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Current Residents and Fellows


Ifegwu Ibe, M.D.

Surgical Pathology Fellow

Ifegwu was born and raised in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. After moving to Washington DC, he graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in General Biology. He received his M.D. from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. Following the completion of his Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency training at UC Irvine, Ifegwu is staying at UC Irvine to continue as a Clinical Instructor and Surgical Pathology Fellow. His academic interests include breast pathology, and, outside of medicine, he enjoys music, dancing, traveling, and spending time with family.

Jessica Peak Van Leer

Jessica Peak Van Leer, M.D.

Cytopathology Fellow

Born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, Jessica worked as a Pathologist's Assistant for the Pathological Sciences Medical Group at Sentara Hospital prior to her formal medical training. She received her M.S. in Biomedical Science and M.D. at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. She completed her Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with one year acting as Chief Resident. Outside of academics, Jessica enjoys singing, dancing, traveling, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Jayne Healey

Jayne Healey, M.D.

Hematopathology Fellow

Ryan O'Connell

Ryan O'Connell, M.D.

Clinical Informatics Fellow

Nilforoushan, Neshat

Neshat Nilforoushan, M.D.


Neshat was born and raised in Isfahan, Iran. She received her M.D. from the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences. After the completion of medical school, Neshat moved to the United States and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of California, Davis where she focused on personalized medicine and conducted a project on the selection of therapeutic targets for personalized cancer therapy. Neshat started residency training at the University of California, Irvine in 2015. She enjoys watercolor painting, hiking, reading and spending time with her husband. She is pursuing AP/CP training.

Nowroozizadeh, Behdokht

Behdokht Nowroozizadeh, M.D.


Behdokht was born in Shiraz, Iran. She received her M.D. from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, where she subsequently began her pathology residency. Following residency, she followed her passion for pathology to the United States, where she spent a year as a visiting scholar in the UCLA cytopathology department. At UCLA, she also participated in several research projects with the uropathology lab, where she conducted research evaluating different biomarkers and their potential prognostic role in prostate adenocarcinoma. Behdokht enjoys cooking, hiking and spending time with her husband and son. She is pursuing AP/CP training.

Veran-Taguibao, Sonia

Sonia Veran-Taguibao, M.D.


Sonia was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. She earned her B.S. in Medical Technology (MLS equivalent) from Far Eastern University in Manila and then earned her M.D. at Far Eastern University before moving to Quanzhou, China to teach medical English. She later moved to the United States to work as a medical laboratory scientist, and in 2015 she began her residency at UC Irvine. Sonia’s academic interests include cytopathology and gynecologic pathology, and her hobbies include watching sci-fi and fantasy movies, going on road trips and spending time with friends and family. She is pursuing AP/CP training.

Zhang, Kuixing

Kuixing Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.


Born and raised in Shandong, China, Kuixing received his M.D. from Shandong Medical University and his Ph.D. from Shanghai Second Medical University. He subsequently worked as an attending physician in Shandong Provincial hospital for 3 years before he moved to the United States to conduct medical research. As a postdoctoral fellow and later project scientist at UCSD, he researched the regulation of the autonomic nervous system and renal diseases. Kuixing joined the UCI pathology residency program in 2015. His research interests include gene expression and early detection of malignancy by laboratory testing. His hobbies include hiking, biking, reading, and spending time with his family. He is pursuing AP/CP training.

Evans, Mark

Mark Evans, M.D.


Mark was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and attended Stanford University, where he received a B.S. in Biology.  He then received his M.D. from the University of Utah School of Medicine and participated in a one-year research fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Mark intends to specialize in hematopathology, and his current research interests include AML with t(8;21) and breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma.  In his spare time, he enjoys tennis, golf, and spending time with family and friends. Mark is pursuing AP/CP training.

Farrell, Daniel

Daniel Farrell, M.D.


Raised in Mechanicsburg, PA, Dan attended Bucknell University where he received his B.S. in Physics. At Bucknell, he was introduced to the world of unmanned aircraft systems and thus began his hobby of designing and test flying (and hastily repairing) drones. He received his M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he conducted research investigating the epigenetic effects of ethanol exposure on mice. His academic interests include hematopathology and pathology informatics. Outside of work Dan enjoys reading, watching movies, and trying out new restaurants. He is pursuing CP-only training.

Law, Timothy

Timothy Law, M.D.


A southern California native, Tim was raised in Arcadia, CA.  He attended Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA, where he received a B.A. in Biology, and later earned his M.D. from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, NE.  While at Creighton, he conducted research on the radiological findings and clinical outcomes of patients with anomalous origin of the right coronary artery from the pulmonary artery (ARCAPA).  His current academic interests include GI pathology, head and neck pathology, and hematopathology.  When he is not grossing or previewing slides, Tim can be found hiking new trails, longboarding (his preferred mode of transportation to work), playing board games, and trying new foods.  Tim is pursuing AP/CP training.

