Undergraduate Research Program

Shreya Patel

Major: Biology: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental
Mentor: Dr. Manda Patel PhD (True Binding, Inc.)

Contact: spatel97@uw.edu

Current research project: Anti-galectin3 Antibodies and Cardio-Renal Fibrosis


Shreya is a third year in the Biology department at the University of Washington. From January 2019 to January 2020, she worked at Seattle Children’s Research Institute investigating protein pathways in the brain that contribute to autism-associated behaviors. She then moved to the private sector where she is currently participating in a research intensive internship at TrueBinding, Inc. She performs in vitro work to study the efficacy of antibodies in halting and reversing the progression of cardio-renal fibrosis. She is interested in using her research background to pursue a career in a healthcare field that will allow her to apply genetic solutions to modern problems. As for her personal interests, she likes to bake cookies, take photos, and she is very fond of her plant baby Cole!


Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance
My current work is important in making progress in potentially halting and reversing the progression of fibrosis in the heart and kidneys.


When, how, and why did you get involved in undergraduate research?
I first got involved at Seattle Children’s Research Institute during the winter quarter of my first-year because I wanted to explore a research career and get hands-on experience applying concepts I was learning in my classes. Later, I joined a biopharmaceutical company to conduct research because I wanted to experience a different side of research and continue to develop my wet lab skills.


What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?
Follow up on any emails you send to faculty asking about research positions! Your email is likely to get buried so it is really important to follow up and remind them that you are still interested in collaborating with their lab.