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.

2017 - 2018

Kiera BrennanMichael Antosiewicz is a senior in the School of Arts and Sciences majoring in History and Classics (Greek and Latin). As an Aresty RA, Michael worked with Professor T. Corey Brennan on the Boncompagni Ludovisi Digital Archive, a project with which he continues to be involved. For the 2016-2017 academic year, Michael was a Gardner Fellow. His life-plans entail becoming a professor, although he is not yet sure whether he will pursue his classical or historical interests (or perhaps conjoin them!). In addition to his academic interests, Michael is a member of the WRSU Rutgers Radio Sports Department, announcing and discussing all things Rutgers Athletics. He is always happy to answer questions about classics, history, and sports!  


Toni GingerelliSean Connelly is a senior pursuing a major in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a minor in Public Health. He was previously an Aresty RA working in Dr. Nancy Walworth’s laboratory characterizing chromosome segregation and cell cycle progression in fission yeast. Sean continues to work with Dr. Walworth’s group investigating the role of specific genes and their effect on cell division. Last summer, Sean was an Undergraduate Research Program fellow at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Dr. Alea Mills’ laboratory. 


Yeseo HanChris Markosian is a senior in the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, pursuing a major in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a minor in Chemistry. He is researching the Hippo signaling pathway with Dr. Kenneth D. Irvine, in particular investigating the mechanism of interaction between α-catenin and Ajuba LIM protein. He has participated in the Aresty Summer Science Program, been awarded an Aresty Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and presented his research in the Irvine Laboratory at the 2015 Aresty Summer Science Symposium, 2015 Aresty Research Slam, and the 2016 and 2017 Aresty Colloquium. He also founded and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Rutgers Research Review.


Miloni ParekhVyom Sawhney is a senior in the School of Arts and Sciences, pursuing a double major in Cell Biology & Neuroscience and Psychology with a minor in Spanish. He previously worked as an Aresty RA in Dr. Eunsung Junn’s lab, studying the role of miRNAs in the development and progression of Parkinson’s disease (PD). During his time with Dr. Junn, he utilized the CRISPR construct to create a 293T cell lineage with RelA knockout, allowing subsequent cell death studies to identify the role of the RelA gene in PD. Vyom has since begun working with Dr. Teresa Leyro with whom he plans to complete an honors thesis. As a part of Dr. Leyro’s team, he is working to identify gender differences in distress tolerance in daily smokers as well as how gender differences differentially relate to early cession. Concurrent with his honors thesis, Vyom is working to collect data for two additional studies.


Carolyn ZhuAnya Singh-Varma is a senior in the SEBS Honors Program majoring in Biotechnology and minoring in Biochemistry. She is currently working under the direction of Dr. Joachim Kohn and Dr. Yong Mao at the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials investigating the antimicrobial effect of the amniotic membrane.