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Siva Teja Devarakonda

Siva Teja Devarakonda


Saint Louis University
Hometown:  St. Louis, MO
Thesis adviser: Fadi Salloum, Ph.D., F.A.H.A.; (Internal Medicine/Cardiology)

Research interests:

Teja’s undergraduate research experience is in the field of vascular biomechanics. He studied the effect of anti-hypertensive medications (Losartan, hydralazine) on the RNA expression profiles of rat carotid arteries in a bioreactor setting, and utilized computational models in predicting the mechanical properties of mice aorta and carotids. At VCU, he hopes to pursue research in physiology and biophysics.

Personal bio:

Teja was born in the city of Warangal, India and moved to the United States when he was 15 years old. He performed with an Indian fusion A cappella music in college, and plays classical guitar to relax.  He enjoys being outdoors (hiking, running), and harmonizing to random pop hits on the radio. He also likes reading novels for pleasure, and takes his Game of Thrones allegiances seriously.