About The Team

Editor-in-Chief: Victoria A. Pinilla Escobar

Victoria is a senior in the College of Arts and Science double majoring in Microbiology and Immunology, and Biology. She is from Bogota, Colombia but grew up in Coral Springs, Florida. Besides founding and being the current Editor-in-Chief for Scientifica, Victoria also works closely as the President for Democracy in the Americas (DITA) and as treasurer for the Colombian Student Association (COLSA). In her free time, Victoria enjoys volunteering at Hispanic Unity of Florida, figure skating, and playing basketball.

Managing Editor: Jennifer Chavez

Jennifer is a junior in the college of arts and sciences, majoring in Microbiology & Immunology, minoring in Chemistry, Psychology & Public Health. Jennifer is originally from Homestead, FL. Aside from serving as UMiami Scientifica’s managing editor, she is also involved in research at the medical campus and is a teaching assistant for the introductory Microbiology & Immunology lab course. In her free time, she enjoys boba tea, random Chinese fortune cookie quotes and watching romantic comedies.

Copy Chief: Henry Mancao

Henry is a junior in the College of Arts and Science triple majoring in Neuroscience, Microbiology and Biology, and Economics, and is from Pembroke Pines, FL. Besides serving as Copy Chief of UMiami Scientifica, he is the Public Relations and Philanthropy chair of Club Basketball and works on the Foote Fellow Programming Board. In his free time, Henry enjoys playing basketball and video games, eating well and cooking poorly.

Design Director: Michaela Larson

Michaela is currently a junior majoring in Microbiology and Immunology with minors in both Chemistry and Mathematics. She is from Orange City, Florida and grew up in Oregon. Besides serving as the Design Director for UMiami Scientifica, she is a member of the Microbiology Club, and spends her free time volunteering for The Miracle League, a nonprofit organization giving disabled children a chance to play baseball. In her free time, Michaela enjoys the company of her family, and basically anything sports related.

Business Manager: Sumanth Potluri

Sumanth is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Microbiology & Immunology, and minoring in Finance in the School of Business Administration. Sumanth was born in India, but moved to America at a very young age and currently resides in Tampa, Florida. Aside from serving as UMiami Scientifica’s Business Manager, he is also involved in clinical research, is the Fundraising Chair for UJhoom, and is a Foote Fellow Mentor. In his free time, Sumanth enjoys trading in the stock market, learning more about finance, and playing/watching sports.

Marketing Director: Yukthi Kodali

Yukthi Kodali is a junior majoring in Microbiology and Immunology. She hails from India but currently resides in Miramar, FL. Besides serving as marketing director for Umiami Scientifica, she is also a Health Outreach Peer Educator (HOPE), active member of Canes Emergency Response Team (CERT), cultural liaison of Miami International Outreach and activities coordinator of microbiology club. Her interests include singing, playing badminton, watching Bollywood movies and expanding her collection of shot glasses. She is always looking forward to the next culinary adventure to treat her taste buds. Above all, she is a budding chef disguised as a premedical student!