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Pre-Health Peer Mentors

Peer mentors are a select group of current Emory pre-health juniors and seniors who serve as a resource for pre-health students. Peer mentors serve Emory College students in many ways, including co-leading PHA workshops and answering questions about the pre-health experience through appointments. They also assist with pre-health programming. Schedule an appointment with a PHA Peer Mentor via College Connect. They are here to help you succeed on your pre-health journey!

Appointments can be scheduled with as little as 12 hours' notice.

Meet the Peer Mentors


Arpita Gaggar


Arpita is a junior from Fremont, California. She is on the pre-med track, majoring in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology (NBB) while also attending the Business School. She is involved on campus as the Research Branch Head Intern for Health & Development in Guatemala and as part of the Emory Pre-Med Association. She was also previously a Healthy Eagle, Bio 142 SI, Nishana Bollywood Dance Team member, Oxford Research Scholar, and Food Recovery Network president on the Oxford campus. Aside from studying, Arpita spends her time reading, dancing, baking, exercising, painting, and playing music. Feel free to ask her about Oxford College, summer research opportunities, or maintaining a balance between well-being and academics!

Barrett “Alex” Beesley


Barrett “Alex” Beesley is a junior on the pre-med track from the small town of Effingham, Illinois. Alex is the first student from his high school to attend Emory University and is determined to make the most out of his college experience by double majoring in Neuroscience & Behavior Biology and Religion as well as being amember of Emory’s pre-med fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon, Relay For Life, and the Emory Club Basketball Team. Alex is also very excited to be conducting neuroscience research at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center where he works hands on with Rhesus macaque monkeys trying to better understand safety signaling mechanisms in the brain in the hopes of furthering our knowledge of afflictions like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. If you see Alex, don’t hesitate to ask him about his choice of a unique, STEM/Humanities double major, how he got involved with meaningful research, and what it is like to be the first person in his family to pursue becoming a physician.


Dwight Smith 

dwight-sized.jpgDwight is a junior from West Palm Beach, Florida. He is majoring in Biology and is on a pre-med track. Outside of academics, Dwight serves as the treasurer for Minority Pre-medical Society and First-Year Liaison for Citizen Science Health and Diversity. He is also a research intern in CHOA’s Pediatric Nephrology Department and has danced for both Vibez Caribbean Dance Troupe and Zuri African Dance Troupe. He is also a supporter of Chelsea Football Club; so feel free to chat with him about the English Premier League as well as study tips, research hunting, balancing schoolwork with extracurriculars or even the various nuances that come with living in the sunshine state! 


Elise Withers 


Elise is a junior from the San Francisco Bay Area and is majoring in Biology and minoring in Anthropology. She is considering pursuing an MD-PhD, as she values both patient care and studying the molecular mechanisms of life. She's explored this passion through her past research experiences, having studied plant genetics, triple-negative breast cancer, and currently epigenetics. On campus, she also serves as a tour guide, Emory Pipeline Collaborative mentor, and was previously a Biology 142 Supplemental Instructor at Oxford. She strongly values living an experience-rich life, whether it be spending time with friends, volunteering with food redistribution organizations, exploring the country, or trying new things. In addition, she enjoys pressing flowers and sells them on her Etsy. Feel free to ask her about research opportunities and REUs, pursuing a MD-PhD, pre-health at Oxford, or any of her extracurriculars! 


Juan Sebastian Arroyave 


Juan Sebastian is a third-year student from Pereira, Colombia. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science major in Biology, on the pre-medicine track. He aspires to combine his love for biomedical research and patient care to serve a role in both the areas of research and clinical work. When not in the classroom, he can be found doing research at the Woodruff Memorial Research Building in the renal physiology department. Besides research work, Sebastian has a passion for teaching where he has previously been a Calculus learning assistant for the math department and can also be found playing volleyball with the Emory club volleyball team. Sebastian is extremely proud of his cultural background and being a Latino student at Emory. Feel free to ask him about research on campus, international student life, navigating the academic pre-requisites of the pre-medicine track, and club sports. 



