Investigator Profile: Prashanth Vallabhajosyula
HIRN New Investigator Award Recipient
►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)
►When not in the lab what are your favorite hobbies/activities?
Playing squash and running.