IBMISPS UCLA Chapter

President: Hesam Hafizi

Hesam Hafizi

Hesam graduated from UCLA, earning a B.S. degree in Neuroscience. After graduating in 2017, he worked as a research associate at a biophotonic start-up. From there, he transitioned into leadership roles such as running the commercialization subcommittee for the Brain Mapping Foundation, helping grow the student chapter of SBMT at UCLA, and working to expand the student chapters across the country. He plans to enter business school with a focus towards biotechnology to fulfill his passion of helping others.

Vice-President: Daniel Sarkissian

Daniel Sarkissian

Daniel is a fourth year pre-medical student, majoring in neuroscience, and is projected to graduate with departmental honors. His interests include public health, surgery and behavioral neuroscience. He currently does experimental research at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior. His research focuses on mouse models of Huntington’s Disease, and how symptoms can be mediated by treating mice with zinc finger protein. He is also interested in social issues and fighting for universal healthcare, and wants to use that passion to work for medical humanitarian organizations, like Doctors Without Borders, to improve lives in underserved communities. He has already attended multiple trips down to Tijuana, Mexico, with UCLA Flying Samaritans, which delivers free primary care to the local underserved community.

Research Coordinator: Daniela Contreras

Daniela Contreras

Daniela was born in Colombia and lived in New Jersey for most of her life. Her passions include traveling, learning about world cultures, and studying the way different countries approach treatment to illness differently. She is currently a UCLA Neuroscience major with a minor in Global Health. She is doing research in the Rachelle Crosbie-Watson Lab which studies Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and hopes to one day become a doctor for Doctors Without Borders.

Co-Social Chair: Lisa Bass

Lisa Bass

Lisa Bass is a second-year UCLA student majoring in neuroscience and minoring in cognitive science. She was raised in Colorado and later moved to Sacramento, and visits Japan almost every summer. At UCLA, she is involved in many different organizations from greek life, UCLA Chorale, to the Neuroscience Undergraduate Society. She is currently working in a neurophysics lab that involves the study of human vision, as well as the observation of the neural activity of C. Elegans. She is also a clinical volunteer for the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at the Semel Institute at UCLA. She hopes to pursue a career in neuroscience research and is excited to have recently joined the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics.

Co-Social Chair: Nicole Nikolov

Nicole Nikolov

Nicole Nikolov was born and raised in Sacramento as a child of immigrant parents from Bulgaria. Her fascination with the brain led to her pursuit of a neuroscience degree at UCLA. Her extracurriculars involve numerous clubs such as the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics, Bruin Medical Entrepreneurs, and the Steve Tisch BrainSPORT program. Outside of her involvement at UCLA, Nicole works as an Emergency Medical Technician. Post-graduation, she plans to attend medical school and aspires to become a neurosurgeon.