Collage of headshot photos of 76 undergraduate students.

Stanford Bio-X is delighted to announce the 2024 Stanford Bio-X Undergraduate Summer Research Program (USRP) cohort. With guidance and support from Bio-X, their Stanford faculty mentors, and their research labs, these 76 stellar undergraduates will undertake full-time research – many of them for the first time – in the labs of 68 Stanford faculty who represent 27 different departments.

Since its inception in the summer of 2005 with a single first-generation college-going Stanford undergraduate student looking for a chance to do hands-on laboratory research, the Stanford Bio-X USRP has awarded 1,007 Stanford undergraduates.  Our richly fulfilling summer program nurtures these stellar students’ careers and enriches their Stanford experience by supporting them for ten weeks while they conduct hands-on research, build their skill sets, learn about interdisciplinary research taking place at countless labs across campus, and connect with the faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and other undergraduates who make up the Bio-X community.

This summer, our 2024 cohort will immerse themselves in ten weeks of full-time research, take ownership of a research project, design experiments, collect data, analyze their data, and conclude the program by presenting their results to their peers and over 700 members of the Bio-X community at our poster session. Over the course of the ten weeks, they will hear from 30 Stanford faculty sharing their research journeys and current projects, learn in journal club sessions how to critically analyze and present scientific manuscripts, and establish and refine scientific skills through Bio-X’s rigorous and unique workshop series.

The formative experience of the Bio-X program influences undergraduate students’ subsequent work at Stanford and beyond. Alumni of the program have founded and co-founded start-up companies, acquired faculty positions, obtained PhDs, MDs, and MD/PhDs and other post-graduate degrees, opened medical practices, and much more. Two Bio-X USRP alums – Dr. Jesse Engreitz (Genetics) and Dr. Alex Gao (Biochemistry) – have already returned to Stanford to become faculty members here on campus, where they now mentor up-and-coming  graduate and undergraduate researchers in their own labs.

We are honored to welcome the 2024 undergraduate cohort to the Bio-X community and look forward to supporting them as they pursue their research endeavors, broaden their horizons, and discover the exciting frontiers of interdisciplinary research at Stanford.

To learn more about the program, meet the previous cohorts, and read about the successes of our alumni, please check out our previous years’ brochures or browse our students’ research abstracts!

Bio-X is grateful to our donors, including The Rose Hills Foundation, for providing support to the Stanford Bio-X Undergraduate Summer Research Program. To help support this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these bright young researchers, please contact us!



The 2024 Stanford Bio-X Undergraduate Summer Research Program (USRP) Cohort and Their Faculty Mentors:

