Ferheen Abbasi
Alma Mater: UC Berkeley, Molecular & Cell Biology and Japanese Language
Research Interests:
My research interests consist of understanding the menstrual cycle to look at different menstrual diseases such as menorrhagia and endometriosis. I plan to create organoid and animal models for these conditions, as well as look at the clinical benefits of using hormonal implants to treat them. My ultimate goal is to discover a new way to control the menstrual cycle non-hormonally.


About Ferheen:
Ferheen is from Santa Clara, California. She went to UC Berkeley for her undergraduate education, where she majored in Molecular & Cell Biology and Japanese Language. After graduating in 2014, she received the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship where she was able to pursue her Master’s in Medical Science at Osaka University and conduct cutting edge Reproductive Biology research in the Ikawa Lab. As a Master’s student, Ferheen co-authored 7 publications, many with a focus on finding fertility factors in the male and female reproductive system using CRISPR/Cas9. Ferheen is passionate about reproductive and menstrual health, uterine diseases, hormonal menstrual controls, and reproductive justice.

“I chose ARC-MD because my career goals are rooted in academic medicine. This program is the perfect stepping stone for a budding physician-scientist, with its dedicated focus in research and mentorship.”



Miyata, H., Oura, S., Morohoshi, A., Shimada, K., Mashiko, D., Oyama, Y., Kaneda, Y., Matsumura, T., Abbasi, F., & Ikawa, M. (2021). SPATA33 localizes calcineurin to the mitochondria and regulates sperm motility in mice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America118(35), e2106673118. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2106673118

Miyata, H., Abbasi, F., Visconti, P., Ikawa, M. (2020, 11). CRISPR/CAS9-mediated amino acid substitution reveals phosphorylation residues of RSPH6A are not essential for male fertility in mice. Biology of Reproduction, 103(5), 912–914. doi.org/10.1093/biolre/ioaa161

Sun, J., Lu, Y., Nozawa, K., Xu, Z., Morohoshi, A., Castaneda, J. M., Noda, T., Miyata, H., Abbasi, F., Shawki, H. H.,  Takahashi, S., Devlin, D. J., Yu, Z., Matzuk, R. M., Garcia, T. X., Matzuk, M. M., & Ikawa, M. (2020, 5). CRISPR/Cas9-based genome editing in mice uncovers 13 testis- or epididymis-enriched genes individually dispensable for male reproduction. Biology of Reproduction, 103(2), 183-194. doi.org/10.1093/biolre/ioaa083.

Abbasi, F., Kodani, M., Emori, C., Kiyozumi, D., Mori, M., Fujihara, Y., & Ikawa, M. (2020, 03). CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing reveals Oosp family genes are dispensable for female fertility in mice. Cells, 9(4), 821. doi.org: 10.3390/cells9040821.

Abbasi, F., Miyata, H., Shimada, K., Morohoshi, A., Nozawa, K., Matsumura, T., Xu, Z., Pratiwi, P., & Ikawa, M. (2018, 09). RSPH6A is required for sperm flagellum formation and male fertility in mice. Journal of Cell Science, 131(19). doi:10.1242/jcs.221648

Abbasi, F., Miyata, H., & Ikawa, M. (2017). Revolutionizing male fertility factor research in mice by using the genome editing tool CRISPR/Cas9. Reproductive Medicine and Biology, 17(1), 3-10. doi:10.1002/rmb2.12067.

Lukies, M. W., and Abbasi, F. (2016). Difference in post-termination of pregnancy contraception practice among Australia, New Zealand and Japan. J. Obstet. Gynaecol. Res., 42: 1063. doi: 10.1111/jog.13044.





Anna is a first-generation Nigerian-American raised in South Central Los Angeles. Her interest in medicine started with first-hand accounts of her family receiving long term treatment in the U.S. healthcare system. These experiences led to the pursuit of her bachelor’s in science as a pre-medical student at UCLA. Her knowledge of health disparities expanded in later years, and she knew she wanted to be a physician that would work towards decreasing them. She spent several years after graduation working in her hometown, providing health services and health education.

“I chose the ARC-MD program because research is how the field of medicine evolves. I chose this program because it merges the two fields in which I can build my own research experience to impact my outlook on medicine. I look forward to the next five years with this cohort, not only to set the foundation for this new program but to develop ourselves into insightful physicians with unique skill sets.”

