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Research Associates

Meet the members of our Emergency Medicine Research Associates Program:

EMRAP Research Coordinators »
Michelle Bui Michelle Bui, Program Coordinator
Liaison for: Point-of-Care ultrasound measurement of carotid artery parameters compared to sphygmomanometer blood pressure measurement
Year in school: 4th
Member since: Summer 2016
Academic major: Biological Sciences
Research interests: ultrasound, emergency medicine, cancer
Other UC Irvine Affiliations: Humanities Core Peer Tutoring, Morning Sign Out (MSO), Healing Through Humanities, New University Newspaper, Student Alumni Association
Jacco Ruiz Jacco Ruiz, Program Coordinator
Year in school: AA: Chemistry (2016); BS: Biological Sciences (June 2018)
Member since: Summer 2017
Academic major: Biological Sciences
Research interests: Surgery: Plastics, General, Orthopedic, Reconstructive, Surgical application/materials/techniques; EM; Exercise Physiology; Infectious Diseases
Other UC Irvine affiliations: Undergraduate Housing affiliate, Biosci and Stats tutor, EM Research Junior Specialist for BandGrip, Liaison for: Community Paramedicine (2017-2018), UROP: Distraction in Trauma
Christine Louis Christine Louis, Academic Coordinator
Liaison for: The Association Between AUDIT, Alcohol and Immune Biomarkers and Liver Ultrasound Findings (AIBL)
Year in school: 4th
Member since: Summer 2017
Academic Major: Neurobiology
Research Interests: Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Immunology, Ultrasound
Other UC Irvine Affiliations: Peer Health Educator for the Center for Student Wellness and Health Promotion, Crescent Clinic, Biological Sciences Peer Tutoring, Bio Sci 2a Teaching Assistant, KiPOW Mentor
EMRAP Veteran Research Associates »
Madeline Sands Madeline Sands, Research Study Liaison
Liaison for:
1. Psych RN Retrospective Study
2. Opioid Knowledge Retention Study
Year in School: 4th
Member since: Summer 2017
Academic Major: Chemistry
Research Interests: Trauma Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Wilderness Medicine
Other UC Irvine Affiliations: Varsity Coxswain for UC Irvine Men’s Rowing Team, UC Irvine Running Club
Ghadi Ghanem Ghadi Ghanem, Research Study Liaison
Liaison for:
1. Alcohol Risk Assessment Using Computerized Alcohol Screening Instrument in Trauma Patients
2. The Association Between AUDIT, Alcohol and Immune Biomarkers and Liver Ultrasound Findings (AIBL)
Year in school: 4th
Member since: Summer 2017
Academic major: Biological Sciences
Research interests: Neurology, Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine
Other UC Irvine affiliations: Assistant Lab Manager - UCI Cancer Research Institute, UCI Outreach Clinic, Medical Community at UCI, College Student Interest Group in Neurology, and Peers Under Bio Sci.
Shana Kong Shana Kong, Research Study Liaison
Liaison for: Point-of-Care ultrasound measurement of carotid artery parameters compared to sphygmomanometer blood pressure measurement
Year in school: 4th
Member since: Summer 2017
Academic major: Human Biology
Research interests: Ultrasound, Emergency Medicine
Other UC Irvine affiliations: Campuswide Honors Program, UCI Dragon boat, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health National Honor Society, Karate for All Volunteer
Joseph Bui Joseph Bui, Research Study Liaison
Liaison for:
1. Tricuspid Annular Plane Systolic Excursion (TAPSE) Assessment in Septic Cardiomyopathy
2. Feasibility of an Emergency-Department-Based Food Insecurity Screening & Referral Program
Year in school: 4th
Member since: Summer 2017
Academic major: Biological Sciences
Research interests: Clinical Research, Emergency Medicine, Neurobiology
Other UC Irvine affiliations: General Chemistry Peer Tutoring, Biological Sciences Peer Tutoring, Free Clinic Project
Tien To Tien To, Research Study Liaison
Liaison for:
1. Clinical Evaluation of Tinnitus After Head Trauma in Emergency Setting
2. Diastology in Congestive Heart Failure Patients
Year in school: 4th
Member since: Summer 2017
Academic major: Public Health Sciences
