2022 - 2023 Fellows

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Ashni Kapadia is a rising junior in the School of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Molecular Biology/Biochemistry and Philosophy. On campus, Ashni worked as a peer reviewer for the Aresty Undergraduate Research journal, tutored for the learning center, and is a board member of the Molecular Biology Society. Off-campus, she works at a research lab studying drug interaction and metabolism through machine learning computational studies along with an intrabacterial drug metabolism platform that informs and can help create new therapeutic strategies. Her interest in public health and policy reform stems from her work as a crisis counselor for the Crisis Text Line, EMT, and working as a patient care technician at a hospital. Ashni hopes that the Gardner Fellowship helps her understand the delicate balance between public policy and community health, as well as what goes into sustainable health reform. After college, Ashni aspires to attend medical school and pursue a career in medicine, advocating for her patient’s rights. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, watching Netflix, and traveling.