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Fellows' Bios

Spring 2008 Fellows

Aris Baras

 

ARIS BARAS currently works in R&D Strategy and business development at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in New York.

Aris was born in the United States to naturalized US citizen parents from Greece. His family resides in Potomac, Maryland.

Aris completed his MDat Duke University, where he majored in biology as an undergraduate. Healso holds an MBA also from Duke University. Aris headed the Medicine and Business Interest Group at Duke Medical School and founded and directed the Duke Biotechnology Society. He has presented research work at eight important professional meetings and is a co-author on eight publications in major journals. At Duke University, he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year and to Sigma Xi. He has completed multiple research internships at Duke University, Becton-Dickinson Technologies, the National Institutes of Health and at two related medical technology and investment groups in the Research Triangle Park where he helped a research team to implement the PRINT technology (Pattern Replication in Non-Wetting Templates) and to vet and pursue investment strategies in high tech start-ups.

Aris intends to pursue a career in clinical medicine focusing on major disease states, where translational research and commercial development of medical technology and drugs are central. 


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Heidi Boutros

HEIDI BOUTROS GESCH

Heidi was born in the United States to Christian parents who emigrated from Egypt. Her mother lives in Dallas, TX and is a naturalized US citizen.

Heidi completed her JD at Yale University. She received her MPhil degree in international relations at Oxford University, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She completed her BA in government and Plan II Liberal Arts Honors at the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated summa cum laudePhi Beta Kappa, and was awarded a Truman Scholarship. She was also selected as a Goldman Sachs Global Leader.

While still an undergraduate, Heidi wrote a country report for the UN World Conference against Racism, interned with the International Justice Mission in India, worked on the Milosevic trial at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, and investigated prison conditions in Russia for the Moscow Center for Prison Reform. Her senior thesis evaluated the motives behind attacks against white farmers in post-apartheid South Africa. Before embarking on her Oxford University program, Heidi interned with the Public Defender Service of DC, investigating felonies on behalf of indigents, and later worked for the FBI, where she analyzed drug trafficking and money laundering intelligence. More recently, she has worked with USAID in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Heidi intends a career as "a leader in the human rights field," which requires "expertise in both law and international relations." 


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Mariano Castillo

MARIANO CASTILLO currently works as a News Desk Editor for CNN in Atlanta, GA.

Mariano was born in Lima, Peru. The family moved to Texas when he was six. They are naturalized US citizens.

Mariano received his master's in international affairs program at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in 2009. In 2002, he graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in journalism and international studies. At Texas A&M University, Mariano worked on the university newspaper, The Battalion, rising to be its editor-in-chief.

Mariano also served as an intern at two South American newspapers, El Comercio in Lima, Peru and The Daily Journal in Caracas, Venezuela. Mariano was appointed chief of a one-man Rio Grande Bureau, where he covered three South Texas counties and Mexico. He then served as Criminal Justice Enterprise Reporter, before becoming chief of another one-man bureau in Laredo, Texas, this time responsible for the US-Mexican border and issues relating to the drug war.

Mariano sees himself as a "writer" as much as a "reporter." He expects to return to a career in journalism, but hopes to write books that make scholarly discussions accessible to larger audiences. 


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Carolyn Chen

 

CAROLYN CHEN is a PhD student studying music composition at the University of California at San Diego

Carolyn's family is from Taiwan. She was born in Redbank, New Jersey, but her family moved to San Jose, California, where her parents continue to reside. They are naturalized US citizens.

Carolyn completed an MA in music composition at University of California. An undergraduate at Stanford University, she graduated in 2006 with honors and distinction in music and with honors in humanities. Carolyn served as co-chair of Stanford Asian American Activism Committee and developed and co-led a student-organized course on Asian American politics.

Carolyn conceives of her music as a response to her political emotions. Of Pipe, which won the Stanford 2005 Humanities and Sciences Prize in music, she wrote, "I heard about . . . two men . . . beating the Sikh owner [of a convenience store in L.A.]'s head with steel pipes, asking 'Are you Osama bin Laden?' . . . I could not stop thinking about . . . the physical sensation of holding a vibrating object, knowing that its vibration was caused by contact with another person, . . .These were eventually pieced together into a score for solo flute. . . ." For her composition, Muse, mute, Carolyn won the 2006 Sudler Prize for Excellence in the creative arts. Central to Carolyn's composing are the dynamics of creative interaction between composer, listener, and performer, and among performers. "Throw me light," a percussion trio for swinging lights in the dark, commissioned by Northarc Ensemble, will be premiered in Iceland and Norway next month. 

