rohit aita2Major: Genetics

Certificate: Computational Genetics

Graduation Year: 2021


How did you decide on your major?

Genetics is increasingly becoming more of an important field in the realm of healthcare with understanding complex and idiopathic diseases. As a student on the pre-medicine track and someone with Crohn’s disease, I identified most with the research relevance and educational foundation of the Genetics major and department.

What is it about your chosen field (and the department) that appeals to you?

The “dry lab” intersection of programming and life sciences to form an essential component of the Genetics department really appeals to me. Within the area of computational genetics, there has been so much recent advancement with regards to computational tools such as the utilization of Big Data and innovation of single cell RNA sequencing.

rohit aita 1Do you have a favorite class/professor within your major?

My favorite professor within my major has been Dr. Verzi as he has not only been a great research adviser to me, but also a great mentor. Additionally, my favorite class has to be Honors Computational Genetics as the class first introduced me to this field when I was still an undecided freshman.

What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?

Outside of my major, I like how I am able to take Computer Science classes in combination with life science oriented classes.

What are your other Rutgers activities?

I am involved as a Peer Mentor in the Honors College Ally Mentoring Program, President of the IBD and IBS Association, volunteer through the HPO VIP program at the RWJ Emergency Department, and intern at the Verzi Lab focusing on Vitamin D deficiency and intestinal epithelial differentiation.

What are your plans following graduation?

My plan is to hopefully attend medical school after graduation.

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