PAWS - Peer Advisor Walk-in Services

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Peer advisors are 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.

During the semester, you can visit peer advisors in the MCB UAO (3060 VLSB) or via email or gchat (new!) at (business hours only).



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Emphasis: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Research: Bentley Lab

Activities: International Student Peer Mentor, Pre-Medical Honor Society, UC Women’s Chorale

Post graduate plans: Graduate/Medical School

Current Schedule: MCB 110, MCB 132, Visual Studies 198, PE 2

Classes completed: All lower-division requirements, MCB 100A, MCB 100B 

Hello! My name is Alisa and I will be a fourth year student majoring in MCB with an emphasis in Biochemistry. My long-term goals include career in medical field that has some aspects of clinical research. I’m currently preparing to apply to a medical school after taking one year off to gain more experience after graduating in Spring 2015. Being a transfer student myself, I realize that it might be challenging to adapt to Cal at first so if you have any questions/concerns regarding scheduling, choosing an emphasis, extracurricular activities, volunteering, or anything else related to MCB and/or transition to Berkeley, feel free to stop by the UAO and chat with me! Hope to see you in the office! 


Emphasis: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research: Thorner Lab

Post graduate plans: Graduate School

Activities: Delta Delta Delta

Current Schedule: MCB 110, MCB C110L, UGBA 10

Classes completed: all lower division requirements, MCB C100A, MCB 100B, MCB C112, MCB C148, CS 10, CS 61AS, PH 183

I'm Annie and I'm a fourth year MCB major with an emphasis in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. My goal is to get a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and eventually land my dream job as a professor. I am very passionate about research, so if you are interested in becoming involved I would love to talk to you about it! I am also involved in my Greek organization and can offer advice on balancing extracurriculars and work with the MCB curriculum. Please feel free to stop by and talk to me about anything to do with MCB! 


Emphasis: Neurobiology

Minor: Education

Research: Feldman Lab

Activities: The Daily Californian, Suitcase Clinic, Student Premed Advising Network (SPAN), Chemistry UGSI, Highland Hospital

Post graduate plans: Medical School

Current Schedule: MCB 104, MCB 163, MCB 167, Educ 52, Educ 190

Classes completed: All lower division requirements, MCB 102, MCB C160, MCB 165, Cog Sci 1, Educ 140AC

Hi everyone! My name is Janice and I will be a 4th year MCB Neurobiology major with a minor in Education. My ultimate goal is to attend medical school, but after coming to Cal I also realized that I loved teaching and mentoring students! I have past experiences in finding research with and without URAP, as well as getting involved in volunteer work and several organizations on campus. If you need any help scheduling out classes or trying to balance out a hefty schedule, especially if you’re premed, I’d be more than happy to help! Hope to see you guys soon!


Emphasis: Biochemisty and Molecular Biology

Research: Doudna Lab

Activities: Research, Journal Club, Nerd

Post graduate plans: Graduate School

Current Schedule: MCB 110, MCB 135A, CS 61A, UGBA 196

Classes completed: All lower division requirements, MCB C100A, BioE 290D, MCB 100B, Plantbi C114

Hey Y'all! I'm Kendall and I'm starting my senior year as an MCB major. My emphasis is biochemistry and I have enjoyed (almost) every minute of it. In my three years at Berkeley I've learned a lot about the people, activities and research on campus. So come by and talk to me about it! It will be a nice break from stressing over graduate school applications.


Emphasis: Infectious Disease

Research: Liu lab

Activities: Berkeley Project, Children's Hospital Oakland

Post graduate plans: Medical School

Current Schedule: MCB 150, MCB 135A, ESPM C12, MCB H196

Classes completed: All lower division requirements, MCB 102, MCB C103

Hello! My name is Leland and I am a senior MCB Immuno T2 major. My long term goals include a career in medicine. Academically, I'm interested in health policy and immunology, and medical science.  I'm currently involved with the student organization, The Berkeley Project and in the Emergency Department at Children's Hospital Oakland. This year, I'll be working on an Honor's Thesis involving the latency of Kaposi's Sarcoma Herpes Virus. As a premed, I can give some useful information about helpful pre-health clubs, the MCAT, useful classes, etc. I was a spring admit back in the day and can field questions about scheduling/graduating on time. Also, I can give some advice on getting research through URAP/cold-emailing since I've done both. Finally, I'm just a student and can chat with you about anything from tough professors to that beautiful Golden Bear victory in last Saturday's game! Hope to see you soon!


Emphasis: Immunology

Research: Portnoy Lab

Activities: SLC Chem 1A study group leader, UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Pre-Medical Honor Society, MCB C100A undergraduate tutor

Post graduate plans: Work or travel, then medical school

Current Schedule: MCB 150, MCB 135A, Music 27, UGBA 196

Classes completed: all lower division requirements, MCB C100A, MCB 103, MCB 110, Music 128, Music 139

IHi! I'm Marissa and I'm a 4th year majoring in MCB Immunology and Pathogenisis (Track 1). I plan on applying to medical school in the future, but I also love research, having had experiences in both academic and industry settings. If you have any questions about what research is like, how to find research opportunities during the school year or summer, feel free to come talk to me! I'm also quite involved in the music community at Cal and will shamelessly advertise UCBSO concerts. Most importantly, I am a huge boba enthusiast, so if you ever feel overwhelmed by the plethora of boba shops around Berkeley, I will be happy to recommend my favorites!


