Executive Board

President: Zoe Zhao

Zoe is a third-year PhD student of Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology Program at UCLA. Her primary research interest is applying systems biology approach to study molecular programs of complex cardiometabolic diseases with underlying sex dimorphisms. She enjoys watching movies and baking outside the lab.

Vice President: Michael Mellody

Michael is a third-year PhD student in the Bioengineering Department at UCLA. His primary research is in developing automated laboratory equipment for high-throughput antibody discovery. Outside of the lab he enjoys traveling and read

Vice President: Jenna Wahbeh

Jenna is a fifth year PhD candidate in the bioengineering department at UCLA. Her dissertation work focuses on the evaluation of retrieved cervical disc replacements and the assessment of various design factors that may lead to failure. Outside of work, she enjoys running and hiking and recently summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

                      Vice President: Siddharth Jha

Siddharth is a third year Phd student in the Physics department. He is interested in how intelligence emerges from collections of neurons. If he’s not implanting electrodes, or doing analysis, you will find him playing chess, poker, building computers.

Vice President: Tushar Gopalka

Tushar is a third year PhD student in the Physics and Astronomy department at UCLA. His work involves studying fundamental interactions between particles in theoretical toy models to understand the high energy behavior of gravity. When not doing physics, he enjoys going to the gym, watching tennis, and studying business models.

Assistant Vice President: Siddharth Srivastava

Siddharth is a Ph.D. candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA, specializing in biosensing using Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for disease diagnosis. When he’s not immersed in research, you’ll find him on the tennis court. He is also the Director of Finance in the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and the Chair of the Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC) at UCLA.

Assistant Vice President: Madison Dunlap

Madie is a fifth-year graduate student in the Spanish Linguistics MA/PhD program at UCLA. Her dissertation focuses on second language acquisition by children with autism. She enjoys traveling for research and collected most of the speech data for her dissertation in Austr

Assistant Vice President: Yan Jin

Yan Jin is a second-year Postdoctoral Researcher at UCLA. Her research primarily revolves around investigating synaptic functions in neurons derived from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), with a particular emphasis on genes associated with Autism. In her leisure hours, she finds solace in the company of her cherished cats and delights in engaging in various sporting activities.

Assistant Vice President: Liz Bocanegra

Liz is a fifth-year Clinical Psychology PhD student. Her research revolves around studying mental health disparities in anxiety and depression, with a focus on Latinx communities. Her dissertation aims to examine the initial effectiveness, feasibility, and acceptability of an internet-delivered mindfulness intervention for teens with anxiety and depression, delivered by paraprofessionals.