Research & Development Team

Research and Development strives to learn more about the communities we serve by networking with professionals in the medical and public health fields to inform our efforts. The team is also responsible for educating the associates of FISH in the background and health of these communities and evaluating the effectiveness of our computer lab. Currently, Research and Development is working on writing an IRB to gain a better picture of the social determinants of health using qualitative data from community members.

Aly Ung

Tessa Fier

Daniel Zoleikhaeian

Shivangi Goswami

Angel Robles

Not pictured: Blas Rodriguez, Samantha Kwock, Sanjana Borle

Anisha Chandra
Director of Research and Development
Erika Liliana Gonzalez
Director of Research and Development

Anisha is a first-year pre-Human Biology & Society major from Sunnyvale, California. She joined FISH in fall 2019 to learn about healthcare disparities on a local and global level and surround herself with a passionate team of students addressing these disparities in a manner that promotes self-sufficiency. Anisha appreciates FISH’s emphasis on sustainability, its dynamism, and the genuineness of her fellow associates. This year, she can’t wait for R&D to gather research about Maclovio and relay it to associates, strengthen relationships with members of the community we serve, and develop creative solutions for emerging needs. Outside of FISH, Anisha is involved in writing and editing articles for UCLA’s student health magazine, providing mental health counseling for fellow students through the Resilience Peer Network, and researching connections between the gut microbiome, food choice, and the brain. In her free time, she can be found running to Santa Monica, cooking up a storm in the kitchen and taking pictures of it from many angles for her wellness blog, and curling up with a good book or movie.

Erika is a second-year studying Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and minoring in Biomedical Research from Turlock, California. Erika joined FISH in the fall of 2019 and since then has learned to appreciate the intentionality with which the organization strives to empower the Maclovio Rojas community in an ethical and sustainable way. As a former member of the International Relations Team, she had the opportunity to improve FISH’s English lesson curriculum and the privilege to grow as a global citizen by fostering relationships with residents of Maclovio. Erika is honored to serve as Research and Development Co-Director and work with her talented team to continue to improve FISH services. Outside of FISH, Erika studies the gut microbiome-brain axis in the Hsiao Lab at UCLA. In her free time, she also enjoys cooking meals for family and friends, reading Spanish literature, and appreciating the outdoors.