Meet The Hive

What is the LDOS “Hive”?

While some radio shows have writer/editor "staffs," we consider the Loh Down on Science to be run by a "Hive." The term was coined to invoke a community mentality where the ideas of the writers and editors are copacetic with that of Sandra Tsing Loh, our Queen Bee and program host. (Sandra's note, delivered in eerie third person: "From LDOS' first day with the fine grad students at UC Irvine (Zot Zot!), it was clear that Sandra was in exceptional company. The LDOS Fellows' mastery of everything ranging from the subtle differences of "absorption" versus "adsorption" to the intricacies of Google drives made them hyper-capable of organizing themselves. Sandra typically just brings doughnuts.") This form of "Hive" mind management enables the Loh Down on Science to continually produce radio-ready scripts that are both scientifically accurate and a loads of fun to hear. Buzz Buzz!

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Karen Arcos
Degrees Ph.D., Cognitive Neuroscience, Emphasis in Chicano Latino Studies UCI, 2020 expected MS, Cognitive Neuroscience, UCI, 2018 expected BA, Psychology,

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Dhruba Banerjee
Degree MD, PhD, Neurobiology and Behavior, UCI, expected 2023 BA, Molecular and Cell Biology, Cognitive Science, UC Berkeley, 2013 Biography

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Sarah Block
Degrees PhD, Chemistry, UC Irvine, Expected 2018 BS, Biochemistry & Economics, 2013 Research Chemical cross-linkers for proteomics studies Biography I

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Lauren Fleming
Degrees MS, Ph.D., Chemistry, UCI, 2019 expected BA, Chemistry, The College of Wooster, 2014 Research Climate-relevant molecules in biomass smoke

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Krista Fruehauf
Degrees PhD, Chemistry, UC Irvine, 2020 Expected BS, Physiology, UC Santa Barbara, 2015  Research Polymer hydrogel nanoparticles, polymer protein interactions,

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Kellen Kartub
Degrees Ph.D., Chemistry, UCI, 2019 expected  BA, Chemistry, Wellesley College, 2014 Biography As a Southern California native who spent her

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Samantha Leigh
Degrees PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCI, 2019 Expected MS, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCI, 2017 BS, Marine and Environmental

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Paul Alexander Levine
Degrees Ph.D. Earth System Science, UCI, candidate MA, Geography, UCLA BA, Geology/Biology, Brown University Research Land-atmosphere interactions, remote sensing, Earth

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Victoria Lim
Degrees M.S., Ph.D., Chemistry, UCI, 2020 expected B.S., Chemistry, Belmont University, 2015 B.S., Mathematics, Belmont University, 2015 Research Computer-aided drug

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Margaret Lugin
Degrees Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, UCI, 2019 expected M.S., Chemical Engineering, UCI, 2016 B.S.E., Chemical Engineering, Minor in French, University of

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Jessica Monterrosa Mena
Degrees Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences: Environmental Toxicology, UCI, 2021 expected BA, Chemistry, Williams College, 2014 Biography Jessica is a graduate

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Hurik Muradyan
Degrees Ph. D., Chemistry, UC Irvine 2020 expected B.S. Chemistry, UC Berkeley, 2014 Research  Biomimetic materials Biography I am a

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Priyam Patel
Degrees Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, UCI, 2020 expected M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, UCI, 2017 B.S., Applied Physics, California

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Quang Pham
Degrees: Ph.D., Materials and Manufacturing Technology, UCI, 2020 expected MS, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCI, 2018 BS, Mechanical and Aerospace

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Rachel Rosenzweig
Degrees Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, UCI, 2020 expected B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington, 2015 Biography Rachel

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Will Thrift
Degrees Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, UC Irvine, 2019 expected MS, Materials Science and Engineering, UC Irvine, 2016 BS, NanoEngineering,

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Van Wifvat
Degrees Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, UCI, 2019 expected MS, Mechanical Engineering, UCI, 2016 BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Saint Thomas, 2013

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Bryce Wilson
Degrees Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, UCI, 2021 expected MS, Chemical Engineering, UCI, 2018 BS, Chemical Engineering, UCSD, 2016 Research Development of

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Jessie Yaros
Degrees PhD, Neurobiology and Behavior, UCI, expected 2020 BS, cognitive science, UCSD, 2012 Biography The Other-Race Effect (ORE) is the

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Ted Yoo
Degrees Ph. D., Materials Science, UCI, 2019 expected BS, Physics, Cal Poly Pomona, 2013 AA, Culinary Arts, Southern California School

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