While Kyle worked on his undergraduate degree at Westmont College, he also conducted biochemistry research developing artificial metalloenzymes and captained the Men’s Tennis Team. After college, he played professional tennis in Brazil prior to attending medical school. Interested in academic and international medicine, he looks forward to providing eye care to the underserved.
Kyle grew up in sunny San Luis Obispo and, outside of medicine and tennis, he enjoys golfing, surfing, skiing, cycling, and travel.
Nickisa completed her B.S. in Biology at UC San Diego. While in medical school, she served as a specialty clinic manager for the student-run free clinic project. She also earned a Master's of Advanced Studies in clinical research with a focus on ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery.
In her free time, Nickisa enjoys swimming, painting, traveling, and hiking. She speaks Farsi and Spanish.
Brenda graduated as salutatorian with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California before coming to UCSD for her medical degree. She is excited to return to San Diego to continue working with the community organizations and on the research projects that she was involved in during medical school, including the Student-Run Free Clinic.
In her free time, Brenda enjoys photography (especially lifestyle, portraiture, and travel), baking desserts, going to concerts, and exploring the outdoors with family and friends.
Courtney received her BS in Materials Science Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was also named as a Cambridge Overseas Trust Scholar and a Churchill Scholarship to the University of Cambridge where she received an M.Phil in Polymer Chemistry and her research investigated the utility of functionalized polymers for biomedical applications.
Hobbies: Athletics (basketball, soccer), travel and exploring new places, Pittsburgh sports, spending time outdoors, dining out, and cooking.
Sally Baxter received undergraduate degrees in biology and physics from Duke University, where she was an Angier B. Duke Scholar and team captain and pole vaulter for the NCAA Division I Women's Track and Field Team. She then completed a Masters of Science in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine through the Marshall Scholarship Program, where she conducted research investigating the epidemiology of blindness in Belize. Her medical degree is from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and her internal medicine internship at UCSD. She is excited to be back in her hometown of San Diego for residency.
In her free time, she enjoys exploring beaches, parks, and all the beautiful sights of San Diego with her family.
Landon Grange graduated as a Top Ten Scholar from Boise State University with a degree in Spanish. Prior to graduation, he spent 3 months in Birmingham, Alabama doing research in ocular immunology at UAB. During medical school, at UCSD, he co-managed the ophthalmology clinic of the student-run free clinic. He also spent a year at the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, Maryland doing clinical research in retinal diseases. His intern year was with the University of Washington in Boise, Idaho.
In his free time, Landon enjoys outdoor recreation including cycling, hiking, camping, traveling and spending time with his family. His favorite local foods are apple pie with cinnamon ice cream from the Julian Pie Company and burritos from Don Carlos. In the near future he is hoping to travel to Mexico much more and to hike Mount Whitney.
Derek received his undergraduate and medical degrees from UCSD. What sparked his passion for ophthalmology included managing the ophthalmology clinic at the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project, glaucoma screening events for underserved communities in San Diego, and research projects in ophthalmic genetics and mitochondrial dynamics in neurodegeneration. He completed a transitional internship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Derek enjoys spending his free time traveling, hiking, salsa dancing, and learning new languages. He speaks Vietnamese and Spanish.
Amir received his bachelor’s degree in Physiological sciences from University of California, Los Angeles, and his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. During medical school, he spent a year as a research scholar at the UCSD Hamilton Glaucoma Center, focusing on the structure-function relationship in Glaucoma. His scholarly activities were recognized by a number of awards, including the young investigator award by the Iranian-American Medical Association. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Loma Linda University.
Amir’s hobbies include sailing, basketball, playing the piano (classical Iranian music), and traveling.
Tommy received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Duke University and his medical and philosophy degrees from the University of Miami where he also completed his transitional internship. He studies involved neurons and diseases of the CNS. He wishes to engage in the discovery of new pathways leading to improved vision and in the implementation of those discoveries at the bedside.
Tommy’s outside interest include digital photography, watching Jeopardy trivia, playing African djembe drums, cooking Nigerian food, and playing pick-up basketball and soccer.
