My interest in studying neurodegeneration and aging first began when I was an undergraduate student. I worked in a lab studying the clearance of alpha synuclein protein by an anti-inflammatory ayurvedic drug in Parkinson’s Disease models. In 2019, I further explored my interest in aging research as an AMGEN scholar where I studied the population dynamics of C. elegans and their mechanisms of aging. These experiences sparked my desire to pursue a path as physician-scientist. After studying neurology in our medical curriculum, I have been increasingly interested in studying the regulation of the blood brain barrier, neuroinflammation and cerebrovasculature. In the Thinakaran Lab, I am investigating the role of BIN1 in Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis.