Peer Advisors

Bisi Ajetunmobi

Biomedical Sciences

I was born and partially raised in the city of Oshogbo in Nigeria, West Africa. At the age of eight I moved to Inkster, MI and I have been living there ever since. Currently I am a Junior at the University of Michigan studying International Studies-Global Environment and Health with a Pre-Medicine focus. The past two summers I have worked with two very great team of researchers. In the summer of 2012 I worked as a research assistant at the University's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department where I was able to become second author on a research abstract which is published in the World Congress of the Internation Society for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. This past summer I worked on an HIV/AIDS intervention and prevention research project at the University's Sexuality and Health Lab (SexLab). On campus I am also involved in the Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students, the African Students Association and E Royster's Advisory board. In my free time I enjoy cooking, sleeping, shopping, discovering new music, reading, watching movies, volunteering, planning, and traveling. After graduating from U of M, I hope to take a gap year before attending Medical School.

Saarah Anjum

Biomedical Sciences

 

I am from the San Francisco Bay Area. I am currently a junior studying Neuroscience and also on the pre-med track. I participated in the UROP program my sophomore year where I worked in the University of Michigan Plastination Lab. There, I dissected a human head hemisection to prepare it for preservation. I thoroughly enjoyed my work and hope to continue with it next year. This past summer, I spent two months conducting independent research in India investigating the burden of healthcare on poverty. In my free time, I enjoy running, trying new foods, traveling, and reading.

Tony Barron

Biomedical Sciences

 

I’m a 21-year-old Michigan native, born and raised in the city of Saginaw. During high school I played soccer, baseball, and wrestled. I am an undergraduate student in my fourth year studying Neuroscience and Spanish here at the University of Michigan. My main interest lies in the medical-related topics, but I am also interested in the cultural history and development of Spanish-speaking regions throughout the world. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, traveling, and reading.

Kaitlyn Bates

Biomedical Sciences

 

I am junior studying Neuroscience and Spanish and I hope to apply to medical school next summer.  I am a Michigan native, from the small town of Mount Clemens, and am the black sheep of a family of die hard MSU fans. This past summer, I studied abroad in Spain and traveled around Europe; it was definitely my favorite summer so far! On campus, I am involved in Greek life and Alternative Spring Break. I have participated in UROP for the last two years and I enjoyed my project so much that I continue to work in the same lab, which deals with pediatric endocrinology. My interests include running, spending time with friends, swimming, and traveling. I am a reality TV junky, I love trying new restaurants (or any restaurant for that matter since I am terrible cook) and football Saturdays are my favorite part of the week.

Kartik Bhatt

Biomedical Sciences

 

I am a senior finishing up my neuroscience degree. I am in the process of applying to medical school. I was in the UROP program as a sophomore and worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mott’s Children’s Hospital. I am still working with the same doctor on the same project. I was a peer advisor for the program last year and I enjoyed it tremendously. It was an honor and a pleasure to work with all of the great people in the program, and I am very excited to continue with the program again this year. I really enjoy spending time with friends, doing just about anything. I love spending time outdoors, especially playing sports and hiking. Forever and always Go Blue!!

 

Liz Bruno

Life Sciences

I am a Junior majoring in Life Science Informatics. I did UROP last year and worked in a neuroscience lab studying the underlying mechanisms of peripheral neuropathy in the Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building. I am continuing work in the same lab this year. I am a board member of the Foundation of International Medical Relief of Children, a volunteer organization that makes health care and education available in underprivileged countries. I enjoy running, playing water polo, and going to country concerts.  I plan to take a gap year to volunteer abroad after graduation, and then attend medical school.

David Burkhard

Biomedical Sciences

I am currently a senior in LSA double majoring in Biomolecular Sciences and Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience and am currently applying to medical school. I was born and raised in St. Joseph, Michigan. I really enjoy running, playing volleyball, and working at summer camps. I have been a camp counselor for 8 summers in a row and it's safe to say that I have a mild obsession with it. I'm also really involved in Younglife on campus and at Saline High School. Through UROP, I was able to get involved in a really awesome lab that really gave me a passion for research. Most importantly, I'm a huge fan of all things Michigan; Go Blue!

