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PhD, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Biology at California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Aadel is a Resident Physician at Stanford doing a postdoctoral fellowship in Max Diehn's lab via the Holman ResearchPathway. His research focuses on using circulating tumor DNA as a biomarker for cancer recurrence.
Aadel was born in California to parents from Bangladesh and India who came to this country for higher education.
As an undergraduate at MIT, Aadel completed two BS degrees, one in electrical engineering and computer science, and the other in biology. He also competed at a Division I level as a member of MIT's varsity lightweight rowing team. Aadel went on to Stanford Medical School where he completed two years of work towards his MD degree before starting his PhD at Caltech.
At MIT, Aadel worked in the lab of Nobel Laureate Phillip Sharp where he studied gene targets of a new class of small RNA molecules, called microRNAs, culminating in a publication in the journal Nature Genetics. His subsequent work on microRNAs at Caltech, under the tutelage of Nobel Laureate David Baltimore, has yielded primary authorship on two papers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and authorship on four other manuscripts in leading scientific journals.
Aadel won two major teaching awards at Caltech and mentored undergraduates as a Resident Associate. He also volunteered at Hollenbeck Middle School in Southeast Los Angeles.
Aadel's current research focuses on small RNAs in cancer and the immune system, and has has been supported by a Howard Hughes Medical Research Fellowship and an NSF graduate research fellowship.