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AEP Student Stories


Get inspired! Read about UC San Diego students who are participating (or have participated) in AEP programs, and are doing amazing things.

Alisha Poudel

Alisha is a senior majoring in Neuroscience and Physiology. She is conducting research on Space Physiology and Orthopaedics in the Hargens Lab. Find out more about her journey to research.

Meet Alisha

Lee Diego Lacasa

Lee Diego participated in the 2020 Virtual Summer Research Program and was a Genentech scholar. Lee's research examines Group 2 Innate Lymphoid Cells (ILC2s) and their contributing roles towards the progression of allergic airway diseases and asthma pathology. Learn how he has been perservering through his research during COVID-19.

Meet Lee

Hope Do

Hope is a third year majoring in Microbiology. Her research focuses on cell cycle regulation and microRNA functions in the processes of cell growth and differentiation within the retina. Through her efforts she hopes to find cures for diseases that cause irreversible eye loss.

Meet Hope

Jehan Ezzulddin

Jehan is a third year student conducting research in the social determinants of health and how they contribute to elevated levels of chronic stress which alter brain development and consequently cause higher mortality rate. She is a Summer CRASSH presenter!

Meet Jehan

Donna Yerat-Rodriguez

Donna is an incoming 4th year Revelle College student. She is conducting research in the field of Education Studies and focusing on the 1st generation experience in college. Donna hopes to go to law school and practice immigration law.

Meet Donna

Caesar Aceituno

Caesar is a fourth year and transfer student conducting research in understanding how transfers transition into university life and climate.

Meet Caesar

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UC San Diego students at commencement - wearing caps and gowns and celebrating while sitting in the first row of a crowd of attendees

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