Carolyn was accepted to the UC San Diego chapter of the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, and will present on "Music for Supermarkets: Transforming Everyday Environments" at the Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity in Graduate Education March 30-31.  This past summer, she taught her first course, on Sound Art, at UCSD. 


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Connie Chen

CONNIE CHEN is an internal medicine resident at Stanford Hospital.

Connie graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Economics and certificate in Health Policy.  

While at Harvard, Connie served as programming chair at the Phillips Brooks House Association where she managed 73 volunteer programs with over 1,800 student volunteers serving 10,000 constituents in the greater Boston Area. Connie also worked with the nonprofit Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), dedicated to expanding access to university developed medicines in developing countries. She is credited with having “created a sea-change in the way Harvard approaches licensing.” 

Connie continued her work with UAEM as a medical student at the University of California, San Francisco where she co-organized the first major U.S. conference on patent pools for HIV and neglected disease medicines. Looking to broaden patient access to health information, Connie served as Professional Network Manager at HeathTap and led the founding and development of the largest online physician network for answering user-generated health questions with 6000+ physicians sharing general health information at no charge. 


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Agnieszka Czechowicz

 AGNIESZKA CZECHOWICZ is a junior resident in the pediatrics residency program at Children's Hospital Boston. She is also concurrently a post-doc in the lab of Prof. Derrick Rossi continuing to develop her research interests in stem cell biology.

Agnieszka, was born in Poland. She grew up in Minnesota, and her family now resides in California. All are naturalized citizens.

Agnieszka graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine with a MD/PhD in developmental biology in the Medical Scientist Training Program, in record breaking time. She also earned an undergraduate degree with honors from Stanford University, in biological sciences and received the Firestone medal for her outstanding senior thesis.

Agnieszka is an author on numerous publications, including a first author on a paper published in the November 2007 issue of Science which shows a possible way to eliminate the toxicity of bone marrow transplantation (BMT), a discovery that could expand the applications of BMT to include cures for most blood diseases, as well as autoimmune diseases like diabetes. She has applied for a patent pertaining to this work, and recently her group was awarded a $20 million grant from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine to run a clinical trial to try to translate her work. 

Agnieszka has also been very active in her community. She served as a student government representative, on the board of trustees, and a mentor to many undergraduate students. She has been a clinical and public health intern in Honduras, a BioBridge Advisor, a volunteer for Little Children of the World in the Philippines, and visiting scholar at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  She addition she has also worked at Third Rock Ventures, a VC firm that multiple Soros fellows have worked at that works on launching extraordinary life sciences companies. 


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Sudeb Dalai

SUDEB DALAI is a  MD/PhD candidate at Stanford University and University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health.

Sudeb was born in Marshall, Missouri and grew up in the nearby town of Nevada. His parents emigrated from India to the United States in 1975. They are naturalized US citizens.

Sudeb completed his MS degree in 2008 from Stanford University. He holds a BS in brain and cognitive sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he won the Karl Taylor Compton Award, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's highest undergraduate leadership award, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is a Howard Hughes research fellow.

Sudeb's current research investigates viral evolution, pathogenesis, and drug resistance in HIV-1 subtype C in sub-Saharan Africa. He has served as a visiting scientist at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in Johannesburg, South Africa; the Zimbabwe AIDS Prevention Project; and the Joint Clinical Research Centre in Uganda. At Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he helped found a nonprofit organization that collected unexpired AIDS drugs and donated them to Dr. Paul Farmer's HIV Equity Initiative in Haiti.

Sudeb was President of his class at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and currently serves on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Board of Trustees. He has also completed the Boston Marathon, and serves as the vocalist and guitarist of a small band in Palo Alto, CA.

After finishing his education at Stanford University, Sudeb hopes to complete a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in infectious disease, ultimately focusing on maternal and infant mortality in the developing world. 


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Eric Ding

Eric Ding, PhD, an epidemiologist and nutrition scientist, is currently a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is also founder and Director of the Campaign for Cancer Prevention (with 6 million members), and Director of Epidemiology with MicroClinic International.

Born in China and raised in diverse corners of the United States, Eric attended college at the Johns Hopkins University, graduating with Honors in Public Health and Phi Beta Kappa. He went on and earned his dual doctorate in epidemiology and in nutrition at age 23 from Harvard School of Public Health, as the youngest ever graduate of his double-doctoral program. He then completed his postdoctoral fellowship in Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. At Harvard, he taught more than a dozen graduate and undergraduate courses, for which he received the Derek Bok Distinction in Teaching Award from Harvard College.