Research interests: Emergency Medicine, Patient Care/Quality Improvement, Global Public Health, Mental Health/Psychology, Pediatrics, Ultrasound
Other UC Irvine affiliations: Crescent Clinic OC/Student Healthcare in Practice, Asian Pacific Student, Summer Multicultural Leadership Institute, Campuswide Honors Program, UTeach
Maria Nguyen Maria Nguyen, Research Study Liaison
Liaison for: The Association Between AUDIT, Alcohol and Immune Biomarkers and Liver Ultrasound Findings (AIBL)
Year in school: 4th
Member since: Summer 2017
Academic major: Neurobiology
Research interests: Public Health, Pharmaceutical Efficacy, Ultrasound, Global Health Disparities
Other UC Irvine affiliations: Crescent Clinic, Flying Samaritans, Doctors for Diversity, Biological Sciences Peer Tutoring
Lisa Wang Lisa Wang, Research Study Liaison
Liaison for: Tricuspid Annular Plane Systolic Excursion (TAPSE) Assessment in Septic Cardiomyopathy
Year in school: 4th
Member since: Summer 2017
Academic major: Human Biology
Research interests: Emergency Medicine, Global Health
Other UC Irvine affiliations: Free Clinic Project at UCI, Biological Sciences Peer Tutoring, Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity
EMRAP Research Associates »
Abdullah Arif Abdullah Arif, Research Study Liaison
Liaison for: National Emergency Airway Registry (NEAR)
Year in school: 4th
Member since: Summer 2018
Academic Major: Business Administration
Research Interests: Emergency Medicine, Vascular Surgery, Pharmacology, Healthcare Management
Other UC Irvine Affiliations: UCI Medical Center - Department of Surgery, Pharmacology Research Lab
Abdulsattar “Afnan” Mohammed Abdulsattar “Afnan” Mohammed, Research Associate
Year in school: 3rd
Member since: Summer 2018
Academic Major: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Clinical Research, Emergency Medicine, Stroke Research
Other UC Irvine Affiliations: SHIP Free Clinic, Irvine Clinical Experience Volunteer, Stroke Research Lab at UCI Medical Center, UCI Muslim Student Union
David Anthony Beshai David Anthony Beshai, Research Associate
Year in school: 4th
Member since: Summer 2018
Academic Major: Human Biology
Research Interests: Prehospital Care, Public Education, Emergency Medicine
Other UC Irvine Affiliations: Anteater Emergency Medical Services, Coptic Club, Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity, Global Medical Training
Hasan Khan Hasan Khan, Research Study Liaison
Liaison for: Feasibility of an Emergency-Department-Based Food Insecurity Screening & Referral Program
Year in school: 4th
Member since: Summer 2018
Academic Major: Psychology
Research Interests: Interventional Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Ultrasound, Palliative Care, Decision-Making, Behavioral Economics, Cognitive Science, & Social Psychology
Other UC Irvine Affiliations: Peer Educator at Student Success Initiatives, M.E.M.O. [Medical, Educational Missions, & Outreach], osu! Gaming Club, & M.S.U. [Muslim Student Union]
Holly Nguyen Holly Nguyen, Research Associate
Year in school: 3rd
Member since: Summer 2018
Academic Major: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Emergency Medicine, Trauma, Surgery, Clinical
Other UC Irvine Affiliations: CampMed at UCI, Flying Samaritans at UCI, UCI Powerlifting, Circle K at UCI, ARC team member
Isabelle Tran Isabelle Tran, Research Study Liaison
Liaison for: Trigger Point
Year in school: 5th
Member since: Summer 2018
Academic Major: Psychology, Hearing and Speech Sciences (minor)
Research Interests: Pain Management, Psychiatry/Mental Health, Neuroscience, Learning and Memory, Cognitive Science, Healthcare Disparities
Other UC Irvine Affiliations: UCI Club Powerlifting, Free Clinic Project at UCI
Ishan Shah Ishan Shah, Research Associate
Liaison for: Development of a Mobile App to Investigate & Intervene Drivers at Risk of Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID)
Year in school: 2nd
Member since: Summer 2018
Academic Major: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Emergency Medicine, Neurological Surgery
Other UC Irvine Affiliations: Anteater Emergency Medical Services (AEMS), Global Medical Training, Volunteer at UCI Medical Center
