Stanford CARE Scholars Class of 2023
Meet Our Team
University of California, San Diego
Amogh Patankar (he/him/his) recently graduated with a B.S. in Data Science and will pursue his graduate degree in Computer Science at the University of California, San Diego. His research interests lie at the intersection of data science and oncology, and he's passionate about using data science as a means to identify patterns and risk factors associated with cancer. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, running, playing football and listening to music.
Andrew (he/him/his) is a rising sophomore at Princeton University planning to major in Molecular Biology with a minor in Statistics & Machine Learning. He is interested in exploring how computational approaches can be used to investigate and tackle healthcare disparities. In his free time, he enjoys singing, playing soccer, and rock climbing.
Anna (she/her/hers) is a rising senior at Georgetown University, pursuing a degree in biochemistry. She has biochemistry research experience studying the cAMP receptor protein and mutations that could cause different allosteric models for cAMP binding and DNA binding, as well as clinical research experience working with breast cancer patients to understand how diet can affect symptoms and treatments. She hopes to extend her research skills through this program to investigate her interests in the intersection of Asian health and education and healthcare disparities in vulnerable populations. Anna hopes to pursue a career in medicine and public health, and aspires to be an advocate for underserved communities. She enjoys hiking, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.
Bin (Edward) He
Johns Hopkins University
Edward He (he/him/his) is currently an undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University, where he is majoring in Neuroscience. He has a passion for ophthalmology and is dedicated to studying various eye diseases, particularly those affecting the retina. Edward aspires to safeguard the eye health of Asian Americans and combat the myopia epidemic, aiming to prevent debilitating eye diseases later in life. Outside of his academic pursuits, Edward leads an active lifestyle, enjoying activities such as running and kickboxing. In addition, he is committed to raising awareness about eye health and shares his knowledge through creating informative videos for the general public.
Ellen Chang (she/her/hers) is an undergraduate student at Georgetown University studying Biology of Global Health and Computer Science. She is particularly interested in studying the social determinants contributing to mental health disparities. Ellen hopes to analyze these determinants through exploring the intersections between health, society, and technology. In addition to her academic pursuits, Ellen is a division 1 volleyball player at Georgetown University. In her pastime, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and attending yoga classes.
Ivory Nguyen Rok
University of Nevada, Reno
Ivory Nguyen Rok (she/her/hers) is an upcoming second year medical student at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. She is most interested in researching health disparities, attitudes, and differing presentations of disease in immigrants and people of color in the field of dermatology. She hopes to gain insight through research and community outreach in order to foster culturally sensitive practices to better advocate and meet the needs of underserved populations she hopes to serve as a future physician. Outside of academics, Ivory enjoys baking, drawing, and spending time with her dog.
University of Southern California
Jason Chen (he/him/his) is an undergraduate student concentrating in Global Health at the University of Southern California and an MS in Global Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. His research interests lie at the intersection of data science, dermatology, health equity, and oncology. After graduating, he plans to pursue an MD-MPH and aims to work alongside underserved communities to amplify their voices for optimal health outcomes and advocate for equity in healthcare. Outside of academics, notable interests include all forms of art, boxing, fashion, pottery, and traveling to obscure places for one reason or another.
Jonathan Lung (he/him/his) received his bachelor’s degree in biology and in anthropology & human biology at Emory University. Currently, Jonathan Lung is a first year Master of Public Health Student at Marshall University’s College of Health Professions. His public health interests include mental health resources and reducing the stigma surrounding the topic, health disparity and equity in vulnerable populations, and many more. Future plans include continuing education either as a MD or PsyD degree in hopes of going into either field of psychiatry or psychology in order to combat rising mental health challenges as well as getting a DrPH and other fellowships to expand my public health training. Additionally, healthcare management is another area of interest with hopes of starting up non-profits to implement programs to improve community health. Other interests include gardening, fishing and marine biology, video editing, writing, and cooking.
Lauren Fu (she/her/hers) is an undergraduate student at Georgetown University majoring in Global Health. Her research interests include health data aggregation of Asian American racial groups as well as national and international health law and policy. Outside of academics, she enjoys exploring restaurants and museums in DC as well as watching National Geographic documentaries.
Lester Andrew Uy
California State University, East Bay
Lester Andrew Uy (he/him/siya) is a pre-medical and pre-law student who recently completed a post-baccalaureate health program at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB). Before the program, he served as a Senior Assurance Associate at PwC, LLP, with a focus on financial services and not-for-profit and government entities, and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and a Legal Studies Certificate from the University of San Francisco (USF) in 2017. He is passionate about examining the intersection of business, law, and medicine and improving those systems to serve marginalized communities better. He firmly believes that cross-disciplinary knowledge is the foundation for building a resilient community. During his free time, he performs as a choral singer, enjoys photography, and tries new restaurants and experiences.
Mia Marcotte (she/her/hers) is an undergraduate at Cornell University studying Global and Public Health as a pre-medical student. Her volunteer work at local free clinics has reinforced her interests in minority populations. She intends to pursue a career that combines public health, medicine and data science to design, implement and assess effective public health interventions for underrepresented communities. Aside from academics, she enjoys tap dancing and listening to music.
Mitchell Han (he/him/his) is a rising junior at Rice University studying Biosciences with a concentration in Biochemistry. He is particularly interested in bridging disparities in healthcare and using medicine and technology to serve underprivileged populations. Currently, he conducts research on viral capsid proteins in a virology lab and volunteers in the Texas Medical Center. In his free time, he enjoys playing fingerstyle acoustic guitar, visiting local cafes, and exploring the beautiful Houston environment.
