BUILD Students of the Week: February 22, 2019

Published February 22, 2019

Every Friday we'll highlight one BUILD Trainee from each of the Learning Communities -- 295, 395 and 495 -- so that you can get to know them better.

UNIV 295

Aaron Chavarria

Aaron Chavarria

Major: Chemistry

Hails from: South Central Los Angeles

Research Interests: Developing inhibitors for enzymes which directly affects cognitive ability in patients with Alzheimer's and Huntington's disease

Personal Interests: Music, Photography, and Video Games

Favorite Scientist: Richard Feynman, theoretical physicist

Fun Fact: I marched in the Rose Parade with the LAUSD All City Marching Band

UNIV 395

Jeffrey Nguyen

Jeffrey Nguyen
Year One Scholar

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Hails From: Fountain Valley, Calif.

Research Interests: Optic nerve and spinal cord engineering

Personal Interests: Playing the piano, creating music, FORTNITE, swimming, cooking

Favorite Scientist: Nikola Tesla, inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist

Fun Fact: I did figure skating for 3 years :)


UNIV 495

Coleen Villegas

Coleen Villegas
Year Two Scholar

Major: Speech-Language Pathology

Hails From: Caloocan City, Philippines

Research Interests: Neurological disorders; Dementia; Traumatic Brain Injury; Aphasia; Stroke; Bilingualism; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Cognition

Personal Interests: Cooking, watching movies, listening to music and podcasts

Favorite Scientist: Antonio Damasio and Hanna Damasio, neuroscientists

Fun Fact: I immigrated to the United States when I was eight years old