Academic Research Associates People


Pedram Maymand, Fall 2018

Pedram is a second semester ARA student who has attended college at Eastern Mediterranean University, transferred to Gannon University in Erie Pennsylvania, and is now at Fresno State studying Biology. Pedram was born in Yazd, Iran and grew up in Kerman. He enjoys playing guitar, working on cars, and likes to attend car meetings. He hopes to follow a medical career. His research interest involves public health research improving patient outcomes. Thus far, Pedram has found an interest in our “Vaginal Self Sampling for Rapid Turnaround in the Emergency Department.

Ashley Dollman, Spring 2019

Ashley is an ARA student attending Fresno State pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Biology. In her free time, she loves to go outdoors and hike, and she also loves baking and spending time with her family and friends. While in the ARA program she is interested in learning more about research while also getting to observe and learn in a hospital setting. In the future, Ashley wishes to become a pediatric psychiatrist because she is very passionate about mental health and also loves working with children. 

Noah Contreras, Spring 2019

Noah is an ARA student who attends college at California State University,Fresno and is currently majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Philosophy. He enjoys playing guitar, doing photography, and traveling anywhere and every where. He endears to pursue a career in orthopedic surgery, while doing research to optimize and advance current surgical techniques. Through this program, he is hoping to learn more about doctor-patient interaction and to gain useful clinical research skills.

 Jacob Dotson, Spring 2019

Jacob Dotson is an ARA student studying Biology at California State University, Fresno. During his free time, Jacob loves to spend time with friends and family, explore the outdoors, cook, and binge watch Netflix series. He is interested in improving patient care in the central valley by his participation in the ARA. After his undergraduate years, Jacob plans on attending medical school, then return to serve the central valley as a physician. 

 Kelly Meehan, Spring 2019

Kelly is an ARA student who received an Associate in Arts for Transfer in Psychology from Clovis Community College and is now attending California State University, Fresno pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in communicative disorders. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys traveling, learning about deaf culture, and attending any concert she can get tickets to. Through her time spent in the ED, she hopes to improve her communication skills with patients and staff as well as researching orthopedic trauma cases and how to better serve the deaf members of our community in the hospital setting. Kelly plans to attend medical school and a surgical residency program after her undergraduate education.

Bagieng Keophimphone, Spring 2019

Bagieng is an ARA student who is currently a third year at California State University of Fresno pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. During his free time, he enjoys basketball, drawing, and spending quality time with family and friends. At Fresno State, he researches in an organic synthesis lab and wants to experience the interdisciplinary aspects of both research and medicine as a pre-med student interested in research. Bagieng plans on pursuing a higher education in medical school to become a primary care physician in order to provide quality care for the underserved populations within the Central Valley. 

Maria Molina, Spring 2019

Maria is an ARA student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biology at California State University, Fresno. She enjoys spending time with family, playing piano, going hiking, and photographing nature. Through this experience, she hopes to learn more about the medical field and contribute to research that will have a positive impact on many lives. After graduation, she aspires to attend medical school and pursue a career in pediatrics.

Hana Hussein, Spring 2019

Hana is an ARA student attending California State University, Fresno. Her interests in living things and how they apply to everyday life led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Biology and minor in Chemistry. In her spare time, she enjoys creating a wide range of DIY projects, spending time with family and friends, redesigning any interior aspects, and using quiet leisure time to just relax or explore the nature around. Her interests in research consist of expanding an understanding of emergency medical care and communicating with patients and health care providers. Her career is dedicated to improving human health care and further examine fields of medicine that ultimately better suit her defined skill set toward patient care.

Aaron Panduro, Spring 2019

Aaron is an ARA student attending California State University Fresno majoring in Biochemistry. Aaron was born in Hanford, California and grew up in Corcoran. When he is not studying, he enjoys hiking, wrestling, and spending time with family. His research interests include hospital and medical disease innovation to improve the San Joaquin Valley patient care. After graduating from Fresno State, he plans on pursuing a career in the medical field. 

Taylor-J Sanchez, Spring 2019

Taylor-J Roy Sanchez is a 24-year old biology major currently a senior at Fresno State University. He as done some research regarding the sciatic nerve of rodent subjects and examining how the same nerve can be effected in humans. In his free time, he enjoys working out and reading as he believes that being both mentally and physically strong allows one to reach their full potential and remain dedicated in working towards their future goals. He wants to apply to medical and pharmacy school and hopes to discover what field of medicine he desires to pursue a career in. He has also been considering acquiring a PhD in herpetology as he has always been passionate about studying reptiles.

