BioSCAN Students

Current Students

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Kristi Gadalla

2013 – present

Student Assistant

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Kristi is a junior studying biomedical engineering. Since childhood she has loved fishing and catching small crabs with her bare hands. To date she considers eating an entire Freebirds super monster burrito in one sitting to be her greatest accomplishment. While eating obscene amounts of food is currently her most treasured talent, running obscene distances is a close second.

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Tristan Jordan

2013 – present

Student Assistant

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Tristan is a freshman majoring in Biochemistry and plans to minor in Economics. Since he was young, he has been passionate about the study of nature and life. One of his goals is to pursue biological research that contributes to medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys playing piano and drawing manga.

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Kelsey Bailey

2012 – present

Student Assistant

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Kelsey is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Photography. She used to fear worms, but after her first day curating Polychaetes (marine worms), she is slowly getting used to them (after all they are no longer alive). She is fond of antiquated forms of photography, voluminous clouds, eclectic music, coffee, butterflies and being sassy.

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Jennifer Shen

2012 – present

Student Assistant

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Jennifer is a first-year Masters student studying Environmental Engineering. As an undergrad at the University of California Berkeley, she studied Environmental Science and Economics. She enjoys exploring zoos and museums, especially ones with dinosaurs because they are both interesting and exciting.

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Maria Peltekova

2011 – present

Student Assistant

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Maria is an English major who is happy to have an excuse for wandering over to the Museum everyday. If she were a fruit, she would be a strawberry; if she were an animal, she would be a cat; if she were a day, she would be Monday; and if she were a specimen in a marine bio lab, she would be an Uca mjoebergi, though she wouldn't mind being a Eubranchipus holmanii.

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Jean Pongsai

2011 – present

Student Assistant

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Jean is a freshman majoring in Fine Arts. She plans to pursue fashion design in the future. Her special talent is squirrel calling, and yes, they do run over to her. Whenever she is bored, she likes to watch scary movies. Her favorite food is curry, so please buy her some.


Student Alumni

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Giovani Zelada

2012

Student Assistant

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Giovani is a Sophomore majoring in Human Biology and considering a minor in Theatre. He is passionate about helping his community which is motivating his studies and leading him on the path to becoming a physician. His favorite part about working in the MBC is the fabulous variety of marine animals — seeing so many different invertebrates!