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LASHAWN PEÑA, Immunology PhD Graduate Student




Major: Immunology

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a PhD student in the Immunology program at the School of Medicine at Stanford University. I am originally from New York City (The Bronx) and grew up in the Dominican Republic. I attended Hunter College, located in New York City, where I majored in Neuroscience. I love to read (all kinds of books) and enjoy weightlifting. More importantly, I am truly passionate about outreach, mentoring, and teaching, and have had countless experiences doing so. I have tutored many college and high school students from different backgrounds and have served as a teaching assistant for various science and statistics classes. Most recently, I taught crime scene investigation (C.S.I.) to 7th graders where they learned how to be young forensic scientists! Overall, I want to use every opportunity to teach, mentor, and assist the younger generation of students in their educational journey.



Past Classes

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B5329: Your Amazing Immune System and How It Protects Your Body in Splash Fall 2016
Every day your immune system is busy protecting you from the thousands of germs around you that can make you sick. Your immune system does its job so efficiently that you don’t even notice that it is at work! In this course we will learn the basics of the immune system and how exactly it does its job. We will learn about the myriad of small molecules and cells that make up the immune system and their roles in protecting us against invaders who want to make us sick! We will use real-life examples of diseases and play interactive games to help us learn. Overall, this course is designed to help you better understand how the immune system works!