Ansley Furtado, Spring 2019

Ansley Furtado is a third year student at Fresno state. Her major is Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She moved to California from Kuwait when she was 13 years old. In her free time, she enjoys painting, watching Netflix, and spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys traveling. Her research interest stems in how sepsis can be prevented or controlled in ER patients. She is also looking forward to working with patients and improving her communication skills. This program serves as an excellent learning experience in her pathway to medicine.

Beshoy Gabriel, Spring 2019

Beshoy is an ARA student attending California State University Fresno majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Mathematics. He enjoys playing basketball, tennis, volleyball, table-tennis, and dreams to one day ride in a Tesla Model X. While at the ED, he hopes to research in the trauma center discovering alternatives to radiation imaging (CT, Xray) while developing patient interaction skills. Currently, he strives to pursue a career in emergency medicine as a physician whilst innovating products to further efficiency wherever is possible. 

Matthew Lansman, Spring 2019

Hello, My name is Matthew Lansman and I am an ARA student who has attended CSU, Fresno studying Biochemistry. I was born in Fresno and grew up in Fresno as well. I enjoy playing chess, watching NFL games with my family, and going to the gym. I would like to become a physician, but I have not decided on a specific field yet. I do know that I am interested in nephrology and pulmonology, but I believe that I will figure it out throughout medical school. I am interested in statistical analysis of public health research for improving patient care and evaluating patterns in Emergency Room practice. 


Jacob Hopalian, Spring 2019

Jacob is an ARA student who is at Fresno State University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and spending time outdoors. After graduating from Fresno State, he plans on going to medical school, where he hopes to become an Emergency Physician. His research interests include the pediatric trauma cases and the process in which those are handled effectively and efficiently. He hopes to gain experiences in patient interaction and gain a better understanding of research within an Emergency Department. 


Dolores Ayala, Spring 2019

Dolores Ayala is an ARA student majoring in Pre-Social work, while minoring in Spanish at California State University, Fresno. During her free time, Dolores loves to read a variety of genres and binge watch Netflix and Hulu documentaries. Her research interest involves public health research and the overall improvement of patient outcomes. After completing her undergraduate degree, Dolores aspires to receive a Master’s Degree in both Public Health and Social Work in order to better serve her community through the allied fields of health care. 


Ravina Brring, Spring 2019

Ravina Brring is an ARA student who is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Health Science- Community Health at California State University, Fresno. Ravina is interested in public health research at the community level. She enjoys playing badminton and reading a variety of books during your free time. She hopes to attend medical school after your undergraduate and become an anesthesiologist. Ravina plans to come back and serve the Central Valley. 


Ali Abdullah, Spring 2019

Ali is an ARA student who is currently enrolled at California State University, Fresno to obtain his Bachelor’s in Biology. Ali was born and raised in the city of Fresno and his love for helping the community is all the reason why he wants to become a surgeon and give back to his hometown. When he is not hitting the books for upcoming exams, Ali is hitting the punching bags doing one of his favorite hobbies, boxing. When he is neither on campus or hitting the bags, Ali is a salesman helping his parents with their family business providing furniture needs for homes in the central valley. His interest in becoming either an emergency room or cardiac surgeon is the reason why he attended a research position in the emergency department to see if it is the health profession he will pursue. 


Atziri Barboza Gonzalez, Spring 2019

Atziri is an ARA student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a minor in business at California State University, Fresno. She was born and raised in Mexico. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and watching movies and Netflix series. Through this experience, she hopes to learn more about medical research and the health disparities affecting the Latino population. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, she plans on attending medical school and pursue a career as a doctor.


Jennifer Phan, Spring 2019

Jennifer is an ARA student attending California State University, Fresno as part of the Smittcamp Family Honors College. She is a Junior pursuing a B.S. in Biochemistry with a minor in Mathematics. She is currently conducting medicinal chemistry research at Fresno State on prostate cancer chemotherapeutics. She has a passion for helping others, enjoys volunteering at various community events, and hopes to become a physician one day to serve underprivileged populations. She loves spending time with friends and family, playing tennis, and trying new things. Her goal to pursue a dual MD-PhD degree is why she became interested in performing research in the Emergency Department. She believes that the most rewarding aspect of this program is the variety that the line of work involves and the fact that there will be new challenges every day. She hopes to make a positive impact on her research and the patients that she will be encountering in the ED.