Academic Research Track Fellows
Aleksandr Gorin, MD, PhD
Undergraduate: UC San Diego
Medical School: UCLA
Residency: UCLA Medical Center
Hometown: Born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Raised in San Diego, CA
Immunity to viral pathogens, vaccine design
Most days I can be found snuggling my dog! Otherwise I enjoy eating my way around Los Angeles, hiking, and traveling to as many national parks and foreign countries as I can
So many reasons! First was the clinical diversity of a major academic center, a community hospital, a county hospital and a VA. Second were the research environment and opportunities to connect between clinical and basic researchers across the street on the undergraduate campus. And finally lifestyle - it’s hard to leave Southern California! The weather, beaches, food are all really hard to beat.
Katherine Li, MD
Medical School: Weill Cornell Medicine
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital
Hometown: Plainsboro, NJ
STI/HIV prevention, global health
Reading sci-fi/fantasy, traveling, yoga, tea, classical music
From a training perspective, the department is clearly expanding epi and global health research and investing in research trainees. I had great conversations with my interviewers, and I really felt like I would be welcomed and supported. Moreover, I love the diversity and energy of the city and I'm looking forward to working with the patients across the five hospitals. I have never lived on the west coast before and I am super excited for this new adventure!
Clinical Scholar Track Fellows
Austin Fan, MD
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Residency: Loyola University Medical Center
Hometown: Culver City, CA
Antimicrobial stewardship, immunocompromised and transplant ID, HIV advocacy, sexually transmitted infections, public health
Traveling, hiking, exploring LA's different neighborhoods and their cuisines
I chose UCLA for the unparalleled diversity of ID we get to experience across five different clinical settings and patient populations. I was also drawn to UCLA's supportive mentorship and the incredible research and antimicrobial stewardship opportunities with an amazing faculty. Finally, as a West LA native, I am excited to return home to complete my training closer to family and friends!
Nicole Fossas Braegger, MD
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Medical School: Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
Residency: Ochsner Clinic Foundation
Hometown: San Juan, PR
Medical education, hospital epidemiology, antimicrobial stewardship
Traveling, playing indoor/outdoor soccer, sailing
I was drawn to UCLA’s ID program due to the incredible patient diversity seen across the five training hospitals. With Los Angeles’ unmatched cultural diversity, it seemed like a place where I would get a very broad and comprehensive training in ID. Additionally, during my interview day, the attendings and fellows fostered a collegial, nurturing, and genuinely friendly environment, and I knew it would be a good fit for me. The perfect year-long weather and the city’s food and entertainment scenes are just extra perks!
Anna Hardesty, MD
Undergraduate: U Utah
Medical School: U Washington SOM
Hometown: Boise, ID
Immunocompromised and transplant ID, medical education
Skiing, hiking, traveling, cooking, reading
I was drawn to UCLA for several reasons. First, the breadth of clinical experiences, patient populations and healthcare settings will help me to get the most comprehensive training possible. Second, the exposure to world class transplant ID will help prepare me for my specific clinical interests. And finally, the gorgeous location in an incredibly diverse city will make my time outside of training fun and fulfilling.
Sowmya Kalava, MBBS
Medical School: Mamata Medical College
Residency: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Elmhurst)
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Infectious disease-critical care, antibiotic stewardship, global health
Baking, spending time with friends and family, cooking new recipes, spending time at the beach
There are so many things that drew me to UCLA! I really liked the breadth of experiences that would come with being able to work in a full range of medical centers and the diversity of patients and pathology. In addition to that, on interview day, I remember how warm and genuinely happy everyone was.The beautiful city and year round perfect weather was just the icing on the cake! I am so excited about all of the opportunities and looking forward to the good times to come!
Hera Maryam, MD
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical School: Washington U in St. Louis School of Medicine
Residency: Inova Fairfax Internal Medicine
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Reading, creative writing
Great variety, opportunity to pursue health policy!
Neil Modi, DO
Medical School: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Hometown: Norwalk, CT
STIs/PrEP/HIV treatment, hepatitis/HCV co-infection, antimicrobial stewardship, emerging pathogens, LGBTQ+ health
Traveling, cooking, photography, trying new restaurants/cuisines, watching movies, sending memes
Having trained at Cedars-Sinai, I had amazing interactions with the UCLA fellows and attendings as a resident. I was able to witness UCLA's collegiality, warm teaching environment, and the breadth of diverse pathologies and patient populations firsthand. Being a multicampus program, UCLA's ID fellowship stood out to me for the opportunities for mentorship, exposure to multiple training environments and, finally, for its location. I am so excited to continue my journey at UCLA and spend a few more years on the west coast!
