Meet Our New Senior Peer Instructors

We are pleased to welcome five new Senior Peer Instructors for the 2017-2018 academic year. In addition to coaching and supervising our Peer Instructors next academic year, these outstanding undergraduates also serve as mentors to our research assistants and represent the Aresty Research Center at various events. Senior Peer Instructors are selected for their demonstrated leadership, strong research knowledge, and dedication to scholarly community at Rutgers.


Michael 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!  


Sean 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. 


Chris 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.


Vyom 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.


Anya 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.