Landi White 


Landi White is a junior from Kennesaw, Georgia majoring in Biology and on a Pre-med track. Outside of academics and mentorship, she spends most of her time conducting immunology and B cell research with the Ghosn Lab in the Health Science Research Building. However, she also enjoys volunteering at the Winship Cancer Institute, editing papers as a Natural Sciences Editor for the Emory Undergraduate Research Journal (EURJ), being a Biology TA, helping to lead ChEmory (Emory’s chemistry club!), and hitting with friends at Club Tennis. She’s also an avid fan of Doctor Who and an unapologetic foodie. Feel free to ask her for advice about classes (especially in science and language), research, studying for the MCAT, and ways to get involved in the Emory-Atlanta community and beyond!  

Leanne Jeong


Leanne is a junior from Dothan, Alabama on the pre-med track and aspires to be a physician-scientist. She is pursuing a double major in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology (NBB) and Music on the Piano Performance Track. In addition to being a peer mentor, she is a tour guide, a research ambassador, an RA for Complex, the GhU coordinator for GlobeMed, and conducts clinical research in Alzheimer's Disease. This summer, she volunteered as a music therapy assistant and worked as the Georgia State Lead for Telehealth Access for Seniors, a non-profit focused on providing seniors and low-income communities with devices for telemedicine. Aside from academics, she enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, traveling, hiking, and exploring new restaurants in Atlanta with her friends. Feel free to ask her about Greek life, research, music therapy, virtual volunteering, and eateries in Atlanta.

Lucas Werner


Lucas is a junior from Holmdel, New Jersey. He is pursuing a Biology major on the pre-med track. Most days after classes Lucas can be found on the track, where he runs sprint and hurdle events in the winter and spring track seasons. He works in a Cystic Fibrosis research lab in the Department of Pediatrics of the Emory School of Medicine with fellow PHA mentor Sean Woo. He enjoys volunteering through Snack in a Backpack at Glenn Memorial Church. When back in NJ, Lucas enjoys hanging out with friends, playing roller hockey and ping pong. He has an older brother who attends Georgia Tech and a younger brother in 5th grade. Feel free to ask him any questions about pre-health, track, as well as fun activities around Atlanta to do on the weekends!

Matt Watt


Matt is a junior studying chemistry and physics on the pre-dental track, with an interest in maxillofacial surgery. He was born in Michigan, but his family originates from South Africa. He spent his childhood living in Kenya, Singapore, and Russia before moving back to the US. He is currently involved in undergraduate research in Dr. Liotta’s organic lab. Outside of the lab, he spends his time tutoring high school students. When he’s not working, he likes to write songs, and is co-president and one of the founding members of Emory’s hip-hop club, “The Shelter.” He is also involved in ChEmory and dances for TNT, Emory's hip-hop dance crew. Feel free to ask him about chemistry, getting involved in undergraduate research, music, travel, watersports, Oxford commas or anything else that comes to mind!


Nathan Jacob


Nathan is a junior from Alpharetta, GA pursuing a major in biology and minor in philosophy. He is on the pre-health track with the goal of going to medical school to specialize in cardiology. At Emory, Nathan is a researcher at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta where he is studying thrombosis and blood clotting. He is a co editor-in-chief and writer for Emory Undergraduate Medical Review, volunteers at the Hope Lodge/Georgia Clinic, helps plan rural clinics for Remote Access Medical, and plays on the club tennis team. Outside of school, he enjoys playing various sports and trying out different restaurants in Atlanta. You can ask him about research opportunities, advice about school/clubs, or the best places to eat in Atlanta! Fun fact: Nathan was an extra in Spider-Man Homecoming and can be seen in the background within the first ten minutes!


