DISCOVeR Team Members love to work with undergraduate, graduate, post doctoral, and medical students.

We value mentorship opportunities, as it one of the many ways that students and fellows are able to interact with and explore possible collaborations, which will ensure future success. We encourage participation in various mentorship/intership programs for students at all levels!

Dr. Palaniappan's List of Mentees



Current Position/Organization


Marily Oppezzo, RD, PhD

Adjunct Faculty
Santa Clara University


Nilay S. Shah, MD, MPH

Resident, Internal Medicine
Stanford University


Fatima Rodriguez, MD, MPH

Fellow, Cardiovascular Medicine
Stanford University



Alina Kung

Medical Student
UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program


Amlu Natesan

Medical Student
UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program


Robert Romanelli, PhD, MPH

Assistant Scientist
Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute


Jia Pu, PhD

Health Researcher
Mathematica Policy Research


Sarah Osmundson, MD

Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and GynecologyVanderbilt University


Dhruv Patel, MD

Resident, Internal Medicine
University of California, Davis


Sarah Ramirez, PhD

FoodLink for Tulare County, Inc.


Powell Jose, MD

Sutter Medical Foundation


Beinan Zhao, MS

School of Dentistry
University of California, San Francisco


Ariel (Holland) Frank, BSN, RN

Family Nurse Practitioner
Columbia University


Chris Koenig, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco


Dipanjan Banerjee, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford University


Nimi Mastey

MD Candidate
Stanford University School of Medicine


Lisa Diamond, MD, MPH

Assistant Attending
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service


Sukyung Chung, PhD

Assistant Investigator
Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute


Tahmina Samad

Resident Physician
Loma Linda University Medical Center


Shamsher Samra, MD

Resident, Emergency Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles


Andrea C. Kwan

School of Pharmacy
University of California San Diego


Marlene Martin, MD

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center


Mary Ann Situ

University of California San Francisco
School of Medicine, Pediatrics


Ravi Garg, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Resident
University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery

HBREX Summer 2018: Tenzin Wangdak

Originally from Chicago, Tenzin Wangdak is currently a Human Biology student at Stanford and is a 2018 HBREX (Human Biology Research and Exploration Program) Intern this summer.

Her interests include learning more about the social determinants of health (especially in the context of marginalized communities) and cultural competency in healthcare. Outside of the lab Tenzin enjoys practicing karate and tweeting.

Summer 2018 Intern: Anuva Mittal

Anuva Mittal is a rising sophomore at the University of Southern California, majoring in Human Biology with a minor in Statistics. Following her growing interest in learning about diabetes and obesity, she is interning with the DISCOVeR Lab this summer, exploring the clinical side of research to complement her biomedical research exposure, and she hopes to use these experiences to support her goal of attending medical school. In her free time, Anuva loves cooking and creating new recipes for her friends and family as well as finding hikes with the best views the city has to offer. 


Summer 2018 Intern: Aishee Mukherji

Aishee Mukherji is a rising sophomore at Carleton College aspiring to become a physician. She is currently a summer intern at the Stanford University School of Medicine DISCOVeR Lab, involved in Diabetes mellitus type 2 research. She is also interested in computer science and mathematics. At Carleton, Aishee works as a FOCUS Northstar Mentor, mentoring and tutoring students from groups historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and as a FOCUS Northstar Scholar, actively engaged in science journalism for publication in an online newsletter. Outside of school, she enjoys volunteering in the College Buddies program at Laura Baker Services Association, where she plans and leads weekly events with a designated resident with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Aishee enjoys spending time with animals (especially her dog, Ducky), exploring parklands and the wilderness, playing flute, singing, and learning new things.

An HBREX intern presenting his research work in summer 2014.

Two HBREX interns presenting their research work in summer 2013.