Rob's a huge nerd. It's okay to call him one. He readily accepts his fate. As captain of the nerds in high school, Rob was a nationally ranked debater and president of the chorus. At the University of Michigan, Rob made the transition to a more socially acceptable form of nerdiness, as he served as music director, business manager, and president of The Michigan GMen, an all-male a cappella group.
Lyn has lived in San Diego since 1996, but grew up back east, mostly in Illinois and Pennsylvania. A Yale graduate, Lyn studied Psychology and Biology in college, but realized during a summer of research before her senior year that her original plan of research science was not for her. Instead, Lyn used her writing and editing experience from several college publications to get jobs at The Atlantic Monthly and then Adweek after college in New York City, but then decided to move to the Left Coast in search of nicer weather and not so many cockroaches.
Lisa was born and raised in Cleveland, OH and received a Bachelor’s in Biology from Kenyon College and a Master’s in Microbiology/Immunology from Emory University. She was then lured to San Diego by the great weather and top scientific research community, where she worked over a twelve-year period as an immunological research associate for institutions including Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, Johnson & Johnson and Viagene, Inc.
A native Southern Californian, Milli spent her childhood summers in Mauritius, the island off the coast of Madagascar where her mom was born and raised. By visiting family overseas and speaking multiple languages at home, Milli developed an interest in connecting with diverse communities. Milli is a science geek and realized that biology is a universal language of life.
Allie was born and raised in Southern California but was bitten by the travel bug when she was young. While exploring five continents; Allie has studied in Australia for four months, helped care for cheetahs in South Africa, worked with elephants in Thailand, and built a house with Habitat for Humanity in Cambodia. An adrenaline junky, Allie has been skydiving, bungee jumping, and whitewater rafting.
Born in India but raised in the Bay Area, Param's academic career took him to the warm beaches of San Diego for college. Though he wishes he probably spent less time studying and more time surfing, graduating with a BS in Bioengineering led him to spend most of his time at the library. Legend has it you can still see his shadow haunting the second floor at 2:00am.
Ben is a Californian, through and through. Plucked from his hometown of Cupertino, Ben has spent the last four years in San Diego acclimating to the beautiful weather and fearing the day that he will have to experience a “real” winter. You can make fun of him for his lack of temperature tolerance all you want, but know that he’ll have the last laugh, sipping on a cold beverage on the beach in February.
Kat was born in New York but her heart (and the last 15 years of her life) belongs to the small Los Angeles suburb of La Canada Flintridge. Kat has always loved being creative: she doodles constantly and sews sock monkeys in her free time. She even considered going to art school before deciding to take the plunge into becoming a physician.
Matt was born in Palm Springs, California. He grew up in the Coachella Valley and nearby High Desert. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina Central University with a B.A. in mass communication. During his final undergraduate year, Matt was editor-in-chief at the award-winning Campus Echo student newspaper. After graduating, Matt completed an internship as a feature writer at The Denver Post. He reported on pop music, poetry books and craft breweries.
Kristin earned her B.A. in World Literature from UCSD and an M.A. in Teaching from Duke. She has worked as a community college professor at both Miramar College and Grossmont College, where she has taught writing, literature, and English as a Second Language. Kristin has also worked with international students through UCSD Extension’s English Language Institute. At last count, she had taught students from 49 different countries.
Ryan was born and raised in Cleveland (GO CAVS!), where he earned humanities degrees from John Carroll University and Ohio University. He has a strong affinity for words and feels genuine delight when the right ones are found. For the last ten years, he has worked in dozens of editing, tutoring, and instructing roles at five different colleges. He has also worked extensively as an editor for various literary journals, such as Narrative Magazine, New Ohio Review, and Fiction International.
A Kashmiri American born and raised in Orange County, Arvin has loved medicine and philosophy throughout his life. As a BA/MD student at UCSD, Arvin majored in economics and minored in philosophy, studying Advaita Vedanta, Buddhism, and Hellenistic Philosophy. In medical school Arvin has cultivated a love for neurological surgery and the management of patients in the acute care/critical care setting.
Born and raised in San Diego (a.k.a. the best place on Earth), Katerina became fascinated with writing at an early age. Her father, who is an amazing storyteller, encouraged her to write stories and share them as a way to overcome her shyness as a child. His plan was a success, and she quickly fell in love with writing and telling stories.
A Southern California native, Laura chose to stay close to the surf and sand of San Diego and attend UCSD, where she majored in Economics and minored in Biology, Chemistry and Philosophy (what else do you do with all those science classes after three years on the pre-med track?). Wanting the “whole” college experience and believing that meant going Greek (it doesn’t), Laura joined the sisterhood of Pi Beta Phi sorority.
Margaret journeyed to San Diego from her hometown of Walnut, California in 2004, and between the sparkling beaches and perfect weather, never found a good reason to leave. She’s a proud UCSD graduate, former Triton cheerleader (yes, they actually exist), and alumnus of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity. While earning her Economics degree, she worked for Apple, one of her favorite companies, as the Apple On-Campus Representative.