Lisha (she/hers) is a third year Ph.D. student in the Chemistry department working under Professor Laura Dassama. Her research focuses on advancing the field of targeted degradation to encompass a broader range of targets for therapeutic advancement. Specifically, she aims to use biological and chemical techniques to progress treatment development for Sickle Cell Disease. Lisha grew up in Diamond Bar, a suburban town on the outskirts of Los Angeles, California and relocated to the Bay Area for her undergraduate at UC Berkeley, where she received her B.S. in Chemical Biology. During her time at UC Berkeley, Lisha discovered her passion for learning – including, but not limited to, new hobbies, skills, cultures, and mindsets.
Lisha is a strong proponent of balancing work, life, and play to cultivate a mentally healthy lifestyle. She believes in the ability of the Peer Learning Consultant Program to facilitate finding this balance by supporting students in reaching their education goals. Since starting her program at Stanford, Lisha has also encountered numerous mental obstacles that she continues to manage through various methods. One of which includes the discovery of a set of academic skills that can optimize her organization and motivation towards reaching her goals. As a Peer Learning Consultant, she is excited to learn from her peers, to share what she has learned, and to empower others to do the same.