Headshot portrait of Mira Nencheva - Bio-X Undergraduate Fellow
2013 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Biology
Supported by: Dean of Research
Mentor: Firdaus Dhabhar, Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Mira Nencheva is a rising sophomore. She intends to major in biology with a concentration in microbes and immunity and minor in psychology. She is currently doing research in Firdaus Dhabhar’s lab. Her research interests gravitate towards the immunology of the mind-body stress response. This summer Mira is exploring the effects of acute stress on skin cancer in mice as well as the influence of various environmental and biological factors on the immune system of Asian elephants.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 26, 2013:

Earthquakes and Elephants: Effects of Seismic Activity on Immune Cell Distribution in Asian Elephants

Lisa Ly1, Harry Peachey5, Mariya Kalashnikova2, Allison Litzinger2, Firdaus S. Dhabhar1,3,4
[Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (Laboratory of Stress Immunology)1, Former student of Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (Laboratory of Stress Immunology)2, Institute for Immunity, Transplantation, & Infection Laboratory of Stress Immunology3, and Cancer Institute, Stanford University4, Stanford University4, Columbus Zoo5]