Kavita Sarin  


Kavita is a "Stanford lifer". She received her undergraduate degree in Computer Science followed by her M.D. and Ph.D. in Genetics where she studied the role of telomerase in stem cell fate. She continued her residency training in Dermatology followed by a postdoctoral fellowship applying next generation sequencing to cutaneous neoplasms. Her research focuses on the genetics of skin cancer and inherited skin cancer risk. She spends her spare time chasing after her two children, boxing, doing pilates, and eating McDonalds.

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Yoo Jung (Y.J.) Kim


Y.J. is an M.D. candidate at Stanford. She graduated from Dartmouth College with an A.B. in Biology. Under the mentorship of Dr. Kavita Sarin and Dr. David Fiorentino, Y.J. studies how toll-like receptor antagonism alters the inflammatory pathways in the skin and muscle of patients with dermatomyositis. Outside of medicine, Yoo Jung is an avid writer, with pieces published in The Washington Post, The Korea Times, and The Seattle Times. She is also a regular writer for Doximity and U.S. News & World Report’s Medical Admissions Blog and is a member of education/curriculum advisory committees for Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine and ScholarRx. She is also the co-author of What Every Science Student Should Know (University of Chicago Press, 2016). She loves indie video games.


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Mika is an M.D. Candidate at Stanford University School of Medicine. She graduated from Rice University with a B.S. in Bioengineering. She has investigated phenotypic associations and subtypes of neurofibromatosis type 1. Under the mentorship of Dr. Kavita Sarin and Dr. David Fiorentino, she is exploring interferon and other signaling pathways in the blood and skin of patients with dermatomyositis, with a particular interest in the differences in autoantibody subtypes of disease. She is thrilled to be part of the Sarin lab team to make strides in precision medicine and enable more personalized patient care by leveraging large datasets. Outside of medicine and research, she enjoys yoga, kickboxing, trying new workouts, hiking, music, and exploring the wonders of Japanese grocery stores.



Justin Jia


Justin is currently an M.D./M.S. candidate at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a S.B. in Biological Chemistry and an A.B. in Comparative Human Development (specialization: Medical Anthropology). His research interests include minority health disparities, diversity and inclusion, and the use of emerging technologies such as machine learning in dermatology. Outside of school, he co-founded the Medical Student Pride Alliance, which seeks to build a national advocacy and research forum for LGBTQ+ health issues. When not working, Justin enjoys backpacking with his partner, doing crossword puzzles, and napping in the sunshine on the Oval. 


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Gun Ho is an M.D. candidate at Stanford University School of Medicine. He received a B.A. in Linguistics from Stanford University and has conducted research in topics ranging from optic nerve degeneration to transplant listing criteria. His current project aims to reposition existing drugs to treat epidermolysis bullosa simplex. Outside of research, Gun Ho produces videos that bridge medicine and popular culture. His favorite meal of the day is dessert.



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Lead Clinical Trial Coordinator

Irene joined the Stanford clinical team in 2010 at the Cancer Center and later transitioned to the Dermatology Dept. She has experience in pre-clinical research working for "big pharma", and academia at University College Cork, Ireland where she conducted research on inflammatory lung diseases and gynecology oncology. Irene's hobbies include yoga and pilates. She also enjoys eating out, going to the theater and checking out art museums. 


Vivian HUA


Vivian is a M.D. candidate at Stanford University School of Medicine. She graduated from Harvard University in 2016 with a B.A. in Neurobiology and a secondary in English. Her current research investigates co-morbidity patterns and treatment implications of hidradenitis suppurtiva, a skin disease with particularly limited treatment efficacy. Another research interest is the validity of self-reported cutaneous neurofibromas. She is fascinated by the utilization of big data in improving diagnostic and therapeutic interventions against challenging dermatological diseases. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and writing poetry, traveling, and learning how to cook (at a level that ensures basic survival).

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Averley Mayo


Administrative Associate. 





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Hanh received her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley. She is currently working as an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator for the studies of Dr. Kavita Sarin. She loves yoga, kids, and all shades of blue color.




Rushil Srivastava


Rushil, a rising senior at Evergreen Valley High School, is a returning third-year research assistant. He has worked on a variety of projects ranging from machine learning and computer vision to statistical bioinformatics. Rushil has an interest in applying computer science and technology in the medical field and is a programmer at heart. Outside of the lab, Rushil loves to work on hobby coding projects, watch and play sports and volunteer at his nonprofit. 




