Meet the Bloggers


Brandon BioBrandon Bogusz is a Ph.D student in the Department of Food Science. His graduate research focuses on monitoring volatile lipid oxidation products from methyl linoleate using gas chromatography. He has a BS in Chemistry from Juniata College.  Outside of research, Brandon enjoys running, watching/playing basketball, and binge-watching TV series on Netflix.

Jenny Yuanzhen Gu_edYuanzhen Gu is a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department. She is currently interested in research related to Distributed Systems and Operating Systems. She always tries her best to do things better with a grateful heart. Yuanzhen likes Linux, enjoys playing piano and going swimming, she is also willing to meet new friends and share her study and life experience at Rutgers. You may visit her homepage at:

Michael Manhart [former blogger] is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  He works with Alex Morozov in the BioMaPS Institute for Quantitative Biology, where they study topics at the interfaces of biophysics, statistical physics, and systems biology.  In particular they seek to understand the physical processes driving evolution at the molecular scale.  Michael is also interested in teaching, science education, and science policy.  He holds a B.S. in physics and mathematics from Stanford University.  His website is

Vukosi Marivate [former blogger] is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science at Rutgers. I have an interest in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. I am interested in Reinforcement Learning and Multi-agent system applications. That’s broad, I know, but I have worked with modeling problems with multiagent software solutions as well as an evolutionary/”social learning” reinforcement learning approach to board game playing. I am currently looking at ways to fuse experience from different reinforcement learning agents. I am into: Technology, Documentaries, Blogging, Sharing Ideas and finding ways to change the world. Listener of SAFM and WNYC.

mcguinnessKenneth McGuinness is a Ph.D student in the Department of Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics. He works with Dr. Vikas Nanda at the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Biomedicine, where they study protein design and modeling. Specifically, they are interested designing small proteins that self-assemble into predictable geometries. Kenneth is currently the webmaster for the Center for Integrative Proteomics Research and the President of the BioMaps GSO. In addition to research and academics, he has a passion for running, music, golf, and playing hockey.

Kellen Myers [former blogger] is a Ph.D. student in Mathematics, studying combinatorics and discrete mathematics under József Beck. He is currently interested in a number of different questions related to additive combinatorics and to Ramsey theory. Kellen has a B.A. in mathematics from Colgate University. You may visit his homepage here:

Camille Reyes [former blogger] is a doctoral student in the School of Communication and Information. Camille studies the organization and mobilization of resistance to dominant power expressed in social movements, journalism, technology, and art.  She holds an MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University. Musical theater makes her giddy.

JustinJustin Rice is a Ph.D student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. His current research involves intervertebral disc tissue engineering. He holds a bachelor of biomedical engineering from The Catholic University of America. His interests outside of Rutgers include personal finance, sports, health and fitness. He loves reading and learning new things and especially enjoys sharing his knowledge with others.

Jennifer_TherkornJennifer Therkorn is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Exposure Assessment.  Her research is focused on designing and building a new type of air sampler for airborne bacteria, mold and pollen that doesn’t need an air pump.  She has a BS in Biology from Lehigh University and an MPH from the Rutgers School of Public Health.  In addition to research, Jennifer enjoys being active by competing in triathlons and road races and going for hikes.

blog pictureBrian Tholl is a first year Ph.D. student in the Italian department.  I hold a BA in Italian with a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the Pennsylvania State University.  My preliminary research interests include Italy’s Southern Question, Italian-American Studies, and Italian cinema.  I consider myself to be an avid runner – I’ve ran three marathons so far.  Other than that, I enjoy listening to music and reading all kinds of literature!

Carolyn Ureña [former blogger] is a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature, interested in representations of illness in U.S. and Latin American literature and film. She holds an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, and an A.B. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. When she’s not reading, writing, or watching movies, you’ll find her in the kitchen cooking and baking to stay sane.

Alexandra Walczak started as a Ph.D. graduate student in the Molecular Biosciences Umbrella Program, choosing the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics program after my first year rotations.  My PhD research concentrates on environmental microbiology specifically looking at the interactions between microorganisms and minerals.  I’m a New Jersey native with a BS in biochemistry from Ramapo College so now I have a feel for both a small school environment and a large research university. The most important thing I’ve learned about graduate school is to get involved with students from all different programs in both educational and social activities.  You never know with whom, where, or when you are going to get inspired!

Jennifer Yang [former blogger] is a second year Ph.D. student in the Endocrinology and Animal Biosciences graduate group. My research is focused on estrogen and environmental estrogen regulation of energy homeostasis. I have a B.A. in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. To stay sane, I like to read home decor and DIY blogs and crochet. In addition, as a Southern California native, I love the beach.