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Nikhil Ailaney is a sophomore majoring in Biology and Psychology and minoring in Chemistry and Mathematics at VCU. Upon entering VCU, he was accepted into the Honors College and the Guaranteed Admissions Program in Medicine. His journey with research began with his interest in Parkinson’s disease and its etiology. His future research interest involves environmental causes and possible treatments for the disease.

Ailaney plans to attend medical school to pursue a career in surgery. His past experience includes working as a surgical assistant in the field of maxillofacial surgery. Ailaney currently serves as a mentor for the Carver Promise, a volunteer at the Medical Center of Virginia and is active in the Honors College Idea Exchange (HCIE) and VCU Thandavam.

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