Erin Burke

Research Scholars

I'm a Junior majoring in Microbiology. My experiences in UROP throughout the past two years has led me to pursue a career in research. I love being in the lab and I was fortunate enough to attend the National Conference for Undergraduate Research last year in Wisconsin. This year I will be starting out in a Microbiology lab working on the link between gut microbiota and Multiple Sclerosis. This past summer I took classes back home at SVSU and spent my weekends remodeling my new place for next year. I'm pretty big into sports golf, Red Wings hockey, and of course Michigan Football. I have been known to paint up on occasion and have invested in a maize & blue superfan suit so I'm easy to pick out in the Big House. I can't wait to get back into research this year and have a larger role in UROP as a Research Scholars Peer Advisor.

Shao Wei Chia

Social Sciences

Born and raised in Malaysia, I transferred to the University of Michigan last year as a Sophomore and joined UROP which gave me an amazing research experience. This year, I will be a Junior majoring in Psychology and I am very excited for this year because I will begin working on my Honors thesis. I want to start my thesis early because I am interested in applying for the Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) offered by the Department of Psychology in which I will obtain a Master of Science in Psychology after completing the one-year program. This past summer, I went to Beijing, China for a three-week study abroad program under Global Course Connection (GCC) offered by the Center for Global and Intercultural Studies (CGIS). The GCC program was an extension from a class that I took in Winter 2013 in which we learned about research methods in educational settings. Together with some of my course mates and the professors from the class, we were given the opportunity to meet with the Chinese students and faculty. We brought our project from the United States to China and continued working on it for cross-cultural comparison purposes. I am interested in working with children, thus I am currently thinking of going into child developmental or child clinical psychology for my graduate studies.

Andrew Chimka

Social Sciences

I am currently a senior at the Stephen M. Ross School of business with an emphasis in finance and accounting.  I am from the great state of Michigan and have a passion for research.  In spring of 2012, I traveled to Utah to present my research covering public discourse surrounding the subprime crisis at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research.  I also traveled to Chicago and presented this research with my faculty sponsor at the Midwest Political Science Conference.  During the summer of 2012, I worked as a research assistant in the fields of political science, business economics, and finance.  I also am interning with Lazard Capital Markets, where I perform market research in the consumer/retail industry. My future career goals are to become an analyst at an investment bank in New York or Chicago.  When I have free time I enjoy running, hiking, and wrestling.

 

Ellen Cope

Humanities

I am a junior majoring in Art History and minoring in Medieval Studies and plan on attending law school after graduation. I have been working with UROP for the past two years researching a 15th century monastery and am remaining with the project again this year. When I’m not in school or at work, I spend my time training my horse, making art, and taking long naps.

Deborah Daniel

Engineering

Hi UROP students! I am a senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering and minoring in German. I just applied to medical schools this summer! I did UROP and Research Scholars for my freshman and sophomore years, respectively, and also participated as a Biomedical and Life Sciences Summer Research Fellow. Last year was my first year being a Peer Advisor, and I loved it! I'm looking forward to another year. A bit more about myself: I also work as an ER scribe in the St. Joseph Mercy Health System. I'm on the University of Michigan Equestrian Team, play tennis, swim, and love music! I play the piano, the French Horn, and sing with my four sisters! 

Joshua D'Arcy

Physical Sciences

I'm a 19-year-old Michigan native. As a junior here at the U of M, my concentration is in the Biomolecular Sciences and my minor is in Music- focusing on piano performance and composition. I have been very invested in research this last year. My UROP project is named BioVAD, and it is under the direction of the legendary Dr. Robert Bartlett. In my spare time I like to be at Elbel field playing volleyball, or at the CCRB getting in a quick game of racquetball. I work in the Urology department as a tech, and I intend to apply to medical school at the end of next summer. Ideally, I would go to Michigan's medical school so I never, ever have to leave Ann Arbor. I love this city and school. Go Blue!

