Research IT welcomes Communications Intern Olivia Habern to our team. Olivia will be working collaboratively with the Berkeley Research Computing (BRC) group to communicate how diverse scholars are using BRC services. These research profiles will illustrate the wide range of contexts where research computing can facilitate the work of faculty and graduate students, enabling them to organize, analyze and visualize their data efficiently; securely collaborate with partner labs and institutions; and make significant advances in their individual domains.
Olivia is a rising junior at UC Berkeley. A prospective Molecular and Cell Biology and English double-major, she has received training in human biology, organic chemistry, physics, calculus, statistics and analytical reading and writing. Olivia is generally interested in science communication, and her career interests lie at the intersection of science, literature and the law. She is fascinated by the career prospects of technical writing and intellectual property law within the domain of biotechnology.
Before joining the Berkeley Research Computing program Olivia was an undergraduate research assistant in Kaufer Lab, a neurobiology laboratory headed by Integrative Biology professor Daniela Kaufer. She worked closely with graduate students to develop and run experiments that focused on the role of certain blood proteins in the onset of epilepsy following traumatic head injury. As a recipient of the Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship, Olivia has remained active in the Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholars Association (RCSA). Most recently, she has taken on a leadership role in the Alumni Committee, a subgroup within the RCSA that facilitates networking between past and present Regents’ scholars through alumni speaking events, internship and externship programs, and an alumni mentorship program.