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About the Club

The Biochemistry Student Association (BSA) is a brand-new departmental club launching in September 2020! Previously a part of the BPP (Biochemistry Pharmacology and Physiology) Club, BSA was born with the goal of helping support the unique and diverse needs of undergraduate biochemistry students at UBC. As a club, BSA’s goal is “to meet the unique needs of UBC Biochemistry students and work in conjunction with the biochemistry faculty to foster an inclusive, diverse and vibrant community through social, academic, and professional programming.”

Planning socials, selling hoodies, sharing study resources/tips, and letting students know about career and research opportunities are just a few of the things the BSA will be planning this year! Check out the “Events” tab and follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram to keep up to date about upcoming events!

About the Members

Saiqah Ghafoor

(She/Her/Hers)

Position: Co-President

Year and Major: 3rd/4th Year Biochemistry Major; Commerce Minor

Location: Delta, BC

Fun Facts:
My favourite season is Fall because it’s the only season where my fashion sense is deemed somewhat acceptable.
I enjoy mint chocolate ice cream. No, it does not taste like toothpaste.
I drink coffee at night since it helps give me an extra kick for late-night assignments!
I enjoy watching movies, taking naps, and hanging out with my friends!

Facebook: Saiqah Ghafoor
IG: @saiqah25

Janelle Cheung

(She/Her/Hers)

Position: Co-President

Year and Major: 5th Year Combined Biochemistry and Chemistry + Minor in International Relations

Location: Vancouver, BC

Fun Facts:
If anyone wants to play with an Iron 1 in valorant let me know, I will bottom frag.
I am an amateur photographer and animation enthusiast.
I may be broke, but I use the leftover of my student loans to play with stocks.

LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/janelle-cheung-6bba2a94/
IG: @janelle.cheung

 

Catalina Ionescu

(She/Her/Hers)

Position: HR and wellness coordinator

Year and Major: 3rd Year Biochemistry Major

Location: Coquitlam, BC

Fun Facts:
I am originally from Romania
My favourite colour is beige
My favourite animals are orcas, giraffes and elephants
I was a competitive swimmer and wrestler

IG:@catalina_ionescu_

Billster Mangaoil

(He/Him/His)

Position: Treasurer

Year and Major: 4th Year Biochemistry Major

Location: Surrey, BC

Fun Facts:
I am a freelance photographer.
I love camping, hiking, surfing, and biking.
Currently, my plant hobby is slowly transitioning into an obsession.
My favourite artists include Amine, Rich Brian, Post Malone, EDEN, Frank Ocean, Jeremy Zucker, Drake, Mac Miller, Marc E. Bassy, Khalid and BROCKHAMPTON.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billstermangaoil/
Facebook:
Billster Mangaoil
IG:
@billybob3099

Serena Chuang

(She/Her/Hers)

Position: VP Events

Year and Major: 4th Year Honours Biochemistry + B+MM Dual Degree

Location: Surrey, BC (Originally Taipei, Taiwan)

Fun Facts:
I just finished 16 months of co-op! (Well more like 11 because of COVID but)
In my spare time, I like to crochet stuffed animals
Penguins are one of my all-time favourite animals
I enjoy baking but don’t like eating sweet stuff XD

Facebook: Serena Chuang

Lucy Chi

(She/Her/Hers)

Position: Public Relations

Year and Major: 3rd Year Honours Biochemistry Major

Location: Yantai, China

Fun Facts:
I love crafting
I have watched FRIENDS for more than ten times
I have been collecting earrings from places that I travelled
Ever since COVID, I am practically addicted to baking

Facebook: Lucy Chi
IG:
@lucy_shuxin
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucy-shuxin-chi-8b9a041b5//

 

Elaine Chen

(She/Her/Hers)

Position: Conference Coordinator(Secretary)

Year and Major: 4th Year Combined Honours in Biochemistry and Chemistry

Location: Coquitlam, BC (originally Beijing, China)

Fun Facts:
I’m a big musical fan
I do a cappella and piano for destress in my free time
I enjoy reading and watching sci-fi
Half of my family comes from Sichuan so I love eating and cooking spicy food

Facebook: Elaine Chen

Risha Banrejee

(She/Her/Hers)

Position: VP Marketing f

Year and Major: 2nd Year Major Biochemistry

Location: Bangalore, India

Fun Facts:
I’ve wanted to major in biochem since I was in the second grade~ even though I had no idea what it was at the time (do I know now? probably not)
I have two ukuleles (Bartholomew and Felipe) and a guitar (Finnegan)
I am mom to too many succulents because I can’t keep normal plants alive
I cry too much and I sleep too little
I would give my right kidney to see Hozier live

Instagram: @risha_banerjee

Deborah Lau

(She/Her/Hers)

Position: General Executive

Year and Major: 3rd Year Biochemistry Major

Location: Malaysia

Fun Facts:
I am Taiwanese and Malaysian
I have lived in Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Canada
Because of the above fact, I have attended to 8 different schools
I have 5 siblings
I enjoy swimming, touch rugby and netball

IG: @deborahllc

David Kim

(He/Him/His)

Position: General Executive

Year and Major: 2nd Year Biochemistry Major

Location: New Westminster

Fun Facts:
I can move my veins
I have a dog named Tofu

Facebook:davidkimdain
IG:
@davidkimdain

Trevor Chan

(He/Him/His)

Position: General Executive

Year and Major: 2nd Year Biochemistry Major

Location: Vancouver

Fun Facts:
I’ve studied Martial Arts for nine years.
I hiked up Machu Picchu with high school classmates two years ago.
I once got a haircut where I was nearly bald and, after, the barber asked if I had lost a bet.
I recently picked up skateboarding since my parents wouldn’t let me do it when I was younger and I love it!
My uncle was the previous chairman of TVB.

Facebook:Trevor Chan
IG:
@trahvorchan

Chaeyoung Lim

(She/Her/Hers)

Position: SUS representative

Year and Major: 2nd Year Biochemistry Major

Location: Malaysia

Fun Facts:
I’m a student by day and cookie monster by night.
I can talk about Harry Potter or Marvel for hours on end hmu
In my spare time, you can find me catching up on Netflix shows, baking my latest late-night cravings, taste-testing various brands/flavours of ramen, learning my favourite songs on the guitar, and bothering my friends with outstanding puns (though only make them periodically…)


Shannon Flynn

(She/Her/Hers)

Position: General Executive

Year and Major: 3rd Year Biochemistry Major

Location: Vancouver

Fun Facts:
I am originally from Mallorca, Spain (it is a small island off the coast of Barcelona) and moved to Toronto when I was 12, then to Vancouver a few months later.
My favourite thing to do in my very limited free time is read; my favourite season is Winter because I can stay in all day in read.
My favourite books are virosphere, the good wife, and the eternal life of Henrietta lacks.

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