Editors in Chief

Shalini Saravanan

Shalini Saravanan is a fourth-year Integrative Biology major with an emphasis in Human Biology. She’s interested in genetics, environmental science, and neurodivergent disorders. She is passionate about improving healthcare accessibility and serving the community. She hopes to pursue a career in pediatric dentistry. Outside of academics, her hobbies include reading, watching movies, and staying active outdoors.

Lily Zimmerman

Lily is a third year studying Molecular and Cellular Biology and is particularly interested in genetics and evolution. She hopes to eventually either become an Emergency Room Physicians Assistant or go into research. Outside of academics, she likes climbing, hiking, playing guitar, and she loves going to concerts!

Editorial Staff

Melina Bindra

Melina is a second-year intending to major in molecular and cell biology and minor in Global Poverty and Practice. She is interested in regenerative medicine, public health, infectious disease, and mental health and behavior. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine, specializing in general surgery, and work in community hospitals. In her free time, she likes to read, walk in nature, and journal.

Crystal Chu

Crystal Chu is a first-year student intending to double major in Public Health and Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Medical Biology and Physiology. She is passionate about critical care medicine, public health, oncology, and pediatrics, and her career goal is to become a pediatrician! She likes running, reading in cafes, and building legos in her free time.

Niki Ebrahimnejad

Niki is a fourth year student studying both molecular and cell biology and data science. She aims to go into medicine and health policy with this dual perspective in order to better understand and handle the numerous and diverse information physicians have access to for improving patient care. In her free time, Niki loves to play popular songs on the clarinet and journal.

Naomi Lenchner

Naomi Lenchner is a second-year double majoring in Molecular & Cell Biology with an emphasis on Neurobiology and Psychology. She wants to pursue a career in Neurology and is passionate about sleep science, pharmacology, and neurodegenerative diseases. Outside of BMJ, Naomi is a research assistant at the Golden Bear Sleep & Mood Clinic. She has a background in journalism and a passion for writing, news, and politics. She loves spending her free time in nature, playing the guitar, and shopping.

Jessica Lin

Jessica is a third-year double majoring in Bioengineering and EECS. She is interested in biochemistry, chemical biology, and computational biology and would like to pursue a career in research. In her free time, she enjoys crosswords, reading, and listening to music.

Srijani Sarkar

Srijani is a second year student at Cal double majoring in Molecular Environmental Biology and Cognitive Science. She is interested in artificial intelligence, environmentally sustainable practices, and hopes to pursue a career in Neurology in the future. She is also passionate about disability awareness and inclusivity, and works in special education as a Behavioral Therapist. Outside of academics, she enjoys playing basketball, lacrosse, going to concerts, and lifting weights.

Yichen Zeng

Yichen is a second-year intending to major in Rhetoric, Computer Science, and MCB. Though he has yet to decide upon a specific medical specialty to pursue, he is extremely interested in the implications that advancements in computational biology and computer science as a whole have on the field of medicine and the role of a physician in a transforming world. In his free time, he loves to write short stories and arrange orchestral music.

Irmak Atilgan

Irmak Atilgan is a first year student intending to double major in Business Administration and Molecular & Cell Biology with an emphasis in genetics. She aspires to develop gene editing technologies to treat human diseases and is also interested in the development and administration of these treatments outside of the lab environment. In her free time, Irmak enjoys watching sitcoms, going on walks, and crafting.

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