Nicole Lulkin


Nicole is a junior from Glenview, Illinois. She is majoring in Biology on the pre-med track. Outside of academics, she is involved on the executive boards of Emory Reads and Atlanta Pediatric Cancer Outreach. Nicole also volunteers at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), serves as a tour guide, conducts Anti-HIV drug resistance viral research at the Health Science Research Building, and is a Chemistry EPASS tutor. When she is not running PCR tests or giving a tour, you can find her reading, exploring coffee shops, and participating in Greek Life Ask her about research for credit, delivering PPE to healthcare centers through MedSupplyDrive, Emory Global Medical Brigades, and her favorite restaurants in Atlanta!

Nivetha Aravind


Nivetha is a junior from Melbourne, Florida. She is majoring in Human Health on the pre-medical/ pre-public health track. On campus, Nivetha is an RA at Clairmont, conducts research in the Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, and serves on the executive boards of the Emory Undergraduate Medical Review and Emory American Mock World Health Organization. Nivetha is also involved in multiple Indian cultural organizations. She currently serves as President of the Emory Indian Cultural Association and is a dancer on Emory Saraas. You can ask Nivetha about volunteering at CHOA, ResLife, research opportunities at the NIH, and any item on the Falafel King menu:)!

Prateek Konakalla


Prateek Konakalla is a junior from Nolensville, Tennessee. He is pursuing a major in Neurosciences and Behavioral Biology and a minor in Computer Science, on the pre-med track. Prateek is a lab tech at the Lee Lab in the Rheumatology department, and also participates in various volunteering and shadowing activities around the school. Outside of school, he enjoys playing his guitar, reading a good book or playing tennis with his friends. You can ask him about research opportunities, Emory Red Cross, Club tennis, some good Indian food spots in Atlanta or anything that you have your mind on. He is always looking to help out!


Sean Woo


Sean is a junior from Suwanee, Georgia. She is majoring in Chemistry and Music while on the pre-med track. On campus, she is involved in Residence Life as a RA in Evans, volunteers for the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and serves as VP for the Catholic Student Union. Additionally, Sean conducts research on Pompe’s disease in a laboratory under the School of Medicine’s Pediatric Department. Feel free to talk to her about all the cool opportunities on campus and around Atlanta, music and fine arts at Emory, and the coolest places to go hiking!


Srijita Nandy


Srijita Nandy is a third year from Alpharetta, GA.  She is pre-med, majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology with a minor in Economics. On campus, Srijita is the Director of Programming for the Emory Mock Trial team, the General Sciences Editor of the Emory Undergraduate Research Journal, and the host of the WMRE radio show: Anxiety Hour, which is dedicated to destigmatizing mental health illness across campus by making information and resources more accessible. Srijita is also involved in Greek Life, and she loves being an RA in Raoul Hall. Srijita has been conducting Alzheimer's and Parkinson's research through the Emory School of Medicine since she was a first year; feel free to ask her any questions about how to get into research/finding the right lab. Come by and talk to her about volunteering at CHOA, Residence Life, anything about Taylor Swift/Gilmore Girls, mock trial, or anything else!


Tiffany Huang


Tiffany is a third-year student from Los Angeles, California on the pre-med track. She is studying Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Nutrition Science. Tiffany started her Emory journey at Oxford College and graduated a semester early to start at Emory. At Oxford, she pioneered a club called STEMINISTS to promote gender equality within STEM at Oxford and empower underprivileged youth by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and encouragement to study a STEM-related subject. She was also an SI for BIO141. Besides being a PHA peer mentor at Emory, she is involved in Association for Women in Science, Phi Delta Epsilon, medulloblastoma research, Global Medical Missions Alliance, the Emory orientation program, and volunteering at CHOA. Outside of school, Tiffany enjoys baking, traveling, and hot yoga to reground and destress. If you see her around, ask her about undergraduate research, shadowing opportunities, EMT, or her top brunch spots!

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