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Nikki Aflatooni
3rd Year DMD

Nikki Aflatooni is a member of the Class of 2023 and is originally from Orange County, California. Before her cross-country move, she attended the University of Southern California for her undergraduate education. Here, she majored in Health and Human Sciences with a minor in Global Health. Nikki was involved in global and community health projects and research as an undergraduate, such as through Operation Smile and mobile clinic dental programs. She is continuing her interest in global and community health at HSDM where she is pursuing a Global and Community Health Track and volunteering at HSDM’s outreach events. Nikki also enjoys peer mentoring and education, with experience in Supplemental Instruction, peer tutoring, and children’s health education. She is excited to continue to share her experiences and assistance to future dental school applicants through the BDS program. In her free time, Nikki enjoys yoga, pilates, baking (especially gluten free and vegan recipes for her friends!), trying new restaurants, and exploring Boston.

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Ziwei Chen
3rd Year DMD

Ziwei Chen is a member of the DMD Class of 2023. Born and raised in rural China, Ziwei immigrated to the US and studied Molecular & Cellular Biology and Studio Visual Art at Johns Hopkins University. Outside of school, Ziwei enjoys oil painting, cooking, baking, and learning new languages. As a first-generation college graduate and first-generation graduate student, Ziwei hopes to strengthen the supportive environment at HSDM through mentoring, programming, and advocacy.

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Stacy Cho
4th Year DMD

Y. W. Stacy Cho is a member of the HSDM Class of 2022. She is originally from South Korea and grew up in British Columbia, Canada. While completing her BS in Biology in California, she learned about and adopted the concept of “Third Culture Kids” into her identity. At Harvard, Stacy has been active in bringing the pan-Asian community together both on campus and beyond. She is also involved in Student Health & Wellness Committee, The Research Society, and HSDM ASDA Pre-Dental Committee. Outside of school, she loves to travel, attend concerts, volunteer at animal shelters, and listen to audiobooks. 

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Sheridan Danquah
1st Year DMD

Sheridan Danquah is a member of the HSDM Class of 2024, is originally from Ghana, and moved to Maryland at the tail end of elementary school. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) earning his degree in Biology. Sheridan has recently picked up hiking as one of his passions. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music and spending time with family. At HSDM, he is currently involved in Student National Dental Association (SNDA) another organization that aims to improve diversity in dentistry and to provide support to members of all communities.

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Jordan Middleton
3rd Year DMD

Jordan Middleton is a member of the HSDM Class of 2023. He was born in Auburn, New York and went to Canisius College in Buffalo, New York for undergrad where he majored in biology. In his free time, Jordan loves to watch and play basketball, binge-watch Netflix, and visit the beach. He has a passion for working with children and hopes to incorporate that into his time as an ODI fellow.

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Jeremiah Kim
3rd Year DMD

Jeremiah Kim is the proud recipient of three middle school diplomas—as a result of his formative years split between southern California and South Korea. Both during and after graduating from Williams College, he spent some time in the architecture industry to better engage the issues of dentistry through the lens of architectural design, the process of implementing numerous variables into practical and aesthetic solutions. He looks forward to seeking such solutions to low Medicaid involvement and improving URM recruitment through his work with the ODI community.

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Shaida Parsaei
3rd Year DMD

Shaida Parsaei is a rising second year DMD student in HSDM Class of 2023. She was born and raised in Tehran, Iran and moved to the US when she was fourteen. She attended the University of Texas at Dallas, majoring in Biology. While attending the university, she found a passion to advocate for diversity and cultural humility as well as mentoring in freshman seminar courses and leading Supplemental Instruction sessions. One of the highlights of Shaida’s undergraduate education was investigating dental biomaterials at the Biomaterial for Osseointegration and Novel Engineering lab, mainly focusing on investigating the interaction of dental cements with oral bacteria, bone and tissue forming cells as well as immune cells. At HSDM, Shaida is also a coordinator for ACTION pediatric dental clinic and enjoys giving back to the community and working with kids. In her spare time, Shaida likes swimming and playing the piano. She is always up for traveling with family and friends.

