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OUR TEAM

 Medical Aid Initiative is composed of 50 UCLA undergraduate student volunteers. Serving on one of our five committees, each volunteer's experience is different, but everyone is equally connected to implementing MAI's goals into the community. Discover members' journeys within our organization below. 

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— Member Spotlights —

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DONATIONS COMMITTEE

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DONATIONS COMMITTEE

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Talia Rajasekar

WAREHOUSE COMMITTEE

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EXTERNAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE

— Meet the Members —

Achyutha Kodavatikanti

Achyutha Kodavatikanti

Year: 1 Major: Neuroscience Fun Fact: I’m a crazy cricket fanatic

Alex Zhang

Alex Zhang

Year: 4 Major: Bioengineering Fun Fact: I’ve traveled to 38 out of the 50 US states!

Andree Furlan

Andree Furlan

Year: 3 Major: Neuroscience Fun Fact: I am a witness in a murder trial

Ash Tanwar

Ash Tanwar

Year: 4 Major: Psychobiology Fun Fact: I had a pet stingray growing up!

Ashna Kumar

Ashna Kumar

Year: 1 Major: Biology Fun Fact: I love working out and doing anything active!

Ben Pang

Ben Pang

Year: 4 Major: Bioengineering Fun Fact: I summited Mt. Whitney in 2015!

Brianna Empson

Brianna Empson

Year: 4 Major: Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics Fun Fact: I only have one kidney!

Cassidy June Chiong

Cassidy June Chiong

Year: 1 Major: Pre-Human Biology and Society Fun Fact: I've been to 16 countries!

Charlotte Suiza

Charlotte Suiza

Year: 4 Major: Psychobiology Fun Fact: I once folded 1000 paper cranes one summer

Diana Diep

Diana Diep

Year: 3 Major: MCDB Fun Fact: I have color synesthesia!

Dorsa Zahedi

Dorsa Zahedi

Year: 2 Major: Psychobiology Fun Fact: I play a D1 club sport

Eesha Shankar

Eesha Shankar

Year: 1 Major: Computational and Systems Biology Fun Fact: My favorite pastime is playing Tetris!

Ellen Si

Ellen Si

Year: 4 Major: Biochemistry Fun Fact: I love handicrafts such as modular origami, cross-stitching, and stamp making

Elisa Bass

Elisa Bass

Year: 4 Major: Economics Fun Fact: I like to rock climb!

Emily Cheng

Emily Cheng

Year: 1 Major: MCDB Fun Fact: My roommate's also named Emily.

Emmanuel Ogunrinde

Emmanuel Ogunrinde

Year: 4 Major: Psychobiology Fun Fact: I do Track and Field sprinting in my free time

Gabi Oyama

Gabi Oyama

Year: 3 Major: MCDB Fun Fact: I can wiggle my ear

Ginny Ghang

Ginny Ghang

Year: 1 Major: Computational and Systems Biology Fun Fact: I like Asian pears and mini apple pies from Trader Joe's.

Giovanni Mevi

Giovanni Mevi

Year: 4 Major: Anthropology/Pre-Med Fun Fact: I am terrified of airplanes

Harsimer Bal

Harsimer Bal

Year: 1 Major: Pre-Human Biology and Society Fun Fact: In my junior year of high school, I accidentally cut my hand with a knife while cutting an avocado and had to get stitches!

Jasmine Nguyen

Jasmine Nguyen

Year: 1 Major: Environmental Science Fun Fact: I’ve never been to Wendy’s

Jeffrey Huynh

Jeffrey Huynh

Year: 4 Major: Biology

Jonah Nahoul

Jonah Nahoul

Year: 1 Major: Biology Fun Fact: I’m a below average bass player

Joseph Ettipio

Joseph Ettipio

Year: 1 Major: MCDB Fun Fact: I used to play soccer and run XC and Track so I’m probably a little too obsessed with running.

Jovana Mahho

Jovana Mahho

Year: 4 Major: MCDB Fun Fact: I've seen a volcano erupt

Jule von der Heydt

Jule von der Heydt

Year: 1 Major: Psychobiology Fun Fact: I’m an international student from Germany

Julia Wengier

Julia Wengier

Year: 2 Major: Biology Fun Fact: I moved across the country when I was 16!

Kendal McCarthy

Kendal McCarthy

Year: 4 Major: Psychobiology Fun Fact: I love dogs but I'm agressively allergic to them

Lisa Yan

Lisa Yan

Year: 3 Major: Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics Fun Fact: I used to roller skate competitively!

Lorna Su

Lorna Su

Year: 4 Major: Biochemistry Fun Fact: I’m from new zealand!

Molly McAndrew

Molly McAndrew

Year: 1 Major: Neuroscience Fun Fact: I've done service trips in small villages in both Guatemala and Panama!

Nada AbouHaiba

Nada AbouHaiba

Year: 4 Major: Biology Fun Fact: I don't like not liking a food, so I usually try and train myself to like that food.

Naren Ramesh

Naren Ramesh

Year: 3 Major: MIMG + Bioinformatics Fun Fact: I’ve gotten both a speeding ticket and a parking ticket in the span of 3 hours

Nidhi Kadiyala

Nidhi Kadiyala

Year: 1 Major: Psychobiology Fun Fact: I used to be able to hula hoop for 15 mins straight!

Nolan Nguyen

Nolan Nguyen

Year: 4 Major: Psychobiology Fun Fact: My hobbies are reading, working with computers, cooking, and music!

Philip Raj

Philip Raj

Year: 3 Major: Psychobiology Fun Fact: I believe that Shake Shack is objectively the best fast food

Rachel Chan

Rachel Chan

Year: 1 Major: Biology Fun Fact: I have a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo!

Rachel Xu

Rachel Xu

Year: 1 Major: MCDB Fun Fact: I did not learn that giraffe was spelled with a g until I was 9. Truthfully one of the most shocking moments of my life.

Saleha Mian

Saleha Mian

Year: 4 Major: Psychobiology Fun Fact: I'm currently learning to surf!

Sartaj Bal

Sartaj Bal

Year: 3 Major: Human Biology and Society Fun Fact: I make the meanest smoothie around

Serena Gill

Serena Gill

Year: 1 Major: Psychobiology Fun Fact: I’ve been vegetarian my entire life! But I’m still a foodie and love finding new places to eat.

Shiley David

Shiley David

Year: 1 Major: Neuroscience Fun Fact: I did musical theater for ten years 😬

Sofia Litchev

Sofia Litchev

Year: 3 Major: Biochemistry Fun Fact: I have an unhealthy obsession with whipped cream.

Swetha Ampabathina

Swetha Ampabathina

Year: 4 Major: MCDB Fun Fact: A girl put scissors around my neck in the 5th grade :)

Sydney Laramie

Sydney Laramie

Year: 3 Major: Physiology Fun Fact: I can talk about Marvel movies with a fiery passion

Talia Rajasekar

Talia Rajasekar

Year: 1 Major: MCDB Fun Fact: Love watching crime shows (Sherlock, Bones, NCIS, you name it).

Thalia Nguyen

Thalia Nguyen

Year: 1 Major: Neuroscience Fun Fact: I love shooting outfit photos for my Instagram!

Vy Truong

Vy Truong

Year: 3 Major: Computational and Systems Biology Fun Fact: I once hit up 3 ice cream shops within an hour