Division of Biology and Medicine
Biology Undergraduate Education

Peer Advising

Peer advisors provide undergraduate students in Biology with informal advice on concentrations, academics, and more.

If you are interested in one of the Biology concentrations or have questions about the concentration that you are in, Biology Peer Advisors are available to help! Simply email the person you are hoping to meet to set up the time and place. Peer advising meetings will be very informal, taking place anywhere on campus or online, at any time that fits your schedule.

For students interested in Applied Math Peer Advising, including Applied Math-Biology, please visit their website.

Peer Advisors

  • Samantha Alzate

    Samantha Alzate

    Peer Advisor, Concentration - Biology Sc.B. (Neurobiology)

    Hi everyone! I am a pre-med senior concentrating in Biology on the Neurobiology track (and potentially Hispanic Studies). I serve as a clinical research intern at Bradley Children's Research Center, focusing on adolescent mental health. I work to investigate the neural mechanisms behind suicide ideation, suicide attempts, and self-harm through self-referential behavior. As a result, I have become a Spanish medical interpreter, a crisis counselor, and an elementary classroom aide. I am involved with the Hispanic community on campus as well as different publications like the Brown Journal of Medical Humanities and Her Campus. Feel free to reach out with any questions!

  • Aleah Davidsen

    Aleah Davidsen

    Peer Advisor, Concentration - Biology Sc.B. (Cell and Molecular Biology)

    I am fascinated by the complex events that happen on a molecular level in all living things and how mutations can manifest as disease. I do research in the Wharton Lab investigating ALS, am a Meiklejohn Peer Advisor, am on the Women's Crew Team, and want to go to graduate school in pursuit of a PhD after Brown. 

  • Nicole Dennis Talley

    Nicole Dennis Talley

    Peer Advisor, Concentration - Biology Sc.B. (Neurobiology)

    Hi everyone! My name is Nicole, and I am a junior from Tucson, Arizona concentrating in Neurobiology on the pre-med track! I work in Dr. Hart’s lab and study the neurodegenerative effects of the SOD1 mutation found in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) using the C. elegans animal model. Outside of research, I am a Patient Experience Coordinator at the Miriam Hospital, a Bruno Leader, and was on the E-Board for Production Workshop. Please feel free to reach out with any questions! 

  • Ethan Epstein

    Ethan Epstein

    Peer Advisor, Concentration - Health and Human Biology (Social Determinants of Health) & Visual Arts

    Hey! I’m a senior double concentrating in Health and Human Biology (Social Determinants of Health track) and Visual Arts. I currently intern for the Childhood Asthma Research Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. I am also an HHB DUG leader and co-president of Brown’s Pre-Med chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). Feel free to reach out with any questions about choosing courses/concentrations, double concentrating, finding summer opportunities, or anything else!

  • Brynn Goggins

    Brynn Goggins

    Peer Advisor, Concentration - Health & Human Biology AB

    Hi everyone! My name is Brynn Goggins and I am a pre-med senior from Northampton, Massachusetts majoring in Health & Human Biology with a focus in The Social Determinants of Health. At Brown I am involved with BWell Health Promotion, Project Sunshine, Brown Healthcare Advancement Journal, Brown Ballet Company, and I am a Meiklejohn Peer Advisor. Last spring I studied abroad in the Health and Society Program at King’s College London and this summer I was involved in a research project at Brigham and Women’s Hospital focusing on the management of Beta Thalassemia Minor in pregnant women. If you are interested in anything I have mentioned or just want to chat and ask questions, please feel free to reach out to me! 

  • Claire Hightower

    Claire Hightower

    Peer Advisor, Concentration - Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

    I am interested in further understanding drug development and delivery, specifically the creation of nanoparticles. I'm a pre-med student (although I'm planning to work in the Peace Corps following graduation!) I TA BIOL0800, am a research assistant in the Basu Lab, am a WiSE mentor, and am a Community Coordinator with ResLife. 

  • Cara Kaminski

    Cara Kaminski

    Peer Advisor, Concentration - Biology Sc.B. (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)

    Hi! I am a senior on the pre-vet track and I love all things wildlife related. I do research in the Simmons Bat Lab and have continued it over the summer through UTRA. Outside of biology, I volunteer at the Providence Animal Rescue League and was co-president of Brown Taiwan Society. I would love to help you with deciding to double-concentrate, balancing extracurriculars, or navigating pre-vet requirements!

  • Kamala Kenny

    Kamala Kenny

    Peer Advisor, Concentration - Biology A.B.

