Raghunandan Avula

Class of 2015


  • How Things Work: Neuroscience studies explain why humans experience empathy

    Like everything in our universe, humans are fundamentally a collection of molecules interacting with each other. Unlike anything else in our universe, however, humans share a unique ability to fully experience the world around them, largely because of our neurological complexity.

    Sci/Tech | August 25, 2014
  • New method analyzes how drugs affect gene networks

    Modern drug development is a lengthy, lavish, and laborious process largely because biological systems are complex and dynamic.

    Sci/Tech | August 15, 2014
  • Sailfish allows for faster gene studies

    A single cell is home to an unfathomable number of molecular interactions. Over one trillion cells work together perfectly to produce a well-oiled machine: the human body. Scientists, however, are fascinated with how the smallest deviation from the norm within a cell can have catastrophic consequences.

    Sci/Tech | April 28, 2014
  • Epigenetic patterns found in tumors

    Scientists are quickly learning that the hardwired code within the arrangement of DNA bases does not fully determine the fate of an individual organism. This current understanding is built on the idea of epigenetics — that DNA expression can vary between individuals and is not caused by specific changes to the DNA sequence itself.

    Sci/Tech | April 21, 2014
  • How Things Work: Using the Doppler effect to find missing MH370 flight

    Today, smartphones can be used to triangulate a person’s position within a few meters from almost anywhere on the Earth. Despite having this advanced technology, the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which vanished on March 8, 2014, is still ongoing, and there have been no traces of the plane. Much of the world has been shocked at how a Boeing 777-200 jetliner carrying 239 people on boar...

    Sci/Tech | April 14, 2014