Professor/TA Office Hours and Profiles

Wondering what classes are like or wanting to start building connections? During office hours, our professors and teaching assistants are excited to talk about their courses and answer any questions you may have as you start your new academic journey.

When: Friday, April 17 throughout 10:30am-11:30am
Where: All of our office hours will be held via Zoom so we highly encourage downloading the app beforehand. You do not need a Zoom account to join a meeting.

Professor/TA NameSubject AreaTime (PDT)Zoom LinkMeeting IDPassword
Kristine ChuaAnthropology 10:30am-11:00amN/A349 934 518
024790
Thu-Huong Nguyen-VoAsian American Studies11:00am-11:30amZoom Link311 468 181005239
Daniel LuuAsian American Studies/Urban Planning10:30am-11:30am
Zoom LinkN/AN/A
Christopher MottEnglish11:00am-11:30amZoom Link995 4347 4844466822
Alvan ChengEpidemiology/Public Health10:30am-11:30amZoom Link516 917 240Congo
Josephine OngGender Studies and Asian American Studies11:00am-11:30amZoom Link746 398 952sea2020ong
Christian BerenGeneral Chemistry10:30am-11:00amZoom Link945 809 5689uclavirus
Jennifer Jung-KimInternational and Area Studies/Department of Asian Languages and Cultures10:30am-11:30amZoom Link927 444 701noodles
Joe BreenMathematics10:30am-11:30amZoom LinkN/A070192
Hung V. PhamOrganic Chemistry10:30am-11:00amZoom Link235 150 748003475
Michelle MussoOrganic Chemistry10:30am-11:30amZoom Link676 410 141none
Stephanie YuPsychology10:30am-11:30amZoom Link247 662 644004517
Oona ParedesSoutheast Asian Studies10:30am-11:30amZoom Link992 6214 8759 706148

Professor and TA Profiles

CHRISTIAN BEREN
Christian grew up in Philadelphia and in his free time enjoys ice hockey, skiing and hiking. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University, and while at Lehigh he pursued research under Dr. Dmitri Vezenov studying self-assembling DNA monolayers using Atomic Force Microscopy. Christian came to UCLA to pursue his PhD studying the self-assembly of virus particles in the lab of Profs. William Gelbart and Charles Knobler. He is currently teaching General Chemistry at UCLA as a Libby Postdoctoral Teacher-Scholar, and continues to work in the field of Physical Virology.


JENNIFER JUNG-KIM
Dr. Jennifer Jung-Kim teaches courses on Korean and East Asian studies, women’s history, and foodways in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, International and Area Studies, and the Honors Collegium. Her research interests are on contemporary Asian and Asian American society. She enjoys watching films, cooking shows, and eating ethnic foods.


CHRISTOPHER MOTT
I am interested in how students learn and how teachers can create the best learning environments for their students; I am interested in Environmental Studies, Sexuality Studies, Contemporary Literature, digital aesthetics and politics, and comics. Other fun I like to have involves Hawai’i and bicycling.


Nguyễn-võ Thu-hương
Nguyễn-võ Thu-hương holds a split appointment in Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies. She is working on a book project on ways to understand the responses of people who must live with violence or the memory thereof caused by economic and political practices. Her other research projects explore the politics of time in futurist visions from the (inter)colonial moment to the present in cultural works by Indochinese, Vietnamese, African American, and other artists, writers, and activists. She teaches graduate seminars in critical theory and undergraduate courses in Vietnamese and Vietnamese American politics and culture.


HUNG PHAM
Hung V. Pham was born in Fountain Valley, California, and has remained a southern California resident ever since. After graduating magna cum laude from UCI with a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.S. in Mathematics in 2008, he went on to work as a Physical Science Tutor Advisor at UCI for two years. Hung resumed his academic career in 2010 after being accepted to the chemistry doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Under the direction of Dr. Ken Houk, Hung conducted research in the field of computational organic chemistry, and after five years, he received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 2015. Hung began his teaching career as an adjunct professor at Santa Monica College in 2015, focusing on organic and general chemistry classes, but returned to UCLA during the Spring 2016 quarter where he currently teaches organic chemistry, namely Chem 14C/14D/30A/30B/30C classes. While here at UCLA, he was inducted as a professor member of Alpha Chi Sigma, the co-ed professional chemistry fraternity. Outside of the classroom, Hung loves to do all kinds of puzzles and participates in weekly trivia nights with his friends. In 2016, he opened his own escape room (Unlocked, in Irvine) with his friends, which he still runs and manages today. His love of puzzles and games pushed him to join Mensa, the high IQ society, because it was something he wanted to do ever since he was a kid


