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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.
Mari Hoffman
Mari HoffmanSenior Editor & Treasurer
Mari is a fourth 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.
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.
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.
Barry Nguyen
Barry NguyenJunior Editor
Barry is a second year student studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. After graduating from UC Davis, Barry plans to attend graduate school to pursue a career in research. Apart from The Aggie Transcript, Barry is a part of ADAR, an undergraduate research program focused on the aging field, and is also serving as a trustee on the Finance and Allocation Committee for the Aggies Helping Aggies Foundation. In his free time, Barry enjoys learning about trading in the stock market, playing piano, and biking.
Shaina Eagle
Shaina EagleJunior Editor
Shaina is a first-year Global Disease Biology major with a passion for citizen science and public health. She seeks to examine the connections between science, technology, and society and use these connections to better her community. Outside of The Aggie Transcript, Shaina enjoys reading (anything she can get her hands on), taking her dogs for long walks, and continuing her search for the perfect muffin recipe.
Reshma Kolala
Reshma KolalaSenior Editor & 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.
Neha Madugala
Neha MadugalaSenior Editor & 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.
Tammie Tam
Tammie TamPrint Designer & Junior Editor
Tammie, a third-year microbiology major, studies the marvelous small things in life. Even though she can’t quite see what she’s studying most of the time, she knows that these small unassuming creatures have huge lasting effects on health, society, and the planet. Maybe one day, she’ll finally unlock the secrets of these microbes and figure out how she, too, can leave an impact on the world. For now, she’s happy to just share what she’s learned so far.
Grace Wensley
Grace WensleyJunior Editor
Grace is a senior studying biological sciences. Outside of The Aggie Transcript, Grace is involved in public health research related to health effects due to wildfires. She hopes to pursue a master’s degree in public health and work towards improving healthcare access. Outside of her academics and career plans, Grace loves to be outside hiking, swimming, biking, and gardening.
Nathifa Nasim
Nathifa NasimJunior Editor
Nathifa is a third-year neurobiology, physiology, and behavior major and an English minor, who transferred this year. She plans to attend grad school for neuroscience and pursue a career in research, as she is interested in the cellular level of neuroscience and neurodegenerative diseases. Outside of school she enjoys reading classic literature, writing, painting, trying to cook, or eating what others cook. She looks forward to her remaining time at Davis.
Jordan Chen
Jordan ChenGraphic Designer
Jordan is a first year biotechnology major with aspirations to study further in the field of biochemistry or structural biology in the future. A new addition to the design team, Jordan hopes to elevate The Aggie Transcript’s print edition and contribute even more to the journal soon. When he’s not doing classwork or talking to friends, Jordan enjoys exploring the field of 3D and technical art.
Aditi Goyal
Aditi GoyalManaging Editor & Print Designer
Aditi is a 3rd-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 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.
Dr. Sean Burgess
Dr. Sean BurgessFounding Advisor
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 Dr. 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.
Macarena Cortina
Macarena CortinaJunior Editor
Macarena is a senior biopsychology major with a minor in professional writing. After graduation, she hopes to continue her education and pursue a doctoral degree in psychology. She is eager to explore the intersection between psychology and ethnobotany, and to report on her findings using her writing and photography skills. In her spare time, you can find her practicing yoga, lounging at the local river spot, or planning out her next trip.
La Rissa Vasquez
La Rissa VasquezJunior Editor
La Rissa is a second-year neurobiology, physiology, and behavior major. She hopes to pursue a career within healthcare and research. She is an undergraduate research
assistant for the California National Primate Research Center’s Bliss-Moreau Lab, where she investigates how neurodevelopmental diseases influence behavior and well-being using non-human primate models. When she’s not doing homework or behavioral coding for her lab, she works part-time at a popular boba place in downtown Davis.
Sarah Wu
Sarah WuWeb Developer
Sarah is a Computer Science and Design major. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in web development, specifically front-end. In her free time, she likes to draw, play games, and make crafts.

Former Editorial Boards

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Former Board

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