Pragnya Dontu

Headshot of Pragnya DontuDouble Major in Chemistry and Biophysics
Minor in Neuroscience

“As someone who has always been passionate about science and medicine, I am really interested in delving deeper into the humanities side of healthcare. This field relies on so many factors in order to successfully treat patients, and I hope to gain a better understanding of the different subject that contribute to this successful experience through the HHIVE lab.”


Sumiyah Enayet

1470286_651840891532626_1796612826_n(1)Major in Interdisciplinary Studies – Medical Humanities
Minor in Chemistry & Broadcast Journalism



Katie Huber

Headshot of Katie Huber

Double Major in Anthropology and Medical Humanities
Minor in Biology

I first heard about the HHIVE Lab during my sophomore year and I’ve been volunteering ever since. I assisted with the Falls Study, where I transcribed interviews, compiled an annotated bibliography, and designed graphics. Now, I’m working on my honors thesis and am looking forward to being involved in future HHIVE projects!

Find a sample of Katie’s HHIVE work here.

Manisha Mishra

Photo of Manisha Mishra at the old well

Double Major in Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies: Medical Humanities
Minor in Chemistry

Frustrated with the monotonous pre-medical experience she was receiving, Manisha decided to branch out and take a literature and medicine course which ultimately was the gateway for her love for Medical Humanities. Since then she has become a huge advocate for this interdisciplinary field as it has helped bring in a new refreshing perspective to her education. She is particularly interested in the variation of rhetoric in narratives that results from one’s experience with illness.

She was awarded the 2017 Burch Fellowship, allowing her to conduct research in London with the program Performing Medicine regarding the role of arts-based pedagogy in medical training for clinical empathy development. This set the foundation for her honors thesis which is focused on theory and practices of clinical empathy. She is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Health Humanities Journal of UNC-CH and was student researcher in the Falls Narrative Study.

After her undergraduate career, Manisha hopes to complete a graduate program in Medical Humanities before applying to medical school. In her free time, she can be found practicing yoga, rereading her favorite novels The Goldfinch and The Namesake, and going on random adventures. 

Emily Long

Headshot of Emily LongDouble Major in Biology and English

Double Minor in Chemistry and Medicine, Literature, and Culture

I am interested in the research and intellectual growth that I see happening in HHIVE. I am excited to join a community of people who are passionate about studying and discussing the intersection of medicine and the humanities, and I hope to learn to further develop my own research in the field. I am looking forward to learning more about the patient-centered mindset of the health humanities because I think this knowledge will help me to become a better physician in the future”

Maebelle Matthew

UntitledMajor in Biochemistry
Minor in Literature, Medicine, and Culture

“I have always had a passion for the humanities, but I never knew how I could incorporate it into my dream career in medicine and the sciences. I have always been looking for ways to connect the humanities and the sciences during my undergraduate career and beyond. When I found out about the HHIVE lab, I knew this was one way that I could form the connection I desired. Working at the HHIVE lab helps me look at medicine and diseases in a new perspective, which is very valuable when trying to fully understand a problem. I want to be able to view and understand the medical field in as many ways as possible, and the HHIVE lab helps me achieve this goal.”

See some of Maebelle’s work with the HHIVE Lab here.

Shatakshi Shekhar

Shekhar_Shatakshi HHIVE Writing Diabetes VolunteerMajor in Global Studies
Minor in Hindi and Neuroscience

“HHIVE Lab combines two of my passions, humanities and medicine. I had done an internship at a gynecologist’s private practice my junior year of high school. One thing she said to me has stuck with me till this day: “Many people believe medicine is just science. People forget the people aspect of medicine.” By the people aspect, she was referring to the patient’s culture, religion and socio-economic status and seeing the relationship between how those two can affect the patient’s health. Some religions such as Islam forbid Muslims to eat Pork. Is there are correlation between Muslims and obesity or Muslims in heart disease? Are there lower rates of heart disease in Muslims since they are not eating that red meat? A Hindu diet has a tendency to be on the no red meat side and a more vegetarian side. Is that why Hindu’s may be deficient in protein (a source for 10 of the 20 amino acids)? These questions come to my mind and I believe that HHIVE lab is the best place to start discovering the answers to these questions.”