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About Us

Mission Statement

The Aggie Transcript is a forum for students to discuss and exchange their perspectives on science and its role in society. We provide a publishing venue for students to display their expertise and to share what they have learned in their classes. Our journal represents an inclusive and accessible form of expression for students to submit pieces of original writing, news, and art related to the life sciences.

“In Winter 2013, I recruited 8 students interested in establishing a new online journal that would provide a venue for any student in the life sciences to publish their best writing, art, poetry and video. The editors gain experience in web design, soliciting and editing submissions, recruiting and training new student editors, and working as a team to develop their vision for the future of the journal. My long-term vision is that the Aggie Transcript model will be adopted by students from other disciplines on campus and serve as an umbrella for a suite of discipline-specific Aggie Transcript journals (e.g. Aggie Transcript-Engineering). Working with The Aggie Transcript editors has been one of my most rewarding experiences at UC Davis.”

Sean Burgess, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Current Board

Daniel Erenstein
Daniel ErensteinEditor in Chief
Daniel is studying neurobiology and professional writing. As editor-in-chief, he looks forward to leading the journal this year through a challenging, but necessary, time for science communication. Daniel is a Calisi (B3) Lab undergraduate researcher, contributing to a study on social isolation in rock doves and assisting with the development of a science communication training program for faculty. He is also a contributor to the CalMatters College Journalism Network. Daniel plans to apply his interests in biology, science writing, and education after graduation in 2021. His quarantine lifelines have been evening walks, science podcasts, and good reads.
Neha Madugala
Neha MadugalaSenior Editor and Social Media Co-Manager
Neha is a third-year neurobiology, physiology, and behavior major. She hopes to pursue a career in neuroscience, specifically working towards developing new methods to help individuals with neurodegenerative disorders. She is an undergraduate researcher at the Swaab Lab, studying the psychological and neural implications of language comprehension in different populations. Outside of being a senior editor and photographer for the Aggie Transcript, Neha enjoys painting, listening to podcasts, and trying new foods.
Vita Quintanilla
Vita QuintanillaSenior Editor
Vita Quintanilla is a Genetics major, writer, artist, and musician at UC Davis. She works in writing on matters of bioethics and policy, especially regarding psychotic disorders. She also plays jazz, paints, and loves to spend time outdoors.
Brooke
BrookeWeb Developer
Brooke is a Computer Science and Design double major. She isn’t sure what she wants to do after graduating, but always looks for new experiences to help figure it out. Outside of school, Brooke likes to read, listen to music, and take care of her plants.
Mari Hoffman
Mari HoffmanSenior Editor and Treasurer
Mari is a third year Genetics and Genomics major with a minor in Computational Biology. When she is not with The Aggie Transcript you can find her outdoors either climbing or skiing.
Reshma Kolala
Reshma KolalaSenior Editor and Social Media Co-Manager
Reshma is a third-year microbiology major with a minor in professional writing. She plans to pursue a career in healthcare and is passionate about science journalism. In addition to being a senior editor and co-managing the journal’s social media, she loves reading, writing, cooking, and being a plant mom.
Jessica Lee
Jessica LeeJunior Editor
Jessica is a fourth-year biochemistry and molecular biology major. She is also an undergraduate researcher in the Facciotti Lab working on improving measurement techniques for rapid prototyping of mammalian synthetic systems. In her free time, Jessica enjoys horseback riding and taking her cat on walks.
Parmida Pajouhesh
Parmida PajouheshJunior Editor
Parmida is a second-year neurobiology, physiology and behavior major. Currently on the pre-med track, she hopes to become a physician in the future (with a focus on holistic/alternative medicine and mental health). Outside of school and the Aggie Transcript, she enjoys swimming, listening to podcasts, finding new coffee shops and experimenting with foods in the kitchen.
Aditi Goyal
Aditi GoyalManaging & Print Edition Editor
Aditi is a 2nd-year Genetics and Genomics major, with a double major in Applied Statistics. In addition to being a senior editor for the Aggie Transcript, she is also an undergraduate researcher for the Nord lab studying the neurogenomics of psychiatric disorders. She plans to pursue a Ph.D., and contribute towards a cure for type-1 diabetes, while also helping bridge the gender gap in STEM fields. In the rare moments she has spare time, Aditi loves to attend events all across the city of Davis, meet new people, and nap.
Vish Prathikanti
Vish PrathikantiSenior Editor
Vish Prathikanti is a second-year Political Science major at UC Davis. His research interests lie in the intersection between science and society, and he is currently involved in chemistry education research with the Gulacar lab. While his hopes for the future are still developing, he wishes to remain in academia and pursue a higher degree after his four years are over. Outside of the Aggie Transcript, Vish enjoys reading, biking, and watching movies with friends.
Anushka Gupta
Anushka GuptaJunior Editor
Anushka is a fourth-year genetics and genomics major, with a double minor in psychology and mathematics. After graduating, she hopes to continue working in research as well as attending medical school. Other than The Aggie Transcript, Anushka likes experimenting with coffee, connecting with friends, and hopes to enjoy her final quarters at Davis.
Dr. Sean Burgess
Dr. Sean BurgessFounding Professor
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.

Former Editorial Boards

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Former Editors

Jessie Lau
Jessie Lau
Roxanna Pignelot
Roxanna Pignelot
Tannavee Kumar
Tannavee Kumar
Anna Kirillova
Anna Kirillova
Burke Coskun
Burke Coskun
Connie Chen
Connie Chen
Natalie Swinhoe
Natalie Swinhoe
Lee Nguyen
Lee Nguyen
Jenny Cade
Jenny Cade
Timur Katsnelson
Timur Katsnelson
Burke Coskun
Burke Coskun
Rachel Hull
Rachel Hull
Nicole Strossman
Nicole Strossman
Lo Tuan
Lo Tuan
Marissa Sanchez
Marissa Sanchez
Lauren Uchiyama
Lauren Uchiyama
Cathy Guo
Cathy Guo
Wren Greaney
Wren Greaney
Hong Tran
Hong Tran
Nicholas Garaffo
Nicholas Garaffo
Bardia Ghayoumi
Bardia Ghayoumi
Madison Dougherty
Madison Dougherty
Carly Cheung
Carly Cheung
Chantele Karim
Chantele Karim
Briga Mullin
Briga Mullin
Sara Ludwick
Sara Ludwick
Ashley Chang
Ashley Chang
Isra Uz-Zaman
Isra Uz-Zaman