Writers, Illustrators, & Layout

Staff Writers:

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Clare Nimura is a sophomore in Columbia College (’22) majoring in English on the pre-med track. On campus, she is on the AMSA Bioethics committee, is a member of CU Global Brigades and volunteers with One-to-One tutoring. She also does research in a Biomedical Engineering Lab on campus and hopes to pursue a career in pediatric medicine. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, doing the New York Times crossword and exploring the city in search of good food.

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Georgina Gonzalez is a junior in Columbia College (21′) majoring in Neuroscience with a concentration in Political Science. On campus she’s involved in the Mixed Heritage Society and the UN IVY STEM Connect program. She’s passionate about politics, science communication and social justice and hopes to be able to combine these passions into a dream career. She can often be found honing her many spotify playlists in preparation for any spontaneous DJing requests.

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Hari Nanthakumar is a sophomore in SEAS (’22), majoring in Materials Science & Engineering. Hailing from a small town in Upstate New York, Hari is interested in exploring the human side of science and sharing its advances and joys with everyone, all while having a little fun in the process. When not doing this, he usually spends his time watching whatever random and interesting thing he can find on Youtube and Netflix, listening to mildly embarrassing pop music, and napping.

Katherine Liu is a junior in SEAS, majoring in BME and minoring in Psychology. She is originally from Shanghai, and studied in the sunny Los Angeles and the not-so-sunny (but still beautiful) Connecticut before her move to the Big Apple. She is currently a research assistant at Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, and is mesmerized by everything that relates to the brain.


Kyle Warner is a senior in SEAS (’20) studying Earth and Environmental Engineering. He hopes to one day research and develop renewable energy technology to help mitigate climate change. Aside from academics, Kyle enjoys participating in the arts through dance as well as musical performance using alto saxophone, piano, and guitar! He also loves recreational activities such as snowboarding, skateboarding, hiking, and playing basketball.

Liza Casella is a senior at Barnard (‘20) double majoring in math and biology. She has finally almost dropped pre-med and is planning to pursue a career in computational biology or public health. Her research experience ranges from astrophysics to computational neuroscience to immunooncology. In her free time she teaches tweens about brains and just contemplates bacteria.

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Sirena Khanna is a senior in Columbia College (’20) studying Neuroscience on the pre-med track. She loves brains first, art second, and food third, in no particular order. In her spare time, she enjoys learning about oddly fantastic things (like tardigrades), working on her new science comic series, and bothering her friends with fun shower thoughts (you’re stuck inside your skeleton!). Sirena is both an illustrator and a staff writer for the Columbia Science Review.

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Elaine Zhu is a sophomore in Columbia College from Overland Park, Kansas majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior & Ethnicity and Race Studies. She is a research assistant in the Peng Lab investigating the neurobiology of sleep. In her free time, Elaine enjoys dancing, reading books, watching movies, and discovering new food places to eat at in NYC. She plans on pursuing medicine in her future.

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Zoë Heller is a freshman in Columbia College (23′) planning to major in Biology with a concentration in Public Health. She’s passionate about medical ethics, social justice, and human physiology, and hopes to combine her interests as a physician. In her free time, she loves coffee with friends, Brooklyn (her home), and spontaneous dance parties.

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Alena Zhang is a junior in Columbia College (’21) studying Sustainable Development. Her hobbies include watching Blue Planet and cleaning out her Nalgene. Sometimes she scooters down Amsterdam for exercise.

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Ellen Alt is a junior in Barnard College (’21) and is majoring in Biology, and minoring in Sociology and Dance. Her interests include the intersections of public health, environmental justice, and women’s health. This past summer, she researched to find a CRSIPR cure for Marfan’s Syndrome at CUIMC, and hopes to attend medical school or pursue global public health. She also has been involved in the Barnard Dance Dept. showcase every semester and SGA Health Advisory Committee. In all of her free time, she frequents museums, paints, speaks French, and runs her food Instagram.


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Emily Wang is a sophomore in SEAS (’22) and a prospective engineer and current lab assistant at Hobert Lab (go worms!). She is a big fan of science, and hopes to build some vastly important things that will save humanity one day. Outside of class, she enjoys dancing, playing cello, and drawing the occasional picture.

