Vanessa Pan



Vanessa graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University with a B.A. in Neuroscience & Behavior and Anthropology in 2023. She is currently working on a Master's degree in Management at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign that will be completed in May 2024.


Vanessa worked as a research assistant at the Zuker Lab at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute during college. There she conduced neuroscience research focused on the genetic makeup of taste preference related neuron populations. She also spent most of the Covid pandemic working in data entry at Avellino Labs.

Fun Facts and Hobbies

  • Vanessa played four years of Division 1 volleyball at Columbia and 1 year at University of Illinois! She still plays indoor and outdoor volleyball for fun and currently coaches two club teams.
  • She enjoys cooking and hanging out with her dog in her spare time.