Distinguished Majors

Ravichandran

Pranav Ravichandran is from Glen Allen, Virginia and graduated from Mills E. Godwin High School’s Specialty Center for Science, Math, and Technology. He is graduating with a Bachelor of Science with Specialization in Biochemistry degree.

Pranav has been a member of the Perez-Reyes lab in the Department of Pharmacology since spring semester of his first year. He has worked on a variety of different projects and has since focused his time on testing a novel model of epilepsy. His research has focused on stimulating mice and testing novel gene therapies to cure epilepsy symptoms.

Konathapally

Merly Konathapally is from Virginia Beach, Virginia and graduated from Ocean Lakes High School. She is graduating from U.Va. with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a Specialization in Biochemistry and a minor in Psychology. 

Gurung

Sadeechya Gurung is from Falls Church, Virginia, graduating from Justice High School in 2016. She is graduating from U.Va with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Specialization in Biochemistry and a Minor in Religious Studies.

Lee

Sean has been a member of Dr. Liheng Cai’s lab in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering since August 2018. His independent project investigates the potential use of the PS-bbPDMS-PS triblock copolymer in double emulsion fabrication. The double emulsion serves as a platform technology for which it could be used in various settings such as drug delivery, cellular research, etc.

Kouhestani

Mehron is from Virginia Beach, Virginia and graduated from Ocean Lakes High School. He is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a specialization in biochemistry.

Pede

Chris Pede is from Lynchburg, Virginia and was homeschooled, meaning he graduated high school as both valedictorian and bottom of his class. He's graduating from UVA with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. 

Fisher

Robert grew up in McLean, VA and graduated from Trinity Christian School in Fairfax. He will be graduating from UVA with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Specialization in Biochemistry, with ACS certification and a minor in Psychology.

Chung

As a student at the University of Virginia, Andrew Chung started his undergraduate journey attending Professor Walter D. Harman’s morning lecture, Principles of Chemical Structure. Learning from Professor Harman was an edifying experience that allowed for viewing chemistry from different perspectives. Furthermore, one of the biggest lessons taken away from Professor Harman was seeing things from a beginner’s point of view.

Sheehan

Colton Sheehan is from Farmville, Virginia and graduated from Prince Edward County High School. He will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a specialization in Materials Science, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and a Minor in Math.

Chai

Tina Chai is from Falls Church, Virginia and graduated from McLean High School. She is graduating from U.Va. with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a specialization in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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