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 2023 - 2024 Officers
Our hardworking, dedicated officer team ensures BMES is able to function well. Get to know each officer below!
Hullo, Josiah here! I’m a fourth year BioE major (medical devices concentration) from Bandung, Indonesia and I’m honored and excited to be one of the VPs this year. My academic interests lie in human anatomy and devices that replicate human movement. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, listening to different genres of music, baking, and, in the one in a million chance rain falls in barren California, enjoy the falling rain. I’m down to meet new people so feel free to reach out for Boba or to give music suggestions! Peace. P.S. Listen to “I Like Chopin” by Gazebo. I love this song.
Hi! I’m Vienna! I’m a third-year bioengineering major (and data science minor) and I’m really excited to be this year’s president along with Josiah! Within bioengineering, I’m interested in regenerative medicine, cellular therapies, and computational biology, and I’ve been involved in stem cell engineering and clinical disease modeling research. Outside of academics and BMES, I enjoy journaling and doing calligraphy, going on Trader Joe’s runs, reading biographies, trying new recipes in the kitchen, and listening to cello concertos (the goal is to learn cello someday). Please feel free to reach out if you want to chat, and I look forward to working with you all this year! <3
Hey everyone, I’m Harry! I am a fourth year Bioengineering student, and alongside Lucile I will be one of the VPs for BMES this year! Academically, I primarily have an interest in protein, cell, and tissue engineering, as well as in biomolecular interactions. In terms of personal experience, I have worked primarily with nucleic acids (specifically with regard to enzymatic interactions with 5′ mRNA caps) and other biological macromolecules such as LNPs. Bioengineering aside, I’m also a Buddhist studies minor, with interest in Tibetan Dzogchen as well as Chan teachings. Outside of academics, I love music and my favorite hobby is playing the guitar! If you have any questions in Bioengineering related to my interests, or if you just want to talk (for example: about jamming and/or about Buddhist philosophy) please feel free to message me! I’m excited to see what wonderful things BMES will accomplish this year!
Hi all! My name is Lucile Zhu and I’m a 3rd year bioengineering major from Fremont, California. I’m interested in how medical imaging can improve diagnostics, and I want to continue investigating this after graduation. In my free time, you can catch me wandering campus or learning about plants! I also love watching pretty much any type of sport. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or just to chat. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone!
Hello! I’m Kalynna and I’m currently a 4th year in medical devices with a minor in public health — wow I made it. Most of the time, I’m holed up in my apartment rewatching my comfort shows/movies: Avatar the Last Airbender, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Kitchen Nightmares are some of the (very) few. Feel free to hit me up if you want to chat or want some advice from an aging senior, and looking forward to meeting everyone soon <3!
Hi! I’m Noelle, and I’m a 4th year from southern California studying bioengineering and materials science and engineering! If you see our weekly digest (and also this website), just know I’m the one behind it. >:-) Outside of BMES and academics, I spend a lot of my time playing games, making playlists, and creating art; I love to talk about any of these so feel free to reach out. I’m also down to talk about academics if you want any advice from someone old like me, especially if you’re interested in pursuing a double/joint major. 🙂 Looking forward to another year with BMES! <3
Hey! I’m Haley and I’m a 3rd year bioengineering major from Clovis, CA. I’m super excited to be the Internal Operations Chair this year. Currently I’m super interested in drug development and clinical trials; I hope to pursue a career related to these in the future. In my free time, I love drinking coffee, listening to music, traveling, and spending time with friends. I’m really big on concerts, tote bags, Trader Joe’s, and Anthropologie’s volcano candle. Super excited for another great year in BMES! Please feel free to reach out if you want to hang, chat, or have any questions for me :))
Internal Operations chair
Hi! I’m Yoga and I am a third year bioengineering major. I am excited to be BMES’ General Member Chair for this school year! I am interested in medical devices and cell and tissue engineering. I love learning about electrical engineering and also biochemistry. As an incoming freshman, I found BMES to be a welcoming place where I was able to make many friends that were also interested in BioE. As an officer, my goal is to make BMES a safe and inclusive space where members can explore interests and create a community that they love! Other than academics and BMES, I also love to explore cafes around Berkeley (victory point cafe is my fav), chill on the glade, trying out new experiences, and just hanging out with friends! I look forward to another school year in BMES and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me to talk about anything! <3
general member chair
Hi! I’m Alex and I’m a third-year BioE student from Los Angeles studying biomedical devices. I’m interested in studying emergency medicine, and currently I’m focusing on learning about way to make more accessible tools for people with disabilities. For this upcoming year in BMES I’ll be your public relations chair, and I’m excited for all of the events we have planned for everyone. If you’re interested in BMES or any of the events we’ll be hosting, please feel free to reach out! Outside of BMES, I’m a big fan of nature documentaries and photography, and I follow all sorts of sports and games. I’ve been listening to a variety of music genres recently, so if you have any recommendations, please hmu!
