Rahul is most excited about the intersection of clinical medicine and basic science research, and to advance his training he is pursuing an MD-PhD in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program. For his PhD, he is co-advised by Dr. Vamsi Mootha and Dr. Benjamin Neale, with whom he is working to apply statistical principles to large scale genetic and metabolomic data to understand how changes in mitochondrial function links to disease. His work on various projects has culminated in 5 papers thus far. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with majors in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Biology, Rahul attributes his academic success to his insatiable curiosity. He has won several awards, including the Donald F. & Mildred Topp Othmer Scholarship Award, a national award for students with outstanding academic records and strong involvement in extracurriculars.
Rahul is enthusiastic about instilling a love for learning in his peers through teaching and mentoring. During undergrad, he founded Access Engineering to provide underserved high schoolers with mentorship and an introduction to engineering through free courses. Access now hosts over 70 students weekly. He has served as a tutor for science and computer science coursework, as well as a TA for multiple introductory engineering courses. His core strengths include statistics and medical school admissions strategy.
Beyond academics, Rahul loves reading about and discussing politics, science, and just about anything else. He also loves exploring, and is currently working up the initiative to restart his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training.