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.

Ariane Panzer
Graduate Division

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

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.

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.

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.

Kate Arriola
School of Pharmacy

Kate Arriola is a fifth year student in the School of Pharmacy.

Lakshmi Subbaraj
School of Medicine

Lakshmi Subbaraj is a medical student who grew up in Fremont, CA and enjoys playing tennis, camping, and photography outside the classroom.

Laura Rambaran
School of Pharmacy

Laura is a first-year pharmacy student at the UCSF School of Pharmacy.