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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.

Current Board

Aditi Goyal
Aditi GoyalEditor-in-Chief
Aditi is a 4th-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.
Shaina Eagle
Shaina EagleTreasurer & Senior Editor
Shaina is a second-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.
La Rissa Vasquez
La Rissa VasquezJunior Editor & Graphic Designer
La Rissa is a third-year neurobiology, physiology, and behavior major. She is an editor and graphic designer for the Aggie Transcript and enjoys doing art and listening to music in her spare time.
Sarah Su
Sarah SuJunior Editor
Sara is a second-year animal science major with a minor in English. She plans to pursue a career in research relating to the biological sciences. Outside of classes, you can often find Sara at the library – her hobbies include reading, writing, listening to music, and playing video games.
Mirabel Burleson
Mirabel BurlesonJunior Editor
Mirabel is a second-year biological sciences major and a neurobiology minor. She plans to attend medical school after graduation, and pursue a career in surgery. She’s originally from Alaska and recently moved to California to attend UC Davis. Outside of classes and Aggie Transcript duties, she enjoys hiking, baking, going to the gym, and playing with her dog.
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.
Andrew Jones
Andrew JonesPhotographer
Reshma Kolala
Reshma KolalaManaging Editor & Graphics Lead
Reshma is a fourth-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.
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.
Nathifa Nasim
Nathifa NasimSenior Editor
Nathifa is a fourth-year neurobiology, physiology, and behavior major and an English minor, who transferred last year. She is currently exploring the connection between inflammation and Alzhiemer’s disease at the Jin Lab at the MIND Institute. After graduation, she plans to attend grad school for molecular biology and pursue a career in researching the molecular and cellular mechanisms behind neurodegeneration. Outside of class, 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 ChenPrint & Graphic Designer
Jordan is working with the Aggie Transcript Design Team—illustrating scientific graphics to go alongside articles, and designing the journal’s annual physical print publication. As a Biochemical Engineering major graduating in 2024, Jordan is hoping to bring fresh ideas to the table of the editorial board, while keeping their horizons wide with interdisciplinary study.
Neha Ramesh
Neha RameshGraphic Designer & Social Media Manager
Neha is a first-year Cell Biology major. She plans to pursue a career in the healthcare field and is currently an undergraduate researcher at the Hwang Lab, which focuses on pancreatic cancer metastasis. Aside from creating graphics for the Aggie Transcript and managing the social media accounts, Neha also enjoys reading, baking, and playing with her cats.
Nicole Woo
Nicole WooGraphic Designer
Tammie Tam
Tammie TamPrint Designer & Senior Editor
Tammie, a fourth-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.
Vish Prathikanti
Vish PrathikantiDirector of Outreach & Senior Editor
Vish is a third-year Biological Anthropology major at UC Davis. His research interests lie in the intersection between science and society, and has published papers in chemistry education. He is extremely passionate about the Aggie Transcript as well as undergraduate publishing in general. His current research subject involves studying various undergraduate research journals across the country. After graduation, he wishes to remain in academia and continue work relating to education in sciences. Outside of the Aggie Transcript, Vish enjoys reading, biking, and watching movies with friends.
Barry Nguyen
Barry NguyenJunior Editor
Barry is a third 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.
Michael Guo
Michael GuoJunior Editor
Michael is a first year molecular and medical microbiology major on the pre-med track, interested in life-sciences lab research and literature. Originally from Seattle, WA, Michael likes to brag about growing up in the Pacific Northwest. In the future, he looks to gain understanding of biological applications in the healthcare field and in clinical experiences. Apart from the Aggie Transcript, Michael enjoys skiing, rock climbing, movie-critiquing and the occasional kickback.
Pranjal Verma
Pranjal VermaJunior Editor
Pranjal is a first-year neurobiology, physiology, and behavior major. She hopes to pursue a career in the healthcare field, and aspires to make a real difference in the lives of those around her. In addition to editing for the Aggie Transcript, Pranjal also enjoys listening to music, dancing, meeting new people, and exploring Davis!
Lia Freed-doerr
Lia Freed-doerrJunior Editor

“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

Former Editorial Boards

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Former Board

Daniel Erenstein
Daniel Erenstein
Parmida Pajouhesh
Parmida Pajouhesh
Macarena Cortina
Macarena Cortina
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
Neha Madugala
Neha Madugala
Grace Wensley
Grace Wensley
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
Mari Hoffman
Mari Hoffman
Jessica Lee
Jessica Lee
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
Hong Tran
Hong Tran