Meet our team

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CLAIRE LEE


Claire is a junior in the Neuroscience department pursuing a certificate in Statistics & Machine Learning and Applications of Computing. She is interested in the creation of AI-based tools that streamline diagnostic procedures in clinical decision-making and the application of mathematical models to advance research in psychiatry. Outside of PMH, she spends most of her time in the Niv Lab testing a neurocomputational model of mood instability, serves as a Managing Editor for The Daily Princetonian, and plays viola in the Princeton University Orchestra. She’s a hospice volunteer, a K-12 computer science mentor, and an undergrad TA for organic chemistry. In her free time, she enjoys walking her doggies, Jin and Jenny.
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NERGIS KHAN


Nergis is a junior majoring in Neuroscience and pursuing certificates in Global Health/Health Policy and Technology and Society. She is interested in the application of health data to transform preventative care as well as the preservation of the doctor-patient relationship in a growing era of digital health. Outside of PMH, she serves on the Student Health Advisory Board, writes for Innovation Science magazine, and tutors at the McGraw Center. Nergis is pursuing research in the Buschman Lab that is focused on developing a cognitive neuro-prosthetic to treat patients suffering from neurodegeneration and brain trauma. Catch her drinking Dr. Pepper in her free time or watching ‘I Love Lucy’.

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EMILY RYU


Emily is a first-year prospective chemistry major. She is interested in designing technology to improve remote diagnosis and treatment for patients in underserved and underprivileged areas. Outside of PMH, she is involved with the Princeton Undergraduate Chemistry Society, the Princeton Medical Center, CityStep, and the Institute for Chocolate Studies. In her free time, she likes to dance, go for walks and runs, attempt to write haikus, and watch cat and cooking videos.

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JACKIE MACHARASHVILI


Jackie is a junior in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, pursuing a certificate in Robotics and Intelligent Systems. She is interested in nanomedicine, especially drug delivery using nanoparticles. Outside of PMH, she is a McGraw Physics tutor and is involved in Princeton Racing Electric. In her free time, she likes running, biking, and swimming, though not in a triathlon manner.

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KRISTIN QIAN


Kristin Qian ’18 is a molecular biology major pursuing certificates in music performance and French language and culture. She is interested in translational cancer research and drug discovery, and promoting science communication. Outside of PMH, she’s a science journalist for the Office of the Dean for Research, a senior news writer/news editor at The Daily Princetonian, violinist in the Princeton University Orchestra, and a member of the Princeton Pianists Ensemble. She was formerly an executive board member of the Princeton University Art Museum Student Advisory Board. In her free time, Kristin enjoys trying new restaurants and reading non-fiction.

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SHAMAY AGARON


Shamay Agaron is a junior in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, pursuing certificates in Statistics and Machine Learning and Entrepreneurship. He is committed to advancing the healthcare field though design thinking methodology, involving deep empathy and understanding of the needs and motivations of people. On campus, Shamay is heavily involved with the Entrepreneurship Hub and serves as a student fellow for the Tiger Challenge. His research centers around developing computational models for cognitive control in the Cohen Lab. In his free time, Shamay enjoys playing soccer and ultimate frisbee.

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SERENA MON


Serena is a sophomore in the Neuroscience department pursuing a linguistics certificate. She is interested in the neural mechanism of language and its applications in artificial intelligence. Outside of PMH, she volunteers with the LEAP program and writes for Princeton Innovation magazine. In her free time, she likes to crochet and listen to music.

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BARAN CIMEN


Baran is a sophomore in physics, pursuing certificates in neuroscience and possibly biophysics. He is interested in non-equilibrium systems, applying information theory to biological mechanisms, and emergence in general. He works at the Digital Learning Lab and is a member of Princeton Envision, Princeton Innovation, and Colonial Investments. In his free time, he likes listening to music, perfecting his pour over technique, and reading Lovecraft.

