I am a graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and a B.F.A. in Dance. Scientific research has always been fascinating to me because of how much knowledge and information can be gleaned by delving rigorously into the most fundamental mechanisms of life. I believe that finding answers to biological questions is an art, as it involves using basic principles to make a new discovery or develop a creative solution. Additionally, the intersection of medicine and engineering provides unique methods for combating the medical concerns of the future. In the Arora lab, my research focuses on how uterine gland structure and function affects the embryo at various stages of implantation. Through my research and further studies, I aim to contribute to scientific insights that will improve lives. Outside the lab, I enjoy dancing, creating art, and spending time with family and friends.
Manoj Krishna Madhavan
Graduate Student (Biomedical Engineering)
I am currently a fifth year PhD student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering. During my in-depth training in Biotechnology, I developed a curiosity and fascination towards the field of Biomedical Engineering. I am particularly interested in the challenges posed at the interface of engineering and medicine and want to develop ways to better connect both these fields. In the Arora lab, my research focuses on studying the mechanisms of embryo movement and embryo spacing in the mouse uterus. I am currently working on developing techniques to track the movement of embryos within the uterus in real time. Outside of the lab, I enjoy travelling, camping in Northern Michigan, going on walks and watching tv shows.
Graduate Student (Cell and Molecular Biology, BMS)
I completed my undergraduate degree at Michigan State University with a major in Food Science and a minor in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Currently, I am a graduate student in the Cell and Molecular Biology Program as part of the BioMolecular Sciences graduate program. My undergraduate and work experiences have inspired me to pursue an advanced degree to study the adverse effects of chemicals on biological processes. I am interested in identifying the molecular mechanisms by which chemicals drive the pathophysiology of major chronic diseases, with the aim to develop therapeutic strategies to protect and improve public health. In the Arora lab, I study the mechanism of uterine vascular remodeling during embryo development and the impact of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs on vessel development. Outside of lab, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.
I completed my undergraduate degree from the Lyman Briggs College majoring in Genomics and Molecular Genetics with a minor in Bioethics. I have been fascinated and passionate about the genetics’ field since learning about it in high school and I find research to be a great way to further understand my field of interest and its current applications. In the Arora Lab, I am currently studying the nature of uterine horn contractions and how they change during different stages of pregnancy. In the future, I plan to pursue a master’s degree in Genetic Counseling. In my free time I enjoy staying active with activities such as running, swimming, and Zumba.
I am a senior in Lyman Briggs College pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Genomics and Molecular Genetics. I am interested in research because it allows us to answer questions we have through testable hands-on experiments. I am intrigued by how changes in parts of an organism's DNA can alter the development of the organism as a whole, and how in research we use this information to better understand the human body. On campus, I am involved with the Pre-Physician Association. After graduating undergrad, my goal is to enter medical school and become a physician. In my free time, I enjoy reading, drawing, and taking walks with my family.
I am currently a senior in Lyman Briggs College pursuing a major in Human Biology as well as Physiology with a minor in Bioethics. After undergraduate school my hope is to enter medical school and become a physician. On campus, I am the president and co-founder of Michigan State's chapter of United Medical Relief, a peer mentor for the Honor's College and the BOND program, and I am member of Phi Delta Epsilon. Volunteering is one of my main passions and I am a Crisis Counselor for Crisis Text Line as well as a Medical Advocate for the Sexual Assault Healthcare Program at MSU. In my free time I love to swim, knit, and watch Netflix.
First year DO student
I am a second-year medical student at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I graduated from Michigan State University with Bachelor’s degrees in Physiology and Genomics & Molecular Genetics and a minor in Spanish, then earned my Master’s degree in Microbiology from MSU. I am interested in female reproductive physiology and plan to specialize in Obstetrics & Gynecology. As a physician, I hope to conduct clinical research to investigate complicated or high-risk pregnancies, with a particular focus on the relationship between the female genital microbiome and pregnancy outcome. In the Arora lab, I am evaluating the three-dimensional structure of the uterus to determine the impact of luminal folding on embryo orientation during implantation. Outside of the lab, I enjoy mountain biking and playing with my two cats.