Masani Coley

Masani Coley
Alma Mater: UC Irvine, B.S. Biological Sciences, Minor: African-American Studies
Research Interests:
My research interests include topics related to women’s healthcare, specifically
maternal fetal medicine and obstetrics research, as well as reproductive health. My
prior research was in a Developmental and Cell Biology lab studying transcription
factors and their effects on germ layer development in frog model embryos. I also
have interests in providing mentorship and increasing participation of
underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. As a medical student at Davis and
member of ARC-MD, I hope to gain the knowledge, skills, and experience
necessary for a successful and impactful career as a physician scientist.
About Masani:
Masani is a first-generation college graduate and current MS1 from central Los
Angeles, California. She completed her B.S. in Biological Sciences as well as a
minor in African-American Studies at UC Irvine in 2016. She later completed the
UC Davis SOM’s postbaccalaureate program in 2020, just prior to beginning her
journey as medical student. Masani is passionate about improving healthcare in
underserved communities, specifically implementing policy that targets
eliminating the healthcare inequities that these communities often face. Outside of
academia, Masani enjoys hiking, traveling, and taking care of her plants.

“I chose the ARC-MD program because I hope to strengthen my research
background by incorporating it into my medical education, as well as using the
experiences I gained growing up in an underserved neighborhood to guide my
research pursuits throughout my career. I also value the support and mentorship
that comes with being part of such a tight-knit cohort of talented individuals and

Paraiso K.D., Blitz I.L., Coley M. (2019). Endodermal Maternal Transcription
Factors Establish Super-Enhancers during Zygotic Genome Activation. Cell
Reports, 27(10):2962-2977.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2019.05.013


Vista Farkhondeh
Alma Mater: UC Los Angeles, B.S. Neuroscience

Research Interests:

Vista Farkhondeh’s research interests are in the field of neuroscience and the study of neurodegenerative diseases. As an undergraduate, she worked in a multiple sclerosis (MS) laboratory where she investigated changes in astrocytic gene expression that occur during disease in the murine model of MS. Her long-term career goal is to implement bench to bedside translational research in her medical practice to improve the lives of people with neurodegenerative disabilities.

"I chose ARC-MD because of its commitment to incorporate research and mentorship as the foundation of our medical studies."


Tassoni A., Farkhondeh V., Itoh Y., et al. “The astrocyte transcriptome in EAE optic neuritis shows complement activation and reveals a sex difference in astrocytic C3 expression.” Scientific Reports, 2019.

Itoh N., Itoh Y., ... Farkhondeh V., et al. “Cell-Specific and Region-Specific Transcriptomics in the Multiple Sclerosis Model: Focus on Astrocytes.” PNAS, 2017.

Matthew Lara is a native of the Sacramento region and has lived in Davis for most of his life. He received his BS degree in Chemistry from Stanford University. Since a young age, Matthew has been very interested in both medicine and research, passions fostered by his parents (both healthcare professionals themselves) and by his observation of the powerful patient-physician relationships that developed in the UC Davis cancer clinics where he shadowed. His research interests are primarily in oncology, with a focus on non-small cell lung cancer. In the future, he hopes to integrate his research interests with clinical practice. On his free time, Matthew enjoys playing the guitar, watching horror movies, and studying chess.

“I chose the ARC-MD program to acquire the skills necessary to perform higher quality research in the pursuit of better patient care in the future. I strongly believe that the tight-knit community and excellent mentorship provided by ARC-MD will help me achieve my goals of improving patient-centered care and being a better clinician scientist overall.”

