Stanford CARE Scholars Class of 2022

Meet Our Team

Risa Akiba

University of Chicago

Risa is a rising junior at University of Chicago majoring in Statistics. In college, she conducts data analysis for a medical lab that aims to improve policies regarding allocation of scarce medical resources, and she is interested in a career conducting data analysis in the healthcare industry. In her free time, she enjoys tennis, reading, and music. 

Anthony Babu

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Anthony is an undergraduate student attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison and majoring in Economics. With research experience in a Pediatrics Lab analyzing neonatal Iron Deficiency, he is interested in interdisciplinary research within Pediatrics. He plans on becoming a physician and helping underserved populations through practicing medicine, community-based research, and clinical research.   

Shihua Chen

Johns Hopkins University

Shihua Chen recently graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a B.A. in Psychology. Her research interests lie in the intersections of geriatrics, dermatology, and Asian health, and she hopes to expand her research skills beyond the wet lab and into data analysis this summer. In her free time, she enjoys taking long walks, watching Chinese dramas, and learning new languages. Through better understanding the needs of different patient populations, she hopes to be able to care for the most vulnerable as a physician one day.

Richie Chu

University of California, Los Angeles

Richie is an incoming University of California, Los Angeles dual Masters of Public Health and Masters of Arts in Asian American Studies student. He is a University of California, Berkeley Alumnus with a Bachelors of Arts in Molecular and Cell Biology and minors in Global Public Health and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies. Through his experiences as a second-generation Vietnamese American, his coursework in Asian American Studies, publishing UC Berkeley’s inaugural Asian American research journal, and organizing Southeast Asian youth programs, he felt repeatedly disappointed by the lack of studies and programs that failed to disaggregate and focus on Southeast Asian health issues. Thus, his desire to research Asian American health comes from an intrinsic motivation to advance this field of precision health research and to ultimately address the health disparities that continue to affect his family and community. In his free time, Richie enjoys cycling, running, music, and trying new foods. 

Talia Crowther

Emory University

Talia is an MPH candidate at the Rollins School of Public Health - Emory University. She is currently studying health management with a certificate in infectious disease epidemiology. As a future public health leader, she is inspired by the intersection of science, society, and systems. Her goal is to continue expanding her knowledge and passion for health equity, clinical research, and design on a global scale. Outside of academics, she enjoys practicing yoga and listening to podcasts. 

Gaël Cruanes

University of California, San Diego

Gaël Cruanes is a recent graduate of UC San Diego with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Psychology. Gaël is passionate about global health, understanding chronic pain, working with populations in need, and aspires to work as a doctor in Doctor Without Borders. When Gaël attended UCSD, he worked as a research technician for the Brain Mechanisms of Pain and Health lab where he investigated the relation between mindfulness meditation and chronic pain. He loves long distance running, traveling, and listening to different genres of music from around the world 

Rohan Datir

California Northstate University

Rohan Datir is a second-year undergraduate student at California Northstate University, College of Health Sciences, majoring in Health Sciences. Having already achieved 6 Associates degrees and becoming valedictorian, Rohan is on track to complete a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. He has hundreds of hours of experience interacting with and observing patients in a clinical setting. In addition, he has engaged in a variety of research topics, ranging from iron contamination in various Sacramento waterways to animal behavioral strategies and their association with animal size. Overall, Rohan is interested in contributing to the reduction of health disparities, strengthening his research and scientific writing skills, and becoming more familiar with analyzing large sets of data to determine patterns. 

Thành Đoàn

Johns Hopkins University

Thanh Doan is an undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University studying Molecular & Cellular Biology and Public Health with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His research interest is in sex differences and how they influence molecular pathways and immunological responses, and in general, he is intrigued by medical matters as they are tinted by gendered and sexual lens. His upbringing and activism work in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam informs his passion in improving sexual health infrastructures, learning about menstrual justice, and advocating for sexual assault survivors. He is an aspiring physician who hopes to be the voice of medical reason as well as compassion and sympathy for patients with intersecting identities, particularly mothers as well as sexual and racialized minorities. In his free time, he reads (and hopefully eventually writes!) poetry, takes pictures on his 35mm camera, cooks, plays Pokémon (not Go), and tries to find the best thrift store in town.

George Hung

Rice University

George Hung is a rising senior at Rice University studying Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology, Biosciences, and Linguistics. As an InCharge and the Senior Lieutenant for Rice EMS, he is particularly interested in emergency medicine. He is also involved in osteosarcoma research at Baylor College of Medicine, Global Medical Missions Alliance, and Rice Taiwanese Association. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, watching soccer, and playing guitar. 

Nicholas Kikuta

University of California, Santa Barbara

Nicholas is a third-year undergraduate at UCSB studying Pharmacology. He is interested in researching the disparities in healthcare access and trust within different communities, with a focus on Asian-American communities. His hobbies include playing basketball, volleyball, and guitar. Nicholas plans to pursue a career in public health or medicine where he can work towards increasing trust in the Healthcare field. 

Chaeyoung Kim

University of California, San Diego

Chaeyoung is an undergraduate at University of California - San Diego studying Public Health. With her volunteering experience in Cancer Outreach Team in UCSD, she is interested in cancer research, especially on how to reduce the cancer disparities in certain ethnic groups primarily focusing on the microbiome. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her friends and explore the local environment. 

