Undergraduate Members

Jacky Chan, ’20

Jacky is a senior from Sydney, Australia, studying general anthropology. She is particularly interested in nutrition and healthcare. At home, Jacky surfs, but since there aren’t too many waves in Philly, during the semester you can find her running along the river trail and swimming laps at Pottruck. She is also an RA in New College House. Some of her residents call her Mum (yes, with ‘u’) because she is in bed by 10 PM most evenings. Other organizations Jacky is involved in include Penn Traditions, Penn Appetit, Chinese Students Association, Vietnamese Students Association, Japanese Students Association, and the College Alumni Mentoring Series. 


Olivia Bridges, ’20

Olivia is a senior from Highland Park, New Jersey studying Health & Societies with minors in Anthropology and Nutrition. She is interested in food sovereignty, food empowerment, ethnography in public health policy and socially-just public health research. Olivia is involved in Penn V-Day, Bloomers Comedy, PennQuest, and interns with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health in the opioid surveillance team. Her passions include cooking paleo, urban gardening, and fiber arts!


Anne Lally, ’21

Anne is an undergraduate student from Moorestown, New Jersey. In the Fall of 2018 she transferred to the School of Arts and Sciences from Tulane University. She is studying biological anthropology and chemistry. Some of her academic interests include animal behavior and reproductive ecology. Outside of the lab, she is a transfer student mentor, a transfer student PHIN, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, an avid yogi, and a cold brew enthusiast. 



Danielle Orie, ’21

Danielle is an undergraduate student from Buffalo, New York (Class of 2021) and a member of the University of Pennsylvania Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field program. She studies anthropology, environmental studies, and nutrition. Her interests include human evolution, agriculture and farming, diet, and food accessibility. When she isn’t experimenting or making a mess in the kitchen, she likes to travel or explore new places in Philly. Danielle loves all carbohydrates (she does not discriminate) and anything cheesy, and she also enjoys reading in her spare time. Special talents include being able to eat a jar of peanut butter in one sitting and running in many circles around a track.


Nicole Mayer, ’21

Nicole (2021) is an undergraduate from Manchester, New Hampshire. Originally a student in the School of Nursing, she transferred to the College of Arts and Sciences in Spring 2019. She plans to study biological anthropology and minor in nutritional science. Her interests include diet and exercise, women’s health, bones, trauma medicine, and baking chocolate chip cookies. If Nicole is not saving lives with Penn MERT, you will probably find her at the Schuylkill River Dog Park or the Woodlands Cemetery with her dog Ruby.


Zoe Belardo, ’21


Zoe is an undergraduate student from Cleveland, Ohio. She is currently studying anthropology and the biological basis of behavior to pursue her interests in global health, the human brain, and the culture and biology of what makes us human. Outside of class, Zoe is part of Alpha Phi Omega, the community service fraternity on campus, GlobeMed at Penn, and is a volunteer at CHOP. Her current life goals (in no particular order) are: to travel as much as possible, to get into medical school, and to convince her roommates to let her get a cat.


Adriana Purcell, ’22

Adriana is so excited to begin her Penn career with the BAM research group! Hailing from northern New Jersey, she is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying toward a degree in anthropology with the hopes of matriculating to medical school. Interests include reading, journaling, volunteering, adventuring, the ocean, anything to do with musical theatre, photographing every sunset, and her two dogs. In the past, Adriana has focused on bringing nutritional awareness to her small community by implementing charity gardens throughout the county, each harvest delivered to local food pantries. Adriana’s new goal is to elaborate upon and use the various lessons in humanitarianism, kindness, and respect that her hometown provided her. She is so excited to get started!


Jordan Liu, ’22

Jordan is a sophomore studying Biochemistry and Health & Societies, hoping to minor in Bioethics. Originally from Toronto, he now lives with his parents, younger sister, and hamster in the suburbs of Philadelphia. His academic interests span the full gamut of biocultural anthropology, from clinical biomarkers to the social determinants of health. Outside of class, he loves exploring Philly, obsessing over food with Anthony Bourdain, and petting Penn squirrels (a hidden talent!). On campus, he’s involved with GlobeMed, volunteers for ServiceLink, and writes for Penn Appetit.