Brian Howard
Brian Howard
Alma Mater/UG Degree: 
University of California, San Diego/ Bachelor’s of Science in Human Biology
Minor in African American Studies
Research Interests: 
My research interests are centered around improving treatment options for patients with primary brain tumors such as GBM, glioblastoma multiforme. Specifically, it is my goal to conduct research focused on improving GBM responsiveness to immunotherapy in order to reduce tumor rates of progression. Additionally, I am interested in examining if radiosurgery or traditional neurological surgery is more efficacious at achieving greater percentages of resection in GBM patients.
About Brian:
Brian is from Petaluma, California. In the summer of 2015, he began his education as an undergraduate student at the University of California, San Diego. At university, he competed as NCAA Division 1 student athlete for all four years while completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Biology. Through his experience as a nationally ranked fencer and a college athlete, Brian became interested in examining the long-term effects of concussions sustained in athletic competition. Brian is very passionate about neurobiology and conducting research related to the field of neurological surgery.
“The ARC-MD pathway provided me with the opportunity to pursue an academic career focused on conducting meaningful research impacting a broader patient population.” 
Publications and Presentations:
Keyvan, N., Howard, B., Xiao-fan, G., Lee, S.Y., & Lee, B.K. (2017). PRE-EXISTING CARDIAC DISEASE, EXERCISE, MALE SEX, AND YOUNG AGE ARE RISK FACTORS FOR SUDDEN DEATH FOLLOWING ENERGY DRINK CONSUMPTION. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 69, 378
2011-2012- United States of America, Men’s Foil Point Leader
2016 & 2019 Provost Honors at the University of California, San Diego La Jolla, California

Jesslyn received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a double minor in Chemistry and Public Health Sciences from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, LA. While at Xavier, Jesslyn explored her interest in pharmaceutical production and performed basic science research at the College of Pharmacy at Xavier University of Louisiana. Her interest in pharmaceutical research led her to further her education at Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, CA. in May 2017, Jesslyn received her Master of Science in Applied Life Sciences with a focus in Pharmaceutical Discovery and Development. As much as Jesslyn loves scientific inquiry, she is equally as passionate about minority student engagement and empowerment in STEM education and career development. In 2017, Jesslyn founded the BioPharma Leadership Academy (BPLA).  BPLA is a one-week summer day camp program for underrepresented minority high school students from Southern California interested in medical device and pharmaceutical developmentBPLA introduces students to biotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences, project management, and leadership skills through a focused program taught by graduate students and professionals in the biotech industry. During the week, students will have the opportunity to attend classes on careers in the industry, engage in personal and professional development, receive college preparation help, and tour college campuses. BPLA has held two successful cohorts of minority students from the Inland Empire in 2017 and 2018. Jesslyn is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She enjoys reading, playing golf, and engaging in community service projects. 

” I chose the ARC-MD program to gain valuable insight and exposure how research and innovation supports and advances optimal clinical delivery.”


Araiye Medlock
Alma Mater: UC Irvine, B.S. Biological Sciences

Background: Araiye Medlock has lived all throughout California, but has roots primarily in the low-income neighborhood of South Bakersfield, CA. She is a proud first-generation college graduate and attended UC Irvine where she completed her B.S. in Biological Sciences before attending the UC Davis SOM in their pre-medical post-baccalaureate program. She enjoys painting, mentorship, road trips, and reading books centered around social activism (when she is not studying.)

Research Interests: My research interests are heavily rooted in healthcare access and equity. Specifically, I want to develop and further novel methods to increase quality health care access for those in the most marginalized communities. I hope to also incorporate this into improving surgical outcomes for these communities. I also have a profound passion for diversifying and ensuring the success of underrepresented-in-medicine students in hopes to magnify those who value this work in medicine and medical education. As an undergraduate student, I worked on multiple projects out of the FQHC, UCI Health Family Health Center, around diversifying the current biomedical research participant pool and implementing Diabetes Health Education Courses for a majority Latinx immigrant population. We looked at the effectiveness of this medical model and its impact on patient outcomes and healthcare access.

I chose ARC-MD, because I believe the language of change in medicine is research. I wanted to be around likeminded individuals and molded by those who strive to create powerful physician scientists in hopes to better care for our patients. I am grateful for this opportunity!

Noreen Mansuri
Alma Mater/UG Degree: 

Durham University/ Theology & Religion MA
UC Davis/ Neurobiology BSc, Religious Studies Minor

Research Advisor: Dr. Laura Kair

Research Interests: 

  • Medical humanities (medical improv, narrative medicine)
  • Medical humanities program development and evaluation within medical education
  • Women’s health, maternal health
  • Relationship between faith and health

My current research projects include the Medical Improv Pilot Program and the Lived Experience Asking for Family Leave. Both projects are rooted in my interest in understanding and improving healthcare experiences from the perspective of patients and care providers.