Public RElations Chair
Hi! I’m Anna, a 3rd year bioengineering major from San Diego, and I’m so excited to be serving as co-Academic Chair with Jasper! Being on the premed track, I’m interested in regenerative medicine and recently surgical robotics after seeing some really cool surgeries using the da Vinci Surgical System. Outside of school, I love dancing, singing, listening to music, traveling, and scrolling through Pinterest. Some other things that make me really happy are Studio Ghibli films, the Ilio perfume by Diptyque, sunny yet slightly windy weather, the Nutcracker soundtrack, and late night drives. I’m looking forward to this school year with you all and am always open to getting to know everyone better, so feel free to say hi whenever and reach out if you want to hang out! <3
Hey! I’m Jasper Nguyen and I’m a third year premed bioengineering major. I am delighted to be the academic co-chair with my bestie Anna Pingol for the 2023-2024 school year. I’m very interested in everything that has to do with drug development/therapies and I’m looking towards grad school with a few gap years in between just to figure everything out. Outside of school I enjoy anything that involves going out with my friends but I especially enjoy exploring new places, searching for new spots or good eats, and beautiful viewpoints (Berkeley is surrounded by them). Reach out if you have any burning questions school related or some recs for great restaurants and really pretty places! I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and I’m ecstatic for all the events we have planned for this year!
Hi!! I’m Jas, a third year, Chicana bioengineering major from Oxnard, CA. I’m interested in everything bioe, but I am concentrating in biomedical devices due to my passion for design with accessibility for low income/minority communities in mind! I love reading all types of media, going on nature walks, listening to video essays/music, and exploring all that Berkeley/Bay Area has to offer. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just want to chat/hang (I’m always in the mood for a sweet treat and walk around campus) :DD
BioE Banquet co-chair
Hey everyone! My name is Travis Gee, and I’m the banquet co-chair along with Jas this year. I’m a second year bioengineering major, most likely with a cell and tissue concentration. Some of my hobbies include cooking things of varying levels of edibility, playing instruments with varying levels of listenability, and playing badminton with varying levels of skill. I’m also part of Crossroads Christian fellowship, so feel free to ask me any questions about church life at Berkeley! Okay goodbye.
BioE Banquet co-chair
Hi! I’m Esther Chu and I’m a second year bioengineering major from OC, CA. I’m interested in drug delivery systems/regenerative medicine. My plans for the future are subject to change, but currently involve going to grad school and then working in industry. Outside of academics, I enjoy being out and about (ideally traveling to a new place in the world), spending time with friends, listening to music/podcasts, and watching TV shows/movies. Looking forward to meeting you all and having a great year with everyone!
Hi! I’m Josh, and I’m a third-year bioengineering major with a concentration in medical devices. I am one of the corporate committee co-chairs alongside Esther, and we’re excited for what our committee has to offer this year! My interests involve how devices and informatics can be utilized in healthcare. For now, my plans after undergrad are to go into industry. In my free time, I like listening to music and hanging out with friends. If you have any questions or just want to chat, feel free to message me about anything!
Hi! My name is Stanley and I’m a second year bioengineering student from San Marino, California. I’m super excited to be one of BMES’ Design Committee Chairs along with my amazing partner in crime Stacey! As of right now, I am currently interested in cell and tissue engineering or medical devices, but I am still in the process of exploring different aspects of bioengineering. I am also currently on the premed track and hope to attend medical school post graduation. On my free time, you can probably find me in the RSF combatives room dancing (hip hop, contemporary, jazz, etc–you name it!). I also love all things musical theater, hiking, music, graphic design, and of course, eating good food & grabbing boba! I’m super excited for everything we have in store for Design Committee this year and I can’t wait to meet you all!
Hi! I’m Stacey, a third year bioengineering major (cell & tissue concentration) from Central Los Angeles. I’m still figuring out where I want to be, but am currently looking at the world of cell and gene based therapeutics and regenerative medicine. I can honestly see myself being at an office, lab, or classroom in the future (I call that range). Outside of school, I am a Home Chef (cooking for myself on a college budget), Amateur Artist (drawing once a year), and Retired Athlete (gets excited to go outside). I also enjoy learning about animals, the survival horror genre <3, and curating very specific playlists. I’m excited to serve as one of your design chairs and looking forward to meeting you all!
Hi! I’m Ella and I am a third year bioengineering major from Dublin, California. I am extremely excited to be one of the Outreach co-chairs with Chimkasinma this year. I love Outreach so much and I look forward to making my committee an inviting place for everyone to grow and share their own visions. In the future, I hope to learn how I can apply computer science to help analyze healthcare data more accurately. Outside of school, I enjoy traveling, painting, taking film photos, and fashion!! Feel free to contact me to chat about anything. I can’t wait to meet everyone!
Hello there! My name is Chimkasinma, and I’m currently in my second year of studying bioengineering. I’m thrilled to be serving as one of the Outreach Chairs alongside Ella. As an international student from Nigeria, I’m passionate about improving education and healthcare opportunities in Africa. That’s why I founded KidInNeedsociety during the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to provide educational supplies to children in Nigeria, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe. In my free time, I enjoy watching shows, singing, and dancing. Additionally, I am going to be an RA at Cheney Hall. I’m excited to meet new people this year, so don’t hesitate to reach out to me!