Aayushi Patel is the Administrator for Researchers for Change. Her list of responsibilities include ensuring all meetings are effectively planned, organized, and recorded; liaising with team leaders to plan meetings and to receive agenda items; circulating communication and correspondence to organization members in a timely manner; and creating a schedule of all organization meetings and events. She is also working in Researchers for Change learning and raising awareness about COVID-19.
Currently, she is a sophomore (Class of 2023) and a Schreyer Honors Scholar at Penn State Harrisburg planning to major in Biology, Genetics and Developmental, and double minoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Business Administration. After graduating, she plans to attend medical school. During her freshman year, she started her research at the Central Pennsylvania Research and Teaching Laboratory for Biofuels. Her research looked at the effect of a novel organic compound Sea-1, on the metabolic profile of industrial hemp plants. Preliminary analysis of extracts from the treated hemp plants displayed improved antimicrobial properties against several bacterial species. The anti-tumorigenic properties of these extracts are now being studied at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine. During this COVID pandemic, she is working on summarizing her research data and writing two review papers. She also loves to listen to music and play the piano and the alto saxophone, loves to travel, and is passionate about helping people.