About Noreen:

Noreen is from Fresno, California. She first came to UC Davis as an undergraduate student where she completed her major and minor degrees in neurobiology and religious studies, respectively. After graduating in 2018, she pursued her master’s degree at Durham University in the United Kingdom and completed her dissertation in the medical humanities. Noreen is passionate about health policy, women’s health, and conducting interdisciplinary, qualitative research that highlights patient narratives.  

“I chose ARC-MD because of its dedication to mentoring students as aspiring physician-researchers within their unique fields of interest, as well as a team of future healthcare providers.” 

Publications and Presentations:

Noreen Mansuri, Aparanjitha Connur, Ethan Hintz, Harsimran Kaur, Melissa Joy Chen, Laura Kair, “California Mothers’ Lived Experience Obtaining Maternity Leave,” 2022 Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine 27th Annual Meeting, accepted.

Emily Moody, Kylie Abeson, Maria Barajas-McGahan, Noreen Mansuri, Heather Siefkes, Michelle Hamline, Adrienne Hoyt-Austin, and Laura R. Kair. “Obstacles to Breastfeeding in Inpatient Pediatric Settings: A Qualitative Study,” 2021 Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine 26th Annual Meeting.

Jasmine Carranza, Adia Gipson, Adrienne Hoyt-Austin, Melissa Chen, Candice Price, Iesha     Miller, Maneesha Muricki, Maria Barajas-McGahan, Emily Moody, Noreen Mansuri, E. Bimla Schwarz, and Laura R. Kair, “Experience of Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Care among Black Women in Sacramento: A Community-Engaged Qualitative Study,” 2021 Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine 26th Annual Meeting.

Noreen Mansuri, “And a Mother Too.” UC Davis Prized Writing. 2018 Vol 29: 116-122


Fall 2021 Sacramento Comedy Spot Diversity Scholarship, Sacramento, CA

2021 UC Davis Medical Student Research Fellowship (MSRF), Sacramento, CA

2016, 2020 Educational Employees Credit Union Student Grant, Fresno, CA

2020-2021 Fresno Madera Medical Society Scholarship Foundation, Fresno, CA

2018-2019 St. John’s College Postgraduate Student Scholarship, Durham, UK

2018-2019 Santander Scholarship, Durham, UK

Ernesto Javier Rivera was raised in Paramount, California in a low-income urban community.  As a Mexican-American living in a low-income immigrant neighborhood, his interest in medicine developed after witnessing a physician provide compassionate care to his undocumented grandfather during a medical emergency.  Ernesto’s ambition veered to caring for underserved communities and engaging in research to improve the standard of treatment given to vulnerable populations. During college, he was a member of the Chicanx/Latinx in Health Education, a health advocate at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and a research coordinator for the Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas (CHAMACOS).  Ernesto graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology.  As a researcher for the TRACK-TBI study, he investigated radiological and biological markers of prognosticating functional recovery from mild and severe traumatic brain injuries.  Ernesto co-authored more than 8 abstracts and publications.  These experiences have motivated him to strive to become a compassionate, understanding, and innovative academic physician.  Ernesto believes that the University of California, Davis School of Medicine and the ARC-MD program will provide him with the training and education to achieve his educational, professional, and personal goals.

“I chose the ARC-MD program because research is critical for eliminating health disparities and creating system-wide changes in healthcare. I believe that the ARC-MD research program will help me develop my research skills so that I can engage in epidemiological research to better understand health disparities and improve the care available to patients. Having faculty members mentor, me and guide my research will enhance my analytical skills and improve my ability to detect clinical problems that need more investigation. Collaborating and learning with a like-minded cohort of peers at the ARC-MD program will enhance my perspective on research and clinical environments and provide me with the foundation to become an academic physician."


Gabriel Santamaria
Alma Mater: UC Berkeley, Public Health/Molecular Biology

Gabriel studied Public Health and Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley, graduating at the top of his class in 2021. During his time at Cal, he served his peers as an academic support coordinator for the Biology Scholars Program, and he also taught for the San Francisco State Universities  Step to College program and Stanford School of Medicine’s LEAP programs. Over the years, Gabriel developed multiple award-winning, government-funded violence prevention and cultural affirming CBOs addressing the needs of disenfranchised youth and their families. Gabriel was born in Nicaragua and raised in San Francisco - go Giants!