Aaron Adam (Biology), Faculty Mentor: Jennifer Raymond  (Neurobiology) Ellie Lin (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Laura Prolo (Neurosurgery)
Gwendolyne Aguilar (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Jason Tucciarone (Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences) Noah Lowe (Symbolic Systems), Faculty Mentor: Keren Haroush (Neurobiology)
Anna Amine (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Bianxiao Cui (Chemistry) Vladimir Mamchik (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Daniel Palanker (Ophthalmology)
Eli Andino-Frydman (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Wah Chiu (Bioengineering, Microbiology & Immunology) Kathryn Mattox (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Boris Heifets (Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine)
Ari Arias (Biology), Faculty Mentor: Helen Blau  (Microbiology and Immunology) Elizabeth (Elsa) McElhinney (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Mark Skylar-Scott (Bioengineering)
Marc Arslanian (Biology), Faculty Mentor: Naima Sharaf (Biology ) Leah McGillicuddy (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Nidhi Bhutani (Orthopedic Surgery)
Sophia Artandi (Human Biology), Faculty Mentor: Michelle Monje (Pediatric Neurology) Shayaan Memon (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Avnesh Thakor (Radiology)
Cara Askren (Earth Systems), Faculty Mentor: Ayelet Voskoboynik (Biology) Alexandra Midler (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Michelle Monje (Pediatric Neurology)
Sasha Balasingam (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Joachim Hallmayer (Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences) Bradley Moon (Mathematics), Faculty Mentor: James Chen (Chemical & Systems Biology, Developmental Biology, Chemistry)
Samuel Benabou (Engineering), Faculty Mentor: Yanmin Yang (Neurology) Iliana Nava (Human Biology), Faculty Mentor: Margaret Fuller (Developmental Biology )
Corynn Branche (Biology), Faculty Mentor: Han Zhu (Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)) Nicholas Neoman (Afric/Afro-Amer Stu; Chemistry), Faculty Mentor: Kathleen M. Sakamoto (Pediatrics)
Brandon Bui (Human Biology), Faculty Mentor: Claudia Petritsch (Neurosurgery) Jenny Nguyen (Bioengineering), Faculty Mentor: Scott Owen (Neurosurgery)
David Candes (Biology), Faculty Mentor: Ron Kopito (Biology) Selena Niemi (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Allan Reiss (Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Radiology)
Vibiana  Cardenas (Biology), Faculty Mentor: Liqun Luo (Biology) Jessie Ong (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: H. Craig Heller (Biology)
Riley Carolan (Chemistry), Faculty Mentor: Claudia Padula (Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences) Ernesto Orellana (Biology), Faculty Mentor: Maria Barna (Genetics)
Maria Chirinos Pena (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: William Talbot (Developmental Biology) Om Patel (Biology ), Faculty Mentor: Paul Cheng (Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine))
Vedant Chittake (Bioengineering; Chemistry ), Faculty Mentor: Fan Yang (Orthopedic Surgery, Bioengineering) Alex Perry (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Vivek P. Buch (Neurosurgery)
Puja Chopade (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Brad Zuchero (Neurosurgery) Shriya Reddy (Engineering ), Faculty Mentor: Euan Ashley (Medicine, Genetics, Biomedical Data Science)
Andrea Cortez-Rodriguez (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Rogelio Hernandez-Lopez (Bioengineering, Genetics) Lauren Reyes (Human Biology ), Faculty Mentor: Kristy Red-Horse (Biology)
Binta Diallo (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Judith Shizuru (Medicine (Blood & Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Division)) Tooba Riaz (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Paul Bollyky (Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Microbiology & Immunology)
Alison Fajardo (Chemical Engineering), Faculty Mentor: Guosong Hong (Materials Science & Engineering) Iren Saffarian-Deemyad (Physics), Faculty Mentor: Zev Bryant  (Bioengineering)
Gabrielle George (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Joseph Woo (Cardiothoracic Surgery) Arshia Sazi (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: James Dunn (Surgery (Pediatric Surgery))
Milo Golding (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Jill Helms (Surgery (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery)) Max Scherer (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Mark Skylar-Scott (Bioengineering)
Maya Goldsberry (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Eric Gross (Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine) Emma Shaw (Psychology ), Faculty Mentor: Hadi Hosseini (Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences)
Jesse Grayson (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Danielle Mai (Chemical Engineering) Julia Shaw (Psychology), Faculty Mentor: Carolyn Rodriguez (Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences)
Vibhu Guru (Computer Science), Faculty Mentor: Lucy O'Brien (Molecular & Cellular Physiology) Isabella Szabo (Mechanical Engineering), Faculty Mentor: Sarah Heilshorn (Materials Science & Engineering)
Jennifer Hamad (Biology), Faculty Mentor: Crystal Mackall (Pediatrics (Hematology/Oncology), Medicine) Vivian Tien (Bioengineering), Faculty Mentor: Paul Khavari (Dermatology)
Katherine Healzer (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Jeffrey L. Goldberg (Ophthalmology) Aaron Tran (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Nidhi Bhutani (Orthopedic Surgery)
Elizabeth Hong (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Catherine Blish (Medicine (Med/ Infectious Diseases)) Alexis Tran (Science, Tech, & Society), Faculty Mentor: Calvin Kuo (Medicine (Hematology))
Ethan Htun (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Craig Levin (Radiology) Janina Troper (Biology), Faculty Mentor: Thomas Clandinin (Neurobiology)
Eu Jin Jung (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Michelle Monje (Pediatric Neurology) Sybren van den Bedem (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Soichi Wakatsuki (Structural Biology, Photon Science)
Ronny Junkins (Mathematics), Faculty Mentor: Jill Helms (Surgery (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery)) Alison Wan (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Jill Helms (Surgery (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery))
Ryan Kern (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Joseph Wu (Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine), Radiology) Albert Xie (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Alice Ting (Genetics, Biology)
Ireh Kim (Biology; Music), Faculty Mentor: Helen Blau (Microbiology and Immunology) Tyler Yang (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Michael Snyder (Genetics)
Taeil Matthew Kim (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Joseph Shrager (Cardiothoracic Surgery) Swetha Yogeswaran (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: E.J. Chichilnisky (Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology)
Abigail Lee (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Lauren Goins (Developmental Biology) Ally Yun (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Danielle Mai (Chemical Engineering)
Aubrey Lemer (Chemistry), Faculty Mentor: Thomas Sudhof (Molecular & Cellular Physiology) Carl  Zhang (Bioengineering), Faculty Mentor: Philip Beachy (Urology, Developmental Biology)
Jongmin (Brian) Lim (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: Justin Annes (Medicine (Endocrinology)) Bowen Zheng (Undeclared), Faculty Mentor: William Goodyer (Pediatrics)