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RUCHITA BALASUBRAMANIAN


Ruchita Balasubramanian is a junior concentrating in Molecular Biology with certificates in Global Health and Health Policy and Engineering Biology. She is interested in advancements in antibiotic development to help curb the spread of global antimicrobial resistance. Outside of PMH, she is involved in the Princeton Journal of Bioethics, Tarana South Asian Acapella, and the Princeton Women in Science Colloquium and a researcher in Professor Gregor’s Biophysics lab. In her free time she enjoys singing South Indian Carnatic music and hanging out with friends.


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NATHAN ALAM


Nathan Alam is a freshman in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department, currently serving as the co-director for HackPrinceton. Nathan is also a new member of the Princeton University Band and the Global Development Network, and in his free time he likes to listen to music and attend social events on campus.

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HAEUN JUNG


Haeun is a sophomore in the MOL department, pursuing a violin performance certificate. She is a part of Toettcher lab here at Princeton, studying the effects of protein clustering and cell communication. Outside of PMH, she is a violinist, participating in groups like PUO, Princeton Camerata and Opus 21. In her free time, she likes to binge watch Netflix shows or go to NYC solely to eat food.

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TIANYI WANG


Tianyi is a junior in the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Policy, pursuing a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. She is interested in how the healthcare system impacts patient care, and contributes to health disparities and management of epidemics. In particular, she is currently writing her junior paper on how state Medicaid should expand to incorporate routine costs of clinical trials. Outside of PMH, she is a Peer Health Advisor, Organic Chemistry TA, and vice-president of the Princeton Girl Up Club. On her free time, she enjoys writing on her poetry blog and running with the Princeton Running club.

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KATHERINE WANG


Katherine is a sophomore in the Computer Science department. She is interested in computational neuroscience and the applications of bioinformatics in drug discovery. Outside of PMH, she serves as President of Princeton Global Brigades and volunteers for the CONTACT Crisis Line. In her free time, she enjoys dabbling in music composition and snapping food pics in portrait mode.

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LILLIAN XU


Lillian is a sophomore Molecular Biology major pursuing certificates in Quantitative & Computational Biology and Engineering Biology. She is interested in applying systems approaches, especially mathematical and computational models, to tackle problems in biomedical research and healthcare. Outside of PMH, she does research in a cancer lab and is an editor for the Princeton Undergraduate Research Journal, director of outreach for Princeton Women in Computer Science, and co-president of Princeton Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP). In her free time, she enjoys running cross country and exploring new places..

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CHITRA PARIKH


Chitra is a freshman from New Jersey planning to pursue a career in medicine. She’s particularly interested in the application of design thinking to foster creativity in problem-solving within healthcare. In addition to PMH, Chitra is involved with Naacho South Asian Dance Company, the Undergraduate Student Government, and Tiger Challenge. In her free time, she can probably be found dancing or exploring the town of Princeton.

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VRINDA MADAN


Vrinda is a first-year who intends to major in molecular biology with certificates in GHP and ethnographic studies. She is very interested in the intersections between health care and computer science—especially with respect to computational psychiatry and treatment of mental illnesses. Other than PMH, Vrinda is involved with the Student Health Advisory Board, CONTACT, Princeton Women’s Alliance, Princeton Bhangra, and Naacho. When she’s not doing those things, you can find her either reveling in the glory of late meal quesadillas or napping.

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RACHEL LEE


Rachel is a sophomore studying computer science at Cornell University. She is currently a research student at the Yapici Lab, helping construct a virtual reality arena for fruit flies as part of Cornell Neurotech’s initiative. Outside of PMH and research, you can catch her running away from the never-ending Ithaca snow or ordering pizza.

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SAHAN PALISKARA


Sahan Paliskara is a freshman in the Computer Science Department. He is currently interested in the intersection of deep learning and medicine. Specifically, he hopes to study the application of computer vision to medical imaging. Outside of Princeton MediHack, he is involved with HackPrinceton and the ACM. In his free time, you can find him looking for free food or scrolling through memes.

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JUNE-HO PARK


June Ho Park is a sophomore in the COS department from Orange County, California. In high school, he’s competed in Chemistry Olympiad and FBLA. When he’s not coding or taking pictures, he enjoys painting and playing video games. He finds the combination of technology and healthcare very exciting, and hopes to promote Princeton MediHack through wonderful pictures.