Hello everyone! My name is Sara Habibipour. I'm from Palm Springs, California and a current undergraduate at UCLA majoring in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics.
I created MedSoc Talk after reading about how the West African culture heavily influenced the spread of the Ebola outbreak in 2014. I continued to research other topics on how social factors can influence public health. But, to my surprise, there weren't many resources for young students to learn more about these topics. Soon after, I was able to shadow physicians at my local hospital and I witnessed these social factors coming into play in the real world. This gave me more motivation to educate myself and my peers on these topics, and to discuss them further from various perspectives and with insight from professionals.
My main hobby is dance, and I've been practicing since I was three years old. Although my studies require me to use a largely analytical part of my brain, dance allows me to express my creative side. It's great exercise and stress relief! My favorite artists would have to be Harry Styles, Bad Bunny, Frank Ocean, SZA, and Chris Stapleton, however I listen to just about everything. My favorite food is Persian joojeh kabab!
In the future I hope to become an infectious disease physician, although I'm open to every specialty still (I still have a long ways to go in my career). I hope to be able to travel to remote villages across the world, perhaps with the World Health Organization, the CDC, or Doctors Without Borders, to be able to contain outbreaks of disease and learn how different cultures influence public health in different regions of the world.
Thank you for reading about me! Please also take a moment to read about some of our current and previous Committee Members!