Peer Advisors

The Undergraduate Program in Biology and the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience have peer advisors available to answer student questions! 

Peer advisors are available on a walk-in basis in the Program in Biology office, 1140 USB, during the following times:

Monday:  9 a.m. - 11 a.m. (Quinton);  11:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. (Lena)


Wednesday:  2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (Matt)

Thursday:  10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Matt);  12 p.m. -2 p.m. (Quinton)

Friday: 9 a.m. -10 a.m. (Lena); 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Lena)

If you need help planning class schedules, finding courses that suit your goals, mapping a way to graduate on time, or have concerns about honors, graduate school, or research, please feel free to stop by!


Hello! My name is Matt Thimm, and I am a senior in Cellular & Molecular Biology. I am planning on attending medical school after graduation, but I would like to be involved in research to some capacity in my career. I currently work in a lab in the Cancer Center looking at virally driven head and neck cancers. I am an SSG leader for Chem 210H, and I also am involved in two student organizations on campus: Motley Crew and InnoWorks. Motley Crew puts on themed events for children, patients, and family members at many hospitals and autism centers in the area. InnoWorks provides a free summer science camp to underprivileged youth in the greater Ann Arbor community. I am available to answer questions related to research, classes in our department or science classes in general, getting involved in volunteer opportunities and student organizations on campus, and any general questions you may have about majors!


My name is Lena Cruz and I’m a senior in the Residential College at U of M. I’m concentrating in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a minor in International Studies.  On campus I’ve worked mainly in the Ivette Perfecto and John Vandermeer labs on various research projects ranging from studies on agroecology to frugivory and seed dispersal. I got to spend a summer taking classes at the University of Michigan Biological Station. I’ve also been involved in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program during the summer of 2013 where I got to go to Chiapas, Mexico and study ants! Please feel free to come in and talk to me about the biology majors, research opportunities, questions regarding scheduling, extracurriculars, studying abroad, or just for a chat.


Hi! My name is Quinton Mandle and I am a junior majoring in Neuroscience.  I am currently conducting epilepsy research with the Parent Lab and have worked on other projects ranging from PTSD to consolidation of memories during sleep.  Additionally, I am the curriculum co-director for Innoworks, a student organization that puts on an annual science-themed summer camp for underprivileged middle school students, and am involved with MESO, a group that helps provide undergraduates with exposure to the medical field.  I also work at a neurofeedback clinic off-campus.  Come ask me questions about classes, student employment, physician shadowing, research opportunities or scheduling in general!