In the late '80s, my parents immigrated from the Philippines to San Francisco, California where I was born and raised. After graduating from Lowell High School, I matriculated at the University of California, Santa Cruz where I majored in Neuroscience. Though my motivation to study the brain stemmed from a family history of cerebrovascular diseases, I wanted to explore more of the human body. And so during the tail end of my sophomore year, I became an undergraduate research assistant in the mammary gland development lab of Dr. Lindsay Hinck, Professor of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology. I learned to love and appreciate research during my time in the Hinck Lab. After my sophomor year, I was accepted into a clinical research internship with the Department of Transplantation at the California Pacific Medical Center. Under the directorship of Dr. Robert Osorio,Chariman of Transplantation, I shadowed liver and kidney transplants. It was through this internship that I connected myself with many professionals, including Cardiothoracic Surgeons Drs. James Avery and Glen Egrie. Scrubbed up in the OR, observing open-heart surgeries inspired me to pursue more of the heart. Thus after my junior year of college, I had the opportunity to work as a Lab Assistant I at the University of California, San Francisco Smith Cardiovascular Research Institute for the Dr. Michael Conte, Professor and Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.

Current Role at Stanford

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator for the Heart Transplant Research Program under the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine of the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Education & Certifications

  • Neuroscience, B.S., The University of California, Santa Cruz (2018)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work

  • Pediatric ER Volunteer, California Pacific Medical Center (December 1, 2015 - September 1, 2016)


    3700 California St., San Francisco, CA

Personal Interests

I enjoy spending time with my family by grabbing a bite at different spots in San Francisco. When I get the chance, I play the guitar, ukulele, and a bit of the piano.


Professional Interests

I am currently gaining experience to help me decide if I want apply to medical school, graduate school, or perhaps a joint program. I want to get exposed to the various fields in biomedical science, so that I can gain some insight into what I'd like to eventually focus on. One thing I would like to work my way towards is finding a creative way for me to become an advocate for cardiovascular health in my cultural community. Nevertheless, the ultimate goal is to keep an open mind as I navigate through the exciting field of medicine, which keeps me at the edge of my seat.

Work Experience

  • Lab Assistant I, University of California, San Francisco (June 2017 - September 2017)

    PI: Michael S. Conte, M.D. - Professor and Chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery


    555 Mission Bay Boulevard South, San Francisco, CA

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