President: Nina Hang

Nina has been part of PHPSA since Spring 2009, and is a Physiology major and Chemistry minor. She volunteers at Clinic by the Bay, located in the Mission district of San Francisco, as a Primary Care Medical Interpreter for Chinese patients and occasionally Vietnamese patients. She has since fallen in love with the environment of a general practice clinic.

In the past she has had experience as a clinical research assistant for the UCSF study Know Your Telomeres [T3], which attempts to understand how stress can affect the telomere/telomerase maintenance system in humans. These cell-aging markers are involved in cancer and cardiovascular disease; if we can find a way to control telomerase, we can hopefully treat these diseases. She also broadens her interest into sociology working with UCD Center of Poverty Research as a field and research assistant concentrating on Vietnamese immigrants residing in the Tenderloin district. This study examines whether the presence of community-based organizations within neighborhoods of these communities serves to protect immigrant youth from negative outcomes in the future.

Her latest contribution was with Stanford University's Prevention Research Center. The research looks into fast food chains in Santa Clara and SF Bay area that intend to make unhealthy foods appealing to children even with a passed public health law. This study looks into nutrition of our children, health education and awareness. The study hopes the data retrieved can help guide communities towards a start of decreasing childhood obesity in America. 

In her spare time, she loves to cook cultural comfort dishes, and wants to preserve Chinese and Vietnamese recipes in order to pass them down to the next generation. She also enjoys charcoal painting and spending time with her little maltese, Ace that needs lots of attention and grooming.


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Barry S. Rothman, Ph.D.

Advisor Location

Hensil Hall 221


San Francisco State University, Biology Department