University of Maryland
Mohammed (he/him) is an undergraduate senior at the University of Maryland majoring in finance and on the pre-med track. After co-founding a non-profit to help the underprivileged and immunocompromised in his community during the pandemic, Mohammed was inspired to use his business background within the medical field. He hopes to be a driving force in bridging the socioeconomic gap in access to healthcare. In his free time, Mohammed is an avid sports player and watcher and also enjoys experiencing new cultures through food.
Navneeth Gurachar (he/him/his) is a rising sophomore at Princeton University studying Molecular Biology with potentially a certificate in Computational Biology. His interests lie within the intersection of computational methods and early disease screening especially for vulnerable populations. He wants to learn more about how data-analysis of patient data can improve the accuracy of disease detections models and ultimately improve health outcomes for at-risk patients. In his free time, he enjoys daily exercise and a healthy variety of board games.
University of Nevada, Reno
Rionna Octaviano (she/her/hers) is a first-year of medical studies at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. She has a degree in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, and is deeply passionate about Global Health. Rionna’s life goal is to volunteer for Doctors Without Borders. Aside from academics, she finds joy in exploring new places, weightlifting, cooking, and of course, indulging in some cringe-worthy reality dating shows. She is genuinely excited to be part of this program and to have the opportunity to learn from such an impressive group of peers.
Sanya Desai (she/her/they) is a rising sophomore at Tufts University studying Community Health with an interest in Anthropology. She plans to work with healthcare policy and reform as a practicing primary care physician through community organizing. Outside of healthcare, they have a strong interest in human rights, climate justice, and protest through art. In her free time, Sanya is an avid crocheter and loves spending time outside.
University of California, Berkeley
Shreya Gunda (she/her/hers) is currently an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley majoring in Public Health. She has been actively involved in social activism through her participation in March For Our Lives San Jose and Suitcase Clinic, which has motivated her to pursue a career in healthcare and non-profit organizations. Her research interests focus on analyzing disparities within Asian health, with a focus on metabolic diseases such as diabetes. In her free time, Shreya enjoys hiking, long-distance running, and playing volleyball.
University of California, San Diego
Suhana Singh (she/her/hers) is a rising sophomore at the University of California, San Diego pursuing Global Health. She is interested in studying the interdisciplinary relationship between clinical care, biomedicine, and structural barriers. She is passionate about health equity and helping underserved, vulnerable populations. In her free time, she loves to play soccer, binge TV shows, and spend time with friends and family.
The University of Michigan
Sukhman Parhar (he/him/his) is an undergraduate at The University of Michigan majoring in Public Health Sciences. Sukhman hopes to pursue a career in cardiovascular medicine and is excited to apply his previous research experience to AI in medicine, database research, and healthcare policy. During his free time, he enjoys cooking, biking, swimming, and watching movies. He is currently on the road to watching every best picture winner by the end of the year!
Vedha (she/her/hers) is an undergraduate at Rice University currently studying Biosciences as well as Global Health Technologies and Medical Humanities. Some of her research experiences include working on projects that involve engineering theranostic bacteria for chronic diseases as well as health policy plans for underserved populations in Houston and the surrounding area. Exposure to the intersection of medicine and technology as it relates to vulnerable populations has motivated her to continue pursuing this focus area and expand it to a global scale. In the future, she hopes to innovate novel solutions to increase healthcare accessibility and affordability in both the US and internationally. Outside of her academics, Vedha enjoys drawing, playing music, and dancing as a part of Rice Riyaaz, a Bollywood fusion dance team.
Yangyiran Xie (Wendy)
Wendy (she/her/hers) is a third year medical student at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine interested in research in ophthalmology, including how systemic diseases affect the progression of eye diseases. She is involved in the student-run Shade Tree Clinic at VUMC and directs the ophthalmology clinic there. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2019 with a BS degree in Neuroscience and Molecular & Cellular Biology. In her free time, she enjoys climbing, hiking, skiing, and photography.
University of Nebraska
Yan Wu (she/her/hers) is a graduate student in the Master of Science in Biostatistics program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is a University of California, Los Angeles, alumna with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and a minor in statistics. For several years she enjoyed applying her statistical skills to address real world problems in the litigation consulting industry. After the COVID pandemic, when she was impressed by dedicated medical professionals, she developed a growing interest in the medical field and decided to become a biostatistician. Her interests are regenerative medicine, preventive medicine, nutrition therapy and mental health. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends, exercising, reading and music.
Yashaswani (she/her/hers) is a 1st year medical student at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University in Ontario, Canada. After completing her undergraduate degree in Biology and Neuroscience at McMaster University, her passion for healthcare and advocacy pushed her towards a career in medicine where she could carry forward the legacy of service in her family. As a first generation immigrant raised by educators, she is the first person in her family to pursue professional school. Yashaswani’s life experiences have made her a passionate advocate for women’s health, education and literacy. During her time as a CARE scholar, she hopes to learn from mentors, collaborators and other students across the world about how to do research that has true impact on those who need it most. When she’s not hunched at her desk, she loves to play guitar, try new foods and make her friends laugh.
New York University
Zeel Thakkar (she/her/hers) is an undergraduate at New York University majoring in History and Biology. She is interested in the health impacts of understudied historical events – stemming from her fascination with South Asian history. Building on her research experience in the genetic effects of famine exposure in Asia, she hopes to gain insight into the incidence of non-communicable diseases in Asian populations. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, Indian Classical dance, and cafe hopping in New York.