Mkhikian, Haik

Haik Mkhikian, M.D., Ph.D.


Haik was born in Yerevan, Armenia but moved to the Los Angeles area at the age of seven. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UC Irvine. He then conducted research at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland as an NIH UGSP scholar, prior to returning to UC Irvine to pursue M.D.-Ph.D. training. His Ph.D. research focused on elucidating regulatory mechanism controlling N-glycan branching; a pathway that is dysregulated in T-cell mediated autoimmunity and cancer. Haik enjoys sports, music, comedy and thinking about glycobiology. Haik is pursuing CP-only research track training.

Shestakova, Ganna

Ganna Shestakova, M.D., Ph.D.


Ganna was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine. She received her M.D. from Bogomolets National Medical University in Kiev. Ganna then moved to the United States to pursue a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. During her graduate work, Ganna studied the regulation of lysosomal protein trafficking. Her postdoctoral research focueds primarily on developing molecular diagnostic assays using a high resolution melting technique. Ganna enjoys camping and spending time with her husband and 2 kids. Ganna is pursuing AP/CP training with plans to subspecialize in Hematopathology and Molecular Genetics.

Brooks, Jared

Jared Brooks, M.D.


Jared was born in Long Beach, CA.  He earned a B.A. in Business from Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska, completed pre-medical coursework through University of Alaska Anchorage, and earned his M.D. at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.  He worked as a dialysis technician during the pre-clinical phases of his medical studies and researched the pathophysiology of aortic dissections.  He is an avid mountain biker, hiker, and enjoys walking his dog.  Jared is pursuing AP-only training.

Lee, Whayoung

Whayoung Lee, M.D.


Whayoung (or, Why) was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She earned her M.D. from Ewha Womans University School of Medicine and completed her intern year at Samsung Medical Center in Seoul. She later conducted xenotransplantation research at the Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, where she investigated humoral immune reactions against porcine carbohydrate antigens in various tissues. At Pitt, she was accepted to the Ocular Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Ophthalmology (OTERO) Research Program Fellowship and was a recipient of the TTS-IXA Young Investigator Award. Why is a self-proclaimed foodie, enjoys watching movies, and loves to travel. She is pursuing AP/CP training.

Nakasaki, Manando

Manando Nakasaki, M.D., Ph.D.


Manando was born in Kure, Japan. He received his M.D. from Osaka University and completed a residency in Orthopedic Surgery before also receiving his Ph.D. in Orthopedics from Osaka University, where his research focused primarily on the roles of osteoblast migration in bone formation. Manando then moved to the United States and pursued postdoctoral research at the University of California, San Diego, where he studied how altered tissue stiffness affects the progression of fibrosis. In his spare time, Manando enjoys spending time with his wife, Tae, and their son and daughter, as well as reading and watching TV dramas. He is pursuing AP/CP training.

Tsai, Tsung-Lin

Tsung-Lin Tsai, M.D., Ph.D.


Tsung-Lin was born in Tainan City, Taiwan. After earning his M.D. from the National Taiwan University School of Medicine, he served in the Navy as a military doctor on a warship for one year. He then came to the United States in 2008 and began pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focused on studying the bone marrow niche for mesenchymal stem cells and using the stem cells with biomaterial scaffolds for musculoskeletal tissue engineering. He received the New Investigator Recognition Award at the Annual Meeting of the Orthopedic Research Society in 2015. Tsung-Lin enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with his family. He is pursuing AP/CP training.


Jamie Nakagiri, M.D.


Jamie was born in Thousand Oaks, California. She received her B.A. in Psychology, with a concentratrion in Neuroscience, at Boston College, where she also minored in music. She earned her M.D. at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys going to theme parks and is a self-proclaimed Disney fanatic. She is pursuing AP/CP training.


Sami Souccar, M.D.


Sami was born in Damascus, Syria, and moved to the United States following high school to attend California State University, Long Beach, where he received his B.S. in Computer Science. He then went on to earn his M.D. degree from St. George’s University. As a medical student, Sami conducted research regarding Intracystic Papillary Carcinoma and also published a forensic case report of fatal Chikungunya. Outside of medicine, Sami enjoys playing basketball, running, traveling, and spending time with his family. Sami is pursuing AP/CP training.


Jana Tarabay, M.D.


Born and raised in Lebanon, Jana attended the Lebanese University in Beirut, where she earned her M.D. After graduation, she moved to the United States and joined the Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, where she conducted several research projects focusing on single ventricle physiology, transcatheter heart valves, and septal occluder devices. Besides medicine and research, Jana enjoys hiking, biking, and swimming, and loves traveling and spending time with her family. Jana is pursuing AP/CP training.