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Research Associates

Meet the members of our Emergency Medicine Research Associates Program:

EMRAP Research Coordinators »
Leila Leila Danishgar, program coordinator
Liaison for: 1) Comparative Effectiveness of Alcohol Brief Intervention Providing by Computer Compared to Trained Person, 2) Andexanet alfa (Annexa) Potential Reversal Agent Factor xa Inhibitors: Clinical Trial Study, 3) Validating AUDIT Using Serum Phosphatidylethanol (PeTH)
Year in school: 4th
Member since: Summer 2015
Academic major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research interests:Pediatrics, Surgery, Emergency Medicine
Other UC Irvine affiliations: ASUCI Office of Academic Affairs, Learning and Academic Resource Center tutor, Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, BioSci EASE supplemental instructor, CHOC hospital volunteer, Muslim Student Union
Christopher Christopher Lew, program coordinator
Liaison for: EEGER: acute stroke study
Year in school: Graduate
Member since: Summer 2016
Academic major: Biological Sciences & Computer Science
Research interests: Ultrasound, Biomarkers
Other UC Irvine affiliations: UC Irvine Dragon Boat, Peer Tutoring, BioSci EASE supplemental instructor, BioSci 2A teaching assistant
Michelle Michelle Bui, academic coordinator 
Liaison for: Point of Care Ultrasound Evaluation of Suspected Small Bowel Obstruction in the Emergency Department
Year in school: 3rd
Member since: Summer 2016
Academic major: Biological Sciences
Research interests: Ultrasound, Emergency Medicine, Cancer
Other UC Irvine affiliations: New University Newspaper, Student Alumni Association
EMRAP Veteran Research Associates »
Tracy Tracy Nguyen, research study liaison
Liaison for: 1) Alcohol Risk Assessment Using Computerized Alcohol Screening Instrument in Trauma Patients, 2) Transport of Low Acuity EMS Patients to Alternative Destinations
Year in school: 4th
Member since: Summer 2015
Academic major: Biological Sciences
Research interests: Emergency Medicine, Global Health Disparities, Public Health
Other UC Irvine affiliations: Anteaters for Autism, CampMed, Biological Sciences Peer Tutoring
Bhavesh Bhavesh Patel, research study liaison
Liaison for: Use of Ocular Point of Care Ultrasound in Diagnosing Retinal Detachment in the Emergency
Year in school: 3rd
Member since: Summer 2015
Academic major: Biological Sciences
Research interests: Ultrasound, Emergency Medicine, Population Health, Global Health Disparities
Other UC Irvine affiliations: Healing through Humanities, Flying Samaritans, Peer Health Educators
Shashank Shashank Somasundaram, research study liaison
Liaison for: 1) Knowledge Retention of Opioid Education in Emergency Department Patients Using a Multimedia Platform, 2) UC Irvine Emergency Department Observation Unit Database, 3) Methods and Evaluation of an Emergency-Department-based naloxone distribution program
Year in school: 4th
Member since: Summer 2015
Academic major: Biological Sciences
Research interests: Public Health Policy, Global Health, Opioid Abuse, Emergency Medicine, Regenerative Medicine
Other UC Irvine affiliations: Peer Academic Advisor, Bio 2A teaching assistant, Flying Samaritans, Biological Sciences Student Council, Tennis Club
EMRAP Research Associates »
Mina Mina Ayad, research study liaison
Liaison for: UC Irvine Emergency Department Observation Unit Database
Year in school: 3rd
Member since: Summer 2016
Academic major: Neurobiology
Research interests: Stem Cell, Mental Health, Ultrasound, Quality Improvement
Other UC Irvine affiliations: Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, Global Medical Training, Organic Chemistry Peer Tutoring
Tushank Tushank Chadha, research study liaison
Liaison for: Use of Ocular Point of Care Ultrasound in Diagnosing Retinal Detachment in the Emergency Department: A Prospective Study
Year in school: 4th
Member since: Summer 2016
Academic major: Biological Sciences
Research interests: Emergency Medicine, Ultrasound, Ophthalmology, Exercise Physiology, Medical Education, Global Health Disparities
Other UC Irvine affiliations: Crescent Clinic, Irvine Clinical Experience volunteer
tbd Mincy Chakkalakal, research study liaison
Liaison for: Evaluation and investigation of drivers in motor vehicle collisions under the influence of drugs at an emergency department
Year in school: 3rd
Member since: Summer 2016
Academic major: Biological Sciences
Research interests: Global Medicine, Integrative Medicine
Other UC Irvine affiliations: UC Irvine Zamana, Biological Sciences Student Counsel
tbd

Jasmina Dukovic, research study liaison
Liaison for: (1) How an educational program on emergency department expectations affects patient satisfaction, (2) Pilot study of the 360 degree perceptions of EM professionalism in western and eastern cultural context
Year in school: 3rd
Member since: Summer 2016
Academic major: Biological Sciences
Research interests: Ultrasound, Cancer Biology
Other UC Irvine affiliations: Organic Chemistry Peer Tutoring, International Student peer adviser

