PAWS - Peer Advisor Walk-in Services

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Peer advisors are trained junior & senior MCB majors who volunteer their time to complement the UAO advising services by sharing their knowledge of and experience with lower-division requirements and upper-division classes, experience with student groups on campus, preparation for life beyond the B.A., and use of various campus resources.

Applications are now open for MCB peer advisors for the 2020-2021 academic year. Learn more and apply now at Applications are due by 11:59pm, March 9. You can also talk to Zac in 3060 VLSB for more information on joining the program.

Contact Info:
Office Location: 3060 VLSB
Email/Google Hangouts: (hangouts during business hours only)
Twitter: @MCBatCal
Instagram: mcbpaws

PAWS Schedule Spring 2020

9-10 No Peer No Peer No Peer Meghan Mrugakshi
10 - 11
11 - 12
No Peer
12 - 1 Closed for Lunch
1 - 2
2 - 3
No Peer
No Peer
No Peer
3-4 Shreeya Maria Maria Karthik Closed

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Emphasis: Cell and Developmental Biology, track 2
Minor: Political Economy
Research: Cystic Fibrosis Research at UCSF CHORI
Activities: UC Berkeley Aquatics Lifeguard, CollegeSpring (NGO in Oakland), The Berkeley Forum
Post Graduate Plans: Korean military service, then medical school
Current Schedule: MCB 104, MCB 132, MCB 136, Global 123L
MCB Classes Completed: A
ll lower-division requirements, MCB 102
Hello! My name is Jeffrey and I'm a third-year MCB major on the Cell and Developmental Biology track. I hope to attend medical school in the distant future but will take two or three gap years before doing so to complete my Korean military service. As an international student, I've spent my time at Cal navigating through different cultures and trying to understand how the bureaucracy works around here -- I'm therefore passionate about making sure that everyone is represented and assisted for in this community! In my free time, I like to collect graphic tees, think about traveling, and learn more about local food scenes. Feel free to come talk to me about anything from class registration to the best Ethiopian food in the East Bay. 


Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His
Hometown: Houston, TX
Emphasis: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, track 1
Research: Will Lab
Activities: Noteworthy A Cappella, UC Choral Ensembles President, Pre-Medical Honor Society Vice-President, Bio 1A GSI & 1AL Lab Intern, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland Volunteer, Intramural Basketball/Dodgeball (Past: Southwestern Heart Clinic Volunteer) 
Post-Graduate Plans:
Medical School
Major Courses Taken: MCB C100A, MCB 100B, MCB 135A, MCB 140, ESPM 162A, PH 142 
Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears: my name is Jerry, and my favorite movie of all time is Pitch Perfect. My second favorite movie of all time is Pitch Perfect 2. Naturally, you can guess that my third favorite movie of all time is… yep, Mean Girls.
I’m a third-year MCB major with a Biochemistry emphasis. My passion is studying the heart, and all of my Bio 1A discussion and lab sections can tell you that I am a HUGE cardiology nerd. Simply put, I believe that Americans have a right to eat French fries and not die from it.
In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball and dodgeball with friends as well as singing in my a cappella group -- we sing every Friday at 2 PM next to Sather Gate! I’m a pretty outgoing and chill guy, and I love to meet new people. Come through to my advising hours posted above for course advice, a buddy to talk to, and LOTS of dad jokes. Go Bears lol. 


Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His
Hometown: Boise, ID
Emphasis: Immunology and Pathogenesis, track 2
Research: Gronert Lab, Mass spectrometry and lipid mediators of inflammation
Activities: CalSSSCR, Quiz Bowl Club, Bio 1AL TA, OASES, Clinical/Volunteering work in Idaho
Post-Graduate Plans: MD/PhD or MD
Current Schedule: MCB 132, Public Health 129, HIST 130, CS 61A
Classes Completed: All lower div. requirements, MCB 102, MCB 104, MCB 150/L, MCB 141

Hello! I'm Karthik, a 4th year major in MCB with an emphasis in Immunology. I am interested in understanding how an intricate symphony of molecular signal cascades and cellular coordination is keeping you safe from both external and internal threats. In my free time, I enjoy birdwatching in the hills above the campus, practicing languages in Duolingo, listening to interesting music from around the world and reading a good story. Cal is like a tropical rainforest: scarily enchanting, but full of exciting opportunities! Feel free to stop by and chat about classes, career planning, the MCAT, birds or pretty much anything else - I look forward to hearing your story! 


