|Niraj Asthana comes to us from UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. He attended UC Berkley for undergraduate studies, graduating with honors in bioengineering. Prior to finding psychiatry, he did research in cardiology and published 2 first author manuscripts. Niraj likes to spend time cooking, watching the Food Network, and visiting acclaimed bread bakeries. We look forward to having lots of pot lucks while Niraj is around! Aside from food he is an avid basketball enthusiast (playing and watching), likes playing with the latest technology, enjoys comedy, plays and music. |
|Haley Berka is a California native but now joins us from Emory University in Georgia. Haley went to Stanford University to complete her undergraduate degree in Human Biology with an emphasis on Child and Adolescent Development. During medical school she did research in Pediatric Neurology doing statistical parametric mapping studying focal cortical dysplasia. Haley enjoys studying guitar, playing piano and violin in her spare time. She is founder / organizer of the book club for Emory medical students. Haley also enjoys volunteering at animal shelters.
|||Allison Cabrera comes to us from Chicago Medical School where she became a Gold Humanism Honor Society member and Member of the Alpha Omega Alpha society. She completed ungraduated work at University of Wisconsin-Madison with studies in Biology and Global Cultures. She speaks Spanish and has worked in free clinics focusing on the Latino community in the US and Peru. She has served in leadership roles in the AMA. Her interests include Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and teaching. Allison's hobbies include travel,hiking, dancing, running, yoga, kickboxing and playing soccer.|
|Jason Compton is a California native and one of our own UC San Diego medical students. Jason attended UC Davis for undergraduate studies and studied Physiology and Neurobiology. While at UCSD he did research in Ophthalmology and with "big data" in the Neurosurgery department. He is a second author on two publications and has also presented posters. His interests in psychiatry include Psychotherapy and ECT. He enjoys painting, displaying his paintings in galleries and enjoys drawing medical illustrations as well. |
|Christopher Migdal is a California native and comes to us from University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate degree in Psychobiology from UCLA where he was on the Dean's list. He has extensive research experience in pain management, radiology, genetics and electronic medical records. He has 3 first author publications. His interests include pain psychiatry, psychotherapy and addiction. Christopher's hobbies include flag football and basketball, cycling and running. |
|||Anaheed Shirazi joins UCSD from UCLA-Kern Psychiatry Residency Program where she completed her PGY-1 training. Prior to residency, Anaheed was a postdoctoral scholar for the UCLA NIH T32 Training Program in Translational Neuroscience of Drug Abuse (TNDA). She has been involved in a number of research projects and finds herself most passionate in the areas of addiction psychiatry and positive psychology. Anaheed enjoys cultivating integrative mind-body techniques such as meditation, guided imagery and movement. Her favorite hobbies include hiking, inline skating, beach volleyball and painting. She also enjoys playing the Iranian Daf and reading Persian poetry which keeps her culturally connected with Iran, where she was born and raised before emigrating to the United States.|
|Christine Pulido joins us from Northwestern University. She completed her undergraduate degree in Human Biology at Stanford University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She did research in Ophthalmology and Radiology before she found psychiatry. She has inerests in PTSD, neuropsychiatry and women's health. Christine's hobbies include watching movies (loves the Godfather!) and listening to music, podcasts and audiobooks. |
|Lu Wu is home grown and graduates from UC San Diego Medical School this spring. She completed her undergrad degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from UCLA. She has done research in the genetics of high altitude adaption in the Andes and has published one paper in Oncology. Lu is a first generation immigrant form China and is looking forward caring for the Asian community. Her spare time is spent rock climbing. She started climbing in 2010 and has traveled through the US and internationally to climb in the outdoors. She also likes fantasy and science fiction literature. She has been a lifelong reader and some of her favorites are JRR Tolkien, Brandon Sanderson and Isaac Asimov. |