Pooja Manapat

Premedical Division Co-Conference Chair

Pooja Manapat is a current sophomore at UC Berkeley majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with an emphasis in Molecular Therapeutics. She has been involved with AMWA since her freshman year. She has been involved with the AMWA Berkeley chapter since her freshman year and she has been a part of the National AMWA organization since this past fall semester. She is currently Treasurer and on the board of AMWA Berkeley but she has been a part of the Cancer and Women’s Health committee at AMWA Berkeley in the past.

Outside of school and AMWA, Pooja works at the Cognitive Neuroanatomy Lab (CNL) at UC Berkeley where she analyzes patient brain MRI scans to see if there is a relationship between the brain structures and Alzheimer’s Disease. She volunteers at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in the NICU department. She is currently shadowing a thoracic surgeon at Stanford Healthcare. In her free time, Pooja enjoys reading (usually romance novels), driving to see sunsets wherever she can find a good view of them, and making digital illustrations for her friends and family. She also loves to crochet stuffed animals or just anything cute in general. She cannot wait to be a part of National AMWA at a larger scale and help pre-medical students go on their journeys through being conference co-chair!

Shivani Patel

Premedical Division Co-Conference Chair

Shivani Patel is a second-year premedical student at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is pursuing a degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology. She has always been interested in exploring the intersection between medicine and society and has engaged in activities that allow her to be immersed in this interest. Her research at Columbia University’s Medical Center, investigating mechanisms of the immune system, reflects her deep commitment to unraveling the intricacies of human health. Volunteering with patients has allowed her to see the direct results of scientific research and advancements, simultaneously allowing her to engage in compassionate clinical care. This dynamic blend of laboratory investigation and direct patient interaction has fueled Shivani’s appreciation for the holistic impact of healthcare on individuals and communities. It is this unique synergy that drew her to AMWA, recognizing it as the perfect amalgamation of medicine and societal engagement. As a premedical member currently involved in AMWA’s Advocacy Committee and Preventative Medicine Task Force, Shivani is eager to contribute her multifaceted experiences to further the organization’s mission. Her desire to bridge the gap between medical research and public understanding aligns seamlessly with AMWA’s commitment to advancing women’s health and transforming healthcare narratives at the societal level.