About CAL BMES
BMES hosts professional development events, workshops, formal dinners, tutorials, panels, and everything in between! Many of these events are open to the general public. We also spend time hanging out as a club playing games, traveling, volunteering, or just eating food together. Our goal is to ensure our club members’ success in the world of bioengineering and/or biotechnology; this could manifest in a research position, an internship, a job offer, or even a new best friend! Our five distinct committees help members to find their own idea of success, whatever that might look like to them.
meet the 2021 - 2022 Officers
Our hardworking, dedicated officer team ensures BMES is able to function well. Get to know each officer below!
Hello! My name is Luis Fernando and I’m a 4th year Bioengineering major and EECS minor. I’m an international student from Saltillo, Mexico and I’m really excited to be serving as your president this year. I’ve been involved in BMES for the past three years and it has helped me a lot to build community and develop profesionally. My areas of interest include diagnostic and monitoring wearable devices, BioMEMS and biomedical sensors. I currently plan to attend graduate school before moving to industry and work in research and development. I’ve done research in biopolymers, electrochemical sweat sensors and immunoassays. I’ve interned at biotech and healthcare startups and worked as an extern in Carl Zeiss Meditec. Some of my favorite hobbies are photography, design, astronomy, driving, listening to music, looking at memes, running, rock climbing, drinking boba or any combination of those. Looking forward to meeting everyone (safely) in person!
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Hihi! I’m Manasi and I’m a 3rd year bioengineering major from Fremont, California. I love music, memes, and mocha-flavored anything! Some of my hobbies include singing, playing badminton, and fully utilizing that free AC Transit card to explore Berkeley. In the future, I hope to pursue some intersection of healthcare and technology either as a physician or through industry. I look forward to helping provide a welcoming community for you here in BMES this year! I’m always down to talk so feel free to hit me up if you ever need anything or want to hang out! Can’t wait to see you around 🙂
Hi! My name is Derek Ning and I’ll be one of the co-VPs this year! Currently, I’m a senior studying the Bioengineering/MSE joint major, doing research in hyaluronic acid hydrogels + genome mechanobiology. Over the pandemic I recently started fishing and reading books, but I’m also a fan of cooking, tennis, hikes…(basically everything except mushrooms). Feel free to reach out, I’m always down to meet new people!
Hey! My name is Aleysha Chen, and I’m a rising junior majoring in Bioengineering with a concentration in synthetic and computational biology and a minor in Data Science. This is my third year in BMES, and I’ll be spearheading our off-campus communications as this year’s External Relations Chair! I’m a part of the Schaffer lab on campus and also remotely work with a lab in City of Hope hospital on diabetic complications and epigenetics research back in my hometown in SoCal. Currently I’m hoping to attend graduate school and pursue gene therapeutics research in industry in the future! Outside of academics and BMES, I enjoy stress-baking cookies and sweets with friends, watching kdramas, trying out the passion fruit green teas of new boba shops, playing the piano, and exploring SF; if you ever want to join in on any of the above just reach out! I love getting to meet new people, and I can’t wait to get to know all of you in BMES!
Hello everyone! I’m Edgar, a third year international student from Jakarta, Indonesia. This year is my third year in BMES, this time serving as your treasurer! My major is Bioengineering, with concentration in Synthetic Biology and pursuing Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation and the SCET Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology!
Outside of classes, you will find me at every BMES karaoke session, singing my heart out, as many will testify. I also love to cook as a coping mechanism, as well as reading/watching Japanese art. I am on a mission to visit all Cal libraries, but you can find me mostly on Chem Library on the massage chair. Looking forward for a great year with all of you!
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Hey! I’m Cyrus Tau, a 2nd year studying Bioengineering, and I will be the co-chair of the Academic Committee with Alice! I am super passionate about all things CRISPR and gene editing, and I plan to go to grad school to pursue this further. Since last year, I have been a member of the Hsu lab where I am an expert in moving around precise amounts of liquids listening to Lady Gaga and Dua Lipa. When I’m not getting carpal tunnel pipetting, I am out biking in the beautiful Berkeley Hills, buying boba, biting on sweets, and binging Netflix and TikTok at random hours.
Hi! I’m Alice and I’m a third year bioengineering major from Shenzhen, China. I’m very excited to be one of the Academic co-chairs alongside Cyrus this year. I’m interested in cell and tissue engineering and hope to pursue a career in regenerative medicine in the future. In my free time, I love to cook, read, explore the bay, and acquire more plants for my growing collection. If you are interested in any of the above, or if you just want to chat, hit me up. Looking forward to meeting you all in BMES!