Gina Kim

Johns Hopkins University

Gina Kim is a rising junior at Johns Hopkins University, majoring in Chemistry and minoring in financial economics. She is interested in genetic diseases, and how people’s awareness and interaction with healthcare providers regarding genetic diseases differ by various factors of the population. She hopes to tackle health disparities through continued research and community outreach. Outside of academics, Gina enjoys spending time with children of nearby elementary schools and hospitals, going on quick hikes with friends, and reading and watching dramas. 

Isabelle Maricar

College of William and Mary

Isabelle Maricar recently graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry. Her experience working with non-English speaking Vietnamese populations as a clinical assistant,  as well as passion for social justice and health equity, motivated her to join the Stanford CARE Scholars team. Isabelle hopes to pursue a career in medicine as well as public health through health advocacy and research. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano, making pop-up cards, and dancing (specifically Lindy hop and solo jazz). 

Santhosh Nadarajah

Princeton University

Santhosh is a rising sophomore at Princeton University planning on majoring in Mathematics or Molecular Biology with minors in Applied Mathematics and/or Biophysics. In his free time, he likes to debate, write, and play the Flute and Oboe.

Nhan Nguyen

University of Montreal

Nhan is a recent graduate of University of Montreal with a BS in Psychology. His research interests include the social determinants of health in immigrants, specifically second-generation immigrants, the process of acculturation, ethnic identity, intergenerational trauma, and the development of culturally appropriate mental health services. He hopes to serve immigrant and underserved populations by providing culturally appropriate and socially-conscious healthcare as a primary care physician and by contributing to research on health disparities among these populations. In his free time, he enjoys discovering new music from around the world, perfecting his caffeinated drinks, and spending time with his family

Jonathan Phan

University of California, Los Angeles

Jonathan Phan is an undergraduate student at UCLA studying Biomechanical Engineering and Physiological Science. He is passionate about regenerative medicine and tissue engineering research, but he also wants to learn more about surgical patient outcomes and how data science can be used to promote equity in post-operative patient care. In his free time, he likes to skygaze, cook, play volleyball, and read up on psychology fun-facts and worldbuilding.

Dyuthy Ramachandran

Tufts University

Dyuthy Ramachandran is an undergraduate at Tufts University studying Community Health on the pre-medical track. She’s interested in furthering her passion for health equity and researching health disparities, which she developed through volunteering with Families At The Border. In the future, she would like to combine her passion for ameliorating health disparities and medicine by working in a clinic aimed at serving underserved populations. Outside of academics, she loves dancing, comedy, and word puzzles.  

Amin Sajjadian

Stanford University

Amin Sajjadian is an undergraduate student studying Bioengineering and Economics at Stanford University. Within healthcare policy and delivery, he is interested in medical devices and technology, biosecurity, and reducing barriers to care. Amin is a student researcher in Stanford Medicine's Division of Primary Care and Population Health, and is a founder of a college counseling nonprofit organization. Amin also enjoys science fiction novels, volleyball, and foreign language study.

Sai Sarnala

University of Pennsylvania

Sai Sarnala is an undergraduate at The University of Pennsylvania studying Biochemistry and Biophysics. Currently, he is conducting plant molecular biology research to develop novel low-cost therapeutics to treat viral infections, allergies, and autoimmune disorders. In the future, he would like to expand upon these efforts to pioneer new affordable healthcare delivery practices in underserved populations. In his free time, Sai plays basketball and chess. 

HyeYoung Shon

University of California, Berkeley

Hi my name is HyeYoung Shon and I also go by Haley. I’m currently a rising senior at the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Psychology with a key focus on areas of cognition and social personality. I’m currently involved in working at the center for human sleep sciences as a research assistant and on my thesis project before graduation. My research interests lie in the broad intersection of cognition, sleep, and behavioral psychology. With the hopes of continuing my education through graduate school, I’m looking forward to expanding my skills in sorting and analyzing large datasets and gaining more in-depth exposure to new arising fields in healthcare and new innovative medical technologies. Outside of academics, I enjoy playing tennis, going to various art and architectural exhibitions, concerts, and listening to music.

Suditi Shyamsunder

College of William and Mary

Suditi is an undergraduate student at The College of William & Mary majoring in Data Science. Ultimately, her goal is to become a physician and to work in the intersection between medicine and technology. In the past, she has worked on a research project that designed machine learning models to predict the cardiovascular health of patients post-chemotherapy, and wants to continue to work on projects that utilize data science methods in medical research. Additionally, she is involved in an organization that advocates for menstrual justice and is a member of a Bollywood dance team.  

Neha Soogoor

California Lutheran University

Neha graduated from California Lutheran University with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She gained extensive experience in a developmental biology lab identifying and analyzing abnormalities in populations of Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies that arose through P-transposable element induced mutations. She is interested in narrative medicine and plans on becoming a physician that can help vulnerable populations suffering from disparities in health. Outside of academics, she is an avid dancer and often partners with non-profit organizations to raise money for communities that are in need of resources.

Khoa Tran

New York University Abu Dhabi

Khoa Tran is a junior legal studies student at New York University Abu Dhabi. His research concentrates on how business intermediaries, such as incubators and accelerators, and technology can facilitate healthcare and education innovation to support the underserved communities in Vietnam, UAE, and UK with faculties from Nguyen Tat Thanh University, NYUAD, and Cambridge. Khoa is also the managing editor at NYUAD Social Science Journal and the founder of two education start-ups in Vietnam.

Alan Zhang

University of California, San Diego

Alan Zhang is a senior at the University of California, San Diego studying bioengineering and nanoengineering. He is currently involved in researching the neural pathways involved in metabolism at The Scripps Research Institute. After graduating, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Immunology where he wants to study the intersects of neuroimmunology, particularly in diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's.