Our Staff

Sahil Rawal: Editor in Chief

Major: Biology
Minor: Health and Wellness
Class of 2019
Hometown: Searingtown, NY
My name is Sahil Rawal and I am a Biology Major/Health and Wellness Minor in the Scholars for Medicine Program. I am also a member of the Honors College where I am a part of the Bfig Sibling Program to acclimate new students to Stony Brook. Outside of SBYIR, I am the Report Lead for the President’s Council of Student Advisors. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends and watching sports.

 

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 Organic Chemistry and a Lead Tutor at the Residential Tutoring Center. I currently do research in an Organic Chemistry lab at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. I also serve as a CAS Senator on the Undergraduate Student Government. I plan on attending medical school in the future. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, hiking and hanging out with my friends.

 

Julia Jun: Layout Chief

Major: Psychology
Class of 2019
Hometown: Queens, NY
My name is Dahae (Julia) Jun and I am currently a senior majoring in Psychology while minoring in Writing. Besides SBYIR, I am an active member of Korea Campus Crusade for Christ (KCCC), Secretary of National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), and a tutor for Research and Writing in Psychology. I also participate in Dr. Ryan Parson’s lab as a research assistant with hopes of entering the field of neuroscience. I love taking road trips and camping, but most of the time you can find me binge-watching Friends.

 

Stephanie Budhan: Managing Editor

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.

 

Rachel Kogan: Managing Editor

Major: Biology (Neuroscience Concentration)
Class of 2019
Hometown: Port Washington, NY
My name is Rachel Kogan and I am a senior Biology major with a Neuroscience Concentration in the Honors College. Being a part of SBYIR for the past three years has been an incredible experience and I am excited to see how the organization continues to grow this year and in years to come. Aside from SBYIR, I am the Vice President of Pre-Dental Society, a counselor and Outreach Committee member for Camp Kesem, and an Honors College Big Sibling. Additonally, I am a research assistant in Dr. Lorne Golub’ s lab in the Department of Oral Biology and Pathology. Outside of school, I enjoy watching binge watching Tasty videos, drawing, and searching the internet for a pet goat.

 

Lauren Yoon: Assistant Layout Chief

Major: Biology
Class of 2021
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Hi! My name is Lauren Yoon and I am currently a sophomore. This is my second year on SBYIR, and I’m very excited to be able to contribute to such an amazing publication. In my free time, I enjoy taking pictures, watching movies, and baking. I can’t wait for an exciting year at SBYIR and to learn more about layout.

 

Samara Khan: Associate Editor

Major: Biochemistry
Minor: English
Class of 2019
Hometown: Franklin Square, NY
My name is Samara Khan, and I am a senior Biochemistry major in the University Scholars program. This is my third 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.

 

Bridgette Nixon: Associate Editor

Major: Biology and Psychology
Class of 2021
Hometown: Ithaca, NY
My name is Bridgette Nixon and I am currently double majoring in Biology and Psychology. This is my second year as a part of SBYIR and being a part of the organization allows me to combine my two interests of research and literature. Besides SBYIR, I’m on the pre-med track and love to do research in regard to post-traumatic osteoarthritis. In my spare time I like to play sports, cook, study foreign languages, travel and watch Netflix.

 

Caleb Sooknanan: Associate 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.

 

Anna Tarasova: Associate Editor

Major: Psychology
Minor: German
Class of 2019
Hometown: Bronx, NY
My name is Anna and I am a senior 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 Cognitive Neuroscience Lab under Dr. Hoi-Chung Leung. Apart from editing for SBYIR, I am also part of the Honors College and volunteer at NYU Langone Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. In my spare time I enjoy learning foreign languages and traveling, as well as trying new cuisines.

 

Daniel Walocha: Associate Editor

Major: Biochemistry
Class of 2019
Hometown: Hewlett, NY
My name is Dan and this is my third year at SBYIR. 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.

 

Nomrota Majumder: Copy 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: Copy 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.

 

Priya Aggarwal: Copy 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.

 

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.

 

Jerin Thomas: Cabinet Member/Photographer

Major: Biochemistry
Class of 2019
Hometown: Yonkers, NY
My name is Jerin Thomas and I am a cabinet member and the photographer for SBYIR. I am currently a senior Biochemistry Major on the Pre-Med Track. I am a tutor for the Residential Tutoring Centers, and I am also a TA for the Undergraduate Chemistry Department. I am also the Vice-President of Fundraising and Outreach for Stony Brooks Alternative Spring Break Outreach and an Undergraduate Research Assistant. I enjoy biking, taking pictures, hanging out with my friends and I have recently learned to love rowing as a novice member of the Stony Brook Rowing Team.

 

Thomas James: Webmaster/Cabinet Member

Major: Economics and Applied Mathematics & Statistics
Class of 2019
Hometown: South Brunswick, NJ
My name is Thomas James and I am a senior studying Economics and Applied Mathematics & Statistics at Stony Brook University. 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 as well as spending time reading and writing.

 

Jesse Pace: Cabinet Memeber

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.

 

Akshani Patel: Cabinet Memeber

Major: Biology
Class of 2020
Hometown: Central Valley, NY
My name is Akshani Patel and I am a Biology major in the Scholars for Dental Medicine Program/Honors College. Being a part of SBYIR, has helped me to develop myself academically and professionally. In addition to being a part of SBYIR, I am an Honors College Big Sibling, an active volunteer at the Stony Brook Hospital and Guild of St. Margaret Soup Kitchen, and the Treasurer of Taandava, an Indian Classical dance team. Regarding research, I am a research assistant in Dr. Lorne Golub’s lab in the School of Dental Medicine. I am very excited to make this an incredible year!

 

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