Andrew is a first-year college student at UC San Diego majoring in bioinformatics, and he graduated from Saint Francis High School. He has been a research assistant for the last three years, starting with working on small projects and learning different programming languages and skills, to conducting a solo research study. He is interested in the medical field, especially with an emphasis on technology and computer science. Some of his interests outside of the lab include basketball, guitar, reading novels, and listening to any type of rock music.


Taehan "Phil" Kim


Phil is an MD candidate at Stanford University School of Medicine. He received his B.S. in Forensic Chemistry at University of Toronto and Ph.D. in Chemistry at Yale University. His graduate research in the Spiegel laboratory focused on investigating the mechanism of action of anti-glycation agents and developing a novel anti-staphylococcal vaccine platform. Phil is currently interested in drug repositioning for lymphatic malformation and squamous cell carcinoma. Outside of work, he enjoys cooking, listening to jazz and playing video games with his wife.

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Nicole urman


Nicole Urman is a M.D. candidate at Stanford University School of Medicine. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and a minor in Economics. Her current research in the Sarin lab focuses on assessing the efficacy of new clinical treatments for dermatologic diseases including basal cell carcinoma. Nicole is originally from Tucson, Arizona and loves warmth, cats, and watching bad reality television.

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Warren Chan


Warren is an M.D. candidate at Baylor College of Medicine. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering and an M.S. in Biomedical Informatics. He is excited to join the Sarin lab to learn to apply tools of genomics to better understand the genetic and molecular bases of skin cancers. He is interested in the diagnosis and classification of skin cancer, as well as the development of drug screening approaches based on gene expression. Outside of research, Warren enjoys playing tennis, doing triathlons, and working on his vertical so that he can dunk a basketball one day.

James Kilgour



James grew up in Oxford in the United Kingdom. He graduated from Cardiff University School of Medicine with honours in 2017, and has a BSc in Medical Education. Following graduation, he completed two years as a clinical academic in Dermatology at the University of Oxford, conducting research investigating patient-reported outcome measures and quality of life in patients with Graft-versus-Host-Disease following allogenic stem cell transplant. He has also extensively published in Medical Education, and is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of a novel peer reviewed medical journal targeted at encouraging medical students to publish and peer review. Outside of medicine, James enjoys travel, learning French, watching Netflix, and is excited to explore American fast food restaurants.


Xing hu (dianna)


Dianna is a Ph.D. visiting student at the Stanford University of Medicine. She graduated from Central South University (China) with a B.S. in Clinical Medicine and a M.S. in Neuroscience. She has clinical experience as a resident at the Dermatology of Xiangya Hospital for several years. She has a Doctor License in China. She is very excited to join Sarin`s team in learning about how to utilize big data in order to find genotype-phenotype correlation in the genetic disease, especially regarding skin tumor. She is also interested in Clinical trial and Artificial Intelligence applications in Dermatology. Outside of work, Dianna loves to spend time with her son and family. She enjoys Yoga (Ashtanga), boxing, swimming and traveling with her best friends.



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KaTherine Ransohoff


Katherine (Katie) Ransohoff is a Bay Area native, who graduated from Harvard in 2011 with a B.A. in Neuroscience and Psychology and then obtained her M.D. at Stanford. During medical school, she did a Howard Hughes fellowship with Dr. Tang and Dr. Sarin, using multiple data sets to perform Genome Wide Association Studies for both non-melanoma skin cancer and melanoma, as well as undertaking projects related to genomic sequencing of non-melanoma skin cancer to better understand tumor behavior. She will graduate from Dermatology residency at Stanford in 2020, and plans to continue to integrate genomic data into her practice to better understand tumor behavior, and to assist with identification of high risk tumors and patients. Outside of work, Katie enjoys baking with whatever is currently in season at the farmer’s market, yoga, and spending time with friends and family


Prajakta Jaju


Prajakta (PJ) graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in Chemical and Physical Biology and a minor in Computer Science before obtaining her M.D. at Stanford. During medical school, she did a research fellowship with Dr. Kavita Sarin, during which she used genomic sequencing data from basal cell carcinomas to better understand disease characteristics, progression, and response to therapy. She is currently a first year resident in Dermatology at Stanford, and is excited about using genomics to better inform clinical practice and affect behavior change in patients. Outside of work, Prajakta enjoys traveling (she has been to seventeen countries and hopes to keep adding to that number), painting and drawing, playing board games, and working out.

