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Elnaz Guivatchian


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Wayne State University

Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)
2022 - 2026
  • Majors:
    • Medicine

University of Southern California

Master's degree program
2021 - 2022
  • Majors:
    • Public Health

University of California-Los Angeles

Bachelor's degree program
2016 - 2020
  • Majors:
    • Biopsychology
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

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    • Dream career goals:

      Saswati Gupta Cancer Research Scholarship
      Healthy young adults always neglect doctors appointments, but being considered at an extremely high risk for breast cancer makes this decision all the more risky. My mother was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at the young age of 29. With no family history, this came as an extreme shock, and altered the lives of her three daughters forever. Knowing that I would always have several extra doctors appointments to attend to each year influenced my aspirations. From a young age, I knew I was not only interested in medicine, and attending medical school, but also interested in conducting research and advancing medicine. As a rising third year medical student, I have realized my career goals have two aspects- patient care and scientific research. Starting from my time at UCLA, I conducted research on glioblastoma, an incredibly deadly malignant brain tumor. I spent hours working in a laboratory using cancer cells taken from patients at the Ronald Reagan Hospital at UCLA and injecting them into hydrogels mimicking the brain's extracellular matrix to understand just why these cancer cells were so migratory. After beginning my master's program in public health at USC, I continued this work but also became interested in understanding if patients even understood their diagnoses, and how genetics could influence individual's lifetime risk of developing cancer. This led to a project conducted with the cancer genetics clinic at the University of Michigan aiming to understand patient attitudes towards sharing and understanding their cancer genetics screenings, focused on conditions like Lynch Syndrome and Familial Adenomatous Polyposis. These passions have continued as a medical student as I am now conducting a chart review understanding how to influence the preservation of language in individuals diagnosed with various brain tumors. These passions guide me as I look towards my future in medicine.