Alexa Sison

Alexa is in her second as a human biology major and dance minor. She works at the UCSD Transportation Services Department and is a member of Sigma Kappa. Currently, Alexa aspires to go into Oncology but will probably change her mind a few times. She is a fairly typical college girl who spends her money on coffee and shoes. When she’s not too occupied with school, she enjoys driving aimlessly, talking to her fabulous parents on the phone, or getting her nails done.

Amreeta Jammu

I am a fourth year double majoring in Neuroscience and Human Biology at UCSD. I am aspiring to attend medical school and specialize in neurology, as well as one day give back to those suffering with neurological disorders. I love to bake to relieve my stress, as well as dance! I also enjoy hiking, listening to music, and watching movies.

Aneesa Chowdhury

Aneesa Chowdhury is a third year Biochemistry and Cell Biology major in Muir college. She became a writer for Under the Scope to share her thoughts on remarkable scientific discoveries with her peers. In her free time, she enjoys riding her bike and watching Grey’s Anatomy.

Arjune Nibber

Arjune is a second year from Muir College, currently majoring in Physiology and Neuroscience with a minor in Marine Sciences. He’s found that being a part of the Saltman Quarterly is a rewarding way to share fascinating stories about the world of biology. Arjune hopes to one day pursue his passion for biomedical research while also practicing medicine. When he’s not writing articles for the SQ Online, he can be found practicing with UCSD’s Bhangra team, DRP, volunteering at the hospital, or exploring new places around San Diego.

Anika Ullah

Arushi Atluri

My name is Arushi Atluri and I am a second year General Biology major from Muir College. I'm currently a staff writer for Under the Scope, Saltman Quarterly's sister publication; writing is one of my passions, so it’s great to be able to apply it to biology and research! Some of my other hobbies include swimming, eating weird foods, going to the beach, watching football (go Niners!), and volunteering.

Aishwarya Vuppala

Aishwarya is a fourth year biochem/cell biology student. Loves cool science facts and science fiction. Writing about science and crazy things while also dissecting placentas are some of the fun things Aishwarya does in her spare time. Also writing in the third person is something she enjoys doing.

Bar Yosef

Bar Yosef is a first year Physiology & Neuroscience major in Marshall College. She is specifically interested in studying memory and behavior. Bar enjoys skiing, hiking, and going to the beach! She also loves to read, watch movies, and listen to music.

Briana Kusuma

Briana is a second-year human biology major and law and society minor from Marshall. Her hopeful road to medical school is full of tearing up over grades, sleepless nights, and mountains of debt.

Theresa Bui

Theresa Bui is a second year Physiology & Neuroscience major at UCSD. You will, more often than not, find her at these 3 places: the gym, the Biomedical library, or in the comfort of her own bed watching every existing TV series. She is interested in self improvement physically, mentally, and intellectually, so she strives to incorporate it in her biology-focused lifestyle blogs. Ten years from now, Theresa hopes to become the next Dr. McDreamy or McSteamy. She isn't very picky. You can contact Theresa at

Callum Arras

Theresa Bui is a second year Physiology & Neuroscience major at UCSD. You will, more often than not, find her at these 3 places: the gym, the Biomedical library, or in the comfort of her own bed watching every existing TV series. She is interested in self improvement physically, mentally, and intellectually, so she strives to incorporate it in her biology-focused lifestyle blogs. Ten years from now, Theresa hopes to become the next Dr. McDreamy or McSteamy. She isn't very picky. You can contact Theresa at

Chelsea Chang

Chelsea is a Trader Joe’s enthusiast, a J.R.R. Tolkien fan, and an inspired person who strives to live life for bigger purposes. A second year at UC San Diego, Chelsea is a Physiology and Neuroscience major who loves cooking, artsy DIY projects and quirky TV shows (eg. Pushing Daisies). Her favorite coming-of-age novel is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, and if she were a crayon, she’d be Seafoam Green.

Chandni Patel

Hi! I’m Chandni, one of this year’s UTS staff writers. I’m a Biochemistry major with a Health Care – Social Issues minor studying to go on to graduate school and conduct research in the biomedical sciences. Since I hope to continue researching in the future, I joined SQ to further expand my knowledge of the biological research that is being done all over the world. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, finding hipsterish restaurants and cafes in SD, and playing with kittens.

Cheryl Patel

I am a senior majoring in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution. I love to be outside and always take every chance that I get to enjoy activities like snowboarding, hiking and beach volleyball. All my life, animals have held a soft spot in my heart, and now I hope to become a wildlife biologist who works in conservation, population genetics, evolutionary biology and community ecology. Traveling the world and studying different organisms would be a dream come true, but until then, writing out possible adventures will keep me satisfied.

Christina Cui

I am a second year, physiology and neuroscience major at Muir College. My academic interests are in neurological disorders, especially developmental disorders such as autism, and I hope to carry this passion to medical school. Outside of class, I enjoy playing the piano, making (eating) cookies and singing--in a top of my lungs, windows down kind of way. And, thanks to UCSD, I've found a love for spur of the moment beach trips and a new appreciation for sleep.

Edgar Villaruel

I am a 3rd year undergraduate student majoring in Biochemistry/Chemistry and minoring in Biology from Eleanor Roosevelt College. I am the Under the Scope Features Editor.

Eleanor Wang

Gayathri Kalla

Gayathri is a third-year General Biology major and Sociology minor at UC San Diego, writing about the intersection of science and society and attempting to understand how a degree in Biology fits into it all. At any given time, outside of gushing over her professors in class and studying plant pathogens in the Pogliano lab, she is probably drinking chai and raving about the latest book or Medium article she's found time to read.