Ivanna Lam Ivanna Lam, Research Study Liaison
Liaison for: A Post-Market Study of BandGrip in Traumatic Wound Closure Compared to Suture
Year in school: 4th
Member since: Summer 2018
Academic Major: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Trauma, Ultrasound, Dermatology, Plastics, Emergency Medicine
Other UC Irvine Affiliations: Peer Health Educator for the Center for Student Wellness and Health Promotion, Delta Epsilon Mu National Pre-Health Fraternity, UC Irvine Women’s Healthcare Center, CampMed at UCI
Jasper Van Jasper Van, Research Associate
Year in school: 3rd
Member since: Summer 2018
Academic Major: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Emergency Medicine, Technology, Public Health, Education
Other UC Irvine Affiliations: Camp Med @ UCI, UCI Dragon boat, Biological Sciences Peer Tutoring
Michelle Nguyen Michelle Nguyen, Research Associate
Year in school: 3rd
Member since: Summer 2018
Academic Major: Human Biology
Research Interests: Neonatology, Sleep, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine
Other UC Irvine Affiliations: Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity, An Lanh Free Clinic Project, Associated Students -UCI (ASUCI), Student Assistant at the UCI Science Library, Pageant Mentor for Vietnamese Student Association - UCI Annual Rose Pageant
Monica Desai Monica Desai, Research Study Liaison
Liaison for: Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) in the Diagnosis of Necrotizing Fasciitis
Year in school: 3rd
Member since: Summer 2018
Academic Major: Human Biology
Research Interests: Ultrasound, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Cardiology, Surgery, Public Health & Community Outreach
Other UC Irvine Affiliations: UC Irvine Outreach Clinic, Neurocritical Care Research at UCI School of Medicine, BioSci EASE Supplemental Instructor, UC Irvine Medical Center Volunteer, Associated Students- UC Irvine (ASUCI)
Nicholas Gossett Nicholas Gossett, Research Study Liaison
Liaison for: Development of a Mobile App to Investigate & Intervene Drivers at Risk of Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID)
Year in school: 3rd
Member since: Summer 2018
Academic Major: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Clinical Research, Emergency Medicine, Trauma Surgery, Ultrasound
Other UC Irvine Affiliations: UC Irvine International Programs General Assistant, Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity
Rahul Tuli Rahul Tuli, Research Associate
Year in school: 3rd
Member since: Summer 2018
Academic Major: Human Biology
Research Interests: Emergency Medicine, Trauma Surgery, Stem Cells
Other UC Irvine Affiliations: Lakey Lab for Type 1 Diabetes Research, Irvine 500 Investment Collective, Gavin Herbert Pediatric Eye Mobile Clinic
Rana Andary Rana Andary, Research Study Liaison
Liaison for: Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) in the Diagnosis of Necrotizing Fasciitis
Year in school: 3rd
Member since: Summer 2018
Academic Major: Public Health Sciences
Research Interests: Public Health, Global Health, Clinical Research, Ultrasound, Ophthalmology
Other UC Irvine Affiliations: Preventive Cardiology Research, Peer Health Educator for the Center for Student Wellness and Health Promotion, Associated Students - University of California, Irvine, Activities Leader for International Programs
Tesla Neumann Tesla Neumann, Research Associate
Year in school: 4th
Member since: Summer 2018
Academic Major: Psychology, minors in Biological Sciences and French.
Research Interests: Emergency Medicine, Neurosurgery, Cardiology, Ultrasound, Preventative Medicine, Dermatology.
Other UC Irvine Affiliations: UCI Art History Club, ASUCI Mental Health Panel, PACT
Yusuf Danishgar Yusuf Danishgar, Research Associate
Year in school: 4th
Member since: Summer 2018
Academic Major: Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Emergency Medicine, Clinical Research, Ophthalmology, Sports Medicine
Other UC Irvine Affiliations: Biological Sciences Peer Tutoring, UCI Muslim Student Union
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.