Top Row: Kaitlyn Kim, Coban Brooks, Reja Shakya

Bottom Row: Alyssa Pratt, Abigail Pung, Rachel Pung

2022-2023 Biochemistry Club Officers
Kaitlyn Kim - President

Hello! I am Kaitlyn Kim, a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major in the Honors College with a Pre-Medicine Option. Currently I am involved in neurocognitive aging research, volunteer at various organizations in the Benton County area, and serve the student body as an ASOSU Senator. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors, playing the violin, and engaging with other languages and cultures. I love interacting with the students and faculty from our amazing department, and am grateful for the opportunity to help foster an inclusive and caring community both academically and socially! (

Reja Shakya - Vice President / Social Media Coordinator

Hi! My name is Reja, I am a second year Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major on the pre-med track. I joined the Biochem Club last year as the Social Media Coordinator and I am very excited to see what we all will achieve this year as a club. In my free time I love to knit, crochet, bake, hike, and spend time with my friends. (

Coban Brooks: Senior Class Representative

Hello! I’m Coban and I’m a senior majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Chemistry and French. I’m also an undergraduate researcher in the Barbar Lab and a writer for the Department of Chemistry. After OSU I’m planning on going to graduate school to get my PhD in biochemistry or an adjacent field. In my free time I enjoy to ski, exercise, cook, read, and take photographs. (

Rachel Pung: Social Committee Chair
Hello, my name is Rachel Pung, and I am a senior studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a Pre-Med option and a Medical Humanities certificate. After graduating, I hope to attend medical school. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, baking, and spending time with my pets, family, and friends. I am excited to get to know everyone in the club this year! (
Alyssa Pratt: Outreach Committee Chair

Hello! My name is Alyssa and I'm a senior Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Computer Science major. I'm currently doing research in the Hendrix Lab, where I'm working on my honors thesis on RNA structure, and hope to go to grad school to keep doing computational biology research. I also have a position at OSU's Precollege Programs, where I work on media projects to expand K-12 access and interest in STEM. I'm really excited to be serving as the Outreach Chair this year to share the fun of biochemistry with youth and the community! You can also find me hiking, baking, doing archery, and working on campus sustainability efforts with OSU's Waste Watchers. (

Abigail Pung: Operations Director
Hello! My name is Abigail Pung and I'm a senior studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a Pre-med option. I currently work in the Mehl lab researching Genetic Code Expansion and the optimization of tetrazine encoding into proteins. In my free time, I love hiking, cooking, paddle boarding, hanging out with my goats, dogs, and bunnies, and being around campus with all the fantastic beavers! I'm so excited to start our Biochemistry club meetings this year and work on building a strong biochem community and developing ourselves as scientists and leaders!

All undergraduate majors are encouraged to participate in the Biochemistry Club. Activities include social events each quarter at a faculty member's house, a fall picnic, chances to meet with visiting scientists, talks by local faculty, and numerous outreach activities. (

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