Two things I can’t live without: Aleve and Soda Water.
Best restaurant I ever ate at: Gary Denko’s in San Francisco.
Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving
What one word describes me best: Affable
I most admire: Those that think of others before themselves.
Best advice received: Think of the consequences your actions may have.
In my spare time, I like to: Run, bike, watch college sports, and travel.
Favorite place in the entire world: This is a difficult question – I’m going to pick two: Perth, Australia and New Jersey!
Professional accomplishment I am most proud of: My three-year post-doctoral work in bioengineering at Stanford University, which I like to think has helped advance the field of optogenetics for both reducing peripheral pain an restoring peripheral motor function using light-activated proteins.
Two things I can’t live without: Travel and puppy kisses…in no particular order. 😀
Best restaurant I ever ate at: I look for outdoor seating, the menu in a foreign language, and a server that will order me their favorite dish! My most recent favorite was in Santa Marta, Colombia – a Mediterranean-style restaurant with local Colombian-flare. If you ever get a chance to indulge at Ouzo’s, the Midia Saganaki (mussels in white wine and sheep’s milk cheese sauce) is a must!
Favorite holiday: Independence Day – When I was a child, I thought that my parents gathered hundreds of people, no matter where we were on vacation that year, all for my birthday weekend (July 5). I was sorely disappointed when I realized it wasn’t my birthday everyone was celebrating – it was America’s!
What one word describes me best: Compassionate
I most admire: Selflessness
Best advice received: If (your current problem) is the worst thing that is happening in your life right now, you’re doing just fine. (Thanks, Mom!)
In my spare time, I like to: Paint, practice yoga, learn Spanish, participate in Toastmasters, create wire jewelry, rock climb, fossil hunt, foster dogs, and take dance lessons.
One thing that most people don’t know about me: I can say my alphabet backwards!
Two things I can’t live without: My family and my health.
Best restaurant I ever ate at: SNOB in Charleston, SC
Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving! So many times we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life that we forget to take a moment each day to pause, reflect, and be thankful for the things that make life amazing. I love that we have a day where we have a feast celebrating all that is good and wonderful with our loved ones.
I most admire: My parents who taught me the importance of an open mind, bravery, and kindness.
Favorite Place in the World: Tehran, Iran
In my spare time, I like to: My home inside my home is truly the kitchen. I love trying out new recipes and baking! You can also find me binge watching Netflix, visiting museums; hiking, going to farmer’s markets, taking pictures of families and babies, reading classics, and decorating!
One thing that most people don’t know about me: I’m an open book. If you’ve encountered me you probably know the basics. 🙂
Favorite place in the entire world: Italy
Two things I can’t live without: Family and fast food – yum!
Favorite holiday: Christmas.
What one word describes me best: Determined.
I most admire: Our armed forces.
Best advice received: Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic.
In my spare time, I like to: Fish, read, and watch/play golf!
One thing that most people don’t know about me: I have an identical twin brother.