Current CHPR Master's Students

News and Updates

Congratulations to CHPR students Megan Alexander and Lina Vadlamani, both of whom were selected to receive the 2015-2016 Dean’s Award for Academic Achievement, and to Vy Tran, who received a Fulbright U.S. Student Award and the Newman Civic Fellows Award.
The Dean’s Award for Academic Achievement to Megan and Lina recognizes “truly extraordinary students for their exceptional accomplishments in academic endeavors such as superb course-related work, unusual achievement in independent research, success in national competitions of an academic nature, or published writing or other presentations for a national audience.” Recipients are nominated by Stanford faculty and selected by the Dean’s Award Committee.
Vy was selected for a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Mexico. She will engage in community-based participatory research in Oaxaca, Mexico and represent the U.S. as a cultural ambassador while there, helping to enhance mutual understanding between Americans and the people in Mexico. Selection for the prestigious Fulbright is based on many factors, including academic record and the extent to which the project will help to advance the Fulbright aim of promoting mutual understanding among nations through engagement in the host community.
Vy also received the Newman Civic Fellows Award, which honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Newman Civic Fellows are recommended by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in public leadership.

Matriculated 2017

Linn Aasly

My name is Linn Aasly, and I am an international student from Norway. I moved to the US to attend college, and graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Biology and Pre-medical studies in December 2015. I believe the future of health care is rooted in prevention, and the key to accomplishing this on a large scale is developing accessible and realistic measures suited for all individuals. I am thrilled to have been given the chance to attend the CHPR program, and look forward to deepen my knowledge in this field.

One fun fact about me is that I have lived in 5 different countries.

Sabina Aliev

My name is Sabina Aliev and I have been back in my native city of San Francisco for a year after studying chemistry for four years at Haverford College. Over the past 5 years, I have conducted research for the Wraparound Project, an organization that works to address the root causes of youth violence and reduce hospital readmission rates those most at risk, while also working alongside doctors as a scribe in the emergency room at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital for the past year. My interest in health has always been inspired by community-level work and I am excited that the CHPR's approach to community health and prevention research aligns with my vision and goal of practicing medicine. English is my third language and I played squash in college.

Tatiana Baquero Devis

My name is Tatiana Baquero Devis and I am Human Biology major with a concentration in Health and Health Policy (Spring 2017). I moved to Los Angeles from Bogota, Colombia when I was 12 years old. I am very excited to be a part of the CHPR program and develop research skills for a future career in medicine as a doctor who is dedicated to serving at a community level, not just at the individual level, and have a better understanding of how to address health disparities within the immigrant community. I also love working with children of all ages, education equity, and salsa and bachata dancing.

Shreyas Bharadwaj

My name is Shreyas Bharadwaj and I am a passionate bay area native and recent graduate of UC Davis with a degree in Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior. Throughout my undergraduate career, my focus has centered on understanding how differential socioeconomic pressures lead to starkly dissimilar population-wide health outcomes. Consequently, I have ventured to develop domestic and international perspectives on population health by working in contexts ranging from the food deserts of urban Sacramento to remote villages in rural Tamil Nadu.

I am excited about the CHPR program because of its emphasis on interdisciplinary education. As a student and aspiring physician, I hope to further cultivate my interests in epidemiology, medicine, and consumer technology to sustainably elevate the health status of underserved populations.

Michelle Chin

My name is Michelle Chin and I am studying Human Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience and Biomedical Sciences (anticipated graduation in Spring 2017).  I’m very excited to start the CHPR coterm because I am particularly interested in management of diseases and disorders that affect underrepresented patients. I also hope to gain a deeper understanding of how to design, implement and analyze studies to address these health disparities. 

Fun fact: I enjoy learning martial arts and am a member of Stanford Wushu!

Seo-Ho Cho

My name is Seo-Ho Cho and I graduated from Seoul National University with a degree in Food and Nutrition Studies. The focus of my research during the undergraduate years was the nutritional crisis that developing countries face, especially the crisis that pregnant women and infants face in North Korea. I am excited to pursue the CHPR M.S. program to further enhance and expand my knowledge in chronic disease prevention and control efforts in communities from local to international levels. 

