Ben Mansky, President
Ben is a neuroscientist-in-training, studying how stem cells in the brain remember where they come from. In his spare time, he’s scrunched into weird poses trying to snap a good photo, trying out assorted creative hobbies, or cooking/eating/reading about food.
Anna Lipkin, Executive Team
Anna is a neuroscience student who focuses on how the brain changes during adolescence. When she's not in the lab, she can usually be found in the dance studio, reading on the bus, or playing with her cat.
Katie Cabral, Executive Team
Katie studies how groups of cells can work together to assemble themselves into tissues and organs. In her spare time, she likes to knit homemade hats and scarves as presents for her friends and family. She also enjoys exploring the great outdoors.
Devika Nair, Executive Team
Devika is a clinical researcher in the radiology department and currently oversees a large translational brain tumor project. Outside of the lab, she enjoys learning classical dances, reading, and finding all the best places to hike in the bay.
Kelsey is a biochemist-in-training, studying how cells make proteins and why problems with protein production lead to disease. In her spare time, you can find her playing sports or checking out some breweries.
Jina is a second year pharmacy student, on the path to becoming a legal drug dealer. She loves to look up new brunch recipes, complain about the cold weather, and play old-school flash games.
Elina is a scientist-in-training who studies how neurons in the brain fix their DNA. When she's not in the lab, you can find her at a comedy show, trying new food, or ruminating about the latest policy issue.
Yiqi is a Ph.D. candidate in bioengineering at UCSF. She is studying how nanoscale structures can improve the microenvironment of a blood vessel after a stent is implanted. In addition to her research, Yiqi loves camping and hiking in the outdoors, cooking comforting meals, and trying new hobbies like rock climbing and aerial silks.
Stella is a scientist in training who enjoys writing and performing stand-up comedy, painting, yoga, vintage clothes shopping, and eating good food (ice cream) in the city.
Nancy spends most of her days coordinating clinical trials for people with Huntington's disease (HD) and spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. Outside of work, she loves learning about different cultures and listening to people's stories. In addition, she is an aspiring chef who simply cannot follow recipes (she always adds her own flavors).
Ramie is a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania who got involved with CTOR while working as a Breast Care Center Intern at UCSF. His time with CTOR has driven his interest in science communication as well as Otolaryngology (shout-out to Dr. Charles Limb for being awesome). When he's not memorizing algorithms to diagnose renal diseases, Ramie loves to explore Philadelphia, collect records, go hiking or running, and play trivia or board games.
Samantha Ancona Esselmann
Erin Nicole Reeves
Carly Van Orsdel