Student Regent ('24)
Ziaee is a junior and first-generation college student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology on a Pre-Medicine Track with minors in Biology and Medicine & Society. Ziaee conducts research relating to food access and public health with the Fertitta Family College of Medicine and the Hewlett-Packard Data Science Institute at the University of Houston, and he has presented his work at institutions like Harvard University.
Currently, he is working with the Kennedy-Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine on projects relating to healthcare access as a RISE-UP Scholar. Ziaee is heavily involved with the Houston community, serving as a Membership Coordinator with UH Honors in Community Health. He is a past National Collegiate Officer with the American Red Cross and Secondary Board Representative with HOSA-Future Health Professionals. He is also a Tier One Scholar and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholar. Upon graduation, Ziaee intends to work as an academic physician, working at the intersection of medicine, data science, and policy.
Ziaee is part of a group of students appointed by the Texas Governor to serve on their respective university system governing boards. These students have the same powers and duties as regents, but do not vote or are considered part of a quorum. The first such appointees served from 2006 to 2007. Prior to this, student regents were elected by their peers.