One fun fact about me is that I am a TEDster - a TED enthusiast. A TEDx organizer since 2013, I organized both TEDxSNU and TEDxSeongsu events. I am also a TED translator, and I have attended several TED conferences.

Coraal Cohen

My name is Coraal Cohen and I'm a Stanford senior studying Biology (Fall 2017). As someone with an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), I am excited about the possibility of developing nutrition and lifestyle interventions through CHPR to improve the lives of others with IBD and related chronic illnesses.

A fun fact about me is that I was born and raised in the southernmost point of the United States: Key West, Florida.

Amanda Cooper

My name is Amanda Cooper and I am thrilled to be joining the CHPR program. I have spent the past 15 years volunteering/interning/working in hospitals in 3 different states, and have definitely become concerned about healthcare disparities within these different communities. Another project that I am passionate about and have been part of for the past 10 years is the fully immersive, 24-hour-a-day program working with, teaching, and supporting four underprivileged children. My undergraduate majors were Neuroscience and Family Studies with a minor in Music.

Fun fact: I love running and have run a marathon and multiple half marathons and shorter races.

Tessa Eckley

My name is Tessa Eckley and I am a Biology major with a concentration in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental biology (Spring 2017).  I am very excited to be part of the CHPR program, where I can explore my interests in medicine and public health.  I plan to attend medical school, and the CHPR program provides an excellent opportunity to study medicine from a more community-based, interdisciplinary perspective.  In my free time, I love to sing, and I have performed in a cappella, musical theatre, and opera on campus. 

Mark Freeman

Hello, my name is Mark Freeman and my passions are rooted in the pursuit of health equity. I graduated from UC Davis in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and worked the following year as an advisor at the Stanford Haas Center for Public Service. While attending Davis, I was heavily involved with Imani Clinic, a student-run free medical clinic located in the underserved Oak Park community of Sacramento. I am beyond grateful to be part of the CHPR program, as I am excited for the opportunity to bridge my interests in community engagement, research, and health. In addition, I hope to explore community centered solutions that utilize for profit businesses to address health care disparities—specifically within marginalized communities.

For fun, I love to dance with friends and sometimes enter hip hop dance competitions.

Yihan Hu

My name is Yihan Hu, and I am an entrepreneur in the Health IT field living in Beijing, China. My company is called Beijing Ciji Network Technology Co. Ltd, and we focus on two things: 1) Helping Chinese individual clinics in digitalization 2) Providing online healthcare management solutions for corporations to improve their labor productivity and wellness. I was an international affairs major from the George Washington University. After graduation I worked in the Ministry of Health of China in State-owned Hospital System Reform Office and then I became an Analyst in Morgan Stanley Beijing Office focusing in Healthcare investment. I founded the company in 2015 with four other partners. I am very excited to pursue my passion in public health with the Stanford CHPR program!

Lina Khoeur

My name is Lina Khoeur and I am a Human Biology major with a concentration in Brain and Behavior (Spring 2018). I am extremely invested in studying the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality, and how these identities contribute to differences in healthcare access. Through the CHPR Master’s Program, I hope to contribute to a body of research that results in pragmatic solutions to health care disparities, and allows historically under-served populations to better live their fullest lives. In my free time, I love rock climbing, typography, fighting for social justice, and organizing huge brunch get-togethers.

Caleb Kumar

My name is Caleb Kumar. I am a Science, Technology and Society major with a self-designed concentration in Biotechnology. I am excited to be a part of the CHPR program and explore public health solutions to current unmet medical needs. I am looking forward to learning more about clinical medicine, comorbidities and prediction, and prevention of disease. In my undergraduate career, I have developed products in biotechnology, data security and IoT.

