Our Team

Sylvie Sturm
Managing Editor

With 20 years of experience as a journalist and editor, Sylvie assists and advises Synapse's student Editor in Chief and the student Editorial Board in planning, writing, editing, and producing content.

Aaron Mattingly

Aaron Mattingly is a 4th year PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program studying the roles of ErbB3 in organ development.

Ariane Panzer
Graduate Division

Ariane is a 5th year PhD student in the BMS program studying the human microbiome.

Ben Mansky

Ben Mansky is a neuroscience PhD student and a contributor to NeuWrite. He also writes and produces for Carry the One Radio.

Between Degrees

As we navigate through our training to become professionals, whether that be to become physicians, scientists, nurses, or pharmacists, we mustn’t forget our human voices. “Between Degrees” is a multimedia literature and arts site partnering with Synapse to publish student works every week. Our hope is to create an online space where students will feel comfortable and proud of sharing their works so that they can inspire others and remind the UCSF community of the things that make us human. Essentially, the site is meant to be an outlet for artistic expression by UCSF students during times when there may not seem to be enough time for such endeavors.

Breanna Allen
Graduate Division

Breanna Allen is a BMS graduate student studying systems immunology in the Spitzer lab, and contributes to Synapse as both writer and copy editor.

Elma Frias

Elma Frias is a 4th year PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program.

Genesis Vasconez
School of Nursing

Gene is in her last year of the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at UCSF. With a background in Nursing, Psychology, Biology and Chemistry, she hopes to bring a dynamic journalistic approach to Synapse.

Janice Goh
Graduate Division

Janice Goh is a Graduate student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics program.

Jeremie Joffre

Jeremie Joffre is a fifth year graduate student in the School of Medicine Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care.

Jihee Yoon
School of Dentistry

Jihee was a DDS/PhD student in the Oral and Craniofacial Sciences program. Jihee firmly believes that each individual's voice is their most powerful asset, and she encourages all UCSF students to make your voices heard through Synapse.