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BioBridge Peer Advising

BioBrige, Student Services Office, Gilbert 108

BioBridge peer advising is located in Gilbert room 108

What is BioBridge?

BioBridge is an undergraduate peer advising group and informational resource for the Department of Biology. BioBridge advisors serve as a link to several aspects of the biology major by:

  • Coordinating outreach programs for current and prospective biology majors
  • Organizing info sessions and panels on topics related to research, grants, the major, employment, and other post-graduate opportunities
  • Offering social events where Biology majors and prospective majors can get to know each other
  • Answering questions about major requirements, policies, and procedures
  • Promoting interaction between Biology faculty and undergrad students

If you have questions about how to declare the major, find a research position, which courses to take, or where to study away from campus while still graduating in 4 years, come by the BioBride office hours or send them an email.

Office Hours

Office hours are held during weeks 2-9 of Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters. 

Spring Quarter 2018-19 Schedule (TBD):

  • Monday  - 1:30-3:00pm (Javarcia), 2:30-4:30pm (Ami)
  • Tuesday - 1:00-2:30pm(Yasmin), 2:40-4:30pm (Vivian), 2:30-4:30pm (Javarcia)
  • Wednesday - 1:30-3:00pm (Laura), 3:30-4:30 (Vivian)
  • Thursday - 1:30-3:30pm (Laura)
  • Friday - 1:00-3:00 (Yasmin), 3:30-4:30pm (Ami)

Meet Your Advisors

Laura Anderson

Laura Anderson, Class of '20: Laura is a junior from Washington, D.C. majoring in biology with a concentration in marine biology. Broadly, she is interested in understanding how ocean ecosystems work and how human interaction can hurt or help those ecosystems. Last year, Laura spent the spring and summer at Hopkins Marine Station, first taking courses in marine science and then working in the Micheli Lab studying kelp grazing. At Stanford, Laura works as a communications intern with the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions, which has helped her connect research with science communication. In her free time, you can find Laura biking around campus, playing saxophone in the band, cheering on the Washington Capitals or planning another adventure to the ocean. She’s excited to talk to students about studying off-campus, internship and research opportunities, the Notation in Science Communication program, scuba diving and finding ways to balance schoolwork with exploring the outdoors!

Yasmin Eltawil

Yasmin Eltawil, Class of '20: Yasmin is a junior majoring in biology who was born and raised in San Francisco to Syrian immigrants. She really enjoys doing service work in the Bay Area and beyond. Yasmin also helps local and international refugees manage their health care options and provides translation services. She plans on attending medical school after her undergraduate years. Aside from being a part of the BioBridge team Yasmin is a director on the Mint Magazine events team and is a mentor for Syrian Youth Empowerment, a non-profit initiative to support the higher education of Syrian high school students. She works in the Cheng lab in the Otolaryngology department doing work on hair cell regeneration in the murine utricle. Yasmin is always excited to talk to students about volunteer opportunities with underprivileged youth in the Bay Area and any opportunities to work with refugee families. A fun fact about me is that I have an extra rib, which only occurs in approximately 0.2% of the population!

Ami Hayashi

Ami Hayashi, Class of '19: Ami is a junior majoring in biology with a concentration in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental biology. Since working as a translator for American families adopting Chinese orphans with congenital birth defects, she’s been interested in global health and working with underserved populations. She plans to attend medical school after her undergraduate years. At Stanford she works as a Patient Care Coordinator and Mandarin Interpreter at the Arbor Free Clinics and is a Community Building Officer in the Muslim Student Union. She has previously worked in the Weissman lab in stem cell research. Growing up in a low-income community, she has always been passionate about giving back to her local communities, and is currently working on health initiatives in her hometown of Oxnard, California. An avid animal lover, she’s always happy to show pictures of her five dogs and is most likely looking for cute animals on campus in her free time. She’s excited to talk to students about global health opportunities on and off campus, serving under privileged communities, and the importance of school-life balance.

Javarcia Ivory

Javarcia Ivory, Class of '19: Javarcia is a senior majoring in biology with a concentration in Biophysics and Biochemistry. He is originally from Clinton, Mississippi, and he loves Southern food, among other things! His academic pursuits reside in using biochemistry for drug discovery/enhancement and for disease research. At Stanford, he currently conducts research in the Bertozzi laboratory, studying transcription factors relevant to NGLY deficiency, a very rare autosomal recessive disease. He is also a member of a ChEM-H entrepreneurial team, working to create a new class of gram-negative antibiotics. Previously, he has assisted in health economics research under Dr. Marcella Alsan, investigating the role of medical mistrust on Black American men’s uptake of primary care. Likewise, he plans to pursue a MD/PhD, and he enjoys talking about medicine, science, public health, and what it means to pursue those fields as a FLI person of color. He practices martial arts (taekwondo and wushu), reads literature, plays Pokemon, and jams to hip-hop/r&b in his free time.

Vivian Lou

Vivian Lou, Class of '19: Vivian is a senior from Vancouver, Canada, majoring in General Biology and Music. She is excited about the intersection of science and music, and currently conducts cochlear implant research at the Stanford Translational Audiology Research Lab. At Stanford, she is involved with clinical volunteering and health advocacy as a Mandarin Interpreter and preclinical volunteer at Pacific Free Clinic. Previously, she focused on health outreach as an intern at the Asian Liver Center, and this year she is serving as the National Advisory Board Co-Chair of Team HBV, an organization dedicated to raising awareness for hepatitis B. In her spare time, you can find her playing piano at Braun Music Center or cooking food with the Undergraduate Chinese American Association. She is more than happy to talk to students about pre-med life, double majors, sorting out four-year plans, and anything else!