Health Careers Peer Advisors

Fall 2017 Open Hours (beginning second week of class)

  • 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
TBA TBA J. W. Wilson 313

Melanie Ambler, Class of 2019

Hometown: Redding, CT
Concentration: Sc.B. Neurobiology
Email: melanie_ambler@brown.edu

Activities:

  • Brown University Emergency Medical Services
  • Brown Emergency Response Team
  • Teaching Assistant for Artists and Scientists as Partners (TAPS1281)
  • Cellist in the Spritzig Quartet
  • Women in Science and Engineering Mentor
  • Experience Brown Host

Research:

  • Diane Weiss Center for Orthopaedic Trauma Research at Rhode Island Hospital: Identifying Novel Soil Metabolites for Treatment of Common Orthopaedic Infections; The Effect of Smoking Cessation on Serum Biomarkers of Fracture Healing
  • Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center Department of Orthopaedic Surgery: Epidemiology of Pediatric Hand Infections at an Urban Medical Center

Fun Tidbit: 

Once I climbed a super steep mountain, then cut my leg badly when I tripped on a two inch mound of dirt in the parking lot...

 

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