    Hi everyone! My name is Kamala Kenny and I am a senior concentrating in Biology on the pre-med track. I am a non-traditional student who transferred to Brown in Fall 2022 and consider myself a third-culture kid who grew up in Daegu, South Korea. On campus, I am a Federal Work Study student and have been involved with Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT), various pre-med organizations, and programs that have allowed me to travel to countries like Israel, the UAE, and Poland, to name a few. Professionally, I was a 2023 Amgen Scholar at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where I was a research intern working on the development of neuroendocrine cancer models for improved screening efficacy.  As a Black woman, I am dedicated to creating a sense of community for all students at Brown, especially Black and minority students interested in STEM fields. I love traveling and learning about new cultures, photography, and finding unique coffee shops and places to eat and express myself as a big foodie! I am so excited to serve as a peer advisor and encourage you to please reach out and ask me about my experiences, courses, internships, concentrations or if you just want to chat!

  • Ivy Koh

    Ivy Koh

    Peer Advisor, Concentration - Sc.B. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Certificate in Data Fluency

    Hi! I’m Ivy, a pre-med senior from Waco, TX concentrating in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a Certificate in Data Fluency. I’m passionate about the intersection of medicine and translational research, and I’m an undergraduate researcher in the Dawson Lab of Cancer Biophysics. I’ve also a UTA for 4 different class in the departments of BIOL, CLPS, and PHYS. I am president of Save a Child’s Heart and co-president of Kidney Disease Screening and Prevention Club, as well as Vice President of Saving Mothers. I’m also part of the Events Board of the Brown Research Club. I serve as a medical assistant and scribe volunteer at Rhode Island Free Clinic and Rhode Island Hospital. Feel free to ask me about anything! 


  • Henry Lee

    Henry Lee

    Peer Advisor, Concentration - Biology Sc.B. (Cell and Molecular Biology)

    Hey everyone! My name is Henry, and I’m a premed working in the Abdelfattah Lab to bioengineer opioid receptors. Outside of Brown, I volunteer at Rhode Island Hospital and at a local elementary school.

  • Nina Mondero

    Nina Mondero

    Peer Advisor, Concentration - Health and Human Biology

    Hi all! I am a rising senior concentrating in Health and Human Biology on the Pre-med track. On campus, I am involved in pediatric clinical research, Filipino Alliance, and club lacrosse. I also volunteer at Hasbro Children's Hospital and have taken the MCAT this past summer. Ask me about my semester Study Abroad experience in a health and biology focused program!

  • Yonatan Najman-Licht

    Yonatan Najman-Licht

    Peer Advisor, Concentration - Biophysics

    I am a senior from The Bronx, NY, and am very excited to be a peer advisor! I am president of the Gift of Life club and leader of the biophysics DUG. I research genetic heart disorders in the Koren Lab and have spent a Summer in Providence working in the lab using LINK funding. I serve as a student trustee on the board of Brown RISD Hillel and love to play intramural sports throughout the year. 

  • Orly Richter

    Orly Richter

    Peer Advisor, Concentration - Biology A.B.

    Hi everyone! I’m a senior from outside of New Haven, CT, and I’m planning to pursue a career in research. I do research in the Mani Lab on campus, and I have completed a summer UTRA and a cancer research fellowship. On campus, I’m a mentor for WiSE, a member of the Brown Equestrian Team, a Bruno Leader, and an advocate for Connect for Health. Please feel free to reach out with any questions!

  • Anusha Srinivasan

    Anusha Srinivasan

    Peer Advisor, Concentration - Biology Sc.B. (Biomedical Informatics)

    Hi! My name is Anusha and I'm a pre-med senior from California. At Brown, I have been involved in maternal health research at the Center for International Health Research and research on pediatric anxiety/depression involving electronic health records analysis in the Chen lab (for which I also received a summer UTRA). I have also received a summer LINK award to pursue research at UC Davis School of Medicine. Outside of research, I have been involved with a variety of clubs/activities including Connect for Health, the Triple Helix, the Infectious Disease Society, the Brown University Orchestra and chamber music groups, and have been a TA for BIOL 0495. If you have any questions about biology at Brown or anything else I mentioned, please reach out!

  • Lizi Zhang

    Lizi Zhang

    Peer Advisor, Concentration - Biology ScB (Neurobiology)

    Hi there! I’m a Senior concentrating in Biology on the Neurobiology track, and I’m an international student from Shenzhen, China.  I am currently doing research in the Fallon lab, investigating the behavioral implications of increased hippocampal neurogenesis and how it could potentially be applied to treatment for Alzheimer’s disease! In my free time, I love to cook, play pickup basketball, and design lights for student theater productions. Feel free to reach out about choosing concentrations, concentrating in Bio as an international student, finding research, balancing interests in both STEM and humanities, or anything else! :)