Pooja Thorali

Undergraduate Intern

I am a junior at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle pursuing a B.A. in Biochemistry and a B.S. in Biomedical & Health Informatics, with a minor in Bioethics. I hope to attend medical school and am passionate about exploring the intersection between medicine and data science.

During the school year, I work at the UW Medicine Research Institute in Dr. Ojo’s lab to develop novel antimicrobial agents that can withstand the threat of resistance. I am also involved in Phi Delta Epsilon (a pre-medical fraternity at the UW), I am a mentor in a program for underserved students, and I am an editor for UW neuroscience club’s journal “Grey Matters.”

This summer, I will be using metabolic modeling techniques to develop patient-specific predictive models. Specifically, I will build a workflow to predict microbe-host co-production of trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) on a given dietary input. TMAO is a risk factor for heart disease. Ultimately, we hope to identify dietary interventions aimed at reducing circulating levels of TMAO.

For fun, I enjoy trying new restaurants, hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, and interior decorating.