UBRP Ambassadors

Mission and Goals

Mounir Koussa
The UBRP Ambassadors are student representatives for the Undergraduate Biology Research Program. We also act as liaisons of the program to the University of Arizona and Tucson community. The Ambassadors aim to strengthen the UBRP community by providing a number of opportunities for students to interact with each other and with others outside the UBRP community. The UBRP Ambassadors aim to enrich the undergraduate research experience for the program’s students and help them understand the importance of being engaged with the community as scientists.

2017-2018 UBRP Ambassadors

Picture of Tiffany ChoTiffany Cho, President
Year: Junior
Major: Neuroscience & Cognitive Science
Professional Goals:



Neeraj Vij, Vice President
Year: Senior
Major: Physics
Research: Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor and MUC1’ ability to effect Kinase’s ability to regulate cell cycle and quiescence.
Professional Goals: Healthcare Delivery to Underserved Areas, Medicine, or Orthopedic Surgery


Kai Aragaki, Secretary
Year: Senior
Major: Biochemistry/Molecular and Cellular Biology
Research: Increasing Avidity and Specificity of Binding Using Multiheterovalent Ligands
Professional Goals: Pharmacy/Pharmacology
I’m a cat-petting, science-loving caffeine processing machine.


Jason Juang, Treasurer
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biochemistry
Research: Exploring the Effects Different Compounds Have on Behavioral Phenotypes in ALS
Professional Goals: Dental Research (DDS/PhD)


Picture of John KimJohn Kim, Volunteer Chair
Year: Junior
Major: Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
Research: Molecular Constituents of the Blood-Brain Barrier
Professional Goals: MD-PhD in Neuropsychology
I love biology, food, and video games. Team Mystic!!!


UBRP Ambassadors:

badwal-areenAreen Badwal
Year: Senior
Major: Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
Research: Neural Pathways for Vocal Behavior using the Zebra Finch Songbird model
Professional goals: Medical school
I love to read, hangout with my friends, and do science!


ragone-michaelMichael Ragone
Year: Senior
Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research: Modeling Spatial Navigation in Hippocampus
Professional Goal: Applied Math Research
I am a huge coffee geek, play guitar, and love all sorts of science and math.


shahin-tala-pngTala Shahin
Year: Senior
Major: Biochemistry and Physiology
Research Description: Plantar Fat Grafting for the Treatment of Remissive Diabetic Foot Ulcer
Professional Goals: Medical School
I love film-making, photography, cycling, experimenting with cooking, and hiking!

Past Events

  • Tie dyeing lab coats
  • Cake walk/annual picnic
  • Science and Politics Panel
  • Know Your Propositions
  • HHMI Luncheon
  • Holiday Party
  • Finding Your Mentor Presentation
  • Potluck Party