UCSF Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) Program Selects 2024-2025 StARR Scholars

We are pleased to announce the UCSF Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) Program has selected its Scholars for the 2024-2025 academic year. With funding from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA), StARR supports UCSF residents to devote time to research and research-related training.

The goals of StARR are to guide promising residents in obtaining the methodological, analytic, and collaborative research skills they need to advance their research and career goals; create and maintain effective, influential, and long-lasting mentor relationships for residents interested in research; and support residents in conducting high-impact research to improve prevention, detection, or management of health issues relevant to the NHLBI or NIA.

This year’s cohort:


  • Nyasha Chagwedera, MD, PhD, Adult Psychiatry
    Project: Assessing the Feasibility and Acceptability of the Reduction of Ultra-Processed Foods from the Diets of a Subset of Patients with Depression and High Cardiac Disease Risk
  • Axel Gomez Casarez, MD, General Surgery
    Project: Application of a Patient-Specific Biomechanical Model for Enhanced Prediction of Behavior and Outcomes of Ascending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms
  • Jessica Santos-Parker, MD, MS, PhD, Surgery
    Project: Disparities in Access to Lung Screening and Thoracic Surgery
  • Gerald Tiu, MD, PhD, Pediatrics
    Project: Effect of Donor Clonal Hematopoiesis on Pediatric Transplant Alloimmunity and Outcome

For NIA:

  • Laila Fozouni, MD, MPH, Internal Medicine
    Project: Neighborhood Characteristics and Disparities in Liver Transplantation: Predictors of Frailty and Hepatocellular Carcinoma Waitlist Outcomes
  • Jonathan Kramer-Feldman, MD, Psychiatry
    Project: Measuring Efficacy, Safety and Fidelity of a Novel Psychedelic Therapy Intervention for Demoralization in End-of-Life Palliative Care Patients
  • Dina Levy-Lambert, MD, General Surgery
    Project: Mapping the Immune Microenvironment in Older Adults with Carotid Artery Stenosis Using Single Cell Sequencing

Visit StARR for more information.

Congratulations to these promising incoming resident scientists!

Alison Huang, MD, MAS, MPhil
NHLBI StARR Co-Director and NIA StARR Director

Jonathan Singer, MD, MS
NHLBI StARR Co-Director