MEET THE TEAM

ARDEN CASTLE

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Arden is a graduate student at SJSU.  While pursuing her Master of Public Health, she serves as the co-president of the MPH Student Association and conducts research for multiple professors at the university.  She graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology from California Polytechnic State University and researched bystander intervention to prevent sexual assault.  She has presented her research at SOPHE and APHA, and attended the ACHA conference as a representative for Cal Poly's Health Center.  In her free time, she enjoys cooking and learning new things from podcasts.

KIM DANG

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Kim is a first-year graduate student in the Master of Public Health program at SJSU.  She was born and raised in San Jose, California. She earned her B.S. in Physiological Sciences at UCLA where she conducted research in the psychology department studying stress coping mechanisms among Asian American high school students and also worked with a campus-wide UCLA public health initiative to increase water consumption. Since graduating from UCLA, she has been working as a medical assistant in San Jose.  In her free time, she loves to run, hike, read, and play with her dog.  

ARIELLE DORCH

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Arielle Brianna Dorch is a graduating senior majoring in Biological Science, Concentration Systems Physiology with a Minor in Chemistry at San José State University. Growing up in the Bay Area, Arielle is thankful to attend a prosperous university that is right in her backyard and close to her family and friends. As a Peer Health Educator and CRLA Level 2 Tutor, she is passionate about education, community health and health literacy. In addition to her role as an educator, Arielle’s Undergraduate Research Project focuses on the analysis of Social Determinants of Mental Health in California, by Life Stage. She plans to attend graduate school in a health-related field, but

has decided to spend a few years exploring different research and job opportunities after graduation. This summer, Arielle will begin her fellowship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Hospital, through the County of Santa Clara Government Fellowship Program! When Arielle has time outside of school, work and research, some of her hobbies include cooking new recipes, singing, and going on nature walks along the numerous Bay Area trails with friends.

CHRISTINE FLEMING

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Christine Fleming is in her last semester at San Jose State University completing her undergraduate degree in Public Health with a minor in Business Administration. She has lived in Sunnyvale, California for her entire life and enjoys swimming and going to the beach with friends. She is currently working on a research project to examine predictors of anxiety among an ethnically diverse urban university population. She is also a screening intern at the Healthier Kids Foundation, working as a lifeguard at the Spartan Recreation and Aquatic Center, and a Public Health Peer Advisor. 

HARNEET KAUR RANAUTA

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Harneet is a second-year graduate student in the Master of Public Health program at San Jose State University.  Born and raised in India, she earned her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree before migrating to the USA for higher education.  At SJSU, she is serving as a Teaching Associate for the Department of Public Health and Recreation and is also President of Students Demand Action SJSU.  Her career focus is to implement medical and public health knowledge in creating healthy communities, with a focus on community organizing.  In her free time, she loves to dance, listen to music, and paint/craft.

DAVID REYNOSO MORENO

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH INTERN

David is a graduating senior at SJSU completing his undergraduate degree in Public Health with a concentration in Healthcare Administration.  He has aspirations to attend graduate school to obtain an MHA or MPH.  He was born and raised in Fairfield, CA.  When he has time outside of school and work, David enjoys being outdoors on his on his mountain bike, reading, and playing soccer through an adult soccer league on the weekends.

GABBY SCHULZ

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Gabby graduated from San Jose State University in May 2020 with her Master's in Public Health. She was born and raised in Pleasanton CA. She received her BS in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis. She discovered her interest in studying diseases which lead her to San Jose State. She recently interned with Santa Clara County Public Health Department in the STD/HIV Prevention and Control Branch. Also, she is currently helping the County of Santa Clara as a contact tracer and case investigator to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, volunteering, go on walks with her dog, and watch documentaries.

STEFANIE TROJA

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Stefanie is a recent San Jose State University graduate with a B.S. in Health Sciences and received Summa Cum Laude distinction.  She is originally from Folsom, California, where her family still resides.  She was an athlete throughout her college career, as a pitcher on the intercollegiate softball team.  This was one of her biggest interests and hobbies now and as she was growing up.  She was also distinguished as a 4-time NFCA/Easton All-America Scholar Athlete, which is something she is very proud of.  Her professional goal is to attend medical school and obtain her M.D., with dreams of becoming a sports medicine physician.  

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