2023-2024 BEGS Leadership

Executive Board

Rayyan Gorashi

Co-president

Patrick is a 3rd year in the Smarr lab studying the use of wearables for longitudinal physiological monitoring. When he's not coding, he enjoys lifting, running, and backpacking.

Nicole Félix-Vélez

Co-president

Jason is a 3rd year in the Kwon lab studying the use of nanomaterials for therapeutic intervention of traumatic brian injury. When he's not wet-labbing he enjoys surfing, attending the cinema, and lifting with his bestie Patrick.

Omowuyi Olajide

Vice President, External

Omowuyi is a PhD candidate in Gert Cauwenbergh's Lab developing very large scale integration systems that emulate neuro-biological architectures present in the nervous system. He loves playing soccer, dancing, chess, video games and tennis.

Omeed Djassemi

Vice President, Internal

Omeed is a PhD student in Joseph Wang’s Lab. He enjoys sports and music.

Internal Board

Carrie Bishop

Mentorship Chair

Carrie is a 2nd year PhD student in the Engler Lab studying the epigenetic regulation of cardiovascular disease. She enjoys baking, reading, rock climbing, hiking, and exploring San Diego..

Chloe Nguyen

Bear Hug Chair

Chloe is a 3rd year PhD student in the Hasty lab, where she works on genetic engineering of the bacterial stress response. When she's not in lab, she loves running her balloon business and being a foodie!

Katelyn Miyasaki

Communications Chair

Katelyn is a 4th year in the Kwon lab studying lipid nanoparticles targeted to the brain for treating traumatic brain injury. She enjoys playing taiko, writing fanfiction, and doing crafts.

Daniela Lucas

Diversity Co-Chair

Daniela is a 2nd year PhD student in the Cabrales Lab, she is working on identifying hemoglobin toxicity mechanisms on vital organs and developing potential therapeutics to address it. When she is not in the lab, she likes going to dance classes, hanging out with friends for game night, taking her dog (Lola) to the beach, and exploring new things to do in San Diego.

Marissa Heintschel

Diversity Co-Chair

Marissa is a 4th year PhD student at the Kavli Institute studying cognitive processes by mapping the mechanisms of working memory. She loves to travel, play trivia, and take her dog to Fiesta Island.

External Board

Isabelle Lam

Breakfast With Industry
Co-Chair


Isabelle is a 2nd year master's student interested in biophotonics and biomedical imaging. She loves to plan events, rollerskate, and sew clothes!

Samantha Sanchez

Breakfast With Industry
Co-Chair


Samantha is a 2nd year PhD student in the Jin Zhang lab, designing genetically encodable biosensors for live subcellular imaging. Outside of lab, you can find her chilling at home with a DIY project or exploring San Diego events/food with friends.

Quincy Lyons

Recruitment Chair

Quincy is a first year PhD student in the Christman Lab studying biomaterials-based therapeutics for myocardial heart infarction. Some of his hobbies include fitness, cooking, photography and thrifting.

Joe Yuan

Industry and Professional Development Co-Chair

Joe is a 3rd year Bioengineering PhD student advised by Dr. Kun Zhang studying molecular biotechnology development and omics analysis. In his free time he enjoys brewing espresso at home and playing the guitar.

Adyant Balaji

Industry and Professional Development Co-Chair

Union Representatives

Tiffany Zhou


Tiffany is a 6th year PhD student in the Hasty lab working on bacteria-based therapeutics. She enjoys eating good food, playing video games, and obsessing over various TV shows and Broadway musicals.

Alyssa Walker



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