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Meet Our Recruitment Team

Each year, MRADS selects a group of students to engage with prospective students. Read their bios below to learn more about them. If you are interested in speaking with a specific student, email discovermrads@umich.edu to get connected with them!

**Update** We are no longer holding tours please check out our instagram tour.

Adding to the significance of this moment is the reality that your class is being called upon to make a decision during unprecedented circumstances. We recognize that nothing can replace an in-person visit to the University of Michigan, so we will do everything we can to help you experience MRADS from where you are.

Steve Dunne

Hometown: Livonia, MI

Majors: Biochemistry and Mathematical Biology

 

Ari Garner

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Major: Microbiology

 

More about Steve

Research Project: I work in the UofM Pharmacy department on a mathematical modeling project. If we can make a model for the drug we are working on, we can make a better and cheaper treatment plan for tuberculosis, which affects millions each year. I love my project because it is interdisciplinary and teaches me about all the different research opportunities related to my interests.

Favorite MRADS Memory: My very first day at UofM, I remember meeting my mentor and making an instant connection. It was scary to get dropped into a new environment so suddenly, but I had someone looking out for me. Over the next few days I met who would become some of my closest friends, so I fondly look back on that first week.

Why did you join MRADS? I had always heard that 'research' was one of the best opportunities in college, and I wanted to see if it was for me. I was also looking for a community in college, and I heard that MRADS emphasized living and learning together. 

Advice to Incoming Students: No matter what, college will surprise you--it doesn't matter if you have a detailed plan and goal or are just figuring things out. Embrace this! Make new choices, meet new people, and learn from what follows. You'll be glad when it works out in the end.

Extracurriculars: oSTEM (a community for Queer and Trans individuals navigating the STEM fields), ACS (American Chemical Society)

More about Ari

Research Project: My research project focuses on the Toxoplasma Gondii parasite and its effect on humans. Through various wet lab processes, my lab works towards the goal of figuring out what areas of the human immune system are disturbed by the parasite. This research has a variety of real world applications that will pioneer new and exciting waves in the field of immunology. 

Favorite Memory: My favorite MRADS memory is the STEPS event during Welcome Week. This was a day where MRADS students were able to make initial bonds through problem solving and physical activity. This is my fondest memory because it was when I met my current friend group. This day’s activities initiated relationships that I continue to foster to this day.

Why did you join MRADS? I decided to join MRADS because I wanted a community that I could be apart of that would help me to accomplish my social and academic goals for my freshman year. MRADS is a combination of my goals because I was not only able to do research during my first year, but also given a community connected by our collective drive to research and discover.

Advice to Incoming Students: A piece of advice that I would give to incoming freshmen is to take advantage of the resources that are afforded to you as a student at the University of Michigan.

Extracurriculars: Friends for St. Judes, The Pre-Medical Club, Genes in Diseases and Symptoms (GIDAS), SuccessConnects

Jason Lin
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Major: MCDB
Minor: Art & Design

Reiden Magdaleno

Hometown: Grand Blanc, Michigan

Major: Public Health

More about Jason

Research Project: My research project focuses on promoting health among Asian Americans.This includes participating in flu vaccination clinics, distributing health-related resources todifferent Asian American communities and holding workshops that help enhance people’sknowledge on general health. This research is very interdisciplinary and allows me to reach outand help a variety of Asian American communities.

Favorite MRADS Memory: My favorite MRADS memory is the first game night event held byMRADS’ Sophomore Leaders. This was the day when I’ve met and connected with my peers,who are now my closest friends. Now, I have a group of friends who always get Boba with me on the weekends!

Why did you join MRADS? As a first-generation college student, I was nervous to attendcollege as it was an unknown territory. I wanted to join a community that not only helps metransition into college, but one that supports me both academically and socially. MRADSprovides a perfect blend of these goals as it has helped me develop unbreakable bonds andgained a keen interest in research.

Advice to Incoming Students: Take some time each day to plan ahead and prioritize certaintasks! This will help you develop an efficient time-management plan which will allow you to notonly succeed in your classes but also give you the opportunity to de-stress and take care ofyour mental health. KEY WORD: Mental Health

Extracurriculars: Besides MRADS, I am also the Multicultural Council President of MosherJordan Hall, where I plan and host exciting events for MoJo residents! In addition to being onthe MC council, I am also a print writer for the Undergraduate Journal of Public Health, where Iwrote a literature review on the effects of skin disorders on depression & self-confidence. Lastly,I’m also part of oSTEM, where I connect with a group of amazing individuals that support oneanother for who they are.

More about Reiden

Research Project: I work in a research lab where we study spatiotemporal population dynamics of infectious diseases using both historical and modern data. My research project focuses on comparing and understanding the seasonal dynamics of dengue and malaria in Thailand by analyzing pathogen data through visual representations generated in the statistical program R. With a better understanding of vector-borne disease seasonality, necessary information will be available to low and middle-income countries—which have the highest burden of vector-borne diseases—to be used to improve disease prevention and vector control measures leading to an overall decrease in cases.

Favorite MRADS Memory:  My favorite MRADS memory would have to be the Arb tour that I attended a couple of days after I moved in to MoJo. Admittedly, I was a little anxious being unfamiliar with campus and being grouped with the sophomores. However, everyone in MRADS was so welcoming and overall it turned out to be a really fun experience!    