I am currently a sophomore in Lyman Briggs College pursuing a major in Human Biology as well as Nutritional Sciences with a minor in Bioethics. I aspire to go to medical school after my undergraduate studies and become a physician. I am fascinated by women’s health and research because research has the astounding ability to answer the unanswered. This is one of the many reasons I enjoy research, as it is an outlook into understanding intricate ideologies and solving complexities unknown in the human body. I am interested to look into how uterine gland structure and function affects the survival and development of the embryo. On campus, I am involved in MSU Pre-Street Medicine, Perfect Pair, and Haven House. I also love dedicating my time to volunteering, and I am a volunteer for the Sparrow Hospital and the Mother Teresa House. In my free time, I love to play golf, watch Netflix, and bake.
I am a junior in Lyman Briggs College majoring in physiology and minoring in Arabic. I am also a part of OMSP and the Honors college. After my undergraduate studies, I hope to go to medical school as I aspire to be an OB-GYN as I am extremely passionate about women’s health and advocating for women in medicine and am also interested in working in research related to women’s health and reproductive illnesses and diseases as well. At MSU, I am a volunteer with SACI as a Crisis Advocate and am also a board member for Iraqi American Union and American Medical Student Association. I love fashion, art, and reading!
I am a junior at the University of Maryland Baltimore County majoring in biological sciences on the pre-med track. I am also a Meyerhoff scholar at UMBC. After completing my undergraduate degree, I plan to pursue higher education to be able to get into medical school to become a physician scientist. I am extremely invested in cell biology. To this end I am using image segmentation to quantify cell-specific gene expression in the Arora Lab. At UMBC I am also member of the Starz-Gaiano lab, which does research on cell motility and uses Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. In my free time I enjoy working out, cooking, hanging out with friends, and watching movies and shows.
I am a senior in the Honors College pursuing two Bachelor's degrees in Neuroscience and Genomics & Molecular Genetics, with a minor in Cognitive Science. I aspire to join a PhD program that combines Genetics, Neuroscience, and Cognitive Science. Since I was young, I have always been fascinated by breaking down science into smaller, more-detailed components and constantly questioning how to get even deeper. My sister has cerebral palsy, which has given me a persistent motivation to work towards treatments for birth disorders. To me, the beauty of doing research comes with discovering the new truths of science and helping pioneer new paths for the field. In the Arora Lab, I am interested to see how drugs, like NSAIDs, affect embryo movement and localization using 3D computational image analysis. Also, I am studying the patterns of neuronal innervation onto the uterus and observing the effects of neuronal development throughout the pregnancy cycle. Outside of the lab, I like to spend time at home with my pet hedgehog, Hedge.
I am a sophomore in Lyman Briggs College and majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Health Promotion. After my undergraduate studies I will pursue a career as a physician. I am eager to learn about women’s health research and to explore opportunities to help improve their health and safety in all aspects of their lives. On campus, I am a part of Pre-SOMA, UBI, and volunteer at Sparrow Hospital. I am also a part of the OMSP program and the Honors College. My hobbies include dancing and exploring new places!
High School studentI am currently a senior at Salem High School, and I am planning on majoring in Human Biology during my undergraduate studies. I am also the co-founder of Plymouth–Canton Welfare Project, a nonprofit aimed at providing support to the less fortunate in Plymouth and Canton. After my undergraduate studies I plan on pursuing medicine and becoming a doctor. Throughout my high school experience, I found personal value in serving others making it my dream to become a doctor. In addition to having a passion for biology, through my experiences in Arora Lab I have come to value and respect the science behind female reproduction. In the Arora lab, I mainly work with Imaris in order to locate embryos in a uterine horn. In my free time I enjoy reading, playing basketball, and volunteering.
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Current position: Research Assistant, Alessio Lab, Michigan State University
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