Meet Our Team

Berkeley N. Limketkai, MD, PhD

Berkeley N. Limketkai, MD, PhD

Director of Clinical Research, UCLA Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine

Dr. Limketkai received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. He subsequently completed his internal medicine residency, gastroenterology fellowship...

Melissa Corson

Melissa Corson, MD

Gastroenterology Fellow

Dr. Corson graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor of science in biochemistry. She then returned back home to Hawaii to attend medical school at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Vivy Cusumano, MD

Vivy Cusumano, MD

Gastroenterology Fellow

Dr. Cusumano graduated from UCLA with a bachelor of science degree in biology. She then attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine before returning to UCLA to complete an internal medicine residency and continue her fellowship in gastroenterology. Her research interests include evaluating biologic response and failure in the management of patients with IBD.

Andrew Weber, MD

Andrew Weber, MD

Gastroenterology Fellow

Dr. Weber graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor of arts degree in biology with highest distinction. He attended medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. His internal medicine residency training was completed at UCLA Medical Center.

Jessica Su, MD

Jessica Su, MD

Gastroenterology Fellow

Dr. Su graduated from Yale University with a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering. She then attended medical school at Stanford University before returning to Yale to complete her internal medicine residency. She is currently a fellow in the UCLA gastroenterology fellowship program.

Nancee Jaffe, RD, MS

Nancee Jaffe, RD, MS

Lead UCLA GI Dietitian

Nancee earned a master’s of science degree in nutrition from California State University Los Angeles. She completed her dietetic internship at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and at UCLA, where she was mentored by Dr. Lin Chang, co-director of the UCLA G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience. She is currently studying the reintroduction phase of the low FODMAP diet with Dr. Chang. 

Neha Shah, MPH, RD

Neha Shah, MPH, RD

Dietitian
UC San Francisco

Neha earned a bachelor of science in nutrition from California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo) and a master's in public health nutrition from Loma Linda University. She was previously at Stanford Health Care, where she built nutrition services for the Digestive Health Center.

Anoushka Dua, MD

Anoushka Dua, MD

Internal Medicine Resident

Dr. Dua graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor of science in physiology. She then spent two years in Camden, New Jersey as a 9th grade biology teacher and utilized her experience in education and working with underserved communities during her time at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Cameron Henneberg, MD

Cameron Henneberg, MD

Internal Medicine Resident

Dr. Henneberg graduated from Princeton University with a degree in anthropology and a minor in global health and health policy, completing a capstone senior thesis on how societal perceptions of body weight impact the doctor-patient relationship. He obtained his MD from Boston University School of Medicine and is currently continuing his training as a resident physician in internal medicine at UCLA. 

Christina Jeon, MD

Christina Jeon, MD

Internal Medicine Resident

Dr. Jeon received her bachelor of science in biology at Cornell University and her medical degree at Yale School of Medicine. She is currently an internal medicine resident at UCLA. She has been engaged in GI research as a Fulbright Research Scholar, medical student and now as a resident. She currently works to investigate the clinical implications of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in IBD patients.

Kush Fansiwala, MD

Kush Fansiwala, MD

Internal Medicine Resident

Dr. Fansiwala graduated from New York University with a degree in economics and minors in chemistry and public health. He obtained his MD from NYU Grossman School of Medicine, where he engaged in research around population-level risk factors for gastric cancer and optimal antibiotic regimens for abscess treatment in Crohn's disease.

Lauren DeDecker, MD

Lauren DeDecker, MD

Internal Medicine Resident

Dr. DeDecker graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor of science degree in nutrition science biochemistry. She then worked as a nutritionist and technology-driven health coach for a primary care practice in San Francisco. She later worked at a start up with the aim of providing remote scribing services to physicians using Google Glass and AI. She graduated from UC Irvine School of Medicine with her MD and honors in research.

Shaya Noorian, MD

Shaya Noorian, MD

Internal Medicine Resident

Dr. Noorian is an internal medicine resident at UCLA from Los Angeles, California. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of California, Santa Barbara and received his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Shaya’s research interests are centered around IBD, and specifically the intersection between IBD and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. After residency, he plans to pursue a career in gastroenterology.

Preeti Prakesh, MD

Preeti Prakesh, MD

Internal Medicine Resident

Dr. Prakash graduated from Rice University with a BA in cognitive sciences and received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. She is currently an internal medicine resident at UCLA. In medical school, she studied disparities in colon cancer outcomes.

