Undergraduate Program Director
Brandon is a 2nd year Biology major at UCLA and is beginning research this quarter to learn from all the amazing members of the C.O.R.E Kidney team. Brandon’s interests lie in exploring drug efficacy among patients. He joined BBHC in Fall 2016 because of his sister. Brandon personally didn't know much about kidney health before BBHC, but it has opened up an opportunity to network with driven people and to participate in research that many undergraduates never get the chance to. The whole C.O.R.E Kidney team has continued to inspire Brandon to reach his ultimate goal of becoming a physician. Brandon is so glad to be a part of the ever-growing family at C.O.R.E. Kidney and BBHC.
Jacob is a 3rd year Psychobiology major. His interests include integrative clinical research and community outreach geared towards health education. Jacob joined BBHC to learn more about kidney health and to play an active role in improving treatments as well as prevention methods for kidney disease.
Kajal is a 3rd year Neuroscience major at UCLA. Kajal currently serves as a mentor and tutor for at-risk youth and an executive assistant and media coordinator for the non-profit Music Mends Minds. Her research interests include studying the underlying chemical interactions that contribute to neurological and psychiatric diseases as well as the efficacy of treatments to enhance these patients' quality of life. In addition to neurological interests, Kajal aims to gain more experience with other fields, which drew her to BBHC in order to learn more about kidney disease and to combine her skills in education, public relations, graphic design and research in an approach to enhance preventative outreach, health education and clinical research with C.O.R.E. Kidney.
Modan is a 3rd year Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution major at UCLA. His research interests include diabetic kidney disease and hypertension studies. He joined the Bruin Beans Health Club to get involved with a great research office that provides him with the opportunity to care for patients and further understand clinical research. Outside of medicine, Modan enjoys hiking, wrestling, and traveling both locally and internationally.
Stella is part of the UCLA Gymnastics team and has been a gymnast since the age of five and has competed in many international competitions such as the 2014 Commonwealth Games, European Games and the 2015 Artistic World Championships. Academically she has always been drawn to the sciences and especially to the medical field. Her passion for medicine derives from her experiences with many sports injuries and her grandmother being the first female pediatrician in Cyprus. Stella joined BBHC after hearing about the club form another student-athlete where she heard about the invaluable research and public health opportunities that the club has to offer. Her research interests include Kidney disease, PKD and anemia to name a few.
Varsha is a 3rd year Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) major at UCLA. She is interested in molecular biology research, and in studies that focus on mechanisms of disease progression on a cellular level. However she is also interested in understanding how this research on the molecular scale influences patient care and drug development. Varsha joined BBHC to gain valuable insight into the clinical research process and the intricacies of patient interaction. Additionally, the outreach events the club does to spread awareness about kidney health are very rewarding to Varsha.
Ariana is a 1st year Spanish major at UCLA. She joined BBHC to be among a group of like-minded students and to get involved in a clinical setting with more chances to learn about kidney disease and public health. Ariana is interested in bringing more awareness to the medical issues and barriers that minority groups face in healthcare.
Sneha is a 1st year psychobiology major. She joined BBHC in order to volunteer and give back to the community as well as take part in clinical research focusing on kidney disease. She is excited to have patient interaction and to be part of the future of nephrology. Sneha is looking forward to using the skills she learns from BBHC to enhance her future in medicine. In her free time she loves to hangout with friends, watch Netflix, and to do puzzles.
Asailah is a 2nd year biology major at UCLA. She was interested in Bruin Beans Health Club because of the opportunities to help broaden her knowledge about kidneys, diabetes, and hypertension. Some of Asailah's family members live with kidney and health issues, so her passion to help and educate not only her family but everyone around her led to her involvement in BBHC. Her research interests are in the realm of Minority Health and Health Disparities.
Rucha is a 1st year Psychobiology major at UCLA. Her research interests involve learning about the interactions between genes and the environment, and how that will affect the entire body. She joined BBHC because it gives her the ability to gain not only research experience, but also to help assist BBHC with educating the public about kidney disease and overall good healthy habits, which Rucha believes to be of utmost importance.
Angela is a 3rd year Bioengineering major with a technical breadth in pre-med. She is involved in Segura's Lab on the research of hydrogels in the treatment of stroke, and is working on building biomedical devices (EKG and Pulsometer) from their basic components. She joined BBHC to develop a closer understanding of healthcare, clinical research, and to support kidney health and education.
Riya is 2nd year Psychobiology major. She is interested in learning more about the connection between the brain and other organs in the body, as well as researching genetically linked diseases. Riya joined Bruin Beans Health Club in order to get the opportunity to do clinical research and gain meaningful interactions with patients while learning more about kidneys and their relation to other organ systems.
Reid is a 2nd year Psychobiology major. He joined BBHC to meet people who are also interested in the health field and to participate in community outreach events as well as clinical research. Outside of medicine, he likes to play tennis, piano, and going on hikes.
Minie Zhang is currently a 1st year from Maryland majoring in Physiological Sciences. Her interests in the field of medicine stems from a combination of hospital experience and exposure to a wide field of biology related courses. Having done laboratory research before, she is excited at the prospect of participating in conducting clinical research trials with BBHC. In her free time, she likes playing the ukulele and hand lettering if she doesn't have money, and ice skating if she does.