Rishi Rishi Gadepally, research study liaison
Liaison for: Utilization of education videos to improve communication and discharge instructions, a Quality Improvement Project
Year in school: 3rd
Member since: Summer 2016
Academic major: Exercise Sciences
Research interests: Clinical Research, Neurobiology, Stem Cells
Other UC Irvine affiliations: Anteaters for Autism
Areeb Areeb Iqbal, research study liaison
Liaison for: StrokeApp, a comparative study
Year in school: 4th
Member since: Summer 2016
Academic major: Biomedical Engineering: Premedical
Research interests: POCUS, Gene Therapy, Microfluidics
Other UC Irvine affiliations: Muslim Student Union
Brittany Brittany Le, research study liaison
Liaison for: Incidence of Distraction in Trauma
Year in school: 3rd
Member since: Summer 2016
Academic major: Biological Sciences
Research interests: Emergency Medicine, Ultrasound, Trauma
Other UC Irvine affiliations: CampMed
Dana Dana Le, research study liaison
Liaison for: National Emergency Airway Registry (NEAR)
Year in school: 3rd
Member since: Summer 2016
Academic major: Biological Sciences
Research interests: Emergency Medicine, Global and Community Medicine, Health Education, Pediatrics, Emergency Intubations
Other UC Irvine affiliations: CampMed, Global Medical Training
Jeffrey Jeffrey Liu, research study liaison
Liaison for: EEGER: acute stroke study
Year in school: 3rd
Member since: Summer 2016
Academic major: Neurobiology
Research interests: Emergency Medicine, Cardiology, Ultrasound
Other UC Irvine affiliations: Free Clinic Project at UC Irvube, Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, Biological Sciences Peer Tutoring
Osama Osama Mobayed,  research study liaison
Liaison for: Validating AUDIT Using Serum Phosphatidylethanol(PeTH)
Year in school: 3rd
Member since: Summer 2016
Academic major: Biological Sciences
Research interests: Neurology, Cardiology, Pathology, Emergency Medicine
Other UC Irvine affiliations: Muslim Student Union, Students for Justice in Palestine, International Medicine Education and Development
tbd Mayuri Patel, research study liaison
Liaison for: Ambulance diversion: a retrospective study
Year in school: 4th
Member since: Summer 2016
Academic major: Biological Sciences
Research interests: Emergency Medicine, Public Health, Pediatrics, Ophthalmology
Other UC Irvine affiliations: Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation, Fresh S.T.A.R.T., Project Rishi
Amal Amal Shafi, research study liaison
Liaison for: Ultrasonography Measurements of Right Ventricular Outflow Tract (RVOT)
Year in school: 3rd
Member since: Summer 2016
Academic major: Biological Sciences
Research interests: Ultrasound, Emergency Medicine, Global Health
Other UC Irvine affiliations: Habitat for Humanity, Flying Samaritans, Pre-Dental Society
tbd Argineh Shahbandari, research study liaison
Liaison for: Ambulance diversion: a retrospective study
Year in school: 4th
Member since: Summer 2016
Academic major: Biological Sciences
Research interests: Urinalysis
Other UC Irvine affiliations: Global Medical Trainers, National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi)
tbd Micaela Sotelo, research study liaison
Liaison for: Respiratory syncytial virus study
Year in school: 5th
Member since: Summer 2016
Academic major: Biological Sciences
Research interests: Otolaryngology, Emergency Medicine, and Education
Other UC Irvine Affiliations: Tennis Club
EMRAP Research Associate Award Winners »

Mina Ayad, 3rd year, Neurobiology

  • Poster Award for Excellence in Research: Among those who received Excellence in Research awards, the Honors Committee chose the best research presentations for recognition.

Tushank Chadha, 4th year, Biological Sciences

  • Poster Award for Excellence in Research: Among those who received Excellence in Research awards, the Honors Committee chose the best research presentations for recognition.

Dana Le, 3rd year, Biological Sciences

  • Anteater Award for Member of the Year: A recognition of a person who went above and beyond in his or her dedication and efforts to bring success to an organization. A board of faculty members voted for the winner of this award and other organization awards.

Tracy Nguyen, 4th year, Biological Sciences

  • Laurence J. Mehlman Memorial Prize: This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Larry Mehlman, an outstanding undergraduate of Biology at UCI. Scholarship recipient should be an undergraduate Biological Sciences student demonstrating outstanding achievement in both scholarship and service to the school. The student should be of extraordinary character and integrity; a person esteemed by his/her peers for ethical and moral strength.

Bhavesh Patel, 3rd year, Biological Sciences

  • Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship Scholarship: A $10,000 scholarship awarded to about 14 college students from California annually. The award funds high-impact public service projects that students have designed and will carry out during their senior year. Bhavesh will implement a community youth tobacco intervention program in rural India, starting from the village of Dabka, Gujarat. The program will innovatively engage local students and teachers as agents of change to help combat tobacco consumption, advancing a long-term goal of empowering villagers with a foundation of general health literacy and advocacy skills.

  • Brian Atwood Scholarship: Annual scholarship awarded by the Ayala School of Biological Sciences to a junior-level student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in scholarship, research and service to the UC Irvine community.

Shashank Soma, 4th year, Biological Sciences

  • Chancellor’s Award of Distinction: Given to recognize UC Irvine’s most outstanding graduating students for exhibiting a commitment to cutting-edge research, leadership or service to UC Irvine.