Eric's research* is focused on risk factors and prevention on chronic disease. He has published in leading journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Diabetes Care, Diabetologia, Archives of Internal Medicine, and PLoS Medicine. His more than 4 dozen publications have received over 1700 external citations, garnering an H-INDEX impact factor of 17. An invited Google Tech Talk keynote speaker, he has also consulted for the WHO, European Commission, and also served as an appointed expert committee member on Nutritional Expert Group of the World Health Organization's Global Burden of Disease Project. His work has been cited by directors of CDC and CMMS in the framework of the new "Million Hearts" Initiative.

He is recognized for his key role in leading a two-year-long investigation into the controversial drug safety and adverse metabolic risks of Vioxx® that drew national attention. Highlighted and priority published in JAMA, as chief author, he was recognized and named in the New York Times and USA Today.

A lifelong cancer prevention advocate, Eric founded the Campaign for Cancer Prevention, and was featured inNewsweek andThe New York Times. He was profiled in the books: CauseWired (Wiley & Sons, Inc 2008), Zilch (Portfolio, Penguin Group 2010), and Shift & Reset (Wiley 2011), and recognized by Craig Newmark as among “16 People and Organizations Changing the World in 2012”. To date, his efforts have raised $500,000 in public donations for disease prevention research. In aggregate online reach, he directs several cancer prevention advocacy platforms totaling over 17 million members, and Facebook page followings of more than 7.5 million individuals.

 *(His research primarily focuses on obesity and nutritional risk factors for diabetes, heart disease, and expertise include: sex steroid hormones, fatty acids, vitamin D, and cross gender-interactions of obesity, sex hormones, fatty acids, and vitamin D. His research also encompasses social network effects on health, and population nutrition and global health disease burdens. He is also a methodological expert on meta-analysis, evidence-based systematic reviews and Mendelian randomization.)


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Rene Flores

 

RENE FLORES is a PhD student in sociology at Princeton University.

Rene was raised in Mexico City and came to the United States in 1999 to stay with his brother in San Diego when a student strike, which shut down his law school in Mexico City, was severely repressed by the Government. He is now a green card holder.

Rene received his bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies this December from the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated summa cum laude with election to Phi Beta Kappa. He was a Haas Scholar and a McNair Scholar. Rene has conducted research in Central America, resulting in a chapter in a book to be published by Duke University Press. More recently, he explored the anti-immigration movement in Hazleton, PA. In addition, Rene formed an elementary school mentoring program, developed a community organic garden, and helped unionize an otherwise un-unionizable Marriott Hotel.

Rene aspires to a career as a "public sociologist," specializing in inequality, immigration and political xenophobia. He plans to not only understand xenophobia but also to plan "strategies that could be deployed in areas with high ethnic animosity to diffuse the tension." 


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Sushma Gandhi

SUSHMA GANDHI is Engagement Manager at Mckinsey and Co in Washington, DC. 

Sushma was born in the US. Her parents are Indian by origin and are now naturalized US citizens. They live in Granada Hills, California.

Sushima received her JD at Harvard University in June 2009. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 2003, majoring in history and ethnicity, race and migration. She received the Andrew White and Richard C. Hegel senior thesis awards. Sushma used her biweekly column for the Yale Daily News to describe thee local manifestations of national and international policy problems, acquainting her classmates with the larger environment in which they studied and lived.

After graduation from Yale University, Sushima ran Mayor DeStefano's campaign for re-election and subsequently took a job directing the mayor's efforts to receive the Democratic party nomination for Governor. While working for Mayor DeStefano, she participated in a successful city-wide effort to force a demutualizing bank to establish a "city bank" to focus on community issues, helping her realize how critical safe credit is to the stability of communities. Sushma has focused her legal interests on economic security issues for people and communities, working currently on the threat of foreclosures resulting from subprime loans though her clinical and advocacy work, academic writing and contributions to the Warren Reports blog.

With plans to work as a consumer advocate at a private financial institution, Sushma aspires to start her "own socially minded private bank that is committed to political advocacy and focused on providing credit in distressed urban centers and credit-needy countries." 


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Elsie Gyang

 

ELSIE GYANG is a vascular surgery resident at Stanford University.

Elsie, was born in Nigeria and brought to the US as a child by her mother. Her mother resides in Rosedale, NY. They are naturalized US citizens.

Double-promoted twice in her earlier years, Elsie gained admission to Stanford University when she was 16. At Stanford University, she worked 20-30 hours per week but still managed to earn a research grant for work in developmental psychology, serve as a peer health educator, play in the woodwind sections of the Stanford Marching Band and Wind Ensemble, tutor disadvantaged children in East Palo Alto and win the prize awarded to the outstanding African-American student majoring in human biology. In addition, she has been Co-President of the Stanford University Chapter of the Student National Medical Association, a policy researcher for the Community Health Partnership, a mental health analyst and a public policy intern at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco.

