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Program Leaders

Peer Mentors

Zaria Contejean

Zaria Contejean is from Detroit, Michigan and received her bachelor’s degree in Genetics at Michigan State University. She is currently a 2nd year PhD candidate in the Barnes Lab, where she harnesses structural biology, and protein biochemistry tools to address questions regarding Flavivirus replication, and antibody therapies for coronaviruses. Zaria is a recipient of the Ford Fellowship and an instructor at the Stanford Online High School for the Genetics course. She is passionate about mentoring and teaching and enjoys working with students. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, reading, and running.

Pam Coronado

Pam Coronado

Pam E. Rios Coronado is a PhD candidate from Stanford University’s Biology Program. Pam was born in Peru and immigrated to the United States as a teenager. After graduating from Balboa High School, she entered the work force armed with only a basic understanding of English. Tired from working the stereotypical immigrant jobs, she enrolled in Skyline Community College. Under the mentorship of Dr. Christine Case, Pam joined several research opportunities while at Skyline. She, then transferred to UC Berkeley and received a B.A in Molecular & Cell Biology. Pam worked as a Research Associate at the Gladstone Institutes in UCSF, here, between the neurovascular and immunology fields she gained appreciation for interdisciplinary research. Currently at Dr. Kristy Red-Horse’s lab, Pam utilizes whole-organ/tissue antibody-labeling clearing and imaging to understand the molecular cues involved in cardiovascular development and repair. During her free-of-science time, Pam loves playing video games, reading, sleeping and chilling with family and friends.

Youlim Kim

Youlim Kim

Youlim is a current PhD candidate in Microbiology and Immunology working in Dr. Manuel Amieva’s lab. She graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Biology, a minor in Chemistry, and a Certificate in the Arts of the Moving Image. Her research is focused on understanding the role Helicobacter pylori plays in gastric pathogenesis and whether disease progression affects the microbe. Outside of research, Youlim loves getting involved in organizations and communities at Stanford such as the Stanford Biosciences Student Association, the Graduate Life Office, and XTRM Kpop Dance. She is always down to try new foods, binge-watch television shows, and play with everyone’s pets.

Nabor Martinez

Nabor is a 2nd year PhD candidate in the Biology department working in Dr. Jessica Feldman’s lab. He graduated with a Bachelors in Arts in Biology from Lawrence University. After graduating in 2019, he wanted to explore his career options and joined Dr. Daniel Colón-Ramos’ lab at Yale as a research associate. His project focused on understanding the precise neuronal wiring during embryogenesis using Caenorhabditis elegans, a model organism. This research experience sparked his interest in developmental biology and the use of in vivo imaging techniques to explore the unknown. Currently, his thesis tries to uncover molecules that lead to a unique microtubule reorganization during development. Nabor tries to foster a welcoming environment and is passionate about diversifying STEM. He works with different organizations to recruit and promote STEM to high school/undergraduate students of underrepresented backgrounds. Outside of the lab, you can find Nabor playing soccer, taking nature walks and watching superhero movies/TV shows.

Dr. McKay Mullen

McKay Mullen

Dr. McKay Mullen is a postdoctoral scholar in the cardiovascular institute at Stanford School of Medicine. He attended Morehouse College, Atlanta, and obtained a B.S. in Psychology in 2008. He then joined Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta and obtained a master’s degree in biomedical research in 2015 and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science in 2021, studying the effect of chemotherapy on triple-negative breast cancer. As a postdoctoral fellow, his research has focused on evaluating racial disparities as they relate to cardio-oncology. Specifically, he plans to study the impact of chemotherapy on the cardiovascular system and evaluate whether racial disparities influence healthcare outcomes. This is his second year with REACH, and his primary goal outside of his research is helping students obtain either a Ph.D., MD, or MD, Ph.D. His hobbies include drawing, cooking, and playing soccer.

Health Career Advisors

Cyrus Buckman

Cyrus Buckman, from Accra, Ghana, is pursuing an MD at Stanford School of Medicine as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. He graduated from Earlham College with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. Cyrus aspires to bring improved healthcare access to people living in underserved communities across the globe. At Stanford, Cyrus served on the Organization for Global Health board to promote global health initiatives. He also served as the Community Outreach Chair of the Cardinal Free Clinics, which provides access to high-quality transitional medical care for underserved patient populations in the Bay area. Cyrus is passionate about providing mentorship and educational resources to help students achieve their potential. He has advised several pre-med students through the medical school application process to pay forward the support he received on his journey. When he is not studying or catching up with family and friends, Cyrus can be found playing tennis, ping pong, or soccer.