Research Interests:

Injury and disease impact the body’s musculoskeletal system in many ways, whether in relation to overuse, trauma, or aging. Gabriel’s interest in research stems from its value in addressing timely issues seen in the primary clinical setting and operating theater. Accordingly, his prior research experience in orthopaedics includes examining bone regeneration processes after traumatic injury, and his current focus includes combinatorial approaches to tissue formation. Because prevention is key, he has partnered in community-based participatory research with the aim to engage, empower, and learn from marginalized communities.


Santamaria G, Chinyere O, Anthony M. Premedical Student Activism SUMMA Conference. Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance (SUMMA) Premedical Conference. February 2019.

Santamaria G. Civic Engagement and Community Activism for Premeds. Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance (SUMMA) Premedical Conference. February 2016.

Santamaria G, Anthony M. Community Engagement and Leadership Development Tools for Premeds. UC Davis Pre-Medical and Pre- Health Conference. February 2016.

Santamaria G. Community Engagement in Practice. San Francisco Bay Area Civic Engagement Symposium and Poster Session Northern California Regional Community Engagement Symposium at Stanford Medicine. June 2016

Santamaria G, Guttierez G, Rosario A, et al. Youth Creating Change. San Francisco Bay Area Civic Engagement Symposium and Poster Session Northern California Regional Community Engagement Symposium and Poster Session Northern California Regional Community Engagement Symposium at Stanford Medicine. June 2016.

Santamaria G, Park O, Kokroko J, Velasquez G, et al.YCC: Education, Empowerment and Exposure! LMSA West Summer Undergraduate Leadership Conference at UCSF. June 2015

Santamaria G, Yonn-Brown T, Pantoja J, Wilson B. Youth Creating Change in San Francisco. UCSF Rodnick Colloquium Innovations in Family and Community Medicine. May 2014.

Santamaria G, Wang J. Environmental and Socioeconomic Disparities in Childhood Asthma. Stanford School of Medicine Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education. August 2014.

Santamaria G, Magdalos-Regalados A, Bahney CS , Miclau 3rd T, Marcucio R. Unresolved Inflammation in DAP12 Knockout Mice During Bone Repair-Orthopaedic Trauma Institute UCSF San Francisco General Hospital. National Institute of Health Bridges to Baccalaureate SFSU Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium. August 2013.

“ARC-MD is an excellent way to reach my goal of addressing health disparities through academic medicine, direct patient care, and community engagement.”

Nithya was raised in the Bay Area and moved to the east coast to pursue a BA in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College and a Masters in Bioethics (MBE) at the University of Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate and graduate student, she was involved in research at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she worked in the NICU, Emergency, and Cardiology departments. She is primarily interested in pediatric clinical research, pediatric ethical disputes, and the implications of ethics in pediatric critical care. In her downtime, she loves to read, travel, and attempt the NYT crossword. 

"I chose the ARC-MD program because of the like-minded community and the opportunity to engage in meaningful research while developing my clinical skill set. I am excited to watch myself and my cohort grow into effective academic clinician-scientists." 

Alexis Umoye is a first-year medical student at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, where she’s currently a Vice Chancellor Mission-Based Advocacy and Regional Community Health (MARCH) Scholar. As a member of ARC-MD, she hopes to strengthen her foundational skills and acquire professional development necessary for a successful career as a physician scientist. Prior to medical school, Alexis attended University of California, Los Angeles, where she has been an avid advocate for BIPOC and women in STEM fields. She has spearheaded initiatives to provide mentorship and academic resources for these students, especially for underrepresented minorities and low-income students. Throughout her medical career, she plans on advocating for the increased inclusion of sociocultural factors in medical education, increasing diversity throughout all surgical specialties, and improving the current surgical culture. Alexis is currently interested in neurosurgery and hopes to bring awareness around the lack of diversity that currently exists in this field. According to an AAMC report in 2018, only .58% of practicing neurosurgeons were Black women. Outside of medicine, Alexis enjoys cooking plant-based meals, outdoor activities, and traveling.

“I choose ARC-MD because I want to lead the change in diversifying academic medicine, clinical trial recruitment, and the next generation of healthcare professionals. I hope to use my skills gained through this program to spearhead ground-breaking research in the neurosciences.” 

