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MCB Peer Advisors

MCB Peer Advisors are a small group of accomplished MCB majors who help the MCB Advising unit serve our students.  We are particularly helpful at providing advice on how to cultivate excellent study habits that will help students be successful MCB majors. We are also great at giving advice on fun and useful general education courses, electives and advanced MCB courses.  We are available at the beginning of the semester and during registration to help you make changes to your schedule or generally navigate the Enterprise registration system.  Please read our profiles and become familiar with us .  We look forward to seeing you during MCB Express Advising hours.


Name: Samiha Zahin Khan Co-Coordinator of Peer Advising
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Minor: Chemistry
Career Goals: Pharmacy
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): 150, 252/253
Advanced MCB course(s) taken: 354
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: PHIL 110, BTW 250, SOCW 297
Favorite Place to Study: my apartment, Chemistry Library, President lounge (Illini Union)
Hobbies/Interests: reading, cooking.


Name: Terra Scranton Co-Coordinator of Peer Advising
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology Honors Concentration, Neuroscience Certificate
Minor: Chemistry and (possibly) Informatics
Career Goals: Physician in Neurology, Oncology, Reproductive Medicine, or Internal Medicine
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB 150 and MCB 250
MCB Advanced Courses: I am taking MCB 436 (Global Biosecurity) in Fall 2016
Recommended Gen-Ed courses: LING 111, GWS 100
Favorite Place to Study: Burrill Hall, ACES Library, LAS Honors Commons
Hobbies/Interests: I like to read, play Halo on my Xbox One, watch Netflix/HBO Go/YouTube videos, help incoming students, and learn from documentaries/Ted Talks.
Research: In Fall 2016, I will be in Catherine Christian's lab working on projects related to neurology, neuroendocrinology, and epilepsy.


Name: Divya Singh
Major(s): Honors Concentration in MCB
Minor: Chemistry and Business
Career Goals: Medicine
Research: I work in Dr. Benita Katzenellenbogen’s Lab. We study endocrinology and how it relates to breast cancer and endometriosis.
Favorite MCB core Course(s): MCB150
Recommended General Education Course(s): PSYC 201, LAST 170
Favorite Place to Study: Union Study Rooms
Hobbies/Interest: Tennis, Badminton, Traveling, Reading, Baking, Scrapbooking, and almost anything outdoors


Name: Alexis Ray
Major(s): Molecular and Cellular Biology and Psychology
Minor(s): Chemistry
Career Goals: Medicine 
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB 252
Favorite MCB advanced Course(s): MCB 317
Recommended Gen Eds: ENGL 109, RLST 110, PSYC 201
Favorite Place to Study: Law Library and Grainger
Hobbies/ Interests: Swimming and watching TV shows 
Research: I am an undergraduate assistant for Dr. Mullen's Kinesiology Laboratory. We study the effects of exercise and technology on cognition. 


Name: Benjamin Samuel
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Minor: Chemistry 
Career Goals: Healthcare
Favorite MCB Core Courses: MCB 150 and MCB 354
Recommended Gen Eds: ATMS 120, CLCV 115
Favorite Place to Study: Illini Union, Main Library
Hobbies/Interest: Photography, Cinematography, Health and Lifestyle 
Research: Infant Cognition Lab


Name: Mayuri Yasuda
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology 
Minor: Spanish
Career Goals: Medicine 
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB 150, MCB 252
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: SHS 222, DANC 100
Favorite Place to Study: UGL or ACES Library
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, Drawing/Painting, Watching baseball
Research: I am currently a member of Benita S. Katzenellenbogen's lab and we study the regulation of cell proliferation and phenotypic properties of breast cancer cells to better develop endocrine therapies in breast cancer


Name: Bertha Mendez
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Career Goals: Medicine
Favorite MCB Courses Taken: MCB 150, MCB 252/253, MCB 270
Recommended Gen Eds: PSYCH 100, CHLH 260
Favorite Places to Study: Grainger, Union Computer Lab
Hobbies: Volunteering, Reading Novels, Watching shows on Netflix


Name: Kyle Espejo
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Minor: Chemistry
Career Goals: Medicine
Favorite MCB Courses: MCB 150, MCB 252
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: SOC,  REL 110
Favorite Place to Study: ACES Library or my apartment
Hobbies/Interests: Football, racquetball, watching Netflix, playing Halo


Natalia WojnowskiName: Natalia Wojnowski
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology Honors & Economics 
Minor: Chemistry
Career Goals: Medicine 
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB 150
Favorite MCB Advanced Course: MCB 465 
Recommended Gen Eds: SOC 100, CHLH 260 
Favorite Place to Study: Grainger
Research: I work in Dr. Catherine Christian's where we study the role of glial-neuronal interactions on modulating epileptic seizures. 
Hobbies: Rollerblading, hiking and long bike rides