Senior Peer Instructors

Senior Peer Instructors are experienced researchers and peer mentors, and serve as mentors for Aresty Peer Instructors and Research Assistants and function as the liaison between the Aresty students and the Aresty staff. Throughout the year, Senior Peer Instructors act as representatives of the Aresty Research Center; they attend various events, speak with prospective students, visit classes to share information about Aresty programs, and run workshops open to all Rutgers students doing research, covering important skills such as abstract writing and poster design. Senior Peer Instructors are selected for their demonstrated leadership, strong research knowledge, and proven dedication to undergraduate research at Rutgers.

2016 - 2017

Kiera BrennanKiera Brennan is a senior in the SEBS Honors Program majoring in Genetics and completing her George H. Cook thesis. As an Aresty Research Assistant, she worked with Dr. Aparna Zama to investigate the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on the development of the mammalian ovary. She continues to work with Dr. Zama with the intention of examining the epigenetic effects of these endocrine disruptors. This summer, she worked in Dr. Julie Secombe's laboratory at Albert Einstein Medical College studying a family of transcriptional regulators whose malfunction may relate to cancers and intellectual disabilities.  


Toni GingerelliAntoinette Gingerelli is a senior in the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program majoring in Political Science, Women’s and Gender Studies and Middle Eastern Studies with a minor in International and Global Studies. She is also a proud member of Douglass Residential College. Working with Professor Cynthia Daniels of the Political Science Department as an Aresty Research Assistant, Antoinette researched the medical accuracy of embryonic development statements in informed consent packets in the United Stated and the implications of the results in policy, bioethics and law. She is also a Gardner Fellow, Institute for Women’s Leadership Scholar, and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Youth Representative to the United Nations.


Yeseo HanYeseo Han is a senior in the School of Arts and Sciences and is a Molecular Biology and Biochemistry major. He is currently working with Prof. Uhrich at Wright Rieman Labs researching the use of amphiphilic macromolecules as bioactive polymers. In his sophomore summer, Yeseo was part of the Rutgers-Jilin Chemistry Fellowship exchange program in China and worked in Prof. Kamel Meguellati's lab researching biological applications of pillar[n]arene supramolecular compounds. Last summer, he was part of a public health Rutgers Service Learning Abroad Program in Thailand, and also worked as a Summer Peer Instructor for the Aresty Summer Science Program.


Miloni ParekhMiloni Parekh is a senior in the SAS Honors Program majoring in Cell Biology and Neuroscience and minoring in Classical Humanities. She is currently working with Dr. Alice Liu to understand how cells survive under stress by researching the activity of Heat Shock Transcription Factor 1 (HSF1) and other molecular heat shock proteins. Last summer, she worked as a Summer Peer Instructor for the Aresty Summer Science Program. She hopes to continue her education in medical school after she graduates.


Carolyn ZhuCarolyn Zhu is a fifth year student in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. As a former Aresty Summer Science participant, she conducted Alzheimer's disease research with Dr. Qian Cai in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience. Currently, she is working with Dr. Patrick Sinko in the School of Pharmacy's Honors Research Program to assess drug cytotoxicity in non-small cell lung cancer.