Biomedical Engineering, UNC-Chapel Hill
Ramya Varadarajan joins EnMed’s class of 2024 from Greensboro, North Carolina, where she received her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering with a minor in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Throughout her time at UNC, Ramya served as co-president of the Biomedical Devices Club and was a leader and active member in the Helping Hand Project, an organization that makes free prosthetic hands for kids. In the summer, she also worked at Arthrex Inc., an orthopedic surgical device company where she helped surgeons and product managers develop innovative new devices and tools for surgery.
Before medical school, Ramya spent a year working in the Section for Functional Imaging Methods at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where she helped develop cutting-edge fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) methodology and studied the dynamics of fMRI signal fluctuations. She also participated in fMRI research related to the development and progression of dementia at the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity at Oxford University, England, during a summer study-abroad experience.
She plans to use her time at EnMed to hone skills in innovation, creativity, and problem-solving. She’s interested in pediatrics, but wants to keep an open mind about her future career. She enjoys dancing, painting, singing and all outdoor activities, and is trained in classical Indian dance.