P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Paras Minhas, 2015

PhD/MD, Stanford University

Paras Minhas is the child of immigrants from India

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD/MD in Neuroscience and Medicine at Stanford University

 Paras would like to curtail the alarming rate at which neurodegenerative disorders are increasing across the globe. By finding novel research strategies and investigating the political and environmental questions behind neurodegenerative disorders, Paras hopes to one-day practice medicine in a world where physicians are able to provide cures for them. 

Paras was born in Baltimore, MD, the son of two Sikh immigrants. At a young age, he was exposed to the debilitating consequences of neurological diseases, which impacted his own family members. Refusing to be silent, Paras began finding his voice through the art of debate, winning local, state, and national competitions starting in high school and later in the William Pitt Debating Union at the University of Pittsburgh.

During his time at the University of Pittsburgh, Paras founded the Longitude Pittsburgh Organization, an NGO dedicated to empowering adolescent orphans in Ghana and India and helping them to obtain sustainable careers. He also became the first president of the Student Health Advisory Board, pioneering mental health initiatives both on campus and in the city of Pittsburgh. Paras has been awarded the Amgen, Goldwater, and Marshall Scholarships for his insightful research in neurology and policy initiatives in psychiatry.  

Now a student at Stanford School of Medicine, Paras continues to engage with disadvantaged communities to help bridge healthcare gaps. He serves as manager for the Pacific Free Clinic in San Jose and continues to run his NGO, frequenting villages in Ghana. Paras is pursuing an MD/PhD in neuroscience, actively researching the etiologies of neurodegenerative diseases. As a future physician-scientist, Paras hopes to design measures that will rid the world of debilitating neurological and mental conditions.

  • MD Medicine | Stanford University 2017
  • BS Microbiology, Chemistry | University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus 2013
  • PhD Neuroscience | Stanford University
  • 2012 Goldwater Scholar
  • 2012 Amgen Scholar
  • 2013 Marshall Scholar
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