Rohan received his Bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His Medical Degree from UC San Diego. He then completed his transitional internship at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego. His goals involves integrating research and clinical services with community advocacy. He envisions continuing his endeavors during fellowship and beyond at academic health centers (AHC) whose social vision and culture of education, research, collaboration, continuous innovation, and care of the indigent mirror his ideals of study and career.
Rohan is interested in traveling, cooking, weightlifting and athletics (basketball, soccer and football)
Jeff received his Bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine. His Medical Degree from the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. He then completed his transitional internship at Kaiser-Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center in Preliminary Medicine. In his undergraduate and medical studies, he pursued basic science research to understand disease mechanisms. With his programming knowledge, he studied precision lasers and how the minuscule implants have enabled the delicate, life-changing surgeries for patients. His goals involve clinical and basic science research for understanding disease mechanisms and to applying them to his clinical practice. His career goals involve academic medicine.
Jeff is interested in traveling, Piano and Computer Programming.
Zhiyong received his Medical Degree at Harbin Medical University in China and his Philosophy degree at the University of Rochester. He spent his transitional internship at the UC San Diego in Preliminary Surgery. His public service activities involved glaucoma screening at the Free Health Fair, San Diego Vietnamese American Lions Club and Asian Pacific Health Foundation. He spent time as a research fellow at Wilmer Eye Institute where he received the Arnall Patz Research award for discovering molecular changes associated with retinal ganglion cell death in glaucoma. His research was in exploring molecular pathways the influence how ganglion cells die in glaucoma. He was also a recipient of the Douglas H. Johnson Award of glaucoma research from BrightFocus Foundation. His career path is to become a clinician-scientist.
His interests are watching movies, spending time with family and friends and he is a championship Ping-Pong player.
Heather received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. She spent her internship year at UC Riverside Community Hospital in Internal Medicine. She developed a microfluidic implant that serves as an intraocular drug delivery device for glaucoma patients. She performed the first meta-analysis that directly compares both visual acuity and refractive outcomes between conventional phacoemulsification and femtosecond laser cataract surgery.
Interests include dance, Zumba, yoga, oil and acrylic paintings, journalism, and mentoring.
Clara received her Bachelor's degree at Yale University then earned her Medical Degree at Harvard University. She spent her transitional year at Cambridge Health Alliance in internal medicine. Her public service activities include Harvard student council Society representative and executive Board Secretary, Head Coordinator for the Residents advising medical students. Head coordinator for the Big Sib/Lil Sib Mentorship program. President of the Connecticut Hospice, president, treasurer and Volunteer for the Unite for sight. During her undergraduate work her research aimed at isolating variations causing rare Mendelian phenotypes of common diseases in the hopes of increasing understanding of the genetics of complex traits. In Medical School her interests stretched into gene therapy to treat diseases.
Outside interests are reading biographies, kickboxing, watching nature documentaries and staying active.
Christopher earned his bachelor’s degree from the UC San Diego, School of Medicine then earned his M.D. and Ph.D from Duke University. His transitional internship was at the Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles in Surgery. Chris earned several research awards including “Best Research Presentation Award” First place at the Duke eye Center trainee day, “Bright Focus Travel Award”, “Duke Graduate School Travel Award”, “Julia Brown Research Award”, and “Amylin Pharmaceuticals Research Award”. Research work was on the influence of genetic alterations of the complement system on autoimmune disease and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Chris has 13 publications, 7 of which he is first author. His goal is the combine his clinical training with his research to enhance the clinical care of patients suffering from ocular disease and is determined to find a cure for ocular pathologies.
Hobbies include surfing, rock climbing, volleyball, basketball.
Jamie earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina. He then earned both MD and PhD from the University of Virginia. He spent his internship year at the University of Virginia in Internal Medicine. Jamie has earned several awards including; the Whitfield-Randolph Scholarship, and the John Jane Award fro neuroscience research. He has 18 publications, 7 of which he is first author. His public Service activities include being an Ad hoc reviewer for Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, and for the Journal of Immunology. He mentored undergraduates, and medical and research students. Research, included neurotransmission at the molecular level, the effects of the immune system on glaucoma and optic nerve trauma. His work demonstrated several mechanisms that the adaptive immune system uses to promote recovery from optic nerve injury and elucidated several targets on his pathway that could be utilized therapeutically.
Hobbies include; Ultimate Frisbee and Home improvement.
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