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Biochemistry Club

2022-2023 Biochemistry Club Officers

Biochemistry Club

2022-2023 Biochemistry Club Officers

group photo of the Biochem Club officers for 2022-23
(From left to right) Front Row: Alyssa Pratt (outreach committee chair), Kim Tu (freshman class rep), Reja Shakya (vice president), Megan Staicer (sophomore class rep), Kaitlyn Kim (president), Sydney Blurton (social media) Back Row: Lydia Pung (academic committee chair), Christopher Rosete (junior class rep), Max Libmann (community service chair), Larry Hamilton III (professional development chair), Abigail Pung (operations director), Rachel Pung (social committee chair) Not pictured: Coban Brooks (senior class rep), Harlene Buehler (sophomore class rep)  

All undergraduate majors are encouraged to participate in the Biochemistry Club. Activities include monthly professional development and social events with students and faculty, a fall welcome social, talks by local faculty, chances to meet with visiting scientists, and numerous outreach activities.

The bbundergrad listserv is open to Oregon State University students and faculty and is how we communicate with our biochemistry undergraduate community.

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If you have problems registering for the listserv, please contact Dr. Kari van Zee (


Kaitlyn Kim

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! (

Vice President

Reja Shakya

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. (

Outreach Committee Chair

Alyssa Pratt

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. (

Academic Committee Chair

Lydia Pung

Operations Manager

Abi Pung

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!

Professional Development Committee Chair

Larry Hamilton III

Social Committee Chair

Rachel Pung

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! (

Community Service Chair

Max Libmann

Hello! my name is Max Libmann. I am a freshman studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a Pre-Med option. I'm currently doing research in the Sun Lab, which studies the invasion of breast cancer cells through extracellular collagen matrixes. I am very excited to use the resources of the biochem club to give back to the community. (

Social Media Chair

Sydney Blurton

Senior Class Representative

Coban Brooks

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. (

Junior Class Representative

Christopher Rosete

Sophomore Class Representatives

Megan Staicer

Hi, I’m Megan! I am a sophomore majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and minoring in Spanish. I plan to go to grad school after I graduate. This is my second year in Biochemistry Club and I love it so far. I hope to get more students involved in the club and the activities we do.

Harlene Buehler

Freshman Class Representative

Kim Tu