Cecilia Lang-Ree

My name is Cecilia Lang-Ree, and I graduated with a degree in Psychology with a focus in Health & Development from Stanford University in 2017. I am particularly interested in issues of mental health accessibility, especially as promoted with technology, as well as gendered health disparities and sexual assault. During my time at Stanford, I was part of a research team that conducted a nationwide survey about sexual assault that we used to develop a more nuanced, effective anti-assault training program for universities. I hope to continue similar work, perhaps integrating sex education, mental health, and wellness, in CHPR! When I'm not in the classroom, I am a competitive member of the Stanford Equestrian Team and lifelong actress.

Adrienne Lazaro

Hi! I'm Adrienne Lazaro and I am excited to soak up everything CHPR has to offer. I graduated from UC Davis in 2011 with a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and a minor in Chicano Studies and then decided to spend time being a full-time mom. Following those years, I worked at a teen clinic in the East Bay counseling adolescents in reproductive and other health topics. I am proud to have attended Stanford Health 4 All in the 2015-2016 cohort, where I was able to build on my experiences in community health education. Currently, I work for the research labs of Dr. Prochaska from the Stanford Prevention Research Center and Dr. Halpern-Felsher from the Department of Adolescent Medicine at Stanford. I have progressed both personally and professionally through my experiences at Stanford and I look forward to continuing to grow with the support of the SPRC community.

Mika Limcaoco

My name is Mika Limcaoco, I am a Human Biology major concentrating in Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Health (Spring ’17).  Having grown up in the Philippines, a country with a weak public health infrastructure, I’ve always wanted to get into preventive health because of its cost-effectiveness and untapped potential. I hope that being in the CHPR program can help me gain the skill set I need to improve preventive health outcomes globally and domestically. In my free time, I write for my Stanford sketch comedy group The Robber Barons. Check them out!

Ani Movsisyan

My name is Ani Movsisyan and I graduated from UC Davis in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and with minors in Professional Writing and Studio Art. Shortly after, I worked at the UC Davis MIND Institute as a Research Coordinator and decided to focus my career in providing quality healthcare and research opportunities to families from underrepresented communities. I look forward to beginning the CHPR program at Stanford University, and to learning the socioeconomic reasons underlying health care inequalities. With this knowledge, I hope to develop reliable health care systems in my local community, as well as in my home country of Armenia.

A fun fact about me is that I enjoy landscape painting.

Tiondrae Pier

My name is Tiondrae Pier, and I am a Human Biology major with a Concentration in Sex and Gender Diversity in Health (Spring 2018). I am so very excited for the opportunity to interrogate intersections of medicine, innovation, and identity when considering risk prevention. I am interested HIV prevention, sex/gender, sexual orientation, and how these factors coalesce.

A fun fact about me: I have been building a digital music library I always have with me from the age of 8!

Brittany Pike

My name is Brittany Pike, a recent graduate from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (’17).  As an undergraduate, I spent much of my time pursuing pediatric asthma research, and serving as President of a student organization known as Nursing Students Promoting Initiatives to Reinforce Equality (NSPIRE).  Through my research and service experiences, I developed a passion for preventative medicine, chronic disease management and promotion of health equity in underserved communities.  I am thrilled to pursue the CHPR M.S. program at Stanford to learn more about how to utilize evidence-based interventions and primary prevention to address community health challenges, particularly in underserved communities. 

Fun fact: I enjoy traveling to new places and have the goal of meeting a new friend on every continent.  My most recent travels abroad were to Cambodia and Thailand, and I value the lifelong friendships I established in Asia greatly.

Ambri Pukhraj

My name is Ambri Pukhraj and I am thrilled to return to Stanford, where I was an H4A Fellow in 2014. 

I am a former teacher and a current worker-owner at The Cheese Board Collective in Berkeley. I have also worked at various non-profit organizations. Every job and volunteer position I’ve enjoyed has offered me an opportunity to connect with the community it serves, and this focus on community health is what attracts me to CHPR. I hope to work in health advocacy and health intervention roles with organizations focused on underserved communities, providing education and tools to positively influence health outcomes. 