Jillian DeMars

Environmental Sciences

I was born and raised on the beach in a small town on the coast of Lake Michigan. My passion is our planet, and I love being outdoors, reading, baking and traveling. I am currently a junior with a double major in PitE and Earth Environmental Sciences. After graduation, I plan to serve in the Peace Corps for two years, volunteering while applying my skills in an exciting and foreign place. When I return, I hope to attend graduate school to pursue environmental law. For my UROP experience, I worked with climate data as well as weather prediction technologies and really enjoyed my research. I look forward to working with fellow students as they develop their career interests here at U of M!

Saurabh Deo

Engineering

I am a junior in the College of Engineering studying Electrical Engineering. I plan on going for my masters degree in Electrical Engineering, and if possible, I want to complete my masters degree here in Ann Arbor. Words can't explain how much I love music; I have been a member of Maize Mirchi, the campus' south asian acapella group, for two years now, and I always play piano or write lyrics in my spare time. I am also a HUGE fan of anything sports related; I enjoy playing and watching pretty much every sport that I can. Though I don't travel enough in my opinion, traveling and airplane journeys have always fascinated me. Above all else, though, I love meeting new people, so please feel free to say hi or introduce yourself if you see me around campus!

 

Molly Dobelle

Biomedical Sciences

My name is Molly Dobelle and I'm originally from New York City. I’m a senior on the pre-med track, and am planning to major in P.P.E. and minor in Russian.  In my free time, I love to travel, explore, read, and sleep. I did my UROP research on childhood obesity and hope to remain involved with that project in the future.

Derek Fine

Biomedical Sciences

I am from Plymouth, Michigan. I am a senior in the college of LS&A, I am a neuroscience major, and I'm really excited to get a chance to serve as a PA with UROP this year. My sophomore year was my first one in the program, and through UROP I found the lab where I currently work, doing research on the role of the PAI-1  protein in the development of pulmonary fibrosis. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, watching movies, spending time with friends, and watching sports (particularly baseball and college football)

Shelby Florida

Life Sciences

My name is Shelby Florida and I’m a junior majoring in Spanish on the pre-med track. Despite what the surname might suggest, my hometown is Grand Rapids, MI.  For my UROP research, I dissected human bodies at Plastination Lab within the University of Michigan’s Division of Anatomical Sciences. People who donate their bodies to science are plastinated, made “plastic-like,” to be used as instructional models for a variety of health science students. Beyond academic interests, I play on the Club Tennis team, snowboard, and draw. My ultimate goals in life are to become a doctor, live in Spain or Italy, and get a pug.

Emily Gibara

Engineering

Hello! I am a Junior studying Chemical Engineering. I was born in St. Catherines Ontario, but have lived most of my life in Michigan. I joined the Ballroom Dance team for a year, but my true passion is Belly dancing, so I love preforming with my teammates in the Arabian Dance Ensemble. I am the secretary for the umich chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; my fellow ChemE’s have become like family to me.  I am also a part of the ChemE Car team and I am super excited that we made it to nationals this year.  I had a fellowship to work in my lab all last summer, and I had an amazing adventure studying abroad in Spain this summer. I’ve had a great experience with UROP and I’m excited to meet some incoming UROP students.

James Kehoe

Research Scholars

Hola! I am going into my senior year here at U of M and studying Political Science and Español. This is my second year as a UROP PA and I am very excited to be hanging out with the second year students in the Research Scholars Program. This summer I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Santiago de Compostela, Spain and I just really love Spanish. I plan on taking a gap year following this year to follow my political interests, before ultimately going to law school in two years. I love hanging out with my friends, sports, my 8 siblings, my black lab Shadow, and sleeping. So if there is one thing that you need to know about me is this: GO BLUE!

 

Sally Kim

Social Sciences

Greetings! Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, I am a self-proclaimed Southern Belle. I am a Junior majoring in Psychology with aspirations of attending graduate school. As an aficionado of food, I enjoy crafting up new recipes and experimenting with different cuisines. On campus I am actively involved with the Undergraduate Psychology Society, Detroit Partnership, and Sophomore Initiative. Along with my extracurricular activities, I am a research assistant for a clinical psychology lab. 

