Investigator Profile: Prashanth Vallabhajosyula

Associate Professor
Yale University








Where are you from originally, and where did you go to school?

I was born and grew up in Hyderabad, India.  I immigrated to New York, USA, when I was 14 years old.  I attended Yale University for undergraduate training, and Yale University School of Medicine for doctor of medicine training.  I went on to train at Johns Hopkins Hospital for residency training in General Surgery, fellowship at Oxford-Radcliffe Hospital, UK.  I then sub-specialized in cardio-thoracic surgery, completing my fellowship at University of Pennsylvania.

►What is your current position?

Associate Professor of Surgery at University of Pennsylvania

►Why did you decide to become a researcher?

I have always loved doing research.  In addition to caring for patients as a physician, I have loved doing translational research as a surgeon scientist. 

►What is the “Big Picture” of what you study?

I am studying the diagnostic potential of islet beta cell exosomes for detection and monitoring of type 1 diabetes.

►What is your favorite aspect of your research?

Exploring new areas of research.

► What do you hope to achieve with your research?

Develop a noninvasive biomarker platform for early detection and monitoring of type 1 diabetes.

► What groups are you involved with?

Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS)
American Society of Thoracic Surgeons
American Heart Associate
American Transplant Society

►When not in the lab what are your favorite hobbies/activities?

Playing squash and running.













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