Hello! My name is Pratush, and I am a junior from Denver, Colorado studying BioE & MCB. This is my third year in BMES, and I’m very excited to serve as one of the BioE Banquet co-chairs with Howard! Currently, I am hoping to pursue a career in medicine while also participating in clinical & translational research. In my free time, you can find me hanging out with friends on campus, making late-night boba runs, & binging Netflix shows. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or just want to hang out. Looking forward to a great year!
BioE Banquet co-chair
Hey! My name is Howard and I’m a third-year bioengineering major from Salt Lake City, Utah. I’m very excited to serve as one of your Banquet Committee Co-Chairs this year!
When I’m out and about, I enjoy trying my hand (or legs, rather) at a nearby hike, exploring new nooks in Berkeley’s campus, or figuring out how to coax life into our chlorophyll-filled friends.
I’m always happy to chat about anything, so feel free to drop me a line if you ever want to talk!
BioE Banquet co-chair
Hey there! I’m Yuqing and I will be heading the Corporate Comittee with Aalaya for this school year! I am a Junior international student from Beijing, and I’m majoring in BioE with a concentration on medical devices. I get very excited to learn more about how signal processing and robotics may contribute to the medical field. I love the outdoors! You’ll probably find me spending my free time in Berkeley’s parks and trails, playing D&D with other Berkeley folks or crafting my next big project. Feel free to email with questions, queries or just to chat. Very excited to meet everyone this Fall, and in person!
Hi! I’m Aalaya, a sophomore originally from the Bay Area (Fremont, specifically) studying Bioengineering! I’m interesting in the the mechanical engineering of medical devices, and plan on going on to grad school or industry after college. For the 2021-2022 school year, I’ll be co-chairing the corporate committee with Yuqing! Outside of school I love to watch/play basketball, cook/bake, and paint! I also love making playlists on Spotify and am a huge R&B fan and always love throwbacks! I’m always down to talk anything biotech/music/basketball and feel free to reach out 🙂
Hi! I’m Max (she/her, Libra, INFJ, 3w2). I’m a junior majoring in BioE with a concentration in medical devices, and pursuing the SCET certificate for Entrepreneurship and Technology. I’m really excited to be your design co-chair for this school year!
My BioE interests span diagnostic technologies, pharma, therapeutics, biomedical devices, and healthcare advocacy. My plans (so far) include going to grad school and eventually entering industry, with a little bit of entrepreneurship sprinkled in here and there.
My non-BioE interests include streaming (ttv MewtagenLive), sending my friends obscure memes, and coming up with startup ideas.
If any of these things interest you, feel free to get in contact! See you around campus!
Hmu if you’d like to chat about traveling, cooking, my dog uwu, and all types of art (dance, classical and jazz music, visual arts..). I look forward to helping you become creative thinkers and build amazing engineering and design portfolios!
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Hello! My name is PeiWen, and I am a junior studying bioengineering from Oakland, California. I am excited to be one of your Design co-chairs along with Max this year! Currently, I am interested in the field of regenerative medicine and cellular therapies and hope to pursue a career related to the field in the future. In my free time, I love exploring various creative mediums but especially enjoy origami-making, illustrating and crocheting. Please feel free to reach out if you would like to chat about anything; I look forward to getting to know y’all this upcoming year! :))
Hey y’all! I’m Nicole and I’m a 2nd year bioengineering major from Sacramento, California. I’m most interested in regenerative medicine and hope to work in industry before potentially pursuing grad school. Once I get tired of corporate life, I want to become a high school math or biology teacher. In addition to BMES, I am also a part of Crossroads Christian fellowship and am more than happy to talk to you about church life if you are interested! Some of my favorite things include the color orange, sunflowers, fruit, sweatpants and this emoji:🥴. In my free time, I like to write, play basketball or volleyball (hit me up if you ever want to shoot around or pepper), and listen to Disney or Broadway music 🙂 Can’t wait to experience an in person semester with you all <3
Hello! I’m Josiah, a second year Bioengineering and Material Science Major from Bandung, Indonesia. I’m honored and excited to be one of the Outreach Chairs this year. My academic interests lie in cost efficient, biomimetic prosthetics, wearable sensor technology, and the state of consciousness. I’ve done research on the above fields at Johns Hopkins University at the Neuroengineering and Biomedical Instrumentation Lab and The National University of Singapore’s N.1 Institute for Health (formerly known as SINAPSE Lab). While my interests are broad as of now, I am looking to attend graduate school before entering industry. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to lots of different music, cooking, and getting caught in the rain (if you know this song reference you’re cool in my books). Looking forward to working with you all and getting to meet you all in person! Cheers!