Elsie now has a Medical Scholars grant to investigate the incidence of silent stroke in children with sickle cell disease.



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Mohamad Halawi

DR. MOHAMAD HALAWI is presently a resident in orthopaedic surgery at Duke University Hospital in North Carolina.

Mohamad was born in Lebanon and came to the United States on his own in 2000. He is a naturalized US citizen.

Mohamad completed his MD at Duke University. He graduated in 2005 from the University of Houston, summa cum laude, in biochemical and biophysical sciences. On graduation, he received a fellowship award at the NIH, training in the field of genomics.

Mohamad is a co-author in two journal publications arising from that work. He is a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, American Association for Cancer Research Thomas J. Bardos Scholar, and Merage Foundation for the American Dream Fellow. In 2005, he was named Golden Key's International Student Leader of the Year.

Mohamad plans a career in academic medicine, developing novel genomics-based therapeutics for musculoskeletal disorders and solid tumors while integrating these innovations into public policy. 


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William Hwang

 

WILLIAM HWANG 

William was born in the United States. His parents emigrated from Taiwan and Hong Kong and became naturalized US citizens. The family resides in Potomac, Maryland.

William completed his Ph.D. in Biophysics at Harvard Univeristy. He earned a MSc in chemical biology at Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. His undergraduate majors at Duke University were in biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and physics with a minor in chemistry. He graduated summa cum laude with election to Tau Beta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa. He held a Goldwater scholarship, the A.B. Duke 4-year merit scholarship, several awards for outstanding research and service, and was a member of the 2006 All-USA College Academic First Team.

William has conducted research at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, the Office of Naval Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgetown University, Duke University, and now at the Chemistry Research Laboratory and Radcliffe Hospital at Oxford University. He is the editor/author of three books, three book chapters, and thirteen refereed journals and conference publications. William played volleyball at Duke University and at Oxford University, where he was the Captain of the Varsity team. He was first violinist in the Duke University's orchestra, senior editor of Duke University's undergraduate humanities journal, and associate editor of the undergraduate science journal.

William is the Founder and Executive Director of United InnoWorks Academy (www.innoworks.org), a nonprofit organization that delivers free, innovative educational programs in science and engineering for middle school children from disadvantaged backgrounds. InnoWorks is run entirely by more than 200 passionate college volunteers at nine campuses and was a winner of the 2007 BR!CK Award. It has produced ten summer programs for over 300 students, developed three curricula, and published two books.

William hopes to become "the best biomedical researcher, educator, and mentor for future generations of inquisitive leaders." 


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Sanja Jagesic

SANJA JAGESIC is a Ph.D. student in sociology at the University of Chicago where she is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.

Sanja was born in Zenica, Bosnia & Herzegovina in 1986. During the Yugoslavian civil war, Sanja and her family fled to Hamburg, Germany where they lived as refugees until 2000, after which they were resettled to Boston, MA.  Sanja is the first person in her family to graduate from college.

Sanja graduated summa cum laude from Wellesley College with departmental honors in both sociology and German Language and Literature. For her dissertation she is studying the effects of affirmative action admissions policies on college and early career outcomes.

Sanja currently works at the Consortium on Chicago School Research conducting research on K-12 school reforms in the Chicago Public Schools.


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Jonas Ketterle

JONAS KETTERLE currently works as an Imagineer for Greenlight Planet, which sells affordable and reliable solar lanterns in emerging economies, primarily India.

Now a green card holder, Jonas was born in Germany and immigrated with his family in 1990. 

Jonas received his MS and BS in mechanical engineering at Stanford University.Believing the discussion about energy at Stanford University was too narrow, he organized the interdisciplinary Energy Crossroads conference while at Stanford. He was a co-recipient of an EPA grant to conduct research on sustainable housing, and received recognition as a Morris K. Udall scholar.

Prior to his current role. Jonas was lead engineer for electrical engineering, software, and batteries research at Fenix International. Earlier internships included the design of human powered generators, low cost field microscopes with D-Rev, efficient HVAC systems at Rumsey Engineers, solar panel manufacturing processes with Lockheed Martin Space Systems, and wind turbine inspection robotics at the Fraunhofer Institute.

In May 2013 Jonas is graduating from the Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness Program at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, CA, where he studied tracking, bird language, cultural repair, and wild food processing for 9 months. He is also launching a bean to bar chocolate company called Ka'wow Chocolate, and is preparing to share a monologue reflecting on his experiences as a survivor of suicide.


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Noorain Khan

NOORAIN KHAN is a Corporate Associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz in New York.  

Noorain was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to US naturalized citizen parents from Pakistan

Noorain completed her JD at Yale University. She received her BA from Rice University and her MPhil in migration studies at Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She also studied at the American University in Cairo.

