Thriaksh Rajan

Thriaksh Rajan

From a young age, I witnessed how medical care varies widely across the globe. As a result, my research interests focus on improving the quality and delivery of healthcare to all people. I enjoy analyzing population health both inwardly and comparatively. This past summer, I investigated several etiologies of vertebral lumbar fracture in U.S. emergency departments. In summary, I found that housing injuries were the main risk factor, accounting for effectively 2 of every 5 low back fractures annually. I hope to refine my data science skills during my time at Penn, so I can better inform healthcare providers and policymakers of effective action plans. I am an open book and an available resource for any Penn students interested in anthropology, biology, or public health.

  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Paideia Fellow (2020-Present)
  • Research Assistant at Penn Spine Center (2020-Present)
  • Laboratory Assistant at Cancer Institute of New Jersey (2018)
  • PBS Stand Up To Cancer Emperor Science Award (2018)
  • New Jersey Governor’s STEM Scholar (2017)

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