Why did you join MRADS? I joined MRADS because I knew that MRADS would be a powerful learning environment that would prepare me in navigating my future in research. Aside from the research and the amazing support from the MRADS faculty, I also looked forward to enjoying the social aspects of MRADS where I could meet new people, form lasting friendships, and share happy memories—all while adjusting to the new normal brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advice to Incoming Students: Make sure to have a set schedule and follow it! There is SO much to do at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and scheduling your week will help you to balance your time with classes, research, extracurriculars, friends, and yourself.

Extracurriculars: UROP, MRADS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ananya Mangla

Hometown: Indore, India

Majors: Economics and Organizational Studies

Isha Nakra

Hometown: Mumbai, India

Major: Neuroscience

More about Ananya

Research Project: My project aims to understand the perceived risk of COVID-19 in society and understand it as compared to the perceived risk of flu across ages and individual identities. We also aim to analyze the drastic measures taken for COVID-19 from a socio-psychological perspective and reason as to why it is justified. 

Favorite MRADS Memory: My favorite memories are all of the game nights and time spent playing Among Us with everyone virtually.

Why did you join MRADS? I joined MRADS to be a part of an interactive and tight-knit community during tough times of COVID-19, and participate in research on such an established platform.

Advice to Incoming Students: Put yourself out there, make efforts to use resources and try to be engaged, but always prioritise yourself. This last year has been challenging, so don’t stress much and put your mental health first. 

Extracurriculars: Michigan Economics Society, LSA Student Government

More about Isha

Research Project: My research project is in the Medical Neuroscience department. We are studying MK-801, a drug that interferes with the working of NMDA (glutamate) receptors, which are involved in our central nervous system. Using two strains of zebrafish, TU and WIK, we are looking at their different behavioural responses to the drug and finding a genetic reason for it. Our findings can be applied to study patients who respond schizophrenically to anaesthetic drugs. 

Favorite MRADS Memory: While I was a part of MRADS virtually last semester, I loved the game nights! I loved how everyone was so excited and a little competitive. During these times some of my friends who were in the dorms would also tell me all about the MoJo cookies (AMAZING btw)!! 

Why did you join MRADS? I joined MRADS because it not only gave me the opportunity to find a research project in my first year but also allowed me to be a part of a community of like-minded people. I thought it would be the perfect stepping stone only journey to having a career in research while teaching me the basic professional skills and giving me the development opportunities I would need.

Advice to Incoming Students: Don’t come to college having expectations! No matter how much you resist it, things will change and you will learn new things as each day comes. Embrace it, have fun, and explore beyond the plan you came to college with! 

Extracurriculars: Musket, Music Matters, Project Rishi, Michigan MESO

Rebecca Tran 

Hometown: Wyoming, MI

Major: Neuroscience and Psychology 

Minor: Music

More about Rebecca

Research Project:  My research project focused on the mechanisms behind electroconvulsive shock therapy (ECT), which is a method of treating certain psychiatric disorders such as depression. This form of therapy utilizes electroconvulsive shocks, which have the potential to modify existing memories through interference with memory reconsolidation (the disruption of recalled or reactivated memories). With a better understanding of this process, the results of this project could help introduce more novel applications for the usage of electroconvulsive therapy.

Favorite MRADS Memory: My favorite memories are from Welcome Week last year when MRADS students got to meet everyone in the community through a series of bonding activities. I met some of my closest friends that week and despite the situation looking quite different this year, the strong emphasis of community within MRADS has allowed me to continue building relationships and fostering growth.

Why did you join MRADS? I knew I wanted to engage with research my first year at UM, but I was initially intimidated by the process since I had no prior experience. However, the opportunities MRADS had to offer as well as the aspect of having a welcoming, supportive community was what convinced me to join. I can honestly say that MRADS has enriched my college experience in more ways than I expected and joining was one of the best college decisions I've made.

Advice to Incoming Students:  Don't be afraid to explore! There are so many opportunities you’ll come across in college, some of which you might think are totally different from your academic/extracurricular mindset. Now is the time to discover hidden passions and embrace curiosity, so if there’s something out there that’s completely different and new that you want to try, don’t be afraid to take risks!

Extracurriculars: Friends for St. Jude, Pre-Medical Club, Perfect Pair

Audrey Wong

Hometown: Troy, MI

Major: Mechanical Engineering

 

 

 

More about Audrey

Research Project: My research is a study on how the Bmal1 circadian protein can ameliorate the damage done to the liver by fatty liver disease, which affects 100 million individuals in the United States. In the lab, we conduct DNA amplification, transfection, electrophoresis, and western blot protocols in order to test for the presence of certain proteins in the livers of mice. FLD currently has no treatment, so there are great implications of this research.

Favorite MRADS Memory: My favorite MRADS memory was probably in our first weekend of school—my hallmates and I went to get ice cream and fries, sat and talked in front of State theater, and watched the stars on Palmer Field.

Why did you join MRADS? I joined MRADS because I heard it was a very tight-knit community full of people who could give both social and academic support. I also wanted to see if research was something I liked and wanted to pursue in the future—what better way to do it than alongside a whole community?

Advice to Incoming Students: If you want to pursue something, just ask! Your peers and the U-M staff are here to support you, and you can do a lot of things simply by taking that first step in asking. People are extremely willing to help, but they can’t if they don’t know you need it.

Extracurriculars: M-HEAL NAP Team