Meet The Hive

What is the LDOS “Hive”?

While some radio shows have writer/editor "staffs," we consider the Loh Down on Science to be run by a "Hive." The term was coined to invoke a community mentality where the ideas of the writers and editors are copacetic with that of Sandra Tsing Loh, our Queen Bee and program host. (Sandra's note, delivered in eerie third person: "From LDOS' first day with the fine grad students at UC Irvine (Zot Zot!), it was clear that Sandra was in exceptional company. The LDOS Fellows' mastery of everything ranging from the subtle differences of "absorption" versus "adsorption" to the intricacies of Google drives made them hyper-capable of organizing themselves. Sandra typically just brings doughnuts.") This form of "Hive" mind management enables the Loh Down on Science to continually produce radio-ready scripts that are both scientifically accurate and a loads of fun to hear. Buzz Buzz!

* denotes writers who are current managing editors of the Hive.

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Karen Arcos
Degrees Ph.D., Cognitive Neuroscience, Emphasis in Chicano Latino Studies UCI, 2020 expected MS, Cognitive Neuroscience, UCI, 2018 expected BA, Psychology,
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Brenna Biggs*
Degrees Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of California, Irvine (expected 2021) M.S. Physical Chemistry, University of California, Irvine (2020) B.S. Chemistry,
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Krista Fruehauf*
Degrees PhD, Chemistry, UC Irvine, 2020 Expected BS, Physiology, UC Santa Barbara, 2015 Research Polymer hydrogel nanoparticles, polymer protein interactions,
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Chloe Groome
Degrees PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, UC Irvine, expected 2022 MS, Materials Science and Engineering, UC Irvine, 2018 BS, Physics,
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Evelyn Hoover
Degrees MD/PhD expected, UCI, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, 2022 BS, Texas A&M University, Microbiology, 2013 Research I study host-pathogen interactions.
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Alex Jarnot
Degrees PhD Chemistry (expected 2023) MS Chemistry (2018) BA Chemistry (2017) Research I study the chemistry of wildfire smoke and
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Kellen Kartub*
Degrees Ph.D., Chemistry, UCI, 2019 expected BA, Chemistry, Wellesley College, 2014 Biography As a Southern California native who spent her
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Xinyu (Cindy) Li
Degrees Ph.D., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine (Expected 2023) B.S., Biology, Duke University (2018) Research Long-term recovery of plant-pollinator
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Victoria Lim*
Degrees M.S., Ph.D., Chemistry, UCI, 2020 expected B.S., Chemistry, Belmont University, 2015 B.S., Mathematics, Belmont University, 2015 Research Computer-aided drug
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Claudia Lopez Camara
Degrees Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCI, 2020 expected MS, Nanoscience, Materials and Processes, University of Rovira i Virgili (URV),
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Margaret Lugin*
Degrees Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, UCI, 2019 expected M.S., Chemical Engineering, UCI, 2016 B.S.E., Chemical Engineering, Minor in French, University of
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Kimia Montazeri
Degrees PhD, Mechanical Engineering, UCI (Expected 2021) MSc, Renewable Energies, University of Tehran (2015) BSc, Mechanical Engineering, University of Tehran
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Stella Moon
Degrees Ph.D. Philosophy, UC Irvine, 2023 M.A. Philosophy, UC Irvine M.Sc. Logic, Amsterdam, Netherlands B.Sc. Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism
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Quang Pham
Degrees: Ph.D., Materials and Manufacturing Technology, UCI, 2020 expectedMS, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCI, 2018BS, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University
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Preeta Pratakshya
Degrees Ph.D., Chemistry, UCI, 2022 expected B.S.- M.S., Chemistry, NISER, 2017 Research Structure and assembly of cephalopod proteins Development of
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Maureen Purcell*
Degrees PhD, Social Ecology, UCI (expected 2021) MA, Social Ecology, UCI (2019) BA, Environmental Science, UCI (2012) Research Communication strategies
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Racine Rangel
Degrees Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine, Expected 2022 M.S., Marine Biology, California State University Long Beach, 2018 B.S.,
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Bahareh Sorouri*
Degrees Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine, 2022 Expected BS, Genetics, UC Irvine, 2017 AA, Biology, Chemistry, and Physical
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Emily Sumner
Degrees Ph.D., Cognitive Sciences, 2020 M.A., Psychology, 2018 B.A., Brain and Cognitive Sciences, 2015 Research Cognitive development. Biography I am
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Chris Toh
Degrees Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Expected 2021 M.S., Biomedical Engineering, 2019 B.S., Bioengineering, 2017 Research I work on finding ways to
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Vivek Tyagi
Degrees M.S., Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering, UCI, 2021 (expected) B.S., Materials Science & Engineering, University of Washington, 2014 Research
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Lauren Urban
Degrees Ph.D, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics (2022) B.S., Biophysics Research Epigenetics & inflammation Biography Lauren Urban grew up in Austin,
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Sasha Vyatskikh*
Degrees Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, UCI, 2021 expected M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Skoltech, 2015 B.Eng., Manufacturing, Bauman Moscow
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Heidi Waite
Degrees Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine, Expected 2023 M.Sc., Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management, University of Oxford, UK, 2018
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Kendra Walters
Degrees PhD, Biology, University of California - Irvine, 2021 (Expected) MS, Biology, University of California - Irvine, 2019 BS, Biology
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Sebastian Waz
Degrees Ph.D., Psychology, UC Irvine, Expected 2022 M.S., Statistics, UC Irvine, 2019 B.S., Cognitive Science, UCLA, 2016 Research I study
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Bryce Wilson
Degrees Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, UCI, 2021 expectedMS, Chemical Engineering, UCI, 2018BS, Chemical Engineering, UCSD, 2016 Research Development of optical mechanotransduction
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