Nidhi Menon

I was born and raised in Mumbai, India. I moved to the United States when I was 18, and started college at Purdue University. Closer to finishing my undergraduate degree, I realized it would take more to quench my thirst for knowledge. I wanted to pursue an advanced degree and decided to apply for PhD programs where I could apply my engineering and biotechnology skills into developing robust platforms for life sciences and medicine, and continue learning more about the intricacies of the human body.

I was fortunate to be able to join Virginia Tech's Translational Biology, Medicine and Health program, and work with Dr. Caroline Jones to develop and evaluate platform for applications in cancer and immunology. Cancer has been prevalent in my family. I have seen, firsthand, the toll it takes on the patient and their loved ones. As a scientist and engineer, I have wanted to contribute to the understanding of the disease, and in its diagnosis and treatment the best I can, and I am very grateful that I received that opportunity.

I am set to graduate by the end of this year and I am excited to explore new opportunities, where my knowledge and skills can be applied to overcome current challenges in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry.