Health Careers Peer Advisors

Spring 2018 Open Hours (Ending May 3) 

  • The Health Careers Peer Advisors are an integral part of Brown's Health Careers Advising team. Consult a Brown undergraduate with experience as a health careers student during weekly office hours.  The Peer Advisors also coordinate highly-informative and engaging events each semester.
DAY TIME LOCATION
Monday through Thursday During Open Hours with George Vassilev and Anja Lee Hemisphere Building Ground Floor at 167 Angell Street

Katerina Tori, Class of 2018

Hometown: Thessaloniki, Greece          Concentration: Sc.B. Cell and Molecular Biology 
Email:
katerina_tori@brown.edu

Activities:

  • Residential Peer Leader
  • Meiklejohn Peer Advising Program
  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Principles of Physiology (BIO 0800)
  • Surgical Unit Volunteer at RIH
  • Rhode Island Free Clinic Check in/Check out Volunteer

Research:

  • Developing and testing drugs against infectious pathogens- 5 semesters in the Mylonakis Lab at the Division of Infectious Disease Of Rhode Island Hospital.

Fun Tidbit: 

I speak 7 languages.


Marjo Beltoja, Class of 2018 

Hometown: Ashburn, VA
Concentration: A.B. Biophysics
Email: marjo_beltoja@brown.edu

Activities:

  • Rhode Island Free Clinic volunteer medical scribe
  • Mali Health volunteer
  • President of Volunteer for Veterans Brown University
  • Election committee member of Brown Undergraduate Council of Students. 

Research and Design Projects:

  • Three semesters in the Berson Laboratory studying cell expression of melanopsin and synchronization of biological rhythm.
  • Developmental neuroscience research with the Summer Internship Program at the NIH, Bethesda, MD. 
  • CubeSat research- Brown University mini satellite project

 

Helen Ding, Class of 2018

Hometown: Wilmette, IL
Concentration: A.B. Contemplative Studies
Email: helen_ding@brown.edu

Activities:

  • Project Sunshine 
  • Brown University Sexual Health Education (BRUSHE)
  • Meiklejohn, TA COST1020, 
  • BruNotes
  • Miriam Hospital volunteer

Research:

  • Works in The Embodied Neuroscience Lab at Brown University, which looks at mind-body awareness.

Fun Tidbit:

My first pet ever was a tiny snail given to me by my art teacher :) 

 

Kyle Evans, Class of 2018

Hometown: Fremont, CA
Concentration: Sc.B. Physiology and Biotechnology
Email: kyle_e_evans@brown.edu

Activities:

     

    • Rhode Island Free Clinic Medical Recorder
    • TA for BIOL0170: Biotechnology in Medicine, BIOL1120: Biomaterials
    • New Scientist Collective Mentor
    • Minority Association of Pre-Health Student
    • AMSA Pre-Medical Society

     

                              Research:

                              • Kilguss Research Institute of Women and Infants Hospital: Mechanisms Leading to Preterm Premature Rupture of Fetal Membranes (PPROM)

                                          Fun Tidbit:

                                          I was in a Frosted Flakes commercial. 


                                           

                                          Mursal Gardezi, Class of 2018

                                          Hometown: Union City, California
                                          Concentration: Sc.B. Immunobiology
                                          Email: mursal_gardezi@brown.edu

                                          Activities:

                                             

                                            • Rhode Island Free Clinic Medical Recorder and Medical Assistant
                                            • TA for ANTH1720: The Human Skeleton, BIOL0200: The Foundation of Living Systems, BIOL0470: Genetics
                                            •  Sidney Frank Scholar
                                            • New Scientist Collective Mentor
                                            • Brown-Sophia Collaborative Coordinator
                                            • Minority Association for Pre-Med Students
                                            • AMSA Pre-Medical Society
                                            • Women and Infants Hospital Volunteer

                                             

                                                          Research:

                                                          • Diane Weiss Center for Orthopedic Trauma Research at Rhode Island Hospital-Utilizing Fluorescently Conjugated Antibodies to Identify Bacteria on Orthopedic Infection Sites

                                                          Fun Tidbit:

                                                          I was a volunteer baby cuddler at my local hospital. 

                                                           

                                                          Yasmine Suliman, Class of 2018

                                                          Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
                                                          Concentration: A.B. Health and Human Biology
                                                          Email: yasmine_suliman@brown.edu

                                                          Activities:

                                                          • Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS)
                                                          • Meiklejohn Peer Advising Program
                                                          • Rhode Island Hospital - Emergency Department Volunteer
                                                          • First-Gens at Brown Chapter
                                                          • ESL Teacher for Syrian Refugee Women in RI
                                                          • TA for CHEM332 (Equilibrium, Rate and Structure - Tutorial)
                                                          • Brown and RISD Muslim Student Association

                                                          Research:

                                                          • Diane Weiss Center for Orthopedic Trauma Center Research at the Rhode Island Hospital: Comparative Analysis of a Novel Microbial Detection System and Gram Staining Utilizing Synovial Fluid

                                                          Fun Tidbit:

                                                          When I first moved to the US, I used to watch Dora the Explorer thinking she was just teaching me English (and not Spanish).

                                                           

                                                          Janet Wanjiku, Class of 2018

                                                          Hometown: Worcester, MA
                                                          Concentration: Sc. B. Cognitive Neuroscience
                                                          Email: janet_wanjiku@brown.edu

                                                          Activities:

                                                          • Black Pre-Med Society
                                                          • TA for BIOL0200 - The Foundation of Living Systems
                                                          • TA for CLPS0400 – Brain Damage and the Mind
                                                          • Miriam Hospital - Emergency Department Volunteer
                                                          • Brown-Sophia Collaborative 
                                                          • Sidney Frank Scholar
                                                          • Residential Peer Leader
                                                          • Production Assistant for Brown Music Department 

                                                                              Research:

                                                                                  • Brown University Burwell Lab - Sex and light phase based differences in spontaneous object recognition.

                                                                                                            Fun Tidbit:

                                                                                                            I went skydiving this summer!


                                                                                                            Dorothy Yam, Class of 2019

                                                                                                            Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY
                                                                                                            Concentration: Sc.B. Neuroscience
                                                                                                            Email: dorothy_yam@brown.edu

                                                                                                             Activities:

                                                                                                            • Brown Brain Bee 
                                                                                                            • Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE) Outreach worker
                                                                                                            • Hope Hospice and Palliative Care Volunteer
                                                                                                            • First Generation and Low Income Students @ Brown
                                                                                                            • TA for NEUR 0010 (The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience)
                                                                                                            • Meiklejohn Peer Advisor
                                                                                                            • Princeton in Beijing language program (Summer 2016) 

                                                                                                            Research:

                                                                                                            • RA in Clinical and Affective Neuroscience: Effects of Different Meditation Types on Mild to Severe Depression, with Age as a Moderator & Heart Rate Variability in the Context of Meditation (Summer 2017, UTRA / Current)
                                                                                                            • Directed Readings in Alzheimer’s Disease biomarkers, gerontology, and telomeres (Current)

                                                                                                            Fun Tidbit:

                                                                                                            • I’m always more than happy to talk about Frida Kahlo and all there is to learn from her