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Harvey chahal


Harvey majored in Biochemistry at UC Berkeley before completing medical school at Stanford. He joined the Sarin Lab in 2015, where he investigated skin cancer genetics and epidemiology using consumer-generated data. Currently, Harvey is completing dermatology residency at UC Irvine. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing soccer, and watching the Warriors!  


ALex fogel


Alex is an M.D. Candidate at the Stanford University School of Medicine planning to specialize in Dermatology. He holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a B.S. in Business Economics from the California Institute of Technology. His work focuses on increasing access-to-care through innovation, and in the Sarin Lab his projects range from teledermatology to personal genomics to novel diagnostics in melanoma. His research practice energizes him to make an impact on big problems in medicine, and informs his work in non-profit management and free clinic leadership. Outside of work, Alex enjoys going to the park and reading books with his son and wife. 

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Karen Kuo 


Karen received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at UCLA followed by medical degree at Stanford, where she studied epidermal differentiation in Dr. Paul Khavari's lab. She is currently a resident in Dermatology at Stanford. She is interested in identifying clinical and genetics characteristics of patients who are at risk of developing multiple skin cancers in hopes of changing health behaviors and lowering risk. Another clinical interest is the interdisciplinary care of patients with hidradenitis suppurative, one of the most challenging skin diseases to treat. Outside of dermatology, she enjoys finding new places to eat, particularly mac and cheese, fried chicken, pasta, sushi and boba!

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Audris received undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Economics at UC Berkeley, followed by a pre-medical program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a medical student at UC Irvine and research assistant in Dr. Kavita Sarin's lab. Her research interests include studying the genetics and epidemiology of skin cancers to differentiate risk factors and mechanism of development, for the purpose of personalized targeted prevention and treatment applications. During her spare time, she enjoys kickboxing, vinyasa yoga, and making (now more so watching) animated shorts.

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Hyunje Grace Cho


She graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Molecular Cellular Biology, where she studied microRNAs in neurodegenerative diseases. She graduated from Stanford Medical School, during which she worked in Sarin Lab to study clinical and genetic risk factors in patients who develop high-risk non-melanoma skin cancer. She is currently a first-year dermatology resident at Stanford. She is interested in understanding how to apply genetic and epidemiological data to guide clinical diagnosis and targeted therapy in dermatological conditions. Outside of work, she enjoys trying new exercise classes, perfecting chocolate chip cookie recipe, and learning how to ski (without breaking her legs).


Emily Cai


Emily is a M.D. Candidate at Stanford University School of Medicine. She has a B.A. from Cornell University in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Genetics, Genomics, and Developmental Biology, where she studied the role of custom RNA molecules as molecular probes. Her work in the Sarin Lab focuses on the genetics of pigmented lesions ranging from common birthmarks to melanoma. Her current research project is on identifying the genetic and environmental factors associated with the development of multiple primary melanomas. She is interested in understanding the genetic basis of dermatologic diseases and their application in precision medicine. Her hobbies include cooking (especially pastries), hiking, and fishing.




Shaundra studied Biochemistry and Chemistry as an undergraduate and later completed her M.D. with a focus on Medical Ethics at Stanford. She was a member of the founding & executive team at a digital health startup for several years before enthusiastically returning to “the Farm” to focus on clinical & translational research. She has previously researched wound healing and is now focusing on topical treatments for and genetic markers of skin cancers. She is Midwestern at heart, with a soft spot for animals, international travel, and a good chocolate chip cookie.


Julia Dory Ransohoff


Julia grew up in the Bay Area, and graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology in 2012. She graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine in 2018, and is currently a second year resident in internal medicine at Stanford, planning to pursue fellowship in hematology and oncology at Stanford starting in 2020. As a medical student, she was a Howard Hughes fellow in Dr. Paul Khavari’s laboratory, where she studied epidermal differentiation. During medical school, she also worked in the Sarin lab on a range projects aimed to understand how patients use technology to access healthcare information and how machine learning technology can be used to capture patient reports of adverse drug reactions from social media forums. Clinically, she is interested in cancer genetics and familial cancer syndromes, and aims to pursue research in tumor genetics and informatics to build clinical tools aimed to improve the accuracy of prognoses, better understand patient outcomes, and broaden treatment options. Outside of work, Julia enjoys hiking, spending time with friends and family, and exploring local farmer’s markets.