I live in Oakland with my partner, where we are often on a quest for excellent bagels and pizza.

Chris Rodriguez

My name is Chris Rodriguez and I graduated from Stanford in 2017. I majored in Human Biology with a concentration in Social Health Disparities and minored in Creative Writing. As a Bay Area native, I devoted my education to learning how to integrate socially and culturally sensitive approaches to medical care for underrepresented communities. I’m stoked to join the CHPR program as I continue to pursue this passion for improving the quality of treatment and accessibility to health care of vulnerable populations. I spend my free time exercising my creative juices by photographing still life, reading nonfiction memoirs, and practicing my calligraphy.

Betsy Sachs

Hi! My name is Elizabeth, but I go by Betsy. Prior to completing my pre-med studies at Georgetown University, I studied journalism, evolutionary biology, and medical anthropology at UC Santa Cruz. After graduating, I spent two years as a molecular biologist for Ion Torrent, a biotech company that’s making next-generation genetic sequencing faster and cheaper. After a brief stint learning German and working on a farm in Austria, I continued my pursuit of medicine by working for a dermatological clinic that provides non-profit services for underprivileged teenagers in East Palo Alto. I’m excited to be a part of the CHPR M.S. program for the unique opportunity to become an effective advocate for the community health issues I value most, including addiction and global health.

Dilpreet Sahota

My name is Dilpreet Sahota and I graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology, with an emphasis in Human and Health Biology. I have become heavily involved in grassroots level community work mainly with the local and international Punjabi/Sikh community in form of health education, clinics, interventional education workshops, and research. I aspire to become a physician to serve the medically disadvantaged Central Valley of California, focusing on aiding marginalized communities to overcome the gap in access to healthcare that is present today. I am excited to pursue the CHPR M.S. to further develop the skills needed to empower communities to gain access to the care they deserve.

Fun fact: I dance for a competitive team during my free time!

Robert Shi

My name is Robert Shi, and I am a sociology major in Stanford University’s class of 2018. I am honored to be a part of the CHPR program because I think it offers incredibly relevant and important curriculum useful for any life/career path. I hope to use what I have learned as an undergraduate and what I will learn in CHPR, especially concerning health issues of low socioeconomic status individuals, towards a potential career in medicine. In my free time, I enjoy listening to new and different kinds of music, and I love photography and videography.

Muzz Shittu

My name is Muzz Shittu and I majored in Human Biology with a concentration in Global Health and Infectious Disease (Spring 2017). I'm excited to think about health problems from a systems-level perspective! I'm from Nigeria, but live in Amman, Jordan. 

Annie Robinson Woods

My name is Annie Robinson Woods.   I am pursuing a CHPR Master’s degree to better understand how food choices impact our health and well-being, on both an individual and community level.  The long-term health effects of organic food, food additives, and plant-based diets are of particular interest to me.  I am currently the owner/manager of a small, organic farm in Healdsburg, CA.  Prior to this, I was a management consultant and administrator for various health care organizations including hospitals, academic medical centers, and a community health clinic.  I graduated from Princeton University with a degree in History and I have a MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Samantha Wong

My name is Samantha Wong and I am a History minor and Human Biology major, with a concentration in Chronic Disease and Community Health (Spring 2018). I am excited to be a part of the CHPR M.S. program because I want to explore ways of optimizing health and health equity through an interdisciplinary perspective, especially in underserved communities.

A fun fact about me: I love to write, and I have worked at The Stanford Daily for the past three years as both a writer and an editor.

Sylvia Zhang

Hello! My name is Sylvia Zhang, and I am a Human Biology major (Spring 2017) with a concentration in Biological and Social Determinants of Human Development. Over the years, I’ve obtained a broad understanding of how many different factors influence health status, and my personal and academic experiences have made me increasingly aware of my interest in public health. I’m particularly interested in the CHPR M.S. Program because of its emphasis on promoting health and wellness through education, advocacy, and behavior change.

Fun fact, I’m ambidextrous!