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  • Scheduling and course recommendations
  • General info about the major
  • Course planning in preparation for declaration
  • Research opportunities
  • Information about pre-med or graduate school requirements
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Peer Advisor Hours - Fall 2018

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00-10:00am No Peer No Peer Isabella No Peer No Peer
10:00-11:00am Nathan Manesy Isabella Manesy Evelyn
11:00am-12:00pm Kayla Brandon Alex Brandon Evelyn
1:00-2:00pm Brian Alex Miaoli Kayla Nathan
2:00-3:00pm Nathan Brian Miaoli Hannah Hannah

Peer Advisor Bios:
Major(s)/Emphasis/Minor: Integrative Biology-Emphasis 2, Psychology
Research: Doudna Lab, MCB: Using CRISPR-Cas9 systems to target Huntington's Disease alleles and the huntingtin gene.
Post Graduate Plans: Medical School
Major Courses Taken:IB 131/L, IB 138, IB 160, MCB 102, ESPM 132

Hey! I'm Alex and I'm a fourth year double Integrative Biology/Psychology major, originally from LA. Here at Berkeley, I've found my home amongst fantastic student organizations like the Cal Band and Phi Delta Epsilon, as well as the IB major itself! As a pre-med student, the IB department has been a valuable resource in connecting me with faculty members and preparing me for my future goals. When I'm not marching at football games, analyzing tissue samples in lab, or giving tours on campus, you can find me doing photoshoots around the Bay Area, hiking the fire trails, or dancing. Looking forward to meeting y'all--feel free to drop in and ask any questions you have!

Major(s)/Emphasis/Minor: Integrative Biology-Emphasis 1
Activities: Artists in Resonance A Cappella, Pre-Vet Club, Neurozoology DeCal
Research: Shabel Group, IB: Making MVZ and UCMP specimens available to people online by taking high resolution photographs of specimens.
Post Graduate Plans: Veterinary School
Major Courses Taken: IB 104LF, IB C144, IB 148, IB 164, IB 169, IB 173LF, MCB 102, MCB C112, PH 142

Hi there! My name's Brandon and I'm a fifth year IB - Emphasis 1 major in my last semester here at Cal. I'm also an aspiring veterinarian so I'm always down to chat about animals! I wasn't always so passionate about veterinary medicine, though. Like many Cal students, the difficulty of the classes here really discouraged me at times, but I found the right help to get back on track. Outside of school and extracurriculars, I love to hike, go birding, explore new places to eat/shop, and learn more about the amazing world that surrounds us. I can't wait to meet you all, so come swing by and let's chat!

Major(s)/Emphasis/Minor: Integrative Biology-Emphasis 2
Research: Full Lab, IB: Conducting research that analyzes the locomotion of the Emerita sand crab.
Post Graduate Plans: Dental School
Major Courses Taken:  IB 117, IB 131, IB 150, MCB 102

Hi! My name is Brian and I am a fourth year Integrative Biology major. I'm am born and raised in SoCal and grew up in a suburb called Fullerton (I can hear the fireworks from Disneyland every night). I also love to teach, play basketball, watch netflix, and try new things around campus. I love IB because it exposes you to many different parts of biology that I wasn't aware of and there are so many different classes that at least one of them would grab your attention. The opportunities provided in IB are vast and unique and I hope I can convince you to become an IB major! Feel free to ask me any questions about pre-med/pre-dent life, research, extracurricular, or anything else!

Major(s)/Emphasis/Minor: Integrative Biology-Emphasis 2, MCB-Immunology
Research: Fine Lab, IB: Investigating the origin and maintenance of tropical tree diversity using a combination of field experiments and molecular phylogenetic. Vazquez-Medina Lab, IB: Studying the mechanisms of adaptation to natural and anthropogenic stressors in marine mammals and pre-clinical models of disease at the molecular, cellular and organismal level. Werb Lab, UCSF: Studying breast development in mice to sheds light on an adolescent "window of vulnerability" to environmental breast cancer risks by looking at genomic approach to elucidating the in vivo substrates of the MMPs and other proteases in these physiologic and disease processes.
Post Graduate Plans: MD/PhD
Major Courses Taken: IB 116L, IB 117, IB 131, IB 140, IB 157LF, IB 169, MCB 102, MCB 104

Hi folks! My name is Evelyn and I am your new Integrative Biology Peer Advisor! I will be here to answer any of your questions. I graduated this past Spring 2018 but stayed this fall semester to complete some courses. I am a double major in Integrative Biology (IHB) and Molecular and Cell Biology (Infectious Disease) and I love everything about these two emphasis. I plan on pursuing an MD/PhD after undergrad to work with women and women's health, which is why I decided to join the Werb lab at UCSF because the lab looks at breast cancer development. I am excited to be a Peer Advisor for IB as this field is super interdisciplinary with amazing faculty. Don't think so? Take IB 77A/B and I promise you it will make you join the IB team. Come visit us inside VLSB 3040 with any questions. I'll be waiting!

Major(s)/Emphasis/Minor: Integrative Biology-Emphasis 2, Anthropology
Activities: Chi Omega
Research: Human Evolution Research Center, IB: I will be assisting in their research on the Middle Awash project located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia which is an effort to shed light on human origins and evolution.
Post Graduate Plans: Graduate School
Major Courses Taken: IB C105, IB 131/L, IB C142L, IB 169

Hi there! My name is Hannah and I am a 4th year double majoring in Integrative Biology and Anthropology. I am originally from San Diego, but after moving to the Bay I don't know if I'll ever want to leave! I did return home this past summer to do an internship at the San Diego Archaeological Center where I worked to curate locally excavated artifacts from all around the county! My passion is studying the human skeleton, but on top of that I also love to bake (challah bread is my specialty), read, and try out new brunch spots! I am also a member of Chi Omega Women's Fraternity. If you have any questions about double majoring, greek life on campus, or anything IB related, please stop by! I love to chat!