Preferred Pronouns:  She/Her/Hers
Hometown: Katy, TX
Emphasis and Track: Neurobiology
Double Major: Cognitive Science
Minor: Disabilities Studies
Research: Behavioral neuroscience at the Kaufer Lab
Activities: Health Advocate at Alameda Health System, Benioff Children's Hospital Volunteer, Special Needs Aquatic Program, Pie Queens Ultimate Frisbee, Undergraduate Research, Residential Life Security Monitor
Post-Graduate Plans: Medical School
Major Courses Taken:  MCB C61, MCB32/32L, MCB 102, MCB 104, MCB 160, MCB 161, MCB 163L, Psych 117, CogSci C126, CogSci C127
Hi everyone! I'm Kelsey, a third-year majoring in MCB Neurobiology and Cognitive Science. I came into college lost and confused as many people do and found a passion for serving my community and studying the intersection between the science of brain and the social science of cognition. I'm interested in learning about social inequality and the disparities that currently exist in our healthcare system, which have shaped my aspirations to be a positive force of change and become a healthcare provider in the future.
I split my time volunteering at the Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland as an Emergency Department volunteer, at the Special Needs Aquatic Program as a Head Instructor, and as a Health Advocate for the Alameda Health System.
Outside of school, I play on the Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team and found
a fun sport and community of people who support each other on and off the field. I also love to read about pop culture, keep to date on the latest drama in Bachelor Nation, and watch lots and lots and lots of Netflix. I'd love to answer any questions about my experiences, or other questions you may have about college or life! Find me at the glade throwing frisbees with friends, at the library studying until dawn, or at the MCB Peer Advising desk!


Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Hometown: Tustin, CA
Emphasis: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, track 1
Double Major: Integrative Biology
Raíces Recruitment and Retention Center Staff, Volunteer Health Interpreters Organization (VHIO), Special Needs Aquatics Program (SNAP), Volunteers for Medical Outreach (VMO), Cal Study Abroad Student Ambassador, Cal Women's Club Water Polo, Organic Chemistry Lab (3A/3B) Undergraduate Student Instructor 
Post-Graduate Plans: Pre-Health or Graduate School
Major Courses Taken: MCB C100A, MCB 104, MCB 110, MCB 135A, Chem 135, ESPM 162A
Hi! My name is Maria and I am a fourth-year double majoring in MCB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Integrative Biology Emphasis 2. I chose to major in BMB because of my interest in organic chemistry and biology. I was born and raised in Orange County. I love to swim, travel, teach, and watch Netflix whenever I can. I am very passionate about studying abroad after having gone twice (Ireland and Singapore). Please feel free to stop by whenever if you have any questions about studying abroad, classes, double majoring, or anything in general! I look forward to meeting you!


Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Hometown: Torrance, CA
Emphasis: Neurobiology
Minor: Nutritional Studies
Research: Stahl Lab (present), Abalone Bio and USC ICORE Lab (past)
Undergraduate Research, Morning Sign Out @ Berkeley, 4-H Healthy Living State Advisory Team, Primer on Molecular Biology Decal Facilitator, Chaparral House, Brainstorm Program
Post-Graduate Plans: Gap year and then medical school
Major Courses Taken: MCB 102, MCB 104, MCB 136, MCB 160, MCB 160L, MCB 161, MCB H196A, MCB C261, NST 103
Hey there! My name is Meghan Tahbaz and I'm a fourth-year MCB Neurobiology major. Majoring in neurobiology was one of the best decisions I've made at Berkeley as it's given me an amazing opportunity to explore the brain and human perception at the molecular level while seeing major healthcare impacts brain-related technology can have on patients today and in the near future. I’m also pursuing a minor in nutritional sciences to complement my undergraduate research at the Stahl Lab. I’ve been with the Stahl Lab for two years, studying the roles of specific proteins involved in adipose tissue metabolism. I’m very interested in research that has clinical significance and have interned at a Biotech start-up, Abalone Bio, where I investigated the role of GPCRs in a cancer-specific pathway. I have also been involved with clinical research at the USC ICORE Lab where I worked with cancer survivors to study the effects of diet and exercise on cancer reoccurrence.

While I love research and academics, getting to interact with people in the Berkeley community has certainly been the highlight of my college experience. One of my favorite experiences has been volunteering at Chaparral House, a nursing home in Berkeley with an incredibly inspiring group of elders. My experience at Chaparral House led me to pursue research through the Institute of International Studies to investigate Dementia care in the Netherlands!

In my free time, I love going for long walks/hikes, eating at Imm Thai, exploring different buildings on-campus, and watching Gordon Ramsay’s cooking show on Youtube. Please stop by the PAWS table to chat with me about anything and everything. I look forward to meeting you!


Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Hometown: West Hills, CA
Emphasis: Immunology and Pathogenesis, track 2
Research: Data Entry / Data Analysis for a Biotech startup, Dascena
Project RISHI, Health Advocates, Peer Health Exchange, Undergraduate Healthcare Alliance (Past: Kaiser Permanente volunteer, GBO Leader, AMWA)
Post-Graduate Plans: Gap Year for 1-2 years and then medical school
Current Schedule: MCB 150, MCB 136, GPP 115 
MCB Classes completed: All MCB lower divs, MCB 50, MCB 38, MCB 102, MCB C103, MCB 104

Hi everyone! My name is Mrugakshi and I am currently a senior majoring in MCB, with an emphasis in Immunology Track 2. I am extremely interested in how the doctor/patient relationship can be improved and how social, cultural, and economic factors play a role in determining the overall health of an individual. After all, health goes beyond the immune system! After graduating, I hope to take 1-2 gap years before applying to medical school. Currently, I work for a biotech startup called Dascena and volunteer as a Health Advocate. In my free time, I love to cook. My favorite place to be is the beach (memorial glade is also okay). Spending a day in my pajamas or wandering the aisles of Trader Joes (or Safeway if I'm feeling fancy) looking for the perfect snack is a guilty pleasure of mine. If any of this sounds interesting to you, please come by and have a chat! I'm genuinely interested in getting to know you personally and help you in way possible. I look forward to meeting you!


Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Hometown: Kuwait
Emphasis: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, track 2
Minor: Data Science
Research: Nayak Lab, Portnoy Lab (past)
Activities: Undergraduate Research, Member of the Saturday Services Section at Berkeley Free Clinic, Suitcase Clinic, Staff Writer at Public Health Advocates, VPO of International Students Association (ISAB) (Past: Chemistry Teacher Scholars, PMHS member)
Post-Graduate Plans: Medical School
Current Schedule: MCB C100A, MCB 140, Chem 135, MCB 140, BioE 100, Stat 131A

Hello! My name is Shreeya and I am a junior majoring in MCB with an emphasis in Biological Chemistry (BMB), and hoping to minor in Data Science. I have always been interested in medicine, but on coming to Berkeley I realized I could integrate so many different things into my career path-- this discovery has been both fascinating and terrifying. Here, I found my passion for serving underprivileged communities and providing accessible healthcare to all, especially at the Berkeley Free Clinic, and my passion for research, both of which I hope to pursue further in the healthcare field.
Outside of school, I love trying out new food places and listening to music. If you have any questions about figuring out your own path in this big place, getting involved in extracurriculars, choosing classes or just want to vent, come find me! I look forward to meeting you!