Amrita Vavilikolanu - Research Program Coordinator
Amrita Vavilikolanu attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a Minor in Spanish. Amrita Vavilikolanu participated in a number of student groups at the school, including Amnesty International, the Denison Chemical Society, and the Student Global AIDS Campaign Steering Committee. As a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, The Premedical Honor Society, Amrita Vavilikolanu served as Vice President during her senior year.
In addition, she spent the summer before her senior year in Santiago, Chile. While there, Amrita Vavilikolanu interned with a Chilean doctor and took courses at a local university. She excelled in her undergraduate work, appearing on the dean’s list. Following graduation from Denison, Amrita Vavilikolanu joined AmeriCorps in the Bronx, New York. She spent several months as a School Health Educator and Outreach Programmer, coordinating health programs for two area elementary schools. In addition, she provided consultations for hygiene, asthma, and nutrition to children ages 3 to 13. Furthermore, she organized and led various workshops and events, such as social justice forums for the program’s participants.
The following summer, she served as Residence Director for Exploration Summer Senior Program in New Haven, Connecticut. Currently, Amrita Vavilikolanu acts as a Research Program Assistant for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Research Program Coordinator for the School of Nursing. In those roles, she manages databases and supports research studies focusing on senior citizens affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. She also worked as a Research Program Volunteer for the University’s Autoimmune Disease Research Center, assisting with a study concerning autoimmune regulator (AIRE) function and autoimmune polyendocrinopathy-candidiasis-ectodermal dystrophy (APECED).