Lauren Kohatsu

Social Sciences

I'm a native of Sacramento, California, and I am majoring in Organizational Studies with a concentration in health organizations.  I plan to pursue a graduate degree in public health.  I began UROP my freshman year and worked on a meta-activism study.  I participated in the community-based research fellowship the following summer, where I worked on a community-based research project in Detroit.  I continue with this project my sophomore year through the research scholars program. On campus, I participate in the roosevelt institute for public policy, the pre-public health association, and club tennis. 

Bill O'Brien

Changing Gears

I am a senior and a Political Science major. I plan to start law school the following year. Other than taking classes and being your Peer Advisor, I am a research assistant to professor James Hines at the University of Michigan Law School as well as a student assistant for the Michigan Men’s Lacrosse Team. A few of my hobbies include playing golf, listening to Taylor Swift, and working at the Detroit Red Wings’ home games. I claim to be Ms. Swift’s number one fan and have yet to be proven wrong! And during those Red Wings home games, you will find me shoveling Jimmy Howards crease during commercial breaks! I started with UROP last year working with the National Forum and Professor Burkhardt. My experiences working with their team opened up new ideas and doors to me and was life changing. I hope UROP does the same for you!

Lauren Phillips

Interdisciplinary

I am a senior majoring in Movement Science in the School of Kinesiology and minoring in Medical Anthropology, and hope to use this as a stepping stone for Medical School after graduation. I started UROP as a freshman working in the Motor Control lab which focuses on developing novel therapeutic rehabilitation tools for people who have sensorimotor impairment, such as Cerebral Palsy or those who have suffered from a stroke. If you can't find me in the lab, you'll likely see me either behind a pile of books in the Taubman Library, giving tours of our amazing university to prospective students, or living it up with an intense round of bingo at the VA Hospital.

Anna Pokriefka

Biomedical Sciences

I am a junior in the School of Nursing. I plan to one day become a Nurse Midwife and Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner providing care to women and children and also to minority populations. In addition, I hope to become a broadcast journalist educating about disparities in minority health. I entered UROP as a freshman and continued with my project for a second year in Research Scholars. My project focused on impulsivity in bipolar disorder and aimed at finding a biological marker to predict risk of suicidal behavior. Aside from studying and working as a Peer Advisor, I am a member of the CAPS Student Advisory Board, the Publicity Chair for the Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students, and am on the All-Girl Competitive Cheer Team.

 

Julia Porth

Research Scholars

I’m a senior from Grand Rapids, Michigan studying Neuroscience and Spanish here at Michigan. After taking a fifth year I plan to apply to a MD/PhD programs to pursue a career in medicine and research. I recently returned from studying abroad for a semester in Seville, Spain and spent the previous summer conducting research in Santiago, Chile. I hope to continue traveling in my future! Aside from UROP I spend my time on campus as a member of She’s the First, a nationwide organization that sponsors girls in developing countries to be the first in their family to graduate from high school; as an executive board member of the Multidisciplinary Organization of Cerebral Studies, a student organization on campus centered around neuroscience, neurology, and psychology; as a volunteer in a lab in the Psychiatry department; and as an avid Michigan Football fan. I have been a member of the UROP community since my freshman year and am excited to be a Peer Advisor this year!

Anjali Reddy

Biomedical Sciences

I am a junior here at the college of LS&A, working towards an Evolutionary Anthropology major and attending dental school. I call Tarpon Springs, Florida, a suburb north of Tampa, my home. Growing up on the water, I enjoy scuba diving and kayaking, but also spend a good chunk of my free time doing yoga, listening to music, traveling and eating waffles. I spent my time in UROP working with Dr. Katarina Borer exploring the effects of serum leptin on fat loss, body composition and weight set point in female golden hamsters. Over the past few summers I have traveled to Tanzania as a dental volunteer, camped at the Bonnaroo music festival, shadowed dentists, and worked at Ann Taylor Loft. There’s nothing I love more than spending time with family and friends!

