The universe, we are told by astronomers, is made up mostly of dark matter. The normal matter that every one of us has seen or touched here on Earth, in space, or through our telescopes is but a tiny fraction of the whole.

“I was born and raised in Pakistan, but my wanderlust and my pursuit of higher education brought me to the U.S. after high school, all by myself. I landed in Houston, Texas where I did my B.S. in Biology.

Getting through graduate school is challenging, but the process may get even harder if the tax plans being debated by Senate and House Republicans come to pass.

The president-elect of the California Dental Association (CDA) gave an inspiring talk on Nov. 9 on the power of advocacy and the importance of organized dentistry to UCSF students.

Prioritization is an important skill in life, ensuring that the most important tasks are completed first -- turns out the body prioritizes immune response over emotional health.

As scientists and physicians, our life missions depend on the clear dissemination of truth, so the current events can be particularly disheartening. It is critical that the facts we find and the truth we seek reach the public. Fortunately, this concern for truth-telling is felt beyond our local labs and clinics. The World Federation of Science Journalists, the National Association of Science Writers and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing collaborated to sponsor last week’s World Conference of Science Journalists here in San Francisco.

[Originally published in Synapse - The UCSF student newspaper, Nov. 5, 1987]

UCSF medical school is the top-ranked public medical school in the United States, according to a U.S. News and World Report survey of medical school deans.

[Originally published in Synapse - The UCSF student newspaper Nov. 6, 1997] Last year I arranged to spend the month of July working at two small hospitals in San Miguel, a town of 50,000 people in the highlands of central Mexico. I went hoping to learn how Mexican-born patients, who would make up much of my practice here, are cared for at home for common problems like diabetes, hypertension and stroke.

"My whole body felt itchy, bumps were popping up on my back, my face swelled up like a hot air balloon… What could it be? On Jan. 21, 2017, and again on Feb. 4, 2017, I had anaphylactic allergic reactions and was driven to the ER by my fiancé.

“Ive always been fascinated with what people do for work. It’s what led me to explore a myriad of career options.