2023 Wu Tsai Performance Undergraduate Scholars

12 undergraduate scholars smiling together outdoors

(Back row, left to right)

  • Uchenna Akanno, Human Biology ’25 | Mentor: Jon Long, Pathology
    Determining the Transporter of Exercise-Inducible Lac-Phe
  • Sam Ogunsanya, Human Biology ’23 | Mentor: Malene Lindholm, Cardiovascular Medicine
    Salivary Mitochondrial DNA Copy Number as a measure of VO2max in Athletes
  • Nadia Hemmat, Human Biology ’23 | Mentor: Emily Kraus, Orthopaedic Surgery
    Understanding Collegiate Female Athletes’ Perceptions Surrounding their Menstrual Cycle and Menstruation Education in Sport
  • Sydney Barta, Bioengineering & Human Biology ’26 | Mentor: Seth Sherman, Orthopaedic Surgery
    Smartphone Based Kinematic Analysis for Rehabilitation and Return to Sport Assessment
  • Annabelle Smith, Biology ’24 | Mentor: Lou Halamek, Pediatrics
    Self-regulating Physiologic Response and Intensity in Navigating Time-sensitive Situations (SPRINTS)
  • Maya Valmon, Human Biology ’25 | Mentor: Matthew Wheeler, Cardiovascular Medicine
    Impact of Acute Exercise Interventions on Quality of Life in Sedentary Adults

(Front row, left to right)

  • Anjana Balachandar, Undeclared ’26 | Mentor: Peter Yang, Orthopaedic Surgery
    Optimization of Biocompatibility in the Novel Hybprinter
  • Evelyn Song, Psychology & Computer Science ’26 | Mentor: Leanne Williams, Psychiatry
    Neural Circuit in Depressed Patients Predicts Treatment Response
  • Julia Flora, Human Biology ’24 | Mentor: Michael Snyder, Genomics
    Exercise Dependence in Female Endurance Athletes at Risk for Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)
  • Maya Doms, Human Biology ’23 | Mentor: Emily Kraus, Orthopaedic Surgery
    Feasibility of Using Wearables in a Return-to-Play Protocol Post Bone Stress Injury
  • Olivia Geoghan, Human Biology ’24 | Mentor: Craig Heller, Biology
    Effect of Hypoxia on Lactate Production and Recovery
  • Jimena Gutierrez, Human Biology ’24 | Mentor: Scott Delp, Bioengineering
    Initiating StaBLE Study Stanford Balance Level Evaluation
  • Imogen Gardiner, Symbolic Systems  ’25 | Mentor: Malene Lindholm, Cardiovascular Medicine
    Redefining The Essential 8 using a VO2 Max Interface
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  • Luke McFarland, Bioengineering ’25 | Mentor: Scott Delp, Bioengineering
    MRI Segmentation For OpenSim Muscle Path Adaptation
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Learn more about the Wu Tsai Performance Undergraduate Research Program

(Back row, left to right)

  • Rachel Grant, Mechanical Engineering ’24
    • Faculty Mentor: Andrea Kussman, Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Project Title:  Biomechanics of rowing on the water
  • Nolan Evers, Human Biology ’23
    • Faculty Mentor: Seth Sherman, Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Project Title: Orthobiologic injections in NCAA division 1 athletes
  • Jason Kaul, Psychology ’23 |
    • Faculty Mentor: Alia Crum, Psychology
    • Project Title: The role of mindsets in health, well-being and burnout among elite college students
  • William Pan, Mechanical Engineering ’25
    • Faculty Mentor: Joseph DeSimone, Chemical Engineering
    • Project Title: Kinesthetic latticed programmable (KLaP) tape for treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Brielle Smith, Human Biology ’23 | Mentor: Allan Reiss, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
    Investigating the effects of aerobic exercise on working memory and brain activity in adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Brian Lee, Symbolic Systems ’25 | Mentor: Karen Liu, Computer Science
    Optimizing muscle model parameters to improve joint torque-angle relations
  • Zachary Teplin, Biomechanical Engineering ’23 | Mentor: Scott Delp, Bioengineering
    Hamstring mechanics in accelerative sprinting: An experimental study
  • Christian Wright, Biology ’24 | Mentor: Kevin Shea, Orthopaedic Surgery
    3D shape modeling of anatomical variations in patellar instability patients

(Front row, left to right)

  • Katie Duong, Biomechanical Engineering ’23 | Mentor: Emily Kraus, Orthopaedic Surgery
    A closer look at bone stress injury recovery using MRI
  • Maya Shetty, Human Biology ’22 | Mentor: Scott Delp, Bioengineering
    Quantifying the impact of the menstrual cycle on athletic performance
  • Carly Smith, Human Biology ’23 | Mentor: Craig Heller, Biology
    Burnin’ up: Physiological responses to exercise-induced hyperthermia at constant workloads
  • Samuel Benabou, Biomedical Computation ’25 | Mentor: Scott Delp, Bioengineering
    Closed your rings?: Estimating energy expenditure with wearable technology in the real world
  • Tatum Boyd, Human Biology ’23 | Mentor: Emily Kraus, Orthopaedic Surgery
    Optimizing translational practices for female athlete research
  • Steven Le, Computer Science ’25 | Mentor: Khizer Khaderi, Opthalmology
    Umaki – Choose your own adventure video game & ADHD screener
  • Haley Mossmer, Product Design ’24 | Mentor: Craig Heller, Biology
    Assessing the impact of palm cooling on muscular fatigue in isometric exercise
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