Students and Volunteers

Current Students:

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Juan Gurrola

My name is Juan Gurrola, I am currently a senior at San Diego State University studying to be a Mechanical Engineer with an emphasis in Bioengineering. I started volunteering here in order to gain more laboratory experience in the medical department and also was interested in helping advance liver research. Some of my main responsibilities in this lab include processing blood, filing papers, inputting database information, preparing paperwork and vials for incoming patients, and organizing/ transporting specimens. My experience here has been nothing but outstanding and it has helped me gain a lot more insight in the medical field.
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Towani Mwansa

Hi my name is Towani Mwansa, I am a junior at UCSD studying physiology and neuroscience. I started volunteering here the summer of 2014 and I have been here since. Some of my duties include data entry, file paperwork, lab processing, sample tracking, and many more. This experience has given me more insight into the research field and what it entails.
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Larry Eseberre

My name is Larry Eseberre and I am a 3rd year at UCSD with a major in Human Biology and a minor in Psychology. I began volunteering in the spring of 2015. I'm anticipating Medical School soon after graduating from UCSD, however, I'm not certain as to the type of doctor I want to be just yet. Volunteering here has provided me with excellent insight into what a future may look like working as a clinical physician. Some of my responsibilities include blood processing, filing patient data, logging patient data, sample tracking, and making patient folders.
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Nawfal Kamal

I’m Nawfal Kamal and I am currently a third year student at UC San Diego, majoring in Public Health. I started volunteering here in 2015, as I am interested in public health studies and medicine, and I wanted a first hand experience of both. Some of my responsibilities in the lab include: blood and DNA processing, storage of samples in cryostorage, preparing patient screenings and visits, data entry, and updating lab invoices and patient data. So far, I have had a very insightful experience in patient-oriented research and have been enjoying it quite a lot. I hope that my experience here gives me a wealth of knowledge and a solid foundation for my goal to enter medical school when I graduate.

Past Students:

Rashmi Jain 
Rashmi Jain

My name is Rashmi Jain, and I am currently studying at UC San Diego as a Bioengineering: Biotechnology major. I joined this lab because I was interested in learning more about patient-oriented, clinical research. My work includes organizing and entering data for studies into databases, processing blood samples, and helping lab coordinators with their work, such as preparing for patient visits. I hope to attended medical school after I graduate.
Carolyn Hernandez 
Carolyn Hernandez

My name is Carolyn Hernandez and I am a Senior working on a Cognitive Science, neuroscience major and Biology minor at UC San Diego. I would like to pursue a career in medicine when I graduate, so working here is great because I get to learn and be active in the many different aspects there are to healthcare and the patients' welfare. Some of my responsibilities are processing blood, organizing the biological specimens in the freezer, helping maintain the databases for the studies, filing papers, preparing the patients charts and tubes, helping consent patients and really anything the coordinators ask me to help with.
Truc Le 
Truc Le

My name is Truc Le and I am currently a student at UCSD majoring in Biochemistry & Cell Biology. I found out about this volunteering position through a friend and thought it will help me gain more research experience in the medical field. My position include preparing forms for patient visits and organizing medical data in the computer databases. I also process patient blood samples for storage. Hopefully, this experience will help me when I enter medical school.
Wathnita Sarik 
Wathnita Sarik

I'm Wathnita Sarik. I am currently studying at San Diego Mesa College pursuing registered nurse curriculum. I am also a certified phlebotomy technician, CA/National. I had been searching for a place to volunteer and thought this would be a great opportunity to learn more about clinical research. I am now employed as a Laboratory Assistant I. My responsibilities include filling, preparing patients’ forms, collecting and processing of blood sample. As a laboratory assistant, I have gained a lot of knowledge and experiences in clinical research. In the future, I hope to become a clinical research nurse and hope to use my knowledge and experiences helping other people in our community.
Rachael Chatfield 
Rachael Chatfield

I'm Rachel Chatfield and I am currently a junior at High Tech High. I heard about this lab research through my mother who works at UC San Diego and thought this would be a great opportunity to learn more about lab research and the medical field in general. At the lab I file papers, prepare patients charts and enter information online in order to help prepare the coordinators for seeing and interpreting data. I have learned a lot through volunteering at the research lab and have had the opportunity to not only learn about researching but also about how important research can be and how greatly it can help patients.
Stephanie Tu 
Stephanie Tu

I'm Stephanie Tu and I am currently a junior studying General Biology at UC San Diego. I was very interested in clinical research as opposed to wet lab research because I believe there is more patient interaction and gratification to know I am helping others. At the lab, my responsibilities range from filing, preparing patients' charts, processing blood, and doing miscellaneous errands to help the research coordinators with their everyday tasks. In the future, I hope to become a Physician Assistant and go on medical missions in third world countries to help people for the rest of my life.
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Khanhly Nguyen

I'm Khanhly Nguyen (Ly) and I am currently a junior at UC San Diego majoring in Human Biology. I love clinical research because I believe the patient's interaction is one of the main reasons that make clinical studies important and valuable. By working in this lab, it provides me a great opportunity to interact with patients, to learn new laboratory techniques, and to see many different aspects of medicine. My responsibilities range from preparing patient's charts, processing blood, organizing medical data for various studies, as well as helping the coordinators with their everyday tasks. My dream is to pursue an M.D./D.O. and to use my skills and knowledge to help others in my community.