Undergraduate Program Director
Ariana is a 3rd year Spanish major at UCLA. She has been a part of BBHC since her first quarter at UCLA and has enjoyed learning about clinical trials and kidney health issues by volunteering and attending outreach events. Ariana is interested in bringing more awareness to the medical issues and barriers that minority groups face in healthcare, particularly within the LGBT community. She is excited to see how BBHC will grow even more over the next couple of years and play an active part in its expansion.
Asailah is a 4th 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.
Reid is a 4th 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 3rd year majoring in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology. Her favorite health-related experience has been interning at the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She joined BBHC as a freshman and found excellent relationships with healthcare professionals and an abundance of extracurricular activities. Outside of academics, you can find her learning new things, eating exciting food, curled up in bed, or on the lookout for casual adventures.
Brandon is a 4th year student at UCLA majoring in Biology and minoring in Science Education. He has been a part of BBHC since his freshman year and has had a chance to explore the different facets of clinical research and the healthcare field through the opportunities provided by BBHC and the C.O.R.E Kidney team. Brandon initially joined BBHC because he had family members who had been affected by kidney disease. Outside of BBHC, Brandon spends his time as a summer camp counselor at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times and is involved with other campus organizations such as Bruin Shelter and Alternative Breaks. Brandon is hoping to pursue a career in medicine and wants to be able to treat children in the future.
Sneha is a 3rd 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 help further the future of medicine. 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 cook.
Diana is a Latina first-gen student at UCLA majoring in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. She joined the Bruin Beans Health Club because of her aspiration in becoming a pediatric nephrologist in the future. Her research interests are mainly centered on the causes and progression of Chronic Kidney Disease in children. Because of the healthcare experiences within her family and community, she hopes to one day set up more advanced and stable clinics in her family’s hometowns in Mexico. She also wishes to bring more awareness to diseases that especially affect minority populations through outreach and education.
Hannah is a 3rd year Psychobiology major. She joined Bruin Beans in order to gain meaningful interactions with patients, participate in clinical research, and aid in the planning of outreach events. She's excited to learn more about kidney disease and its impact on the community. Outside of BBHC, Hannah is the Director of Corporate Relations for the Pediatric AIDS Coalition at UCLA. In her free time she enjoys playing with her dogs and ice skating.
Michelle is a 2nd-year neuroscience major. She joined Bruin Beans Health Club to gain experience in clinical research, learn more about kidney disease, and participate in outreach events to educate the public about kidney health. She aims to gain more exposure to the different sides of the healthcare field such as clinical research, patient care, and community outreach. In her free time, she likes to walk her dogs, play the piano, and hike.
Nikki is a 4th year student at UCLA majoring in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. She is passionate about virology, immunology, and infectious diseases. During her time at UCLA, she juggles between studying the underlying chemical interactions of epileptic seizures under Dr. Engel’s lab, volunteering at Ronald Reagan, and working part time. She joined Bruin Beans Health Club to broaden her knowledge about nephrology and gain a more holistic understanding of clinical research, healthcare, and kidney outreach. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, snowboarding, and spontaneous dance parties.
Pamela is a third year MIMG major and Global Health minor at UCLA. She is interested in multiple aspects of the health field including clinical research and disease prevention. She joined Bruin Beans Health Club because of the opportunities that this health club provides for outreach as well as professional mentorship. While in BBHC she has learned a lot about a variety of kidney diseases, treatments, and prevention for those diseases. She is excited to continue learning more. Outside of this club she is also a nursing volunteer at Ronald Reagan hospital and spends time volunteering at local community health centers. In her free time she enjoys hiking and cooking!