current members


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.

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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 Hickey

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 Lee

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 Kostyanovskaya

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 Cao

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 Belonwu

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 Cai

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).

Liron Noiman


Ramie Fathy

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.

Carlos Johnson-Cruz

Stephanie Wankowicz

Arja Ray

Iris Bachmutsky

Other Contributors

  • Nick Weiler


  • Peter Chisnell

  • Meryl Horn

  • Samantha Ancona Esselmann

  • Sam Hindle

  • Nicole Stone

  • Lynn Wang

  • Demetris Roumis

  • Ryan Jones

  • Austin Chou

  • Erin Nicole Reeves

  • Lay Kodama

  • Christy Adams

  • Theresa Cheng

  • Kathleen Molnar

  • Carly Van Orsdel

  • Steven Gee

  • Zairan Liu

  • Ben Cohn

  • Liz Unger

  • Alex Mendelsohn

  • Amanda Mason

  • Tyler Ross

  • Kate Woronowicz

  • Bryan Sebold

  • Karuna Meda

  • Sama Ahmed