Current Role at Stanford
I am currently working as a Clinical Research Assistant in Dr. Palesh's research team in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. I am also working on a need-based basis in Dr. Dhabhar's Lab while completing the experiments and analysis needed to publish my Honors Thesis in an immunological journal.
Honors & Awards
UAR Major Grant, Stanford University (2010-2011)
Charles & Helen Schwab Scholarship, Stanford University (2007-2011)
Education & Certifications
B.S. with Honors, Stanford University, Biology (2011)
Effects of 5HT on Cellular and Cytokine Activation Profiles during Ex Vivo Stimulation of Human Leukocytes, Stanford University (3/1/2010 - 6/19/2011)
Serotonin (5HT) is primarily known as a neurotransmitter but has recently been thought to be a modulator of the immune system. This potential function of 5HT outside the brain merits further investigation. During inflammation, this function becomes more apparent, with literature reporting that 5HT serves both as an immunostimulant during the early stage of inflammation, and immunosuppressant during the late stage. This series of experiments sought to examine the immuno-regulatory effects of 5HT, which may be important for preventing an immune response from going into a chronic inflammatory mode. The presence of physiological concentrations of 5HT (100-400ng/mL) during leukocyte activation by Lipopolysaccharide (LPS), Phytohaemagglutinin (PHA), or Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B (SEB) resulted in the down-regulation of both the Th1 and Th2 immune responses, as quantified by decreases in IFN-γ/IL-10 and IL-4/IL-10 ratios respectively. Furthermore, 5HT induced the down-regulation of CCR2 expression on both monocytes and neutrophils during activation with LPS. These findings underline the anti-inflammatory properties of 5HT, suggesting a potentially important role for preventing chronic inflammation and providing potential foundation for using 5HT-based drugs to treat inflammatory disorders.
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Service, Volunteer and Community Work
Hospital Volunteer, Stanford Hospital (6/1/2009 - 12/31/2010)
Shadowed a radiologist for his daily reads of CT and ultrasound scans. Assisted him with technical support and daily activities to alleviate his physical handicaps.
Stanford Hospital, Stanford, CA 94305
Volunteer Interpreter, Pacific Free Clinic (3/1/2008 - 7/1/2008)
Direct Vietnamese-English translation of clinical diagnosis between doctor and patient. Managed patients records and appointments.
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