Maigane Diop

Maïgane is a third year MD/PhD student studying uterine NK cells in pregnancy and disease in the Gaudillière and Blish labs. She’s originally from France with Senegalese & French Guyanese origins, and grew up in Maryland. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics and a minor in Philosophy. She’s passionate about improving translational science methods to combat health disparities and supporting students from backgrounds historically excluded from medicine and science. At Stanford, she’s been involved with SUMMA (Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance), teaching, student organization leading, clinical volunteering with a focus on obstetrics and gynecology, and singing with the Stanford Chamber Chorale. Outside of medicine and science, she enjoys reading a good novel, performing and writing music, playing instruments, learning languages, traveling with her fiancé, and playing with her cuddly pit mix pupper.

Gun Min Youn

Chris is 4th year MD candidate at Stanford University School of Medicine and is also pursuing an MS in Community Health and Prevention Research. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 2020 with a BA in Biology. Chris is passionate about mentorship and expanding opportunities to students from traditionally underserved backgrounds and has worked with numerous students to help them gain admission to college and medical school. In his free time, Chris enjoys hiking, cooking, volunteering with local community organizations, and expanding his extensive houseplant collection.

Margaret Zhou

Margaret is a gastroenterology fellow and graduating Master’s in Clinical Research in Epidemiology with clinical and research interests in the management of GI cancers and precancerous lesions. Margaret enjoys cooking, baking and traveling with her husband.

MCAT Prep Tutors

Lauren Duan

Lauren is a second-year MD/PhD student at Stanford. She holds a B.S. in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University, where she studied nucleocytoplasmic transport and RNA binding protein dynamics in ALS. After graduating, she moved to Stanford to explore basic and translational cardiovascular biology. Outside of her research, Lauren has been deeply involved in teaching and mentorship, and hopes to dedicate her time to expanding access to physician and physician-scientist training. She has held positions as a head neuroscience TA and organic chemistry small group leader; a volunteer MCAT tutor; pre-health mentor with Stanford MSTP BOOST, Project SHORT, and MD Collective; and volunteer with Stanford Health Career Collaborative. In her free time, she loves to walk her cat, eat amazing food in the Bay Area, hike (slowly), and play tennis!

Suyash Raj

Suyash Raj graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2015, after which he moved to Boston to research at Boston Children’s Hospital for two years, followed by working at Vertex Pharmaceuticals for another two years. He then joined the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine for his PhD in 2021. He currently works in Dr. Irv Weissman’s lab studying neural stem cells. In his free time he loves to play video games and cook


Anthony Ricci

Anthony Ricci

Edward C. and Amy H. Sewall Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Professor, by courtesy, of Molecular and Cellular Physiology. Dr. Ricci is the previous Director of the Neuroscience Graduate program as well as the co-founder and current faculty director of the ADVANCE summer institute, an onboarding program for graduate students within the biosciences who come from underserved communities. He presently serves as director of Research in the Department of Otolaryngology as well as the Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs.

James Harden

James Harden

James is the Director of the REACH Postbac Research Program. He received his PhD from Stanford School of Medicine, Immunology Program, where he studied the role of the immune response in acute rejection after solid-organ transplantation. He loves all things immunology and science related. Additionally, he is passionate about student wellness and addressing inequities that negatively impact minoritized students in academia. In his personal time, he enjoys medium distance trail races, watching and playing basketball, anime (or generally binging a good tv series), wine-and-paint nights, board games and video games, learning new musical instruments, and basking in the sun. He loves the performing arts and has spent 4 years as a dance choreographer and 3 years performing with Stanford Taiko (a Japanese-style drumming group). His favorite social activity with friends is to go on culturally themed food tours and eat amazing food all day.

Jun Hee Kim

Jun Hee (Isaac) Kim is a first year physician associate (PA) student at Stanford University. He went to UC Irvine for undergrad where he majored in Biology. During college, he worked as a medical scribe and did clinical research in gastroenterology. After graduation, he worked as a clinical research associate for the department of surgery at UC Irvine. Outside of medicine, he enjoys spending his time with his beautiful wife and son who is now 8 month old.

Brenda Yu

Brenda is a 4th year PhD candidate in Biophysics studying the effects of anesthetics and psychedelics on the brain in the Airan lab. She is a first-generation, low-income student from Merced, CA. She majored in biology and psychology at UC Merced. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and live music. She is an avid event manager and has organized large concerts and outdoor festivals for the past 8 years.