Executive Board

Executive Director: Ryan Wahidi

Exec SP17 – SP19 | Editor FL16


Ryan is a senior from St. Louis, Missouri studying physics and biochemistry. He is currently a member of Dr. Zhu’s Ultrasound and Optical Imaging Laboratory. In his spare time, he enjoys performing as a cellist and playing chess.





Co-Editor-in-Chief: Kassandra Diaz

Exec SP18 – SP19


Kassandra is a senior from Houston, Texas, studying Cognitive Neuroscience and Japanese Language and Culture. She joined Frontiers to learn more about the St. Louis community and the health disparities that inhabit it. In her spare time she enjoys weekend outings with friends, watching anime, and sharing photos  of her dog Pablito with everyone.




Co-Editor-in-Chief: Anu Balasubramanian

Exec SP18 – SP19 | Writer FL16 – FL17, SP19 | Editor FL17 – SP18


Anu is a junior from the Westford, Massachusetts double majoring in Global Health and Computational Biology, and minoring in WGSS. She joined Frontiers because she loves writing about science and medicine, particularly topics relating to women’s health. Apart from Frontiers, she is involved in Beat Therapy, sings, does research at the med school, and spends her spare time catching up on sleep.



Co-Director of Public Relations: Larissa Lushniak

Exec SP18 – SP19


Larissa is a pre-medical senior from Rockville, Maryland 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: Soyi Sarkar

Exec SP18 – SP19 | Writer SP18 – SP19 | Editor SP18 – FL18


Soyi is a sophomore from Short Hills, New Jersey majoring in neuroscience and mathematics. She joined Frontiers to understand the intersection of medicine and journalism, and to learn more about relevant topics in healthcare and medicine facing society today. Soyi loves to volunteer and give back to the WashU and larger STL communities, and works in a Leukemia lab at the med campus. In her free time, she loves hanging out with her friends, taking walks in forest park, and spending all her meal points.




Director of Operations: Anhthi Luong

Exec SP18 – SP19 | Writer FL17 – SP18, SP19 | Editor FL17 – SP18, SP19


Anhthi is a sophomore from St. Louis, Missouri, potentially majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Healthcare Management. She enjoys writing about science and medicine, particularly topics relating to research within the medical community and controversial medical issues. Other than Frontiers, Anhthi is an active hospital volunteer and is a member of an anesthesiology research lab.




Director of Finances: Prajwal Keranahalli

Exec SP18 – SP19


Prajwal is a senior majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Biophysics. He is interested in learning about health related issues through open discussion and journalism. In his free time, he enjoys running in Forest Park and volunteering in the St. Louis community.




NickDirector of Design: Nick Rogers

Exec SP18 – SP19


Nick is a senior from Summit, New Jersey. He is studying Communication Design at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art, and his focus is in interaction design. He enjoys reading and studying history or watching sports in his free time.





Recruitment Chair: Chase Breimeier

Exec FL18 – SP19 | Writer FL18 | Editor FL18


Chase is a sophomore from the suburbs of Chicago planning on majoring in Psychological & Brain Sciences with a business minor. He joined Frontiers last year as a writer and editor but now also leads the club’s recruitment efforts. Outside of Frontiers, Chase is involved in several other extracurricular activities including research on personality disorders, Campus Y, and Best Buddies. When he gets a couple of free minutes here and there, you might see him fishing, juggling, or playing guitar.



Co-Web Editor: Lily Xu

Exec SP18 – SP19 | Illustrator SP18 – SP19


Lily is a junior from St. Louis, Missouri majoring in Biomedical Engineering and minoring in Computer Science and Bioinformatics. She joined Frontiers in her sophomore year as an illustrator and web editor. Within STEM, she is passionate about medicine, bioengineering, and research. In her free time, she enjoys graphic design, composing music, and working with children.




Co-Web Editor: Yumi Sasaki

Exec FL18 – SP19 | Writer FL17 – SP18


Yumi is a junior from Tokyo, Japan studying biology. She has been a writer since fall of sophomore year, and enjoys researching current innovations in the health field for Frontiers. In her free time, you can find her exploring the outdoors, watching anything Star Wars, and daydreaming about her next meal.





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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