Humans of UCSF

"Diwali, or Festival of Lights, is the victory of goodness over all the evil that exists in the world. It symbolizes happiness, prosperity, and light.

"When I think about growing old in this country, unless you have a really tight family and/or a chosen family, growing old is not pretty.

Superman represents hope and the ability to conquer adversity against all odds. Hope plays a significant part throughout our lives. Once you choose hope, anything is possible.
Picture of nursing student, Casey Jones.
"Today I sat at the bedside of a man with advanced ALS and discussed his medical choices for prolonging or ending his life. Later I worked with an Indonesian nurse on his resume as he seeks his first job in the US.

"School has always been a privilege for me. I always think about how I want to do my best because I want it to be worth the efforts my family has put forth.

“36 years ago, my family escaped Iran in the midst of a revolution that increasingly deprived followers of their religion, the Baha’i Faith, their basic human rights.

“Most of my clients are over 40 years old and they aren’t ready to slow down… I have clients in their 70’s and 80’s… I work with them to design a fitness plan that meets their needs.

"I was born and raised in Sri Lanka where I first became fascinated by biology after reading 'The Selfish Gene' by Richard Dawkins in high school.

“While the buildings [at Mission Bay] are newer, we still have to track down certain parts to make repairs and we’re constantly working to make the buildings more efficient… [In my spare time] I have a 1971 Buick Skylark that I spend time restorin

Hanna Starobinets

"My mom is a biologist, so when I was growing up, all my bath toys were lab plastics. Eppendorf tubes, conical tubes, foam floaties, you name it.