Members

Ananth Sridhar is a senior at Stanford majoring in chemical engineering. He has been involved with various clinically related research projects at Stanford Medical School and Harvard Medical School and he is very encouraged by the therapeutic potential of stem cells. He hopes that Stanford’s SSSCR will help bridge science and ethics as new cures are unveiled.

John Mrkonic is a senior at Stanford majoring in mathematics. While working for Obama for America in Iowa, he was exposed to the power of grassroots advocacy efforts. He was thrilled when President Obama lifted the federal funding ban on stem cell research this March. He hopes to raise the level of debate about stem cell research at Stanford by bringing together people from different disciplines and to get students excited about the clinical potential of stem cell research.

Hari Arul is a sophomore at Stanford majoring in Computer Science. After learning about some of the pressing ethical issues involved with stem cells, he has become interested in scientist's ability to approach the research from a new and innovative angle to help properly mitigate these concerns. He hopes that through improving people's understanding of the efforts and progress researchers have made in expanding the therapeutic potential of stem cells, Stanford SSSCR will help get people from all disciplines more involved in discussing stem cell research.

Jesse Engreitz is a coterminal masters student at Stanford pursuing degrees in Biomedical Computation and Bioengineering. He currently works for Dr. Michael Clarke at the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. He is thrilled about the rapid expansion of ISCBRM and hopes to help other undergraduate students get involved with stem cell research at Stanford.

Maddie Graber is a senior at Stanford majoring in biology. Her interest in stem cells comes from her research experiences studying genetics and developmental biology. As a member of SSSCR, she looks forward to outreach opportunites to teach other students about stem cells and regenerative medicine.

Ankur Gupta graduated from Stanford with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Biology in 2009. With his research in the regenerative medicine laboratory of Dr. Michael Longaker, he has developed a fervent passion for the potential of stem cells. As an aspiring physician, he plans to use the science of stem cell biology to address demonstrated clinical needs in the future. Working with the founders of Stanford’s SSSCR chapter, he continues to advise the group and other undergraduates on how to apply their various skill sets to help educate the outside community about stem cell research.

Molly Havard is a senior at Stanford majoring in Human Biology with a focus in Biochemical Threats. Her interest in stem cell biology began with a research paper on the mechanistic relation of stem cell and cancer biology in high school. She works for Stanford’s Center for Biomedical Ethics, and has helped organize a course on stem cell biology at Stanford. She looks forward to educating people in the community about the exciting progress happening in stem cell research.

Jisha Jacob is a junior at Stanford majoring in Science, Technology, and Society with a technical focus on Biology. She has worked on quite a few stem cell research projects over the past few years and recently completed a tutorial on Stem Cell Research Ethics at Oxford. From her exposure to both the science and ethics of the field, Jisha sees a significant need for public awareness on the basic science behind stem cells and the regenerative medical promise the field holds. She hopes that the efforts of the SSSCR team will diminish the information gap such that the field continues fervently and with clear promise.

Sarah Kongpachith is a junior at Stanford majoring in biology. Due to her experiences with various chronic diseases, both in bioal and academic settings, she finds that stem cell research gives her hope for cures that were once considered unattainable. Her goal is to help dispel the rumors and myths of stem cell research and to recruit new members to the team.

Alan Le is a freshman at Stanford with an interest in human biology. He aims to encourage awareness about the capabilities and potential applications of stem cells, making the subject more accessible to the general population. He looks forward to a world where people can not only be cured, but also adopt individual, educated stances on the stem cell debate.

Heimunn Li is a senior at Stanford majoring in International Relations. She is pumped about the tremendous potential for stem cell research to develop therapies to treat previously incurable diseases, and hopes to learn more about the scientific and ethical issues surrounding the topic. She looks forward to working through SSSCR to raise awareness on campus and in the bay area about stem cell research and regenerative medicine.

Karthik Prasad is a sophomore at Stanford hoping to double major in biology and economics (and live to tell the tale). He hopes to use his previous medical research experience and curiosity about stem cells to spread awareness about the great medical potential of stem cells. He is really stoked about the events, speakers, and outreach that SSSCR has in store for the Bay Area this year and for years to come.

Derek Rowley is a sophomore at Stanford majoring in Human Biology. Diagnosed at 13 with diabetes and 14 with Celiac Disease, Derek hopes that stem cells will someday be available to cure autoimmune diseases. He believes that organizations like Stanford's SSSCR are essential to raise awareness of the possibilities stem cells provide while balancing important ethical concerns.