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  • Olga Afanasiev, MD, PhD

    Olga Afanasiev, MD, PhD

    Resident in Dermatology

    Bio Olga Afanasiev, MD, PhD joined the Stanford Dermatology Residency Program in 2016 to pursue a career in general dermatology, complex medical dermatology and procedural dermatology. Dr. Afanasiev graduated with honors from University of California, Berkeley, where she studied Molecular and Cell Biology and Psychology. She then completed the Medical Scientist Training Program to receive her MD/PhD degrees from University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Afanasiev?s PhD thesis was conducted in Dr. Paul Nghiem?s lab, where she characterized the immune responses to the virus-driven Merkel cell cancer that led to novel and promising immunotherapies for patients. Her current clinical and research interests include cutaneous oncology (melanoma, high risk non-melanoma skin cancers, Merkel cell carcinoma), clinical trials of novel therapies, and development of digital health platforms to expand access to and efficacy of dermatology care.

  • Neal Amin

    Neal 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 with a particular interest in neurobiology and understanding molecular mechanisms behind neuropsychiatric disease.

  • Lauren Ammerman

    Lauren Ammerman

    Resident in Medicine

    Bio Lauren Ammerman received her MD degree from Northwestern University. During medical school, she performed global health research in infectious disease, focusing on liver fibrosis in Tanzanian adults infected with HIV and Hepatitis B. Currently, she is an internal medicine resident at Stanford.

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