Jade Tso

Jade Tso
Alma Mater: Duke University, B.S. in Biology with Minors in Global Health and Chemistry

Research Interests:  My research interests lie in optimizing diagnostic algorithms, linkage to care, and treatment delivery models to improve outcomes for diseases that disproportionately affect the world’s poorest. By demonstrating the highest standard of care can be delivered to those typically left behind by healthcare systems, I hope to advocate for larger structural change. I am passionate about global health and health policy. My previous experience has involved implementation of public health programs for tuberculosis and COVID-19.

Awards: Duke University Graduation with Distinction; Freemont Foundation Graduate Scholar, Northern California Scholarship Foundation Alumni Scholarship

"I chose ARC-MD because I felt that the longitudinal learning community and program mentorship would give me the support I needed as I began my journey into academic medicine."

Samantha is originally from the Sacramento region and moved to the Bay Area to pursue her BA and MS at Stanford University. She enjoys reading, listening to music and running. She is interested in serving diverse and underserved communities, particularly Asians and women of color. Her research experience includes Tobacco prevention and cessation, health behavior change. She hopes to pursue research concurrently with clinical practice.

” I chose the ARC-MD program because I wanted to continue my research experiences throughout medical school, and I was drawn to the tight-knit community and mentorship opportunities.”

Research Interests: pediatrics, oncology, dermatology, health equity


Kiuru M, Kriner MA, Wong S, Zhu G, Terrell JR, Li Q, Hoang M, Beechem J, McPherson JD. High-plex spatial RNA profiling reveals cell type-specific biomarker expression during melanoma development. J Invest Dermatol. 2021 Oct 23:S0022-202X(21)02370-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jid.2021.06.041. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34699906.

Wong, SL, Rehal, BR, Kiuru, M. Hyaluronic acid embolus following intra-articular injection. J Cutan Pathol. 2021; 1– 4. https://doi.org/10.1111/cup.14036

Awards: Lasker Essay Award 2020

Benjamin Yang
Alma Mater: UC Los Angeles, B.S. in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Research Advisor: Dr. Martin Cadeiras
Research Interests: Bioinformatics

About Ben:

Benjamin Yang is a first-generation Taiwanese American originally from Riverside County, a medically underserved region in Southern California. He obtained his B.S. in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from UCLA, where he discovered his passion for working closely with underserved and marginalized communities. He also has a diverse range of clinically translational research interests and, thus far, has been involved with projects related to Environmental Cardiology and Dermatology/Wound Healing. Throughout his career, Benjamin hopes to advocate for the health of all patients through community outreach programs, research, and possibly policy. In his free time, Benjamin enjoys playing tennis, reading, and cooking.

"I chose the ARC-MD program because I hope to incorporate research into my medical school education and my future career as a physician. The support and guidance I received from the ARC-MD directors and an intimate community also played a large role in my decision."


Kim, Jane H., Benjamin Yang, Amanda Tedesco, Elyson Gavin D. Lebig, Paul M. Ruegger, Karen Xu, James Borneman, and Manuela Martins-Green. “High Levels of Oxidative Stress and Skin Microbiome Are Critical for Initiation and Development of Chronic Wounds in Diabetic Mice.” Nature News. Nature Publishing Group, December 17, 2019. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-55644-3.

Moheimani, Roya S., Roya S. Moheimani David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, May Bhetraratana, May Bhetraratana Division of Cardiology, Kacey M. Peters, Kacey M. Peters Division of Cardiology, Benjamin K. Yang, et al. “Sympathomimetic Effects of ACUTE E‐Cigarette USE: Role of Nicotine and Non‐Nicotine Constituents,” September 20, 2017. https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/JAHA.117.006579.



Shervin Zoghi
Alma Mater: Fresno State, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and B.A. in Economics

About Shervin:

Raised in the underserved Central Valley, Shervin became interested in medicine as an undergraduate student after volunteering at the Valley Children’s Hospital and free clinics. While there, he discovered the disparities that existed in the healthcare system, particularly relating to the lack of adequate technology and healthcare providers. In his free time, he enjoys working on cars, grilling food, and being outdoors.

Research Interests:

My primary research interests include tissue engineering, medical device development, and transplant medicine. I am very passionate about researching new technologies to address clinically unmet needs. I am also interested in combating health disparities through econometric modeling and advocating for patients in underserved communities.

“I chose the ARC-MD program because I am interested in solving complex clinical problems in the research lab and translating those solutions back to the patients’ bedsides."