Ingrid Heumann

Julia Brown

Greetings, fellow being! As you may know from clicking on my blog, my name is Julia Brown. I am a second year Microbiology major and a Staff Writer for "Under the Scope." I am involved in multiple organizations on campus, including the fencing team, Amnesty International, and the Newman Center, so if you see me bustling about, feel free to say hi! Last year, I served on the "Saltman Quarterly" Review Board, and this year, I am about as excited to be writing about topics which I am passionate about as I am for the next season of "Sherlock."

Karen Tolentino

Karen Tolentino is a UTS Staff Writer. She is an aspiring premedical student with a Biochemistry/Cell Biology major and a minor in Psychology. She is also an avid tea connoisseur and drinks at least 5 cups of tea a day (preferably Earl Grey). Besides biology, she is interested in classic literature, ballet, shooting, and zombie apocalypse scenarios.

Liam Huber

Liam Huber is a second-year biochemistry major at UCSD. You might spot him performing with Foosh Improv or being stalked by raccoons at 2 am in the backwaters of Sixth College. If you see him outside late at night barefoot, don’t be concerned: if Homo erectus could make it as far as East Asia without footwear then he can probably make it to the water fountain and back. Liam writes on paleobiology and macroevolution for Saltman Quarterly. He should probably be focusing on boosting his Darwinian fitness and/or his o-chem grade, but for now he would rather be doodling dinosaurs. You can contact him at

Lauren Stiene

Lauren Stiene is a first year Physiology and Neuroscience major in Revelle College. She is volunteer at the Salk Institute and is also involved in AMSA and BSSA here at UCSD. She hopes to continue working in a lab and one day get her PhD. Although her hometown is in New York, Lauren loves living close to the beach and enjoys running in her free time.

Lawrence Liu

Hi my name is Lawrence Liu and I am currently a UTS staff writer. I am finishing my biochemistry degree. SQ has been very rewarding. While I personally do research myself, SQ has allowed me to broaden my knowledge as I know am able to learn about other student's research as well. Fun note: I have natural white hair :P

Lauren Brumage

Lauren is a fourth-year Microbiology and Biological Anthropology double major from John Muir College. She is an undergraduate researcher at Dr. Joe Pogliano's laboratory where she studies antibiotic mechanism of action. Lauren is the new SQ Online Editor for the 2018-2019 academic year. Outside of lab and classes, you can find Lauren spending time with family, playing video games, hiking, or painting The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit miniatures. You can contact her at

Lexie Frye Rochfort

My name is Lexie W. Frye Rochfort, please call me Lexie Frye. My brother’s name is Sage Frye, I’m not sure which one of us has the better name. Yes, I’m aware that Sexy Lexie is a clever name twelve-year-olds come up with during passing period. I am a glasses-wearing kewl kid hailing from the distant lands of San Francisco (or more precisely Pleasanton, California). My major is Neurobiology with a minor in Computer Science, so I spend far too much time at my desk. In my spare time, I play vidya gaems and watch movies. Somehow these characteristics have lead to me writing a blog about bad science fiction movies, so enjoy. Anyone that wants to know my middle name gets three hints: 1) Starts with a W 2) 8 letters 3) Ends with an X

Madeleine Yu

Madeleine Yu is a third year Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience major at UCSD with a double minor in Music and Biology. She is a dedicated coffee drinker, traveler, and music appreciator, who loves to watch scary movies. In the future, Madeleine hopes to go into neuroscience research to study music cognition and memory.

Madison Rae

Maddy is a third year student at UCSD, majoring in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution. When she's not writing for SQ Online or studying taxonomy, she spends her time growing succulents, playing Dungeons and Dragons, making music, and doing improv comedy.

Maya Gopalakrishnan

Maya is a first year Marshall student at UCSD, majoring in Biochemistry. She joined Saltman Quarterly in hopes of sharing her passion for biology and bringing awareness to the phenomenal research being done at UCSD. Outside of SQ, you can find Maya sketching and catching up on the latest season of Game of Thrones.

Magen Anthony

Hi, my name is Magen Kely Anthony and yes, I am aware that the spelling of my name is strange. I am a first year UTS Staff Writer majoring in Physiology and Neuroscience and minoring in Literature and Writing. Besides being interested in biology, I have a passion for writing, learning new languages and drinking an obsessive amount of coffee. I hope to take all my passions and combine them into my future career, which I am yet unsure of.

Mandy Wong

Mandy, UTS staff writer, is a third-year Biochemistry/Cell Biology Major && Computer Science Minor from Marshall College. In her free time... wait. What free time?

Melody Nazarbegian

Melody Nazarbegian is a third year General Biology major at UCSD. Find her at any time of day on Geisel 2nd Floor East on her favorite blue chair. She is passionate about breakfast foods, Quentin Tarantino movies, and Google Calendar. She aspires to be the next Meredith Grey.

Rubeena Basra

Human Development Major with a Biology minor. I am a 4th year and have been working with Saltman Quarterly for a year now. I was previously an Under The Scope staff writer and am now a Saltman Quarterly staff writer. I enjoy writing and spreading exciting news about biology to UCSD students and faculty as well as the greater San Diego community.

Skylar Rains

Skylar is a 4th year Physiology and Neuroscience major and proud dog mom.

Tomomi Yoshida