Study Staff

Social Science Research Track

Jiaqi Hu, MPH, Biostatistician

Jiaqi Hu MPH, MBBS, is a biostatistician. She came from China and had a one-year full-time clinical clerkship there. She completed her MPH in University of Southern California in 2015. She likes programming, problem-solving and especially enjoys working in the clinical research setting.


Bethany Fay, BS, GenePool Research Coordinator

My name is Bethany Fay and I am a recent graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  I obtained my B.S. in Human Biology and later plan on attending nursing school.  I hope to one day obtain my Masters degree and become a Nurse Practioner.  I help run both adult and child genetic research trials.  In these studies, we look for potentially hazardous biomarkers that could correlate to a genetic disease.  My time working at Stanford has been very rewarding.


Maria Bregendahl, MS, Research Consultant

Maria consults on multiple DISCOVER Lab projects in the areas of Genomics and Diabetes. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Sports Science (with honors) at the University of the Philippines and her Masters degree in Exercise Science at Texas Tech University. Her graduate research addressed the needs of older adults with respect to fall prevention. She investigated the effect of manipulated verbal feedback on the functional motor performance of older women. 


Clinical Research Track

Lida Faroqi, DPM, Director of Clinical Research

Dr. Faroqi has conducted Research at Stanford in the department of Oncology, Endocrinology and Rare diseases. She completed the Wound Care Fellowship at Wyckoff Height Medical Center in New York with Cornell University. She completed her Podiatric Surgical Residency Program at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in 2009. Dr. Faroqi conducted Investigational Research and has Publications with emphasis on Diabetic Limb Salvage.

Phone: 650.497.9719

Myo Wong, BA, Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Myo Wong graduated from UC Berkeley with honors in Molecular and Cell Biology. He loves working with patients and was the clinical coordinator of the Hep B Project serving underprivileged populations in the East Bay Area. He has also done outcome based research at the VA hospital investigating prognostic markers for patients with chronic heart failure. He is excited to be working at the DISCOVeR Lab to help conduct clinical research and combat another chronic disease, diabetes.

Phone: 650.725.1427

Khalil Walai, Clinical Research Coordinator

Khalil M. Walai is a Certified Phlebotomist Technician I, certified by the State of California with more than 8 years of experience.  He is an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator working in the DISCOVeR Lab, specifically on the IMPACT and STRONG-D Studies.  As a Diabetes Paraprofessional, Khalil wants to contribute to research that will improve the quality of life of diabetics.  Khalil desires to make a difference in the lives of diabetic patients by incorporating lifestyle changes in their daily routine.

Phone: 650.724.1603

Chi Wai Wong, BS, Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Chi Wong received his Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology and minor in Nutritional Science from UC Berkeley. Prior to working at the DISCOVeR lab, he was involved in research at VA to further examine prognostic markers obtained from Cardio Pulmonary Exercise tests for chronic heart failure. Chi likes to exercise on his free time, and he is enthusiastic to do research on exercise to improve quality of life for diabetic patients.

Phone: 650.736.2743

Sayed Azamey, Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Sayed Azamey has extensive experience in Exercise and Sports Medicine.  He is in the process of completing his Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from California State East Bay.  He works with cardiologists/trained qualified staff to perform resting EKG on patients and conduct cardiovascular fitness testing (i.e. stress testing).  He also conducts 1:1 sessions for diabetes management with patients as a diabetic paraprofessional.

Phone: 650.496.2590

Saniya Bonde, BS, Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator 

Saniya graduated cum laude from University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology & Neuroscience. Prior to working with the DISCOVeR team, she worked with cardiac imaging studies at Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, La Jolla and completed a pathology internship at VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She has enjoyed working with diverse groups of people such as veterans, Alzheimer’s patients, teens with disabilities, farmworkers and underprivileged children. Having lived in four countries, she has attended twelve different schools so far and hopes to add medical education to that list. 


Saron Araya, BS, Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Saron Araya received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with an emphasis in Biomedical sciences and minor in Public Health from Santa Clara University. During her time at Santa Clara, Saron interned at DuPont Industrial Biosciences as a microbial physiology and biochemistry intern working on analyzing fluorescent proteins expressed in yeast under various conditions. In her free time, Saron enjoys music, singing, baking and exploring all that the Bay Area has to offer. She is excited to to be working in the DISCOVeR Lab as a clinical research coordinator and hoping to make an impact in the lives of those living with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).