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Thesis Thursday with Suhitha Veeravelli

February 18, 2016
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My name is Suhitha Veeravelli and I am a junior at the University of Arizona currently studying Physiology with minors in Spanish and Intercultural Studies. I was born in India and grew up in Phoenix, but in the last 3 years I have grown to love my new home in Tucson. In my free time, I enjoy eating my way through the various local restaurants, food festivals, and farmers markets and hiking the scenic trails of the mountains of Tucson. Through the support of the UBRP program, I was able to perform research this summer and during the school year in Dr. Bijan Najafi’s lab, the interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP), in the Department of Surgery at the Banner-University Medical Center. My main research focus is a project involving the evaluation of a novel exergaming (exercise-gaming) virtual reality wearable sensor-based technology for training and improvement in balance and gait in older HIV adults through a collaboration with Dr. Klotz in the Infectious Disease department. I am also currently working on an interdisciplinary project with Dr. Linda Garland at the Arizona Cancer Center to assess the impact of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) on cognition and identification of autonomic neuropathy in cancer patients using a similar technology. I am very grateful for the inspiring experiences and the exposure to translational research that the UBRP program has provided me with. I will be applying to medical school this summer and hope to pursue a career as a physician!

The University of Arizona’s Undergraduate Biology Research Program is partnering with KXCI 91.3 to produce “Thesis Thursday,” a weekly segment featuring student researchers talking about their undergraduate thesis projects, or research projects while working with University professors. Students describe their research, their overall goals and career interests and where they think their research will lead. As well, they get a chance to share the music and interests that motivate them.

Broadcast three times every Thursday with a new student each week.

Thursdays: 9:55 AM, 11:55 AM, and 2:55 PM

Produced by Cathy Rivers

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