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.
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.
Mika is a M.D. Candidate at Stanford University School of Medicine. She has a B.S. from Rice University in Bioengineering. Her next research project will investigate cutaneous neurofibroma development. She is thrilled to join the Sarin lab to learn how to use large datasets to make strides in precision medicine to ultimately impact patient care. Outside of medicine, she enjoys yoga, more yoga, trying new workouts, hiking, music and exploring the wonders of Japanese grocery stores
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.
Justin is currently an M.D. 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 health disparities in dermatology and the use of informatics to characterize various skin diseases. When not working, Justin enjoys backpacking with his partner, doing crossword puzzles and napping in the sunshine on the Oval.
GUN HO LEE
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.
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 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).
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, a high school student at Evergreen Valley High School is a returning research assistant. He has a large interest in applying informatics, particularly machine learning, in dermatology to help characterize skin diseases and predict them. Rushil is a programmer at heart, and can often be found doing open-source work. He is also a security enthusiast and works with business to enhance their security. In his spare time, Rushil volunteers at his non-profit to teach programming, robotics, and more to underprivileged children.
Andrew is a high school student who attends Saint Francis High School, and he is working as a research assistant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 an intern at California Pacific Medical Center, after which he will begin dermatology residency at UC Irvine. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing soccer, and watching the Warriors!
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.
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!
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.
Hyunje Grace Cho
Grace is currently an M.D. candidate at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Molecular Cellular Biology, where she studied microRNAs in neurodegenerative diseases. Her current research focuses on the clinical and genetic risk factors in patients who develop high-risk non-melanoma skin cancer. Another research interest is drug re-positioning for dermatologic conditions. She is interested in understanding how genomics can be used to improve clinical diagnosis and targeted therapy. Outside of work, she enjoys trail running, cooking Japanese food, and learning how to ski (without breaking her legs).