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MCB Peer Advising Interns

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.


Britney Naolhu Name: Britney Naolhu
Major(s): Molecular and Cellular Biology, Honors Concentration
Career Goals:
Medicine
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB 150, MCB 251, MCB 252
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: THEAT 101, ANTH 101, CHLH 243, CWL 207
Favorite Place to Study: My room or Burrill Hall!
Hobbies/Interests:  Traveling, hiking, trying new foods, any outdoor activities, calligraphy,  playing the piano, and escape rooms!
Research: I am currently researching in Dr. Brenda A. Wilson's microbiology lab which investigates bacterial toxins and their delivery mechanisms in order to exploit them for therapeutic use.


Brian TibbleName: Brian Tibble
Major(s): Molecular and Cellular Biology, Honors Concentration
Career Goals: Medicine
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB 150, MCB 250
MCB Advanced Courses taken: MCB 401, MCB 461, MCB 462, NEUR 413
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: CHLH 260, SOCW 300
Favorite Place to Study: Burrill Hall, Grainger, Noyes
Hobbies/Interests:  Playing basketball, volunteering, watching sports and TV shows.  
Research: I am currently in Dr. Claudio Grosman’s lab in the department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, where we focus on the relationship between the structure and function of the Cys-loop ligand-gated ion channel superfamily of nicotinic receptors.


Erin SahmName: Erin Sahm
Major: Molecular & Cellular Biology, Honors Concentration
Minor: Psychology
Career Goals: Medicine
Favorite MCB Core Courses: MCB 150, MCB 252
MCB Advanced Courses Taken: MCB 402, NEUR 413
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: MUS 133, ECON 103, REL 270
Favorite Place to Study: NHB, CLASS Computer Lab
Hobbies/Interests: Running, hiking, trying new recipes, and training mobility service dogs!
Research: Assist Dr. Huesmann at Carle Hospital to determine whether Magnetic Resonance Elastography (MRE) is a viable option for detecting focal cortical dysplasia epilepsy.


Eileen Zheng Name: Eileen Zheng
Major(s): Molecular & Cellular Biology, Honors Concentration
Minor(s): Chemistry, EALC, Art + Design
Career Goals: Medicine
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB 150
MCB Advanced Courses taken: none yet! (but I'll be taking MCB 354 & MCB 300 in the upcoming semesters)
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: ARTD 209, ANSC 250
Favorite Place to Study: Caffe Bene, Cafe&Co, Union Basement
Hobbies/Interests: attending performances/art exhibitions, restaurant/shop exploring, reading, watching movies, & hiking 
Research: hopefully soon


Jill Patel Name: Jill Patel
Major(s): Molecular and Cellular Biology, Honors Concentration
Career Goals: Medicine
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB 250, MCB 252
MCB Advanced Courses taken: none yet! (I am taking MCB 354 and MCB 471 this fall semester!)
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: CLCV 115, REL 110
Favorite Place to Study: Ikenberry library and ACES Funk library
Hobbies/Interests: Learning about stocks and finance management, watching movies/TV shows, traveling, and trying new restaurants!
Research: I am currently in Dr. Catherine Christian’s Lab in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, where we focus on understanding the neural mechanisms that link temporal lobe epilepsy and reproductive endocrine disorders.


Allison Narlock Name: Allison Narlock
Major(s): MCB
Career Goals: College Professor
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB252
MCB Advanced Courses taken: MCB498 (Antimicrobial Resistance)
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: World Religions, Racial and Ethnic Politics
Favorite Place to Study: Lincoln Hall "Courtyard"
Hobbies/Interests: Dance, Crocheting, Sewing, any crafting
Research: I am currently in the Whitaker Lab working with archaeon, Sulfolobus islandicus. My sophomore year and summer I focused mostly on fluorescence microscopy, now I am focusing on characterizing genes on a conjugative plasmid found in one of our strains cultured from Yellowstone.


Ria Ravi Name: Ria Ravi
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology, Honors Concentration
Career Goals: Medicine
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB 251, MCB 252 MCB
Advanced Courses taken: I am enrolled in MCB 354 for this Fall!
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: ANTH 101, REL 286, THEAT 101
Favorite Place to Study: Grainger Engineering Library, 2nd Floor.
Hobbies/Interests: I love to sing! On campus, I am involved in an a cappella group. I also love dancing, traveling around the world, and watching tons of movies.
Research: I work in Dr. Blanke’s Microbiology Lab. We study the cellular intoxication mechanisms and structure-function relationships of several toxins, and we are especially interested in investigating mechanisms of cellular entry and trafficking, as well as action of toxins on immune cells.


Nisheka Vanjani Name: Nisheka Vanjani
Major(s): Molecular and Cellular Biology, Honors Concentration
Minor(s): Chemistry
Career Goals: Medicine
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB 150 and MCB 250 
Advanced Courses taken: MCB 354, and MCB 402
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: CHLH 260, DANC 100, and CLCV 102
Favorite Place to Study: ACES Library and UGL (by the windows!)
Hobbies/Interests: Dancing (I am a Bhangra Dancer!), Teaching, Basketball, and Making Pasta (I think I eat pasta every other day)
Research: I’ve done research in Dr. Jeffery Woods' Exercise Immunology lab in the department of Kinesiology, and I am currently in Dr. Yu Lu’s DNA Nanotechnology lab in the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.


Sandra Samborski Name: Sandra Samborski
Major(s): Molecular and Cellular Biology, Honor Concentration 
Minor(s): Chemistry
Career Goals: Medicine 
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB 252
MCB Advanced Courses taken: none yet! (I will be taking MCB 354 in the upcoming semester)
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: THEA 101, GER 250
Favorite Place to Study: Caffe Bene and Main Library 
Hobbies/Interests:  Photography, reading, hiking in US national parks
Research: Currently looking for a lab