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Vanderbilt University Class of 2017

Major Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology

Minor Astronomy

Leadership Head of Advertising @ Scientific Immersion & Mentorship

Academics | Extracurriculars | Interests

Academics

Pavan is currently a senior at Vanderbilt University. His major is in Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology and is minoring in Astronomy. His interest in both space and biololgy has lead him to pursue a unique career in space medicine.

He aspires to work at either NASA or a private spaceflight corporation as a researcher studying the effects of low-gravity, high-radiation environments on the human body. Such research is crucial to the future of human spaceflight, both scientific and commercial, to ensure the safety of spacefareres.

He is currently working at the Patel Lab at Vanderbilt University. His current project involves identifiying the nuclear factors driving a naturally occuring mtDNA heteroplasmy within the nematode Caenorhabditis briggsae. Dr. Patel accepted Pavan to work in his lab in the summer of 2015 following their meeting at a Scientific Immersion & Mentorship research fair in the spring of 2015. Pavan has since been working at the Patel lab focusing on mitochondrial genetics and bioinformatics. His past project includes interspecies crosses of C. briggsae and C. nigoni nematodes to identify paternal leakage in the cross progeny with the hopes of furthering the understanding of why there is a preference for maternal mtDNA transmission across eumetazoan fauna.

Extracurriculars

Pavan has recently been promoted to the Head of Advertising at the Scientific Immersion & Mentorship (SIM) board of Vanderbilt University. SIM is an organization devoted to strengthening the ties between undergraduates interested in research and the scientific community at Vanderbilt University. We hope that by acting as a resource that undergraduates unamiliar with the scientific community will have a better exposure to that community to capture the interests of more scientists of the future. At the same time, we provide resources for those who are already familiar with the local scientific community and want to further their involvement with it.

Pavan first joined the SIM board with the intention of creating a web presence for the board, since the then-year-old board had yet to create a website or host any information about themselves on social networks. Due to his interest in furthering the board's presence, he was admitted to the Board of Advertising. He acted as the leader of advertising push leading up to the SIM Spring Symposium (SIMposium) 2016. Following this, he was elected to a leadership position on the SIM Board as the head of the Advertising committee.

Interests

Pavan's interests range from creative writing to artificial intelligence. Below are short descriptions of his interests:

Creative Writing

Pavan is currently working on a short fiction work based in the Pacific Isles during the late 18th - early 19th centuries. An excerpt will be posted on this site in a new page soon. The rest of the story will be published here in installations, free of charge.

Astrobiology

How did life on Earth begin?

What were the conditions of early Earth that conferred upon our pale blue dot favorable conditions for the abiotic origin of protomolecules and eventually life?

The questions concerning the origins of life here, and potentially elsewhere, were once outside the realm of science. With current understanding of biology, geology, and chemistry, we can now begin to tackle this matter in a scientific manner.

Web Programming

The future is in technology, and specifically web technology. Web technology is largely unrestricted by operating system differences and applications built off of web technologies can be brought to current standards easily in a cross-platform manner easily.

Pavan's web applications will be released on his GitHub page, where you can keep track of their developments. His current interests in web programming are in using websites to publish educational infographics, much like ones published on Josh Worth's website.

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will transform global culture. Better predictive algorithms can save millions of lives in areas of poverty, famine, and natural disaster. Smart technology can save future generations by more efficiently utilizing limited resources such as clean water and slash electricity use.

Anthropology

Our cultural roots hold significant explanations of our cultural evolution and formation of present-day humans. It is in our best interest to learn as much about our own history as we possibly can, including our evolutionary and cultural paths before we became humans, in order to find out what our key drivers are as a species.

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