Carolina Ornelas is a third year undergraduate student at Stanford University, majoring in Human Biology with an emphasis on Health Disparities in Gender and Ethnicity. She aspires to one day be a physician who serves underserved communities.
Carolina enjoys conducting research, and has pursued research topics ranging from breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, and LGBT health. She has worked in Dr. Paulmurugan’s lab of Molecular Cellular Imaging, examining Tamoxifen resistance in breast cancer, and has investigated HIV’s effect on the transgender community under Dr. Katzenstein. Currently, she is dedicating her time to pursue research in LGBT health as part of LGBT MERG (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Medical Education Research Group).
Academically, Carolina is very interested in the intersection between medicine, and law. She is currently interning at the Transgender Law Center and Lyon Martin Health Clinic in Project Health , with the goal of increasing the access and quality of health care for transgender patients.
Furthermore, social activism is very important to Carolina, and this passion has manifested in Carolina’s role as co-president of La Familia, a support and activism group dedicated to the affirmation of LGBTQ- identified and allied Chicana (o) and Latina (o) Stanford students, this upcoming school year.
In her spare time, Carolina thoroughly enjoys giving back to her community and volunteering at clinics, hospitals, and programs addressing issues such as hunger and poverty. As an HIV counselor and Peer Health Educator, she hopes to promote health and wellbeing on Stanford campus.