Emphasis: Infectious Disease

Minor: Global Poverty and Practice

Research: Welch lab

Activities: Research/URAP, Organic chemistry UGSI, Theater for Charity, The Berkeley Forum

Post graduate plans: MD/PhD

Current Schedule: MCB 150, MCB 135A, Stats 133, GPP 196

Classes completed: All lower division requirements, MCB 102, MCB 104, MCB 103, GPP 115, GPP 105, DS 100

Hi all and welcome to MCB! I'm a junior here at CAL and, it's safe to say, a huge MCB enthusiast. I am currently working in the Welch lab, and applied to the position through URAP, so feel free to ask me any questions regarding the program, how to go about finding research opportunities, and the research experience in general. I am looking to pursue a dual degree with a PhD in immunology after graduation, and also have experience with applications to various summer research internships, the study abroad process, and volunteer programs. I would love for the opportunity to share what I have learned and help with your planning and scheduling needs. The peer advisers are your resource, use us!


Emphasis: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Minor: Mathematics

Research: Tijan Lab

Activities: mcbUSA, ASC Chemistry Tutor, Alpha Omicron Pi

Post graduate plans: Graduate School

Current Schedule: Math 53, Math 127, CS 61A

Classes completed:  All lower division requirements except Physics 8B and Chem 3BL, MCB C100A, MCB 100B, Stat 131A

Hey everyone! I'm Renee and I'm a junior majoring in MCB and minoring in math. After graduation, I intend to take a year off before going to graduate school for a PhD in computational bio. At Cal, I've been involved in many activities ranging from IM sports to volunteer organizations to journal clubs before finding my niche. In my free time I like to hike, snowboard, and watch movies. Feel free to ask me about choosing an emphasis, getting research, scheduling classes, future plans, campus activities, or just come by and hang out! Go Bears!


Emphasis: Medical Biology and Physiology

Research: Pereira Lab (UCSF)

Activities: The Hep B Project, Alpha Phi Omega, SLC tutoring, Highland Hospital Volunteer, Bio 1AL UGSI, Tap and Jazz dancing, Cal Star Yoga

Post graduate plans: Medical School

Current Schedule: MCB 136, MCB 135a, Soc c115, IB 117

Classes completed: All lower division requirements, MCB 102, MCB 104, IB 140, PH 142

Hello! I’m Sara, and I will be a 4th year MCB-CDB major. I have a growing interest in women’s health, and in the future I hope to attend medical school. In addition to an affinity for science, my true passion and motivation lies in helping others in anyway I can. This especially applies to my peers. I have experience finding and doing research, volunteering on campus and in the community, and balancing class schedules and time. Feel free to talk to me about classes, research, volunteering, or general experiences.



Emphasis: Infectious Disease

Minor: Middle Eastern Studies

Activities: Global Health Brigades, volunteer at Alta Bates Hospital

Post graduate plans: Medicine

Current Schedule: MCB 104, Stat 2, MES 150, ESPM 50AC

Classes completed: All lower division requirements, MCB 102, MCB 150, MCB 150L

Hi I'm Tori and I'm a senior majoring in MCB with a concentration on Immunology, track 2, and minoring in Middle Eastern Studies. I'm love being involved with extra-curriculars here at Cal, especially all things service related. I am Pre-Med, intending to take a year off and apply to medical school after I graduate. I would love to share all that I have learned in my three years here at Cal, so stop by if you want to talk about all things MCB and being pre-med (or anything else at all!) 


Emphasis: Medical Biology and Physiology

Research: Gazzaley Lab at UCSF

Activities: Bio 1B UGSI

Post graduate plans: Work, then medical school

Current Schedule: MCB 136, MCB 135A, IB 117, NST 103, PH 162A, Geo 70AC

Classes completed:  All lower division requirements, MCB 102, MCB 104, MCB 32/32L, MCB 61, MCB 64, PH 116, IB 140, STAT 2, PSYCH 1 

Hello! My name is Yiwen, and I am a senior at Cal. I have been doing research most of the time in my first three years at Cal, and now I am volunteering in both Tang center and Alta Bates to get more clinical experience. I am planning on taking a gap year first before applying to medical school. It took me a long time to decide if medical school or graduate school is right for me. if you are in the same situation, I can definitely help you with that! We can talk about anything: research, classes, career path, or other opportunities. When in doubt, stop by the office to ask! 


Emphasis: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Double Major: Applied Mathematics

Research: Koehl Lab

Activities: URAP, ISL, Mathematics-Mentoring Program

Post graduate plans: Medical School

Current Schedule: MCB 140, Math 126, Math 170, UGBA 143

Classes completed:  All lower division requirements, MCB C100A, MCB 100B, MCB 110, MCB 110L, Math 110 

Hello! My name is Walid and I am currently a 5th year transfer student, double majoring in Applied Mathematics. Through URAP I obtained a research position at Koehl Lab, so if you have questions about URAP or reseach in general feel free to ask! After graduating I plan on applying to medical school. If you have any questions about adjusting to life at Cal, balancing a tough course load or obtaining a research position I'd be happy to help!