JOE BREEN
I’m a fourth year Ph.D. student in the math department, studying something called symplectic geometry. Prior to being at UCLA, I grew up in Ohio, then went to Northwestern University for undergrad. My favorite part about math is teaching it to others: in my four years at UCLA, I’ve TA’d a veritable zoo of math courses, and all of them have led to rewarding and satisfying experiences. Outside of math, I love to exercise and to cook, and sometimes I even play a little guitar. I love UCLA and I’m looking forward to chatting about my time here!


ALVIN CHENG
Area of Study: Epidemiology (Public Health)
Research: Infectious Diseases in Central Africa
Passions: Happiness
UCLA Academic Life: It’s a grind.


KRISTINE CHUA
I am a 3rd year Biological Anthropology PhD student. My research interests center around individual differences with respect to their developmental trajectories from an evolutionary perspective. I am currently examining the biological underpinnings during pregnancy that reflect various sources of mortality in women from the Philippines. I am also involved in other large-scale research projects that touch on these topics. I work with many undergraduate students, mentoring them in research design and involving them in all aspects of the project (e.g., recruitment, data management, data analysis), hoping to inspire and promote underrepresented groups into academia. During my free time, I go to the beach, hike, and think of ways the city of Los Angeles can re-engineer their transit system to streamline the flow of traffic.


DANIEL LUU
Daniel Luu graduated from UCLA majoring in Asian American Studies and minoring in Urban and Regional Studies. He is currently continuing his studies by pursuing a Master’s in Urban Planning at the Luskin School of Public Affairs. His focus and interest revolve around working with the Southeast Asian community (Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laos) to combat various social issues overlooked by the general public such as gentrification, deportation, and education attainment. Through Daniel’s coursework, he is now seeking to further understand how urban infrastructure and design can be reclaimed by communities of color through aspects of storytelling and cultural arts. This type of work has led Daniel towards finding his own identity to become an empowered community activist working towards healing his family’s and community’s trauma. Fun Fact: Daniel enjoys urban dance.


MICHELLE MUSSO
My name is Michelle Musso, and I was a TA for Chem 14D at UCLA last fall. I graduated from UCLA undergrad in June 2019 with a B.S. in Biochemistry. In my time at UCLA, I was an organic chemistry learning assistant, a member of the Marching Band, a group fitness instructor at UCLA gyms, and a member of the ADPi sorority. UCLA athletics and my upper division biochemistry courses were definitely my favorite parts of my undergraduate time at UCLA. Teaching organic chemistry and interacting with my students was one of my favorite life experiences, and now I am preparing to apply to Physician Assistant School. Looking forward to sharing about UCLA with you!


JOSEPHINE ONG
Josephine Ong (she/her/hers) is a Pinay activist-scholar that grew up in Guåhan/Guam and moved to the U.S. continent to attend Tufts University for her undergrad degree, and later UCLA for her Asian American Studies Masters degree. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student in Gender Studies at UCLA, where she studies Chamorro and Filipino women’s activism histories in Guåhan. Josephine is also an active member of Independent Guåhan’s Research Committee, and has worked with Independent Guåhan on teach-ins and podcasts about Chamorro-Filipino relations. In addition, Josephine has previously worked as the UCLA Asian American Studies Undergraduate Mentor, and loves to talk with students from all walks of life and support their development both within and outside academia. Finally, Josephine loves Asian and Pacific Islander dessert, coffee, and boba shops, especially when they are community-centered!


STEPHANIE YU
Stephanie Yu is a Clinical Psychology PhD student at UCLA, working with Dr. Anna Lau. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Social Welfare, with Minors in Education and Asian American Studies, from UC Berkeley. She is passionate about disseminating and implementing evidence-based practices (EBPs) to reduce mental health disparities for underserved, diverse populations. Specifically, her research focuses on: 1) adapting EBPs and implementation strategies to fit the complex contexts and diverse patients served in community settings, 2) school-based EBP implementation to increase reach for diverse youth, and 3) culturally-informed stigma reduction. She is also a practicing Master’s level therapist delivering both one-on-one adult and child therapy, as well as a group mindfulness curriculum.