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  • Neal Dilip Amin

    Neal Dilip Amin

    Resident in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Bio Neal D. Amin, MD, PhD received his bachelors in Biochemistry from Columbia University where he studied the structure-function relationship of neurexins and neuroligins, proteins implicated in familial autism. He continued his research interests as a medical and doctoral student at the University of California, San Diego in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD). Dr. Amin's doctoral research was conducted at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in the laboratory of Howard Hughes Medical Investigator Samuel Pfaff, where he studied spinal cord development and neurodegenerative disease. He used transcriptomics, mouse genetics, and deep phenotyping to uncover novel gene regulatory pathways driving the establishment of neuronal identity and function. Dr. Amin is currently a resident physician in the research track in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and has particular clinical interest in psychotherapy. He received the Outstanding Resident Award from the NIMH in 2019 and has presented his research at national and international conferences. Within the lab of Dr. Sergiu Pasca, he uses human brain organoids derived from induced pluripotent stem cells to model neurodevelopment and investigate molecular and cellular mechanisms contributing to the emergence and treatment of neuropsychiatric disease.

  • Victoria (Tori) Arendt

    Victoria (Tori) Arendt

    Affiliate, Dean's Office Operations - Dean Other

    Bio Tori grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Duke University, where she majored in Biology and minored in Computer Science. After graduation, she moved to San Diego, where she worked at a biotechnology company researching stabilization of blood products at room temperature. In 2014, she moved to Palo Alto and began medical school at Stanford. During medical school, she worked with Dr. Rusty Hofmann in interventional radiology researching best practices in venous interventions, leading to multiple publications and presentations at SIR. After graduating from medical school in 2018, she began her general surgery intern year at the Cleveland Clinic and after a year in Cleveland, she returned to the California sunshine to begin radiology residency in July 2019. Tori continues to be active in her research into the treatment of venous disease. Outside of residency, she also enjoys hiking around northern California, traveling the world, running, and reading all types of books.

  • Ryan T. Ash

    Ryan T. Ash

    Affiliate, Dean's Office Operations - Dean Other

    Bio I am a PGY3 research track resident in the Stanford Psychiatry department. I completed my MD-PhD at Baylor College of Medicine, working in the labs of Stelios Smirnakis and Huda Zoghbi, studying learning-associated synaptic plasticity in motor cortex of the MECP2 Duplication Syndrome mouse model using in vivo 2-photon imaging. I completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, studying changes in neuronal population activity in MeCP2 disorders with 2-photon genetically encoded calcium indicator imaging.
    I am currently developing methods to study the regulation of synaptic plasticity by affective state and mindful presence, using neuronavigated transcranial magnetic stimulation and source-localized EEG. I am also interested in studying alterations in the functional organization of somatomotor/interoceptive brain areas in trauma. My clinical interests include integrated psychodynamic- and mindfulness-based approaches, rTMS, and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.

  • Auriel August

    Auriel August

    Affiliate, Dean's Office Operations - Dean Other

    Bio Auriel August MD is a general surgery resident at Stanford Hospital passionate about problem solving. She received her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University concentrating in biomechanics and biomaterials. While at Duke she spent 5 years improving deep brain stimulation for treatment of Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. She went on to earn her medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School where she was selected to the medical education scholar tract. While in residency she received training in medical device development as a Stanford-Byers Center Biodesign Innovation Fellow. Dr. August co-founded The Aquarius Lab, a medical device incubator, where she is currently working on a novel technology for COVID-19. Dr. August plans to build a career using technology and design to close gaps in healthcare delivery worldwide.

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