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Kristiana Jordan

Training Director | UC Berkeley

"Be passionate about something and lean to that strength" — Michelle Obama

As the Training Director, my main responsibility is to train the undergraduate mentors so that they are well prepared as to engage with the SENDforC program at the school site. I organize, plan, and facilitate STEM teaching workshops and engage with educational resources related to STEM, diversity, and community-based research and development. Additionally, I act as the head facilitator for the SENDforC DeCal - a prerequisite class for mentors to understand the structural aspects of education and develop their unique teaching styles.

Major: Integrative Biology with a focus on Human Biology & Health Sciences
Minor: Disabilities Studies
Year: Junior

Career Goals: To become a physician focusing on women's health and patient-centric care.

Research Interests: CRISPR/Cas9 and its applications, infectious disease research, primary care outcomes research.

Affiliations: SENDforC, Suitcase Clinic, Biology Scholars Program, Health Career Connection


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Sebastian Ong-Osmond

Program Administrator | UC Berkeley

As Program Administrator, I manage the databases of our chapter, including membership rosters and meeting minutes. I also book rooms, create schedules for board and general meetings, and work through the logistics behind the functioning of our student organization on campus.

Major: Molecular Environmental Biology
Minor: Political Economy
Year: Junior

Career Goals: My career goals include sustainable development, community-based public health, and environmental education.

Research Interests: I love research around the political economy of waste and sustainability, as well as health inequity and inaccessibility.

Affiliations: Southeast Asian Student Coalition, GlobeMed at Berkeley

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Carissa Tinoco

University Outreach Director | UC Berkeley

As the University Outreach Director, my main duty is to generate membership on-campus and promote retention through planned club socials. I also handle the Berkeley chapter's social media on Facebook and Instagram.

Major: Molecular Environmental Biology with an emphasis on Environment & Human Health
Year: Junior

Career Goals: I aspire to become a primary care physician and use this platform to advocate for the importance and accessibility of preventative health care

Affiliations: Biology Scholars Program at UC Berkeley

Research Experience: Gamma ray excess analysis using NASA Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope database to determine whether source is due to dark matter or millisecond pulsars

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Alex Renn

Finance Director | UC Berkeley

My role is to ensure our chapter has adequate funds for day to day operations, maintain an accurate record of all transactions and work on grant applications.

Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology- Immunology
Year: Junior

Career Goals: With my degree I hope to do research for a fews years before deciding between a PhD or an MD.

Research Interests: I currently am interested in structural biology related concepts and am hoping to join a lab soon.


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Emily Paszkiewicz

Co-Track Lead Director | UC Berkeley

As a track lead director, I will help to design and implement the mentorship curriculum for high school students. This includes guiding track leads and finding resources for the tracks and the research projects.

Major: Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
Minor: Environmental Engineering
Year: Freshman

Research Experience: Microalgae as a source of biofuels and wastewater remediator.

Awards: Award for Excellence in Science given by FSHA

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Willy Ju

Co-Track Lead Director | UC Berkeley

As Track Lead Director, I co-facilitate track lead/track development meetings and assist track lead/track development team in developing curriculum. Furthermore, I act as the primary point of contact between the partnership schools and the collegiate UC Berkeley chapter. 

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology- Immunology
Year: Junior

Career Goals: I hope to become a practicing physician who can bring positive change to our health care system and to communities that I serve. 

Affiliations: Health Leads, West County Health Center, Bears for Financial Success, Organizing for Health Advancement, Team HBV 

Research Interests: I’m interested in the novel research being done in cancer immunotherapy and its social implications in individualized patient care. 

Awards: Most Creative Google Science Fair Award (2014) by Instructables, Eagle Scout

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Sally Jeon

Educational Coordinator & Interim Program Director | UC Berkeley

“I love science, and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awed by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and reinvigorate it.” ― Robert M. Sapolsky

As an Educational Coordinator & Interim Program Director my role is to support the team to ensure success on a programmatic level. I am here to assist, critique and advise on research and education curriculum tailored to each site while maintaining the integrity of SENDforC's core principles and QDII. My goal is to lay down the foundations for a strong organizational structure for this new SENDforC chapter and support the development of leadership skills within our team.

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology- Neurobiology
Minor: Education
Year: Alumni, Class of 2015!

Career Goals: Joining the medical field as a physician-leader in patient-centered care, biomedical education and community-based public health research.

Current Affiliations: UCSF Department of EM Education Unit, Berkeley Free Clinic Certified Enrollment Counselors, Children's Hospital Oakland Volunteering.
Past Affiliations: Head Facilitator for "Stem Cells: Science & Society" Decal (2014), BUILD Literacy Director (2014), Co-founder of Premed@Berkeley (2013)

Research Experience: Tensions in progressive critical pedagogy, Stem cells and muscle regeneration, Statistical modeling of multi-state systems & computational methods in quantum chem.

Awards: UCSF Diversity & Inclusion Staff Certificate Program Graduate (2017), First-place Prytanean Women's Honor Society EmpowerMe Night (2016), UC Berkeley Women's Leadership Intensive participant (2016)

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