Noorain’s academic research has focused on the experiences of wearing hijab in diaspora communities. Noorain has worked on editing the Beijing +10 goals on behalf of Pakistan at a women’s rights NGO in Karachi, on advocacy for the uninsured in Texas at the Baker Institute of Public Policy, and on organizing youth activists at Amnesty International USA. While on the public policy and government affairs team at Google Inc., Noorain also developed the company’s modeling tool to assess geopolitical risk. At Yale, Noorain is a Knight Law & Media Scholar and has worked on the Balancing Civil Liberties and National Security after September 11 Clinic and the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic. She is the recipient of a grant from the Oscar M. Ruebhausen fund to support research on American Muslims and the Legal Profession after 9/11.

Noorain is currently the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Law & Technology and she previously chaired Yale Law Women.  An active Girl Scout volunteer, she also serves on the boards of Ms. JD and the American Association of Rhodes Scholars. Noorain hosts a radio show on WYBC AM New Haven and contributes to Jezebel.com. She has traveled abroad with the U.S. State Department to speak about Islam in the U.S.



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Sandeep Kishore

 

SANDEEP KISHORE is a fifth-year MD/PhD candidate at the Weill Cornell/ Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional program.

Sandeep was born in Pittsburgh and grew up primarily in Arkansas and Virginia; his parents are naturalized US citizens from India.

Sandeep received a BS in biology from Duke University and an MS in immunology/pathology from Oxford University.

Sandeep plans a career in global public health as a physician-scientist and public health advocate. To combat the rise in heart disease globally, Sandeep worked with the Dean of Weill Cornell, public health officials, and a fellow classmate to petition successfully the World Health Organization to include a generic version of American blockbuster cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) on the WHO's Essential Medicines List, enabling mass drug donation by UN organizations and philanthropic foundations to 156 national governments. He has served as an invited speaker for the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine (Board on Global Health) and is a recipient of first The Lancet Award in Community Service.

Sandeep has published broadly on public health issues in peer-reviewed journals such as PLoS Medicine and PLoS Neglected Tropical DiseasesThe ScientistThe Journal of Molecular Evolution, Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics and the Global Forum for Health Research.  Apart from his advocacy work, Sandeep has done extensive research on neglected diseases, a new line which relates to the evolution of malaria parasites in primates.

Currently, Sandeep serves as a Visiting Scientist at the American Museum of Natural History in the field of Evolution & Medicine. At Duke University, he was chair of the Duke Honor Council and editor-in-chief of the Duke University scientific and ethics journals. 


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Robert Koffie

ROBERT KOFFIE is a student in the Harvard University MD/PhD program. He recently completed his Ph.D. in biophysics at Harvard, where his thesis focused on applying nanotechnology and cutting edge molecular imaging methods to deciphering how synapses dysfunction in neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Robert was born in Ghana and came to the US in 2002. He is a naturalized citizen.

Robert completed his undergraduate work at Indiana University in three years, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with BS degrees in physics and biochemistry. At Indiana University, he held the Herman B. Wells Scholarship. In addition, he was a recipient of Goldwater and McNair scholarships. Passionate about physics, biochemistry and mathematics, Robert worked in many laboratories at Indiana University. The results of one study will be submitted to the Journal of the American Chemical Society for publication, with Robert as the first author.

While still in Ghana, Robert volunteered with Doctors Without Borders, helping to care for villagers with infectious diseases in Ghana and Togo. Robert helped found the Indiana University (IU) Organization of Black Chemists, served as the community service chair of the Black Student Union, coordinated events for the Indiana University Science Olympiad, represented student government on the Indiana University Family Student Council, interned in the Emergency Department of the Bloomington Hospital, and volunteered with Red Cross blood drives.

Robert’s work towards his Ph.D. has resulted in several highly cited papers in Journals such as Brain, Nature Protocols, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Journal of Neurosurgery. He has also written book chapters on the pathophysiology of neurological diseases and neurosurgical treatment of vascular malformations.

Robert continues to serve on the MD Admission Committee at Harvard Medical School and HST where he helps identify and select the next generation of outstanding physician-scientists. He intends to complete a residency in neurological surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital following his MD.

Robert looks forward to a career as an academic neurosurgeon with leadership roles in developing useful technologies for advancing neurosurgical care domestically and in developing countries around the world.


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Manav Kumar

MANAV KUMAR is Deputy Counsel to the Mayor of Los Angeles.

Manav was born in Oxford, MS to parents who emigrated from India; he was raised in Milwaukee, WI.

Manav received his JD from Yale Law School in 2009.  He previously attended Harvard College, graduating magna cum laude with degrees in Government and South Asian Studies.

