Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors

Sarah Bhattacharjee - Bioengineering

    Sarah Bhattacharjee is a fourth year student majoring in Bioengineering with a pre-med emphasis. She first found her passion for research through URAP in the fall semester of her freshman year, and since then has been an avid participant in the research culture at Berkeley. She was a SURF Rose Experience Student in Summer '16 and a SURF Rose Hills Independent Fellow in summer '17. She is currently continuing her work in the Messersmith Group. Sarah does not have weekly drop-in hours but feel free to email her. 

    Emma Bianco - History and American Studies

      Emma is a third year History and American Studies double major focusing on the Cold War era, including the building up of nuclear armaments, espionage, and United State and Soviet relations. She began research during her sophomore year through the history department, examining patterns of slaveholding women in Britain and the US (1600s- 1865).  During Summer 2017 she worked with a history professor, doing research for their upcoming book, and interned for an archival research start-up company. She’s found a home in the research area, and wants to help others get involved as well! Emma has her peer advising hours in OURS (2422 Dwinelle) on Tuesdays 11am - 12pm.

      Rani Davina Chan - Media Studies and Political Economy

        Rani is a fourth year student double-majoring in Media Studies and Political Economy. She is grateful to be a research apprentice for Dr. Edward Timke since she first started research in her fall semester junior year through URAP. As an apprentice, she assists in examining the cross-cultural media representations of French and American women during the post-World War II era (1945-1965). Apart from being a student and a researcher, she is a Planetarium Presenter at the Lawrence Hall of Science. She looks forward to sharing with you her research journey and inviting you to the research community during her office hours. Rani has her peer advising hours in OURS (2422 Dwinelle) on Thursdays 4pm - 5pm.


        Jessica Du - Molecular and Cell Biology, Statistics

          Jessica is a fourth year studying Molecular and Cell Biology and Statistics. She got started in research as a URAP apprentice in a lab studying how different infectious organisms can hijack host actin structures for mobility, effective replication, and infectivity. Now, she works in the same lab on an independent project. Jessica has her peer advising hours in OURS (2422 Dwinelle) on Tuesdays 12pm - 1pm.

          Tiffany Fung - Molecular & Cell Biology

            Tiffany is a fourth year student majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology and is pre-optometry. She has been a URAP in a vision science lab at the Berkeley School of Optometry since Fall 2015. Through the SURF Rose Hills Experience and Independent programs (summer 2016 and 2017), she studies how the visual system responds to age-related macular degeneration. Tiffany does not have weekly drop in hours but feel free to email her.

            Ross Mattheis - Applied Mathematics

              Ross is a fourth year student studying Applied Maths with the a passion for economic history. He has focused on independent research at Berkeley; beginning in his first year, he was awarded the lower division Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for his paper on ancient Mediterranean trade networks. Since then, his interests have shifted towards economic mobility and political economy in US economic history. Through SURF L&S, he studied the effect of the Homestead Act on intergenerational mobility in the United States. Ross has his peer advising hours in OURS (2422 Dwinelle) on Mondays 11am - 12pm.

              Jenisha Sabaratnam - History

                Jenisha is a fourth-year student majoring in History and minoring in South & Southeast Asian Studies. She first got into research through the URAP program during her Sophomore year. She worked with a History professor to document slave-owning women of the mid-1800s American South. During her third year, she participated in a different URAP project, working as a georeferencing apprentice in the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology – which she will continue with during her final year. During Summer 2017, she was involved in a research program at Yale University where she studied the sustainable preservation of cultural heritage. Jenisha does not have weekly drop-in hours but feel free to email her. 

                Jeffrey Shu - Molecular & Cell Biology

                  Jeffrey is a fourth year student majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology and minoring in Molecular Toxicology. He plans to pursue a PharmD/PhD in the future. He is passionate about biology and has had a wide variety of research experience in fields such as synthetic biology, virology, drug dynamics, and the human microbiome. Throughout his undergraduate career, he has participated in research internships in UCSF, a biotech start-up, and a research institute abroad in Taipei. He has been investigating flavivirus pathogenesis in Eva Harris’s lab since Fall 2015. Jeffrey has his peer advising hours in OURS on Mondays 12pm - 1pm. 

                  Hannah Thorner - Molecular & Cell Biology

                    Hannah is a third year student majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology with an intended minor in Anthropology. She got involved in the URAP program at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology her first semester freshman year, and has been a part of it ever since. The summer after freshman year, she joined the laboratory of Evan Miller assisting with projects that utilize voltage sensitive fluorescent dyes for the purpose of neuronal imaging. Hannah has her peer advising hours in OURS (2422 Dwinelle) on Mondays 10am - 11am.


                    Claudia Tischler - Cognitive Science

                      Claudia is a senior studying Cognitive Science and is planning to go to medical school after graduating. She started her URAP experience as a freshman interested in motor control. She works in the Ivry lab (Cognac Lab) and conducts experiments with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to test various hypotheses about the human motor system’s mechanism for planning and executing movements. Claudia received a 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for her research project: "Exploring the correlation between beta oscillations and MEPs during movement preparation". Claudia does not have weekly drop-in hours but feel free to email her.