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Neuroscience Program

Peer Advisors

  • Mary Francis Garcia
    Mary Francis Garcia ‘23


    Hello everyone! My name is Mary Francis Garcia! I am a Bay Area Native from San Carlos, California (about a 30 min drive from campus). In terms of academic pursuits, I am a pre-med student with an interest in bioethics, which is something I really want to incorporate into my career. When I am not in class or doing homework, I am most likely doing research in Dr. Cocas’ neurodevelopment lab. Lastly, some of my hobbies include: bike riding, crochet, reading, and trying new food places. As a neuroscience peer advisor I really hope to make sure all of you love the major as much as I do by helping you navigate it. I look forward to meeting all of you! :)

  • Alana Johnson
    Alana Johnson '23

    Neuroscience and Biology

    Hello everyone! I am originally from Denver, Colorado but have stayed near the SCU campus for the last two years! I am currently a research assistant for the Bayless Lab on campus researching motile cilia in our model organism tetrahymena. Post graduation I plan on working in the bioresearch industry before eventually attending graduate school! In my free time, I enjoy yoga, music festivals, and being outside!!! Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or just want to chat! Can't wait to meet you all!

  • Emily Rios
    Emily Rios '24

    Neuroscience and Biology

    Hello everyone! I am originally from Radnor, Pennsylvania and I am looking forward to meeting everyone on campus! I am very interested in studying mental health and well-being in relation to neuroscience. In my free time, I enjoy reading, spending time outside, and listening to all sorts of music. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions and I am looking forward to meeting you all and helping out in any way I can!

  • Jennifer Stavreva
    Jennifer Stavreva '23

    Neuroscience and Public Health

    Hello everyone! I am originally from Bulgaria but have lived in Chicago, IL for quite a few years before making the move to Santa Clara. In addition to Neuroscience, I am also majoring in Public Health to best prepare me for my future in the healthcare field and to fuel my interest in public health policy. Outside of school, I love to read, travel and explore the Bay Area with friends! I am super excited to be stepping into this role and helping you out in any way that I can!

  • Jordan Yaldaei
    Jordan Yaldaei '23

    Neuroscience and Biology

    What's popping everybody? I was born and raised in San Jose, CA, which is only a 25 minute drive from campus. At SCU, I am the treasurer for the professional pre-health fraternity Delta Epsilon Mu, a Senior Senator in ASG, and a research assistant in Dr. Chen’s lab. After SCU, I plan on taking a gap year doing research at Stanford before attending medical school to hopefully become an anesthesiologist, plastic surgeon, or spinal surgeon. I cannot wait to meet everyone, and feel free to ask me anything!

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