BIOME is run by a group of students passionate about bioengineering and making biotechnology accessible to everyone. We are biohackers, artists, engineers, scientists, designers, and writers. We believe in the power of collaborative thinking and learning by doing. We love sharing awesome ideas with others. We’re excited to meet you and talk about anything in biology and engineering.

El_Lake_Cropped  Co-President | Eleanor Glockner

Eleanor Glockner is a sophomore majoring in Bioengineering. She was involved in BIOME’s early Wick-It project and is interested in synthetic biology. She has done ecology research on conch in the Bahamas and ants in Arizona. At Stanford, Eleanor is a recruiter for LSJUMB and runs a Chinese conversation group.

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Co-President | Ricky Cordova

Ricky is a junior majoring in bioengineering. With expertise in tardigradology and a knack for bioart made with fungi and mold, he is known to find great joy in exploring the planet’s strangest creatures. As both a Bioengineering Undergraduate Coordinator and BIOME Co-president, Ricky seeks to make Stanford’s bioengineering community one of great diversity, inclusivity, and opportunity for all. Drawing support from the company Opentrons and the Department of Bioengineering, Ricky created Robo Team, a BIOME project for students from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, which is geared towards hacking and improving open-source liquid-handling robots. In his free time, you can catch Ricky DJing, playing the drums, composing music, and making art.

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Financial Officer| Amara Aarif

Amara Aarif is a freshman who is currently Undecided but intends to pursue a major in Bioengineering, while also completing pre-med requirements. Amara has been interested in biology since long before her first dissection and is specifically interested in genetics, synthetic biology, and biotechnology. She loves learning about the strangest forms of life on the planet and how various systems that sustain life function. In her free time, you can find her reading, eating, or sleeping off her PSET headaches.

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Community Director | Sunwoo Kang

Sunwoo is a freshman strongly interested in Computational Biology. Her passion for science mainly developed from three years of independent research on combating jellyfish bloom and using chondroitin sulfate within trashed jellyfish to adsorb heavy metal pollutants. Besides winning recognition in Intel ISEF and many other science competitions, she has interned at multiple governmental research institutes. Within BIOME, she is currently working on the dCas9 biocircuit project and strengthening the BIOME community. In addition to serving as the community director for BIOME, she is a member of SLE, BASES frosh battalion, and the women’s basketball team. She envisions herself at the heart of intersection between life science and computer science technology in future.

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Lab Manager | Alec Lourenco

Alec is currently a freshman most likely majoring in bioengineering. He’s been interested in synthetic biology ever since he was introduced to it in ninth grade. He later went on to participate in multiple iGEM competitions as part of the Caltech’s iGEM team in 2014 and as part of the University of La Verne-La Canada High School joint team in 2015 and 2016. As part of BIOME, he runs the dCas9 biocircuit project and is passionate about spreading and developing synthetic biology tools and culture.