Undergraduate Researcher – University of Pennsylvania
Aravind is currently pursuing his B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology and B.S. in Economics, with Concentrations in Statistics and Healthcare Management & Policy, as part of the University of Pennsylvania's Vagelos Program in Life Sciences & Management (LSM). He joined the Greenberg Lab, part of the Abramson Cancer Center, Basser Center for BRCA, and Penn Center for Genome Integrity at Penn Medicine in September 2021 and works to elucidate the mechanisms underlying Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres and the interaction between ALT and the telomerase-mediated pathway in cancer cells. He is fascinated with mechanisms of DNA repair in response to DNA damage, and is interested in understanding cancer and other genetic diseases through the lens of DNA damage, with an eye towards developing novel strategies that can promote DNA damage repair for early-stage disease treatment and even prevention. He aims to pursue an MD-PhD to continue this line of research on DNA damage and repair in the context of cancer and other diseases, and translate this basic science into clinically-applicable therapeutic strategies that more effectively target the root cause of these diseases. Outside of the lab, Aravind loves playing basketball and spending time in nature.