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!

Alberto Soto
Loh Downs Knot My Problem Sing Song Test Degrees Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCI, 2019 expected MS, Mathematics, UCI,
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Autumn Homes
Degrees Ph.D.,Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, UCI 2018 expected B.S., Microbiology, Minor in Spanish, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 2012 Research:
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Bela Abolfathi
Degrees Ph.D., Physics & Astronomy, UCI, 2020 expected MS, Physics & Astronomy, UCI, 2016 BA, Physics, Reed College, 2011 Research
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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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Caitlin Looby
Degrees: Ph.D., Biological Sciences, UCI, 2017 expected MS, Biotechnology Sciences, Kean University, 2012 BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of
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Candice Gellner
Degrees Ph.D., Pharmacological Sciences, UCI, 2017 expected BS,Biochemistry, CSU, Sacramento, 2012 Research Establishing a Proper Model of Tobacco Dependence: Influence
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David Herman
Degrees Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences, Emphasis in Exposure Sciences UCI, 2019 expected BS, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Education Minor, UCI,
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Dawn Woodward
Degrees Ph.D., Earth System Science, UCI, 2019 expected BS, Mathematics: Life Sciences, Appalachian State University, 2014 Research Modeling economic carbon
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Dhruba Banerjee
Degree MS, PhD, Neurobiology and Behavior, UCI, expected 2023 BA, Molecular and Cell Biology, Cognitive Science, UC Berkeley, 2013 Biography
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Elena Liang
Degrees Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, UCI, 2017 expected MS, Biomedical Engineering, UCI, 2014 BS, Bioengineering, UC Berkeley, 2009 Research Selective cell
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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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Jaleal Sanjak
Degrees Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCI, 2018 expected Mathematical, Computational and Systems Biology Certificate, UCI, 2014 BS, Biotechnology, James
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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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Jessie Yaros
Degrees PhD, Neurobiology and Behavior, UCI, expected 2020 BS, cognitive science, UCSD, 2012 Biography “They all look the same to
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Jie Zheng
Degrees Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, UCI, 2018 MS, Biomedical Engineering, UCI, 2015 BS, Electrical Engineering, Nanjing University, 2013 Research Illuminating the
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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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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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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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Kyle Naughton
Degrees: Ph.D., Physics, UCI, 2019 expected MS, Physics, UCI, 2016 BS, Physics, UC Santa Barbara, 2012 Research Structure-function relationships of
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Lancy Lin
Degrees Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, UCI, 2019 expected M.S., Biomedical Engineering, UCI, 2017 B.S., Bioengineering - Biotechnology, UC San Diego, 2013
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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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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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Margaret Tse
Degrees Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, UCI, 2017 expected BS, Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2012 Research Rare Event Sampling and
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Morgan Ingemanson
Degrees: Ph.D., Biology: Anatomy & Neurobiology, UCI, 2017 expected BA, Neuroscience, Pomona College, 2013 Research: Proprioception and motor learning after
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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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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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Rebecca Johnson
Degrees Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences: Environmental Toxicology, UCI, 2020 expected BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts - Amherst,
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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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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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Sumner Norman
Degrees Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCI, June 2017 MS, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCI, December 2017 BS, Mechanical Engineering,
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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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Thomas E. Baker
Degrees: Ph.D., Physics, UCI, 2017 expected MS, Physics, California State University, Long Beach, 2012 BS, Physics, California Polytechnic State University,
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Torin Dupper
Degrees Ph.D., Chemistry, UCI, 2019 expected BA, Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2014 Research Germanium Nanocrystal Synthesis and Assembly of Nanocrystal-based Thermoelectric
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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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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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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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