Joseph Ebriani

Joseph Ebriani Medical Student

Joseph is a first-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He first became interested in IBD after a personal experience with the disease during his college years. He subsequently interned for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and volunteered as a counselor for Camp Oasis, a camp dedicated to kids diagnosed with IBD.

Thu Nguyen, MPH

Thu Nguyen, MPH

Medical Student

Thu is a fourth-year medical student at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Before attending medical school, she graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in biological sciences and went on to earn an MPH at Loyola University Chicago with a focus in epidemiology. She worked as a research program manager and assisted in epidemiological evaluations for a HUD-funded asthma study, which assessed the effectiveness of community health workers in asthma management.

Ankur Patel

Ankur Patel, Medical Student

Ankur is a fourth-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He holds a bachelor's degree in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley. He spent a year working at LifeLong Medical Clinic as a clinical care assistant prior to entering medical school. Ankur is currently leading a multi-center cohort study focused on gastrointestinal manifestations of COVID-19.

Troy Sanders, MMS

Troy Sanders, MMS

Medical Student

Troy is a second-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Troy completed a master’s of medical sciences at Boston University and attended Western New England University for his bachelor degree where he studied chemistry and biology. At Boston University, he worked on research involving the transcription factor Ikaros and its effect on T cells’ cytokine expression. 

Aasna Shah

Aasna Shah, Medical Student

Aasna is a second-year medical student at Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has received her bachelor’s degrees in human biology and clinical psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 2019. Her first exposure to the world of clinical research was as a gastroenterology clinical research intern in 2016 at Stanford Medicine.

Anastasia Amundson

Anastasia Amundson, Graduate Student

Annie joined our laboratory as an undergraduate student at UCLA and recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in physiological science. In the lab, she has been involved in a study to characterize how foods that patients with IBD eat are associated with disease activity, symptoms and other relevant clinical outcomes. She is also assisting with a project to develop an AI system for nutrition. Annie aspires to become a physician.

Maral Daneshpazhouh

Maral Daneshpazhouh, Undergraduate Student

Maral is a fourth-year UCLA undergraduate student from Dubai, UAE, who is pursuing a degree in microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics. She is also double minoring in Iranian studies and theater studies. Working at the UCLA Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Maral is involved in several research projects exploring nutrition and IBD outcomes. Maral plans to attend medical school and pursue a career as a plastic surgeon.
 

Mohamed Hamideh

Mohamed Hamideh, Undergraduate Student

Mohamed is an undergraduate at UCLA pursuing a degree in molecular, cell and developmental biology. Before transferring to UCLA, Mohamed conducted research on the interplay between antigen affinity and human memory B cell fate via transcriptome analysis at the National Institutes of Health. There, Mohamed was responsible for isolating memory B cells from human blood, planar lipid bilayer synthesis, tissue culturing and RT-PCR techniques.

Isha Maniyar

Isha Maniyar, Undergraduate Student

Isha is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in molecular, cell, and developmental biology. As a patient with Crohn's disease herself, Isha is interested in learning more about IBD from a scientific perspective and contributing to existing research on the condition. Working in the UCLA Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases as an undergraduate research assistant, she is involved in studying the intersection between IBD, malnutrition, and the gut microbiome.

Jonathan Perumpail

Jonathan Perumpail, Undergraduate Student

Jonathan is an undergraduate student at Seton Hall University pursuing his degree in biology with a minor in medical humanities. He is particularly interested in clinical research and is currently exploring the use of immunosuppressive therapies in treating Crohn’s disease of the pouch. After completing his undergraduate degree, Jonathan hopes to attend medical school and pursue his MD.

Freida Raj

Freida Raj Raj, Undergraduate Student

Freida is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in human biology and society at UCLA. As a research assistant in the lab, she has worked on one of the studies of dietary patterns in patients with IBD and currently works on the project utilizing artificial intelligence in nutrition

Rishabh Shah

Rishabh Shah, Undergraduate Student

Rishabh is a fourth-year undergraduate student at UCLA from Cerritos, California, majoring in psychobiology. He is particularly interested in the impact of lifestyle choices and other behavioral decisions on the progression of chronic disease. As a clinical research assistant at the Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Rishabh contributed to an investigation on the association between malnutrition and avoidant restrictive food intake disorder in the IBD population.