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Stefani Shoreibah is a junior in Barnard College (BC ’21) majoring in Art History. A lifelong visual artist and aspiring physician, Stefani has had her art recognized by the Congressional Institute, companies such as the LaraBar brand, public figures such as Broadway actress Sierra Boggess, and discussed her undergraduate medical research with The New York Times. Stefani enjoys running her art blog, traveling, obsessing over Star Wars, seeing Broadway shows and Operas in New York, and working to further the intersection between the arts and medicine.

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Audrey Oh is a junior in Columbia College (CC’21) majoring in Race and Ethnic Studies with a concentration in Visual Arts. She loves to travel, take photos, and just jotting down random things on plain white paper with a ball pen. A K-pop and K-beauty guru, a feminism/activism writer, and a lover of Hungarian Pastries’ apple cider, she is usually found strolling (but never running) near Riverside Park.

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Cherie Liu is a freshman in SEAS, intending to major in Computer Science. She’s interested in the intersection of engineering with fields like medicine and art, and hopes to explore more of it in college. In her free time, she likes doing yoga, playing volleyball, baking, and spending time with her friends.

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Elaine Lee is a freshman in Columbia College hoping to study either biology or something else. In addition to CSR, she’s also involved with the Bach Society and Youth For Debate. During her free time, Elaine enjoys playing violin, rereading Harry Potter for the umpteenth time, and hanging out with her plants.

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Lorenza Bartu is a first-year at Barnard College(23’) planning to major in biology concentrating in cellular and molecular bio and environment and sustainability. Outside of CSR, she is a part of Columbia’s Dance Team. Catch her at basketball games cheering on the team! In her free time, she enjoys doing ballet, laying in grass listening to virology podcasts, and thrift shopping – she’s a sustainability major guys!

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Megan Zou is a sophomore in Columbia College (’22) from Florida who is intending to major in Neuroscience and Behavior. She is an avid fan of science-fiction and its intersection between science and art. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, oil painting, and reading the Wikipedia plot summaries of horror movies that she’s too scared to actually watch.

Layout Designers:

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Joanne Wang is a sophomore in SEAS, majoring in Biomedical Engineering and minoring in Entrepreneurship & Innovation on the premedical track. To catch a break from work, she enjoys catching up with friends over a meal or dessert. Find her grabbing an overpriced matcha oat latte from Joe Noco between classes.

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Amanda Klestzick is a junior in Barnard College (’21) majoring in biochemistry with a minor in economics. She has conducted research on proteins that are found in the brain and have a relationship to Alzheimer’s disease. She plans to pursue a career in medicine and has enjoyed volunteering in Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s Emergency Department. She is also fascinated by monetary policy and the FED and is excited to continue exploring this area. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, eating, and cooking every once in a while.

Mansi Garneni is a first-year in Columbia College, studying Neuroscience & Behavior and global health issues. She intends to work towards delivering quality, individualized care to marginalized groups through cultural and linguistic competence. She’s excited to explore the intersection of health and sociological factors in one of the most diverse cities in the world. Although she loves the Big Apple, nothing can replace SoCal’s boba or perennial sunshine in her eyes. In between Lakers games, she enjoys listening to Kendrick Lamar and Latin rap.

Aida Razavilar is a freshman in Columbia College ( CC’23) looking to major in Neuroscience and Behavior. She is from sunny San Diego, California. Outside of school she loves to rock climb, run, hike, and explore the beautiful Big Apple with friends. Aida led her high school science magazine, which is nationally recognized through the CSPA, for the past four years. She is excited to continue developing her interest in science journalism and design as a part of the layout team.

Sally Hwang is a sophomore in Columbia College (’22) majoring in Information Science on the PreMed track. On campus she’s involved in the Korean Student Association and WiCS. She’s interested in the intersection between technology and medicine. As a lover of food, she enjoys exploring new restaurants with her friends and taking pictures for her food Instagram. You can often find her rushing to SoulCycle or Barry’s Bootcamp in order to counteract all the yummy treats she eats.

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