Andrea Rivera

Social Sciences

I am a current junior majoring in Screen Arts and Cultures. I have always loved to watch movies like so many others, but it wasn't until my senior year of high school that I realized how much meaning a film can convey. It took me another year of growth for me to make the decision to major in Screen Arts and Cultures, and upon graduation I hope to establish a career in the film industry. I have been fortunate enough this past summer to find a job working on a Bollywood Film and get first had experience on the ins and outs of the industry. I am also a member of Club Tennis. I have played tennis since I was three years old, and love to play at all hours of the day. In pervious summers, I have always worked as a tennis instructor at the Forest Lake Country Club. I'm always excited to play tennis or watch a movie. 

Susie Robinson 

Social Sciences

 

I will be a senior this fall. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia with my younger sister, two older brothers, and parents. I love animals, nature, baking, traveling, my family, the arts, being active, and meeting new people. Yoga and singing are two of my favorite activities. They allow me to express myself, be reflective, and feel free. Freshman year, I was involved in the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program. I also joined Kol HaKavod, one of the many acappella groups around campus. Down the road, I plan to attend graduate school for clinical psychology.

Catherine Spevak

Social Sciences

I am a junior in the Organizational Studies program in LSA. I am from Beverly Hills, Michigan, where my two favorite beings (my dogs) currently live.The summer after my freshman year at Northeastern University in Boston, I studied abroad in Rome and traveled around Italy and France. After finishing my freshman year in Boston, I transferred to Michigan and started UROP.Last year I worked on a public policy project called Welfare Tattoos: Media Frames and Policy Diffusion. I traveled to Chicago to present my project with the other researchers at the Midwest Political Science Conference in April 2013.

 

Ciara Turner

Social Sciences

My name is Ciara, and I am a second-year Peer Advisor! I am a pre-law dual-major (Political Science and Philosophy), with a minor in Interdisciplinary Astronomy, and am currently working on an honors thesis in the Political Science Department that deals with the politics of space weaponization. When I'm not in seminar or in the office, you'll be likely to find me at the Big House, at a car show (huge Mustang fan!), with a book, or working as a data processor at ICPSR. This year, I am also President of Delta Gamma Phi, the pre-law sorority on campus, so you might find me hanging out with my DGPhi sisters. I am excited for this upcoming year, and hope to see you around the office (or in seminar, of course)! Go Blue! 

Belle Valentic

Humanities

 

Sam Williams

Biomedical Sciences

I'm a senior studying BCN (Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience) here at U of M and I'm working toward a career in medicine. The pre-med track can be stressful at times, so to keep my balance (and sanity, it seems) I'm a part of the U of M waterski team and am involved in the Greek Life community. When I'm not at school, I love travelling with my sister, a sophomore here, and my parents; I'm always eager to meet new people and to learn firsthand about new places and cultures.

Stephen Yaros

Changing Gears

I am a senior LSA student studying Political Science and Economics. Last year I transferred from Wayne State University, and I participated in the Changing Gears program studying our country’s Medicaid system and how it affects the political participation of the poor. I am excited to be returning to the program to pass on what I have learned from my experiences to new transfer students at the University. Besides participating in UROP, I also play intramural football and write for the Michigan Daily. My hobbies include fantasy football, mountain biking, adventure races, and watching reruns of the West Wing. While studying, I enjoy listening to the Les Miserables movie soundtrack and Tupac. I also enjoy spending time with my family and my girlfriend, who goes to Notre Dame (but I try not to hold it against her)

Jenny Yu

Engineering

I am a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering. I went to high school in Rochester Hills, MI but I have lived in many different places such as Puerto Rico, Canada and China. I was a member of the Michigan Research Community, UROP’s residential affiliate, for the past two years and was the Technology group peer advisor last year. I am currently a member of the Michigan Autonomous Aerial Vehicle Team and have been involved in research in the fields of MEMS (Microelectromechanical Systems) and Terahertz. In my free time, I enjoy visiting new places, cooking, playing volleyball, hanging out with friends, listening to music and singing karaoke.