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  • Ruby E. Reed ("Lillie")

    Ruby E. Reed ("Lillie")

    MD Student with Scholarly Concentration in Community Health / Global Health, expected graduation Spring 2024
    Masters Student in Epidemiology and Clinical Research, admitted Autumn 2021

    BioRuby E. Reed ("Lillie") (any pronouns) is a medical student and Masters in Epidemiology & Clinical Research student from Greenville, North Carolina. Lillie aims to become a child and adolescent psychiatrist, focusing on trauma and trauma-related disorders. Passionate about psychotherapy, community health work, writing and the humanities, Lillie sees storytelling and the importance of empowerment as the threads between her interests. She hopes to build a career that empowers people and communities to own and tell their stories for healing, strength and community good.

    Prior to medical school, Lillie had a career in global health, focused largely on gender-based violence, mental health, and youth empowerment in low-income urban communities. Lillie's has worked on clinical and community health projects in Colombia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Rwanda, South Africa, the United States and Zambia, as well as with the World Health Organization Office of the Americas on global and regional policy projects on mental health and violence against women and children.

    At Stanford, Lillie's research has focused on gender-based violence (GBV), and she has led two large research projects focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on gender-based violence. One such project examined GBV among adolescent girls in Kenya, while the other focused on domestic violence survivors in Santa Clara County Latino communities. Lillie was also Community Outreach Manager of one of Stanford's Cardinal Free Clinics, and created and implemented the first social needs screening and referral system for the clinics, which remains in use. She has also partnered extensively with local organization Next Door Solutions, a domestic violence organization in San Jose, helping with numerous projects, including helping to launch their Teen Club program, and conducted her Masters thesis doing a community-partnered project with this organization. Lillie has also advocated for social justice and health equity initiatives as the lead of Stanford's Underrepresented Minority Medical Alliance, or SUMMA, and as the co-lead and advocacy chair of Medical Students with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses and LGBTQMeds, respectively. Lillie has been very involved in the arts and humanities at Stanford, including sharing stories at numerous events and showcases, TA-ing a writing workshop, co-leading TalkRx (a student oral storytelling program), and participating in Oasis -- a Pegasus Writing Group for students from underrepresented and marginalized communities. Lillie was an inaugural Global Health Medical Student Research Fellow, and spent a research year working with Dr. Xin She and nestglobal on a community-partnered participatory intervention within refugee shelters in Tijuana. Lillie also worked with local staff to develop an arts and storytelling program in the shelters, and volunteered with Refugee Health Alliance providing psychological first-aid in the refugee shelters.

    Clinically, Lillie is focused on psychiatry. Her continuity clinic spanned 2 years providing therapy under the supervision of Dr. Hilit Kletter, PhD in the Stress and Resilience Clinic, a pediatric PTSD clinic. She also worked with Dr. Debra Kaysen, PhD, and Diana Arenas, MS (Refugee Health Alliance) to provide Written Exposure Therapy (WET) within refugee shelters in Tijuana.

  • Zachary T Renfro

    Zachary T Renfro

    MD Student with Scholarly Concentration in Clinical Research / Immunology, expected graduation Spring 2026
    Masters Student in Epidemiology and Clinical Research, admitted Autumn 2023

    BioZachary studied biology at the University of Arkansas where he researched the impact of temperature on macrophage cytokine production across animal species as well as the neural basis of saccadic mislocalization. After graduation, he worked at the Arkansas Department of Health where he developed and implemented Arkansas' first plan to eliminate tuberculosis. Additionally he researched the contribution of epigenetic regulation on the susceptibility, development, and maintenance of chronic pain at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and participated in the front line response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    At Stanford, he is enrolled in the MD and MS in epidemiology and clinical research programs. His current research interests include emerging infectious diseases, immunological response to infection, and the impact of climate change on infectious disease.

  • Giorgio Camillo Ricciardiello Mejia

    Giorgio Camillo Ricciardiello Mejia

    Masters Student in Epidemiology and Clinical Research, admitted Autumn 2023

    BioAs a proactive and dedicated Biomedical Engineer from Colombia, Giorgio has embarked on a journey that spans continents. Giorgio completed a BSc at the Universita Degli Studi Di Genova and pursued an MSc at Denmark Technical University, enriching Giorgio's global perspective and expertise in the field. Driven by an unyielding curiosity and a profound passion for research, Giorgio is on a mission to offer automated solutions in the healthcare sector.

    Currently, Giorgio is pursuing a graduate program in Epidemiology and Clinical Research at Stanford University, while also serving as a research assistant at the Mignot Laboratory. In this capacity, Giorgio actively contributes to groundbreaking projects, actively involved in designing cutting-edge AI and ML models for the Alliance Sleep Questionnaire and PSG data. Giorgio's aim is to transform the way sleep physicians diagnose and treat patients, paving the way for improved healthcare practices.

    With a proactive and visionary approach to problem-solving, combined with collaboration with brilliant minds, Giorgio pioneers advancements in healthcare. Giorgio's work strives to leave a lasting impact on patient care, aspiring to a future where technology and medicine unite for the betterment of humanity.