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Laura Pesquera Colom
3rd Year DMD

Laura S. Pesquera Colom was born and raised in Puerto Rico where socioeconomic turmoil has uncovered severe health disparities. Urged by the need to help her own community and others in similar situations, she decided to pursue a career in dentistry, where disparities in care are particularly evident. In 2019, Laura obtained her BS in Biology with a minor in Spanish from Iowa State University. While at HSDM, she has been involved with Diversity and Inclusion efforts through the Latino Medical Student Association, Mission Crimson, and the HSDM Office of Admissions. Laura is passionate about increasing representation of URMs in dentistry and increasing cultural humility within health providers.

Rubee Sandhu
2nd Year DMD


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Rebecca Scialabba
2nd Year DMD

Rebecca Scialabba is a member of the HSDM Class of 2023 from Cranston, Rhode Island. She received a B.S. in Biochemistry with a minor in Italian Studies from the University of New Hampshire in 2017. During most of her time as an undergraduate, she was actively involved in basic science research. Before matriculating at HSDM, she spent two years working as a research associate for a startup vaccine company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As the Pre-Dental Chair for HSDM’s Chapter of the American Student Dental Association, she has led efforts to create more accessible events and resources for pre-dental students. After dental school, she hopes to serve as a community leader in spreading awareness of the importance of oral health. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family or hiking the White Mountains.

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Olivia Watrous
3rd Year DMD

Olivia Watrous is a third-year DMD student from Guilford, Connecticut. She graduated from Northeastern University with a major in Health Science and a minor in Spanish. In her first year at HSDM, Olivia enjoyed volunteering at the ACTION pediatric dental clinic as well as during the annual Give Kids a Smile day, and she hopes to pursue a career focused on preventative care and public health. In her free time, Olivia enjoys trying new workout classes, traveling, and spending time with her friends.

Tianqi Jimmy Wei

Tianqi Jimmy Wei
1st Year DMD

Tianqi Jimmy Wei is a member of the HSDM Class of 2024 and is originally from Zhejiang, China. As an undergraduate researcher at the Genetic and Cancer Institution at the University of Florida, Jimmy has investigated the gene silencing mechanism for prevention of cancer and published articles in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to scientific research, Jimmy has spent two years volunteering in different specialties of dental clinics in the University of Florida (UF) Health Shands Hospital, where he fostered his empathy for the patients and desire for the dental profession. As the President of Volunteer Around the World Club at UF, Jimmy has organized mission trips to offer dental healthcare assistance in the rural communities of the Dominican Republic. In his free time, Jimmy also likes running, playing Go game, and dancing. He is excited to immerge into the diverse culture of HMS/HSDM and develop skills from the best expertise and education.

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Natalie Wen
4th Year DMD

Natalie Wen is a fourth-year dental student from Hartland, Wisconsin. She obtained her BA in Spanish with minors in Biology and Mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis. At HSDM, she enjoys research and working with the Wampanoag Native American tribe on setting up a portable clinic. In her free time, she spends most of her time boxing, cooking, riding the M2, and visiting the ducklings in Boston Public Garden. You may or may not remember her running around in a lion costume during Diversity & Inclusion Week last year. Natalie is looking forward to joining the fellowship team.

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Ariana Zahedi
4th Year DMD

Ariana Zahedi is a member of HSDM’s Class of 2022. Before dental school, she studied biology and Francophone studies at Carnegie Mellon University. As a native of Boston, she hopes to be part of HSDM’s efforts to engage with younger generation students from local communities through education and mentorship. Ariana’s love for languages inspire her to build bridges with populations that are linguistically heterogeneous. In her free time, she enjoys playing backgammon, photography, and watching travel documentaries.