Chelsea Morinishi, MD, MPH
Undergraduate: UC Riverside
Medical School: UC Riverside
Residency: California Pacific Medical Center
Hometown: South San Francisco, CA
Antimicrobial stewardship, ID Critical Care, social determinants of infectious diseases
Sampling different cuisines, teas, and sweets; sustainable fashion, textile design, and A24 films
UCLA encompasses so much of what I was looking for in a fellowship program: many QI opportunities in antimicrobial stewardship, strong transplant ID exposure, and a diverse patient population. When I was a sub-intern on the Medicine wards at Olive View, I worked with an ID fellow and attending who were inclusive and encouraged my early interests in ID. As an incoming ID fellow, I am eager to return to UCLA and share the same spirit of mentorship with other trainees.
Jessica Roth, MD
Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Residency: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Hometown: Northbrook, IL
Immunocompromised and transplant ID, sexually transmitted infections, antimicrobial stewardship
Hiking, cooking, yoga, spending time with my dog, traveling
I am looking forward to my training at UCLA due to the wide range of clinical experiences offered at multiple training locations across the diverse city of Los Angeles. I also value the collegial culture of the program and its supportive faculty.
Meher Singha, MBBS
Medical School: Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore
Residency: University of Connecticut
Hometown: Born in Seoul, South Korea, Raised in New Delhi, India
HIV, medical education, public health and global health
Music, reading and travelling every opportunity I can!
I chose UCLA, for the diverse patient population, the access to a wide variety of patients from all walks of life, and the ability to work for and learn from the inner city population. Having trained in a program with diverse patient populations, I wanted a similar experience, and UCLA with its five hospitals and LA's cultural diversity was the perfect fit. And finally, living in Southern California with the best weather, food and beaches made the decision even easier!
Moises Vargas Mena, MD, MPH
Medical School: Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud
Residency: Griffin Hospital
Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Global Health, Public Health, Healthcare delivery in resource constrained settings
Fútbol (come on you Spurs!), tennis, hiking, cooking, travel, dogs (please ask me about Jax!)
I chose UCLA as it is an outstanding academic entity with diverse patient population, pathology and practice settings, thanks to its Multicampus nature. The opportunities for mentorship in my specific area of interest are unparalleled! Finally, it happens to be located in a fantastic city with fantastic weather!
Michelle Yousefzadeh, DO, MPH
Undergraduate: U Southern California
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Mount Sinai Medical Center, Florida
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Antimicrobial stewardship, Hospital Epidemiology, Public Health
Skiing, Trying new restaurants, Farmers' markets, Cooking
The Infectious Disease faculty at UCLA are leaders in their field. I am excited to learn from them as we engage patients from all socioeconomic backgrounds through the multicampus fellowship program.
Rolando Zamora Gonzalez, MD
Medical School: Universidad de Costa Rica Facultad de Medicina
Residency: University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital
Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica
HIV/AIDS and associated opportunistic infections, General ID, Global health/underserved populations, academic internal medicine, Clinical problem solving, Critical Care
Playing/watching soccer, running, biking
Being a top academic institution in a city like Los Angeles, with such a diverse patient population, makes UCLA an ideal setting to train in infectious diseases. Plus, you get to do it while living in a coastal city with amazing weather. Such a combination was just perfect for me when looking for a fellowship program.
Combined ID/Preventive Medicine Trainee
Cassandra Lautredou, MD
Medical School: University of Arkansas
Residency: Duke University
Track: Clinical Scholar Track
Hometown: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Reading, travel, language learning (working on French and Spanish right now), indoor cycling, roller skating, and dancing
I went to UCLA for undergrad, and I wanted to be back in sunny Los Angeles at an outstanding program for Infectious Disease fellowship. UCLA fit the bill! The UCLA ID fellowship offers a plethora of clinical and research experiences in a bustling metropolis. The multi-campus program provides a breadth of exposure to different clinical scenarios and patient populations. Fellowship interviews were via Zoom this year, which made the “vibe” of a program difficult to grasp at times. However, after talking with the current fellows, staff, and Dr. Graber I knew that I would be right at home!
STAR Fellow and Clinical Instructor
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley, Molecular and Cell Biology
Medical School: UCLA
Residency: Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine
Track: Academic Research Track
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
HIV in Women, Global Health, Emerging Epidemics
Photography, film, spending time with my family
I chose UCLA for the STAR program: one year of intense clinical training at a world-renowned academic institution, followed by protected research time with support from leaders in the field. As a graduate of UCLA medical school, I can attest to the outstanding mentorship offered by the ID department, and unique opportunities in cutting edge HIV research.