After graduating from Yale Law School, Manav served as Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs and Defense to Senator Russ Feingold, clerked for Judge Kim Wardlaw on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and practiced law at Arnold & Porter, LLP and Caldwell, Leslie, and Proctor, PC.

While still in high school Manav lived and worked with Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala, India, before spending four summers working on human rights and peace process-related issues Kashmir as a researcher and advocate. He continued to work on human rights issues as a student director of both the International Human Rights and Immigration Legal Services clinics at Yale Law School. In addition, he has worked on foreign policy issues related to non-proliferation and South Asia at the Managing the Atom Project at Harvard University's Kennedy School and the Council on Foreign Relations.


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Kyle Meng

 

KYLE MENG is a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University studying sustainable development.

Kyle was born in China and joined his parents in the US in 1989. He and his parents are naturalized US citizens. The family resides in Millwood, New York.

Kyle received his bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from Princeton University in 2005, graduating with honors in his major and receiving at graduation a prize for the best thesis in the School of Engineering. He also received certificates in music performance and environmental studies. His intention is to develop an expertise in environmental economics especially as applied to climate change policy in China and other rapidly developing countries. Two extended periods conducting research in China, including a year as Princeton University's prestigious Martin Dale Fellow, prepared Kyle to make a specialty of the climate implications to China's unprecedented modernization.

Kyle is now a research fellow at Environmental Defense Fund, where he works on advancing climate policy in China and the US as well as participating in the international climate negotiations process. Several publications have come out of this work.

Kyle intends a career that permits him to have a positive contribution towards solving climate change. While his disciplinary home will be in economics, Kyle will continue to pursue the multidisciplinary intersection of science, policy, and law as it is relevant to climate change.


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Carolina Montano

CAROLINA MONTANO is a MD student, and Ph.D. student in Human Genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Carolina was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. Her father, a civic leader in the Magdalena region, was targeted by terrorists and the family fled to Florida on an asylum status, where they now reside. She is a green card holder.

Though having completed three years of medical education in Colombia, Carolina was required by the American system to complete a bachelor's degree, which she did in neuroscience and molecular biology at Brigham Young University. There she attained a perfect 4.0 average, graduated summa cum laude and served as Commencement speaker.

With an NIH scholarship, Carolina spent two years at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. She also spent a summer at the Mayo Clinic as a research fellow. To date, she has four co-authored publications in important scientific journals, including a recent publication in the journal, Nature. While in Utah and Washington, DC, she not only volunteered with La Clinica del Pueblo but developed a course on medical Spanish.

Carolina intends to be both a clinician and a researcher. She sees medicine not only as a life style, but also a vocation. She also sees her career as providing a role model for the Hispanic community "whose youth is in particular need of role models and mentors in scientific and medical careers."


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Ana Munoz

ANA MUNOZ  is currently a law clerk to the Hon. Stefan Underhill of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, and will begin a clerkship with the Hon. Gerard Lynch of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in September of 2013.  Prior to clerking, Ana was a public interest fellow at the Bronx Defenders, working on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. 

Ana completed her J.D. at Yale.   Ana received her B.A. in history from Yale University, graduating with honors and receiving the Andrew White prize for her thesis on farm worker organizing. 

As an undergraduate, Ana co-founded a group that advocates for campaign finance reform and co-led another group that trained organizers to register voters in eight battleground states during the summer of 2004. She also wrote on politics and culture for the New Haven Advocate and the New Journal.  

Prior to law school, Ana worked as a researcher and organizer, principally at the Brennan Center for Justice at N.Y.U. Law School. At the Brennan Center, she advised and supported successful coalition efforts to re-enfranchise voters in Rhode Island and Maryland who had been barred from voting because of their imprisonment. During law school, she focused on immigrants’ rights, working on cases that brought affirmative challenges to unconstitutional enforcement practices and defended immigrants facing deportation.


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David Noah

 

DAVID NOAH is a Managing Director at Success Academy Charter Schools where he oversees a portfolio of high-performing schools in New York City.

David was born in Boston. His mother was born in Iraq, and grew up in Tehran; his father is from Greece. They arrived in America in the late 1960s, and are now both naturalized US citizens residing near New York City

David received his JD at Yale University and he graduated in 2003 from the University of Chicago, where he earned a BA in history with honors and election to Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds an MA in teaching from Pace University, where he was assigned as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program.

David taught math, coached boys' basketball, and started his school's first high-school math program for 8th grade students. At Yale University, David represented the rights of Connecticut school children as the student director of the Education Adequacy Clinic; he is currently preparing to argue an education-related state-constitutional case before the Connecticut Supreme Court.

