Rohit Thummalapalli (ES ’13) is majoring in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry. Originally from Miami, Florida, Rohit has developed a keen interest in global health and international development through his experiences at Yale. He is interested in developing health care infrastructure in resource-poor areas, and is working with the LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India on designing and evaluating a community intervention program for schoolteachers aimed at improving children’s eye health. Currently, he is working on expanding this model to neighboring villages in the state of Andhra Pradesh. In addition, as President of Yale Rotaract, Rohit is working with the Rotary Club of New Haven and Rotary International on other projects in India, including the development of a vocational training center and equipment of a newly built eye hospital in rural towns in the state of Maharashtra. In New Haven, Rohit works as a research director of the Yale Sight Savers Program, organizing community glaucoma screenings and evaluating strategies to maximize patient follow-up rates. In addition, he has pursued interests in biochemistry and neuroscience by working in Elke Stein’s neurobiology research lab since freshman year. In the future, Rohit hopes to attend medical school and serve as a clinician in an international setting.