EDUCATION

August 2021 - May 2025

HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Harvard College Class of 2025, B.S. Chemical Biology

August 2016 - June 2020

LOS ALTOS HIGH SCHOOL

GPA Weighted - 4.47
GPA Unweighted - 3.96
SAT - 1580
SAT Math II - 800
SAT Chemistry - 800
AP Scores Chemistry (5), Calc BC (5), Human Geography (4), Biology (5), Physics (4), Statistics (5), English (5), Latin (4)

September 2018 - June 2019

FOOTHILL COLLEGE

GPA (Organic Chemistry Lecture & Lab) - 4.0

Summer 2019

JOHNS HOPKINS DISCOVER HOPKINS SUMMER PROGRAM

GPA (2 week Medical School Intensive Course) - 4.0

 

PUBLICATIONS & COMMUNICATIONS 

1. Auto-immune Organoids: Modelling Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Celiac Disease in a Dish. Santos AJM, van Unen V, Batish A, Ha N, Guh-Siesel A, Fernandez-Becker N, Davis MM, Kuo CJ. Poster presented at: 4th Annual State of Stanford Medicine; 2019 Oct 8; Stanford, CA.

2. A Method for Treating Celiac Disease: Synthesis of Small Molecule Inhibitors of the HLA-DQ2 Receptor. Guh-Siesel, A. Poster presented at: 68th Annual California Science & Engineering Fair; 2019 April 30; Los Angeles, CA and Synopsys Science & Technology Championship; 2019 March 14; San Jose, CA.

3. A Method for Treating Celiac Disease: Synthesis of Small Molecule Inhibitors of the HLA-DQ2 Receptor. Guh-Siesel, A. Oral presentation at: Kuo Lab Meeting; 2019 August 13; Stanford, CA.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

June 2019 - April 2020

STANFORD SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, DEPARTMENT OF HEMATOLOGY

Research Intern, Professor Calvin Kuo Lab

  • Cultured intestinal organoids (small, 3D organ-like cell cultures) using air-liquid interface method

  • Synthesized small molecule inhibitors of the HLA-DQ2 Protein Complex for Celiac Disease

  • Investigated the activation of dormant intestinal stem cell populations (reserve cells)

2015-2017

BANDALOU BABY, SOCIAL E-COMMERCE START-UP

Director of Operations

  • Developed proprietary algorithms for the selection of groups and discounts

  • Managed merchandising and warehousing

  • Processed online orders, helped with customer sales, delivered packages

 

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

August 2017 - June 2019

ASSOCIATED STUDENT BODY (ELECTED STUDENT GOVERNMENT)

Vice President, Member

  • Co-led and oversaw the governing class and all related activities

  • Led the Annual Second Harvest Food Drive, raising over 35,000 pounds of donated food

  • Planned the course, games, festivities for Color Run Fundraiser

  • Raised over $10,000 for the athletics department

  • Served as Student Representative at School District Board Meeting

Summer 2018

PROJECTS ABROAD, TANZANIA

Medical Humanitarian Volunteer

  • Provided basic medical care in rural communities

  • Took vitals, recorded medical history, and dispensed medicines

  • Shadowed physicians and nurses in different specialties: surgery, pediatrics, ophthalmology

August 2018 - June 2019

LOS ALTOS HIGH SCHOOL, CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT

Teaching Assistant

  • Prepared laboratory experiments for grades 10-12

  • Graded homework, tests, labs; tutored students in AP Chemistry & Chemistry Honors

November 2016 - April 2020

LOS ALTOS HIGH SCHOOL, TUTORIAL CENTER

Advanced Tutor

  • Tutored AP classes & Mathematical Modeling, Organic Chemistry, and Latin

September 2018 - March 2020

SCOTT LANE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

STEAM Instructor 

  • Taught 4th & 5th graders how to extract DNA from strawberries, make plastic bag ice cream, build popsicle stick bridges

 

AWARDS

2019 CALIFORNIA STATE SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR (CSEF)

  • 1st Place Award (Celiac Disease Research) in Senior Biochemistry Division

  • American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Award for Chemistry

2019 SYNOPSYS SILICON VALLEY SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CHAMPIONSHIP

  • 1st Place Award (Celiac Disease Research), Physical Science & Engineering Category

  • 1st Place Award, American Chemical Society, Silicon Valley, SVACS

  • High School Finalist for the Synopsys Outreach Foundation n+1 Prize

LOS ALTOS HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS

  • 2017, 2018 Scholar Athlete Award

  • 2019 US History Award

  • 2019 Most Likely to Change the World Award

2019 ACS ORGANIC CHEMISTRY EXAM

  • Scored in the 92nd percentile on Standardized Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Exam

2018 CALIFORNIA BOYS STATE

  • Represented Los Altos High School

2018 NATIONAL LATIN EXAM

  • Silver medal, maxima cum laude certificate

2019 AMERICAN MATHEMATICS COMPETITION, AMERICAN INVITATIONAL MATHEMATICS EXAMINATION

  • Placed in the top 5% of the AMC 12

  • Qualified for AIME Test

 

SPORTS & CLUBS

August 2017 - June 2019

JUNIOR VARSITY CROSS COUNTRY, TRACK & FIELD

Long Distance Runner

  • 2 years of Cross Country, 1 year of Track

  • Ran 800m, 1600m, 3200m events

August 2017 - June 2019

MATH MODELING CLUB

Public Relations, Member

  • Used computational tools to model mathematical phenomena (e.g. airport traffic flow)

  • Participated in national & international math modeling competitions (HiMCM, M3 Challenge)

November 2017 - March 2020

RAINN CLUB

Group Leader 

  • Developed affirmative consent workshops

  • Led high school acting theatre to produce show about sexual assault

  • Hosted seminars and events to spread awareness about sexual assault & prevention

 

SUMMER PROGRAMS 

Summer 2019

MEDICAL SCHOOL INTENSIVE, JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY

  • Learned knowledge and techniques related to surgery, internal medicine, biomedical science

  • Experienced hands-on medical training at Johns Hopkins Medical Simulation Center

  • Trained in CPR, intubation, IV insertion (American Heart Association Basic Life Support)

 

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