Executive Board

Executive Director: Rachana Vemireddy


Rachana is a senior from Dallas, Texas studying Biology and Anthropology. She is involved with Frontiers because of her interest in medical anthropology and public health, and she enjoys learning about how health and medicine relate to a variety of different fields. In her free time, she loves photography, baking chocolate chip cookies, and exploring St. Louis with friends!




Co-Editor-in-Chief: Usama Ismail


Usama is a senior from Denver, Colorado, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He first joined frontiers in the spring of his freshman year and had been an editor ever since. Ever since joining Frontiers he has learned much more about the St.Louis community as well as meet a lot of cool people through the club. In his free time Usama loves to play tennis, read, and play dangerous amounts of video games.





12208001_1273557122670844_1286351485_nCo-Editor-in-Chief: Ji-Yun Suh


Ji-Yun is a senior on the premed track, studying to major in Anthropology and Biology, and minor in Sculpture. She writes for Frontiers to learn about health issues from the WashU and St. Louis community and to try giving a little to think about back as well. In her free time, she loves watching Ted Talks and trying out new foods around St. Louis with friends.



Co-Director of Public Relations: Larissa Lushniak


Larissa is a pre-medical junior from Rockville, MD double majoring in Biology and Global Health and the Environment. Over time, she has developed a passion for both infectious disease and issues of health equity, and carries out these interests by conducting research at the med school and consistently volunteering with underserved populations. In her free time, she loves to try out new workout classes at the AC and explore restaurants in STL with her friends.



Co-Director of Public Relations: Sukruth Shashikumar


Sukruth is a senior from Farmington Hills, MI, studying biochemistry and Spanish with a minor in music. He joined the Frontiers family as a sophomore and has enjoyed serving as an editor and co-Director of PR since. He is an ardent believer in the fact that cereal is an acceptable food at any time of the day or night. He enjoys reading, traveling, and photography.




Director of Operations: Vineeth Thirunavu


Vineeth is a neuroscience major in the Class of 2019. He is also minoring in global health and applied microeconomics. Outside of class, Vineeth enjoys playing table tennis, volunteering, and listening to music. He hopes to use his platform in Frontiers to further explore health literacy and awareness in the St. Louis area.





Ryan Wahidi

Ryan is a sophomore from St. Louis, Missouri studying physics and math. He is currently a member of the Laboratory for Ultrasonics in the Arthur Holly Laboratory of Physics. In his spare time, he enjoys performing as a cellist and playing chess.


Co-Director of Design: Nick Rogers

Nick is a Communication Design major in the class of 2019. He’s interested in minoring in anthropology or economics. When he’s not working on art or design, he enjoys listening to music, running, and playing ultimate frisbee






Web Editor: Daniel Teich


Danny is a sophomore from Newton, MA majoring in Computer Science. He joined Frontiers freshman year and has loved the health-related learning opportunities he has found while being part of the team as a token non-Pre-Med writer and editor for the magazine. He is a long-distance runner, and also enjoys reading, skiing, and whatever can distract him from getting important work done. He is also (slowly) improving his guitar skills, and will be getting his wretched braces off at the beginning of 2016. Finally, he is quite flattered that you took this much time to read about him, and would love to get to know you!



Faculty Advisor: Seema Dahlheimer


Seema, from St. Louis, teaches Technical Writing and is a faculty member of the Engineering Communication Center at Washington University, where she helps Engineering students with all types of writing. She has been working with Wash U students on personal statements for medical school for over a decade, and loves helping them rediscover and articulate their passion for medicine. Seema is also a freelance writer, an aspiring novelist, a bibliophile, a food lover, and an advocate for how great St. Louis is. She spends most of her free time with her husband and 3-year-old son–exploring playgrounds, trying to cook Indian food the way her mom did, reading more children’s books than she ever thought possible, and explaining everything from why the Earth spins to where all the snow goes when it melts to where chocolate milk comes from–Chocolate cows.

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