Headshot portrait of Raman Nelakanti - Bio-X Undergraduate Fellow
2013 and 2011 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Bioengineering
Supported by: Dean of Research and VPUE
Mentor: Joseph Wu, Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular), and of Radiology

Raman is a rising senior in the bioengineering honors program. This summer in Joe Wu’s lab, he is conducting research on how the immune system responds to induced pluripotent stem cell transplants. Additionally, his secondary objectives for the summer include curing cancer. In the coming years, he hopes to attend an MD/PhD program and pursue a career in academia. Some of his other interests include basketball, arranging music, singing, and hiking.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 26, 2013:

The Humanized BLT Mouse Model has Superior Human Lymphocyte Engraftment but Lacks an Adequate Allograft Immune Response

Raman Nelakanti1, Nigel Kooreman1, Patricia de Almeida1, Joseph Wu1
[Department of Medicine (Division of Cardiology)1, Stanford University]

Home Department: undeclared
Supported by: Bio-X
Mentor: Richard Zare, Professor of Physics and Chemistry

Raman is a rising sophomore about to declare majoring in Bioengineering. He is from Sunnyvale, CA, which is quite close to Stanford. His interests include singing, cricket, hiking, and reading science books. His research this summer deals with developing a novel high-resolution RNA separation technique for microfluidic chips using capillary electrophoresis. The end goal for the project is to be able to analyze and detect RNA from single cells. Raman hopes to be a synthetic biologist and either work in academia or start a biotech company.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 17, 2011:

Microchip Capillary Electrophoresis for High-Resolution RNA Separation and Analysis

Raman Nelakanti2, Sam Kim1, Richard Zare1
[Department of Chemistry1, Stanford University; undeclared major2]