David has also co-founded a nonprofit organization, College Acceptance, which pairs New Haven high school students with Yale mentors to help them navigate the college admissions process. The program now has over a hundred volunteers. These activities are in step with David's career aspiration to "change the way we (Americans) understand, and administer, public education." David has also worked in the New York City Department of Education and interned in the office of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. He is a member of the founding team of the first New York City high school established by KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program). His work at the school includes teaching, writing curriculum, and planning the school's growth from a single 9th grade class to a full four-year program. KIPP is the nation's largest charter school management organization. 


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Paul Nuyujukian

PAUL NUYUJUKIAN is a MD/PhD candidate at Stanford University studying bioengineering.

Paul was born in Houston, Texas. His parents are of Armenian heritage, born and raised in Syria. Both are naturalized US citizens and reside in Yorba Linda, California.

Paul received his BS in cybernetics in 2006 University from University of California at Los Angeles.

At University of California at Los Angeles and now Stanford University, Paul's work has been in the area of neuroengineering. His Stanford University lab's most recent breakthrough came when they created one of the first systems for capturing neural data of freely-behaving organisms. At Stanford University, through a Practicum in Community Health Interventions, Paul piloted a teen pregnancy prevention program at the East Palo Alto High School.

Paul sees his career as one that will bridge the rift between doctors and engineers. Specifically, he aims to become a neurological research clinician and pursue a career in academic medicine. 


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Maxim Pinkovskiy

MAXIM PINKOVSKIY is an Economist in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. 

Maxim, was born in Leningrad/St. Petersburg, Russia, where he lived until he was seven, when his family, stimulated by the rise of overt anti-Semitism, moved to Brooklyn. They are naturalized US citizens.

Maxim graduated from Columbia University majoring in economics. An accomplished essayist, Maxim has won a series of essay contests, including the Shenton Prize for the best paper in Columbia University's Contemporary Civilization sequence, the Feigenbaum Prize for the best paper in literature and humanities, the Americanism Education League's Private Enterprise Essay Contest, and Holland and Knight's Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Contest. He completed a Ph.D. in economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Maxim’s most extraordinary achievements have been in his course work and research in mathematical economics. Beginning in his sophomore year, he began taking graduate level courses, and by his junior year was taking almost exclusively doctoral level courses in economics and statistics. Recognizing this ability, the New York Federal Reserve Bank selected him at the end of his sophomore year for a summer internship that had previously been awarded only to exceptional juniors.

In contrast to most mathematically sophisticated economics students, however, Maxim's interests go well beyond theoretical economics modeling. He writes, "I wish to use economic tools to explore the reasons why individuals form and dissolve groups, and how they act within them. I am particularly interested in studying the way in which a group's capacity to use force against its members or third parties affects outcomes within a society..." 


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Krishnan Subrahmanian

 

KRISHNAN SUBRAHMANIAN will soon graduate from Stanford School of Medicine and will begin training in Global Pediatrics at Texas Children's Hospital and the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative.

Krishnan was born in St. Paul, MN. His parents emigrated from India; and currently live in Texas. They are naturalized US citizens.

As an undergraduate at Harvard University, Krishnan was elected President and first class Marshal of the class of 2003. He graduated magna cum laude with a major in social studies. He also received an MPhil in education from Cambridge University, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar.

While at Harvard University, he taught and then directed City Step, a program to empower children through the medium of dance. He also founded and directed the Cambridge Student Partnership, a student organization that connected needy Cambridge and Boston residents to community resources available to serve them. For three summers during these years, Krishnan served as a counselor and theater instructor at the Hole in the Wall Gang camp in Connecticut for children battling life-threatening diseases. That experience led to his being awarded a year-long Richardson Fellowship in Public Affairs, which he used to initiate a camp in South Africa for orphans and children suffering from HIV/AIDS. After returning from South Africa, Krishnan joined Teach for America, under whose auspices he taught special needs high school students on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He was also Border State Director of Obama for America, supplementing field efforts for the presidential campaign.

Krishnan plans to study community medicine at Stanford University and then return to South Dakota to start a comprehensive community health center. 


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Rie Takahashi

RIE TAKAHASHI is in the second year of her MD/PhD program at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.

Rie was born in Yokohama, Japan and arrived at age two with her family to Ohio. Her parents live in Palos Verdes, California.

Rie received her bachelor's degree in microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics from University of California at Los Angeles in December 2006, completing two honors theses (the first person in her major to do so at University of California at Los Angeles) and graduating cum laude.

Rie served for three years in the lab of a University of California at Los Angeles professor, working in the area of ovarian cancer and the effects of stress on angiogenesis and tumor metastases. For this work, she is a co-author of articles in Nature Medicine and the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Her second honors thesis united her love of music, as an accomplished pianist, with her love of genetics, when she created a musical language for protein sequences, an achievement that received attention from newspapers, science magazines, and other media around the world. Called Gene2Music, the work was published inGenome Biology and given a special exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science. Competing with music has been her dedication as a volunteer, working with such organizations as the University of California at Los Angeles Mobile Clinic, Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition, Campamento Familiar and Camp Ronald McDonald.

Rie intends to become a research scientist in a clinical setting doing research on molecular pathways involved in human diseases and overseeing their application to medical uses. 


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Elina Tetelbaum

 

ELINA TETELBAUM works as a corporate associate at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz.

Born in Moscow, she became a US citizen in 2009.

Elina graduated from Yale Law School in 2010. In 2007, she received her BA in economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a John Harvard Scholar.

At Harvard University, Elina won the Judge Charles Wyzanski Prize for "concern for theoretical and practical issues of justice." She also won the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for outstanding scholarly work and research for her undergraduate thesis on the efficacy of minimum legal drinking laws, which was published in a peer-reviewed economics journal and has been widely cited in scholarly and mainstream articles. She was a tutor at the Harvard College Writing Center, assisting students with their academic writing.

At Yale Law School, she won the Benjamin Scharps Prize Paper (best paper by a third-year student).  She was editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal on Regulation and an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Her own legal academic writings on ethics, post-conviction relief, and alcohol policy have been published in the Yale Law Journal, the Utah Law Review, the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal, and the Texas Journal of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights. Inspired by her summer working at the New York Federal Defenders office, she directed the Green Haven Prison Project, visiting prisoners and helping them to prepare to transition back into society. Elina served as law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Outside of academia, Elina sought first-hand knowledge of the practicalities of lawmaking, learning the realities of the system at the New York State Office of Court Administration and interning with forensic psychiatrist committed to ensuring nondiscrimination in criminal sentencing as a summer Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellow. 


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Vijay Yanamadala

 

VIJAY YANAMADALA is an MD/MBA student in the Harvard University/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST).

Vijay was born in Dallas, Texas to parents who had emigrated from India. His parents are naturalized US citizens and live in Palos Verdes, California.

Vijay received his BA in biochemical sciences, magna cum laude, and an MA in chemistry, both from Harvard University. In high school, while working on an environmental preservation project with the National Audubon Society, Vijay was awarded best of category and first place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2002 for his work designing a successful filtration system for reducing phosphates and ammonia in lakes populated by pathogenic and toxic microorganisms.

At Harvard University, Vijay also found time to be a teaching fellow, teaching in five courses and receiving several certificates of distinction. He was also active in cross-cultural organizations, serving as vice chairman of the Harvard University Interfaith Council and founder-editor of a student journal on Hinduism, Swadharma. He twice received awards from the Harvard Foundation for contributions to intercultural and race relations. He also played in the Harvard University Band and was part of the Commencement Ensemble in 2004 and 2005.

Vijay has done research on topics including synthetic organic chemistry, hypertension, and on the biochemical signaling pathways of G proteins and apoptosis in Polycystic Kidney Disease, the most common monogenic genetic disease in the world. This work has led to first-author publications in various journals, including the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Vijay's long term goal is to pursue a career in academic medicine, allowing him to combine his passion for research, teaching, and clinical care. As he explains, "physician-scientists are in a particularly important position at the crux between science and society." 


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Alice Yang

ALICE YANG works for McKinsey & Co. as a consultant focused primarily on healthcare operations and strategy in Massachusetts.

Alice was born in Taiwan and also lived in the Netherlands before immigrating to the United States. Her parents live in Taiwan

Alice finished her MBA/MPP at Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government, where she was a Zuckerman Fellow. She graduated from Harvard College in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in biological anthropology.

During college Alice directed a volunteer program that provided ESL instruction to more than 600 adults; interned at several nonprofits, including Greater Boston Legal Services and the Cambridge Community Foundation; and wrote for Let's Go travel guides. She was the recipient of a Stride Rite Public Service Scholarship.

After college Alice joined Partners In Health as research assistant to physician-anthropologist and co-founder Paul Farmer. She prepared hundreds of presentations and publications, including a multilingual clinical manual on HIV/AIDS treatment in resource-poor settings; implemented research and programmatic initiatives in Haiti; assisted in securing major grants during a period of significant organizational growth; and analyzed public-private management challenges at PIH’s projects around the world. She was previously Co-Director of Content for the 2009 Social Enterprise Conference and completed an internship with Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government corporation whose mission is to reduce global poverty through the promotion of sustainable economic growth.


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