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Anna Sappington


Class of 2019; Course 6-7

Anna is a junior studying computer science and molecular biology. She UROPs at the Broad Institute and volunteers at MGH each week. She absolutely loves working with BUSA to connect the MIT biology community and can’t wait to plan more events and activities this year!

Meenakshi Chakraborty

Class of 2019; Course 6-7

Since 2016, Meena has worked in the Sharp Lab (MIT Koch Institute), studying how certain microRNAs relate to state transitions in embryonic stem cells. She hopes to pursue a PhD that combines computation and biological experiments to address major challenges to human health. Outside of lab, she enjoys music, fitness, and spending time with friends and family.

Vaishnavi Phadnis

Freshman Rep

Vaishnavi is one of the freshman reps for BUSA and plans to major in 6-7. Outside of classes, she UROPs at the Whitehead Institute, is a mentor for the Leadership Training Institute, a counselor for Camp Kesem, and a MedLink. In her free time, she enjoys reading, singing, listening to music, and hanging out with friends (especially getting food with friends). Vaishnavi is passionate about biology (especially research) and is excited to contribute to fostering community in MIT Biology through BUSA!

William Phu

6-7 Chair

Class of 2020; Course 6-7

Since he was a child, William has been interested in understanding the mechanisms of life as he believes that understanding what goes on inside of us is critical to understanding ourselves as a whole. He is excited about the intersection of computer science and biology and possibilities that computation will provide. In his free time, William enjoys cooking, reading science fiction, and writing.

Stephanie Zhang

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Stephanie Zhang is a freshman rep for BUSA, as well as being involved in Sigma Kappa, TechX, and Class Council. From Boulder, Colorado, Stephanie has always loved biology. She’s an aspiring 6-7 with a minor in political science. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys playing Mario Party, playing the piano, and hanging out with her roommates.

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Muskaan Aggarwal


Class of 2020; Course 7 

Muskaan is a sophomore from California, majoring in biology. After MIT, she hopes to pursue a career in medicine with an emphasis on international relief work. For the past two years, she has been working in the Amon Lab at MIT, studying the role of aneuploidy in cancer progression and metastasis. Currently, she is studying the T-cell evolution of thymomas in chromosomally unstable mice. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Alice Zhou

Social Chair

Class of 2020; Course 7A and 15-1

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Alice has loved biology since she dissected a starfish in her 7th grade life sciences class. While her knowledge of biology has expanded since that day in middle school, Alice finds that there is always more to learn in this exciting and ever expanding field. On campus, Alice is an EMT and a member of the Panhellenic Executive Board. She is excited to be a part of BEXEC and hopes to foster new ways of connecting course 7s with each other and with the amazing faculty we have at MIT!

Leon Yim

5-7 Chair

Class of 2020; Course 5-7

I grew up on the beautiful tropical island of Taiwan and enjoy running outdoors during the autumn season. My current research interest is in super nanoparticles introduced to the blood stream of animals for fluorescent blood flow imaging and analysis. I enjoy reading a good book in the evenings whenever I get the chance!

Sandhya Kalavacherla

Freshman Representative

Class of 2021; Course 7 


I'm a freshman from the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm especially interested in computational biology and its applications to cancer genomics research. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, exploring new places, and photography.

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