About the Editors

Connie Chen

Connie recently graduated with a BS in microbiology and is currently working as a junior specialist for Dr. Dennis Hartigan-O’Connor. She volunteers at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento and enjoys working with people. Her goal in writing is to make scientific research more understandable and relatable to the general public. Outside of academia, she enjoys drawing cartoons, traveling different places, and running a radio show on 90.3 KDVS. Connie hopes to one day attend medical school and pursue either an MD or an MD/PhD.

Carly Cheung

Carly is a 4th year Microbiology major. She enjoys running, writing, interacting and collaborating with others, and learning new things. She likes spending her free time sleeping, reading, relaxing outdoors with live music, and chatting with family and friends.

Shadeh Ghaffari-Rafi

Shadeh is a 4th year Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior major and Psychology minor. She is currently a research assistant in Dr. Barbara Horwitz’s Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior Lab and is treasurer of Prytanean Women’s Honor Society. In her free time she is found outdoors hiking, running, playing soccer with friends, taking pictures, or knitting scarves and hats!

Wren Greaney

Wren is a 4th year History major. She is minoring in Biological Sciences and Community Development. She is also currently an intern for the UC Davis Arboretum GATEways Outreach Program. She loves writing, dancing, and being outdoors, especially in the mountains.

Rachel Hull

Rachel is a 2nd year Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major. She loves cats and thinks that YouTube is one of the best things since sliced bread. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, and listening to music.

Nicole Strossman

Nicole is a 4th year Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major. She enjoys science, learning, writing, and reading. She also likes spending time with family and friends, going to concerts, eating, watching movies, and trying new things.

Lo Tuan

Lo Tuan is a 4th year Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and Economics double major. She is passionate about writing and eager to share her thoughts with the world. She enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and philosophizing with her dogs.

Lauren Uchiyama

Lauren is a 4th year Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major. She is currently working in Jodi Nunnari’s lab on mitochondria DNA and organelle fusion.  During the winters, Lauren goes to Tahoe with UC Davis Alpine Ski and Snowboard Team to race giant slalom with her teammates.  Some of her hobbies include drinking lots of coffee, fishing, hiking, seeing movies, and hanging out with her Goldendoodle Junior.

Katie Rodger

Katie Rodger is a lecturer in the University Writing Program where she regularly teaches Science Writing (UWP104E), Environmental Writing (UWP102G), and Science Journalism (UWP111C). She loves to collaborate with others, especially scientists, and spends her time away from UCD hanging out with her family, gardening, and binge-watching bad tv.


Sean Burgess

Sean Burgess is a Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at UC Davis. She has been teaching MCB 164 (Advanced Genetics) and MCB 121 (Advanced Molecular Biology) for over 14 years. When not in the classroom you will find Professor Burgess in her lab where she oversees research on chromosome dynamics and organization in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and zebrafish Danio rerio. When not in lab she is typically enjoying time with her family or drinking coffee. You can visit her lab page for more information.

Dr. Burgess and her student Tomas Rodriguez were recently featured in the One UC Davis Campaign. You can visit their banner on the bike path behind Hoagland Hall.