Priyal Parikh

Student

Emory University
Department of Biochemistry
Office: Rollins Research Center
4150 Rollins Research Center
AtlantaGA 30322
Email: jpriyal.parikh@emory.edu

Biography

Priyal Parikh is from Montgomery, New Jersey and is in her last semester at Emory College of Arts and Sciences. She is working towards a Bachelor of Science in Biology and has completed a minor in Economics. Priyal hopes to attend medical school, and currently has an interest in emergency medicine and neurology after serving as an Emergency Medical Technician for the last five years. In addition to working in the Liang Lab, Priyal is involved in multiple service organizations on campus, and has interacted with many members of the Atlanta community as a result. Her passion for working with children was discovered when she mentored dozens of elementary school students in math and reading. She continued helping children as a clinical research intern on a gastroenterology study at the pediatric clinic of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Her experiences with children inspired her interest in our research, which focuses on the RNA synthesis processes of two viruses that cause severe pediatric respiratory tract diseases. Priyal was also a research assistant for a study utilizing a screening tool to measure the hereditary risk of breast and ovarian cancers for patients at the mammography clinic in Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute. Through her past endeavors, Priyal has gained a passion for serving diverse communities. She looks forward to helping the members of the Liang Lab further their understanding of the ribonucleoprotein complexes and membrane proteins studied, as well as learning about the important techniques that will assist her when she conducts research as a physician.