Undergraduate Students

 Class of 2018

Susanna Liang

  Susanna Liang
The Vanderwal lab has never had a genuinely nice person in our group, and we are therefore suspicious of Susanna. Susanna was born in Singapore and grew up in the overly-friendly state of Alabama, but chose to move to California in search of the ocean and higher-learning. Her hobbies include hiking and beaching and other dubious activities. She sometimes walks around lab and offers Disney stickers, which has left various lab members suspicious of ulterior motives. Her weekly batches of brownies for the lab have thus far not contained any laxatives or otherwise harmful ingredients, in a clear attempt to win over our trust before she reveals her true nature. Susanna also likes plants, which is strange. We’re onto you, Susanna.

Editor’s Note: Susanna has not brought us brownies in a while.



Sierra Nguyen

Sierra was born in Arcadia and raised in Corona, California. After a long, disappointing childhood of not finding any wild penguins in southern California she decided to pursue her undergraduate degree in chemistry at UC Irvine. Coming from a family of chemists she couldn’t resist her innate urge to become involved in research. We were initially hesitant to let Sierra join the lab due to her lack of knowledge of Will Smith songs, but then we found out that her advanced skills in martial arts qualifies her as a lethal weapon when boarding a plane. For the safety of the lab members, we let her join. Sierra is interested in natural product synthesis but rather enjoys shining light on things in hopes of making more biologically active analogues. Sierra also loves to talk, so much so that she will try and finish your sentences for you, all the time, we are considering getting a spray bottle.

Editor’s note: Sierra has also been slacking with the baked good production.