Major(s)/Emphasis/Minor: Integrative Biology-Emphasis 2, Psychology; CalTeach minor
Research: Former: Peter Zinoman, History: I collected both qualitative and quantitative data on Vietnam War documentaries to study Vietnam-centrism and neo-revisionism.
Post Graduate Plans: Physical Therapy, Medical School, or Teaching
Major Courses Taken: IB 131/L, IB C143A

Hey! I'm Isabella and I'm currently a third-year IB Emphasis 2 major. I am double majoring in Psychology and minoring in Science and Math Education through the CalTeach program. I love to workout, meet new people, and travel. I had an amazing experience studying physics abroad in Ireland during the summer. I have a big passion for academia and love to teach high schoolers! Feel free to chat to me about double majoring, minoring, studying abroad, the CalTeach program or anything else!

Major(s)/Emphasis/Minor: Integrative Biology-Emphasis 2
Activities: President of Kappa Gamma Delta
Research: Feller Lab, MCB: I study the the organization and development of ganglion cells in the mouse retina.
Post Graduate Plans: Medical School
Major Courses Taken: IB 117/LF, IB 131/L, IB 139, IB C144, IB 167, IB 191, MCB 102, MCB 160

Hello! My name is Kayla, and this is my second year peer advising for IB. I absolutely LOVE this major and will most definitely answer any question you have about it, my pre-med experience, or Cal in general. When I'm not hanging out in VLSB, you can find me in LSA doing some experiments, bouldering at a local climbing gym, or heading out to some indie concerts in the city.

Major(s)/Emphasis/Minor: Integrative Biology-Emphasis 2; English minor
Activities: Health Worker at Unit 1, Underrepresented Researchers of Color Ambassador, Marketing Chair for AFX Dance, Co-Community Outreach Chair for Confi
Research: Brooks Lab, IB: I am leading a research project on Human Neutrophil Elastase, Human Growth Hormone, and Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 at the Center of Research and Education on Aging. I am also researching the role of brain fuel in human traumatic brain injury with Dr. Brooks and Michael Horning.
Post Graduate Plans: Medical School
Major Courses Taken: IB 114, IB 131/L, IB 132/L, IB 139, IB C143B, IB 148, IB 191

Hi! My name is Manesy and I'm a fourth year IB Human Biology major and minoring in English from Cerritos, CA in SoCal. I love my major because it gives me the freedom to choose from a wide variety of classes about biological systems. Also I love to eat at new food places, travel, dance, and binge watch tv shows and movies. I am here for you to answer any of your questions about being pre-med, choosing classes, applying for research, submitting research proposals, studying abroad, being apart of on-campus clubs/activities, or anything else! Come by and talk to me anytime :)

Major(s)/Emphasis/Minor: Integrative Biology-Emphasis 2, Psychology
Activities: Berkeley Medical Reserve Corps (BMRC)
Research: Edleson Group, School of Social Welfare: I have worked as a research assistant, and now as a research coordinator, on the Domestic Violence Reference and Referral Project. This project aims to determine the effectiveness of electronic mandatory reporting systems in emergency departments for patients experiencing domestic violence and/or intimate partner violence.
Post Graduate Plans: Medical School or Physician Assisting
Major Courses Taken: IB 131/L, IB 132/L, IB C143B

Hi there! My name is Miaoli and I'm a fourth year Integrative Biology and Psychology double major. I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia but have been living here in the Bay Area for the past 10 years. When I'm not studying or researching, I'm working part time for a local ambulance company as an EMT. In my free time you can probably find me at the RSF or plotting my next international adventure (I love traveling, though my bank account would like to disagree). If you have any questions about double majoring, research opportunities outside your major, working as an EMT, or just want to exchange travel tips don't hesitate to stop by!

Major(s)/Emphasis/Minor: Integrative Biology-Emphasis 2
Research: Ames Lab, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute: We focus on nutritional science and metabolism benefits through experimentation on the CACO-2 cell line using malate.
Post Graduate Plans: Medical School
Major Courses Taken: IB 117, IB 131/L, IB 140, IB 169, IB 191, MCB 102

Hey I'm Nathan and it's my second year being an IB Peer Advisor! I'm a fourth year and I can't wait for you to see why IB is one of the best choices you can make in your college career. I was born in LA, moved to Korea, came back to San Francisco, then made it down to Diamond Bar, where I've been living for about 10 years. I enjoy playing intramural team basketball, hanging out with my roommates, watching/learning from bboy and beatboxing videos, and creating puns to the dismay of my friends. Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions about pre-med, volunteering, research, study abroad, or anything else that is on your mind!

IB Peer Advising Application


How can I become an IB Peer Advisor?

Applications are currently closed. Talk to Zac in 3060 VLSB for more information on joining the program.

What we look for in an IB Peer Advisor:

Beyond a passion for the IB major and an interest in helping your fellow students, we look for people who are unique, both academically and as a person. Things that can help make an outstanding peer advisor include, but are not limited to: research experience, participation in the honors program, overcoming personal and/or academic adversity, tutoring, participation in clubs on campus, or the transfer student experience. Ultimately, what we want to see on your application is what makes you stand out as a student AND as a person!

Requirements at time of application:

  1. Be declared in Integrative Biology at the time of application, or be eligible to declare by the following fall semester.
  2. Have completed at least one semester at Cal.
  3. Able to work at least 2 shifts (1 hour each) and attend one 1-hour meeting per week.
  4. Willing to commit to working as a peer advisor for at least two semesters.

* Please note that peer advisor positions are unpaid. IB peer advisors earn academic credit for their work.