Hi, I am Ramya Chandrasekaran and I grew up in Chennai, India. I have a Bachelor’s in Industrial Biotechnology from Anna University, India and a Masters in Microbial Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. I joined Vanderbilt in 2011 to pursue my Ph.D. in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGP). I have been impressed with IGP’s curriculum and the amount of resources that they spend in recruiting the best graduate students into the program and the individual departments. Having rotated through multiple labs and departments, I decided to join the lab of Dr. Borden Lacy in the Microbiology and Immunology department. Borden is an excellent mentor and her research in the area of bacterial pathogenesis aligns perfectly with my interests. Together, we hope to understand and elucidate the mechanism of action of Clostridium difficile toxin A in humans.
I have grown to love Nashville in the time I have been here. As for research, Vanderbilt provides an extremely collaborative and flexible environment to conduct great science. I look forward to exploring the possibilities that Nashville and Vanderbilt has to offer.
Ramya was awarded an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship beginning in July 2013. The fellowship will provide funding for two years.