Philippe Labrias, Co-Head of Mentorship Committee
Mr. Labrias is a rising fourth year medical student at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine Quinnipiac University. He is a first generation immigrant from the Philippines, first generation US college graduate and soon to be a first generation physician in his family. During medical school, he has found his home specialty in women's health, aspiring to become an OB/GYN. He wishes to give back and serve women and LGBTIA+ patients build their families as an obstetrician/gynecologist. He also founded Netter's Notes, a music in medicine interest group and raised money for local non-profit organizations and started "musical missions" where they visit local nursing homes and serenade elderly residents. During the COVID-19 pandemic, became a student lead for the Crisis Text Line at his medical school and led a cohort who signed on to do a total of at least 2,800 hours of crisis counseling work. Currently in CYFAM, he is invested in shaping and establishing in a first of its kind national Filipino American mentorship program to connect future potential Filipinx-American immigrant medical students and to a mentor that will help them shape their future careers in medicine.
Despite his discontinuous education due to his family's financial challenges as new immigrants, he used that has his motive force to succeed--Mr. Labrias not only graduated magna cum laude and departmental honors in biology with his basic science honors thesis in zebrafish genetics while simultaneously working in the Medical ICU as a Patient Care Associate at Yale-New Haven Hospital throughout. He also participated and led the health science delegation alternative spring break trip to Nicaragua for two consecutive years, played men's club rugby and was a founding father for the Beta Theta Pi chapter in his university. Following graduation, he worked as a translational researcher at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai studying Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), co-authoring multiple papers in the genetics, microbiome, and IBD drug development using the zebrafish model in Science Translational Medicine, eLife, and Disease Models and Mechanisms, respectively. During his free time, he is training for the virtual 2020 NYC marathon this November and plays Dance Dance Revolution recreationally.
Sophia Anne Marie B. Villanueva, Co-Head of Mentorship Committee
Sophia graduated from Eagle Rock High School and is a third-year majoring in Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). At UCLA, Sophia is an undergraduate researcher in the Colwell Lab which focuses on circadian rhythms and sleep. By better understanding the basic biology of this timing system, their lab is studying new therapies to improve the quality of life of patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders and the people who care for them. She is the treasurer for the UCLA Taekwondo team and served as webmaster and communications officer in her second year. She is also a general member of the Pilipinos for Community Health, an organization that aims to improve the health literacy and outcomes of the Pilipino community as well as the greater Los Angeles area through its components of Preventive Health, Pre-Health Advising and Mentorship, and Community Outreach. During high school, she played varsity tennis for two years and was involved in the swim team for one year. She was an active member of the 2018 Class Officers for multiple years and served as secretary in her senior year. She worked as a tutor at her local elementary school for three years and was an active volunteer in the Diabetes Center and Sterile Processing Unit of Glendale Memorial Hospital. In addition, she completed and received her diploma for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.