Ruchit Nagar is a junior Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology major, focusing on biotechnology from Houston, TX. He has a background in biomedical research, having worked in anti-cancer drug development, lung bioengineering in the Niklason Lab, bioinformatics research in the Gerstein lab. Recently he has focused more on global health research, studying HPV epidemiology in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and computational epidemiology with Twitter data at HealthMap.org. As an undergrad, Ruchit has been involved in Community Health Educators, teaching about substance abuse and healthy sex, HAPPY, a hypertension awareness group, and Musical Cure, directing collaboration between Yale and local New Haven medical centers and coordinating the development of an Arts Channel at Yale New Haven Hospital. He is helping develop a curriculum for a new interdisciplinary class on social health entrepreneurship and innovation with Professor Marty Klein. Ruchit hopes to continue pursuing innovations in medicine moving forward to make a large scale impact.
- BostonUnited States of America2013Internship
This past summer I split my time working between Boston and Guayaquil. In Boston, I was working for HealthMap, a computational epidemiology group at Boston Children’s. My project concerned analyzing geocoded Twitter data to retrospectively monitor the 2012-2013 flu season, which was overestimated by the Google Flu Trends prediction algorithms. At HealthMap, I also worked on developing a research tool for other investigators to track the movement of flu related tweets. In Guayaquil, I was working in a diagnostic lab, using molecular biology techniques to assess HPV prevalence for women in Guayaquil. The research was motivated by the fact that the universal HPV vaccine is targeted towards high risk genotypes 16 and 18, which may not apply to the Ecuadorian population being studied. Additionally in Guayaquil, I was able to shadow doctors and attend classes with medical students at the Luis Vernaza Hospital and Instituto Nacional de Investigacion en Salud Publica in gynecology, gastroenterology, and intensive care. This exposure to healthcare in a growing, urbanized Latin America was a great experience.