monroe, NY
Hello, my name is Emma Cherian and I’m a Biology major with a minor in Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning. I think SBYIR is really cool because I like being able to connect art with science, and I love reading magazines! Outside of SBYIR, I love playing tennis and dancing bhangra!

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 for 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 in my free time.

Ujala Dar: Graphic Editor

Major: Globalization Studies; Biology
Class of 2024
Hometown: Bethpage, NY
I’m Ujala Dar, a sophomore majoring in globalization studies and biology. I think SBYIR is a great way of introducing more people to science and increasing scientific literacy. Outside of SBYIR, I enjoy art and taking walks.

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.

Katie Zeng: Graphic Editor

Major: Psychology
Class of 2024
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Hi! I’m Katie and I am a second year Psychology B.S. student on the Pre-Med track. I’ve always loved the arts and sciences, so being able to work with SBYIR to join these two passions together whilst contributing knowledge to the scientific community turned out to be a perfect opportunity. Outside of SBYIR, I work as an intern with the LGBTQ* Center here at SBU; and on my off-time, I enjoy singing and learning to dance.

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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Ashani Escoffery: Event Coordinator

Major: Fine Arts
Class of 2022
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Hi, my name is Ashani and I’m studying Fine Arts with a Painting concentration and Africana Studies minor at Stony Brook. I am a big fan of making scientific work accessible to all students and one of my favorite things at SBYIR is it’s commitment to making research understandable to the broad majority. Outside of SBYIR I am involved in the university undergraduate student government as a Senator and I’m learning design, but besides that I’m usually just with my dog or hanging out with my friends exploring different cities.

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.

Julianna Giacoio: Event Coordinator

Major: Biology
Class of 2025
Hometown: Yonkers, NY
I’m Julie, a first-year Biology major in the University Scholars program. I recently joined SBYIR to share my interest in STEM research with others. Outside of SBYIR, I’m a member of the Scholars Social Committee. If I’m not listening to podcasts about nutrition or neurobiology, I’m usually exercising, taking walks outside, or playing Pokémon with my friends.

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.

Jasmine Kumar: Event Coordinator

Major: Biology
Class of 2022
Hometown: East Meadow, NY
Hello, my name is Jasmine Kumar and I am a senior biology major and creative writing minor on the pre-medical track. SBYIR is a great organization that promotes scientific transparency and scientific research-based writing. SBYIR has helped me grow as a writer and student over the years! Outside of SBYIR, I like to write, read, and listen to music.

Rebecca Ramkaran: Event Coordinator

Major: Chemical & Molecular Engineering
Class of 2024
Hometown: Westchester County, NY
Hey! My name is Rebecca Ramkaran, and I’m currently a sophomore studying Chemical & Molecular Engineering. In the future, I will be pursuing the pharmaceutical route in hopes to obtain a position as research and developmental scientist at a pharmaceutical company. I chose to join SBYIR as an event coordinator because I love organizing, planning, and promoting events. Along with that I love that the events we hold are all STEM related therefore, my knowledge on scientific research and skills continues to expand. During my free time I enjoy going for walks, listening to music, hanging out with friends, and drinking coffee!

Courtney Bentham: Event Coordinator

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Class of 2025
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Hi! My name is Courtney Bentham, and I am majoring in biomedical engineering. I am new to SBYIR and I think it’s great! Whenever I am taking a break from studying, I am either biking or working out.

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!

Jessica Yeung: Webmaster

Major: Computer Science
Class of 2025
Hometown: Manhattan, NY
Hey! I’m Jessica Yeung, a first year Computer Science major who was lucky enough to join this wonderful team as a Webmaster and Event Coordinator! I originally joined SBYIR to gain more hands on experience with and access to research and management, which happily resulted in that as well as some additional event coordination responsibilities (which are surprisingly fun, I will admit :P). In addition to website and newsletter supervision here, I deeply enjoy programming. I also love to paint and draw in my free time and have been getting into badminton more seriously. Last but not least, I’m an avid rhythm game player and horror game enthusiast. If you ever see me or just want to hang out with someone, genuinely please feel free to hit me up anytime!