Saee Patwardhan

  • B.S. in Biomolecular Science


Global Challenge: Personalized medicine in developing countries

I have learned that sticking to what is easy will never be gratifying or beneficial. I must push myself past convention to see a world full of disparities that I have the ability to change."


I was born in Bombay, India and grew up in Louisville, Kentucky! I came to Brooklyn to pursue my Bachelor's degree in Biomolecular Science. I am currently a junior, and am also a member of the BS/MS program, in which I am getting a joint Master's degree in Biotechnology. Over the summer of 2022, I participated in the Undergraduate Summer Research Program at NYU Tandon. Working in Dr. Weiqiang Chen's bioengineering lab, I helped fabricate a biosensing chip for advanced cytokine detection and application to CAR T-cell therapy. More recently, I have joined Dr. Yi Ye's lab at NYU's College of Dentistry where I am studying the pain mechanisms of oral cancer and their connection to the peripheral nervous system. After college, I would like to continue my work in an industry research lab, primarily in the fields of immunology, oncology, and genetics!

The Global Challenge that interests me most is access to healthcare. What has become apparent to me, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, is that quality healthcare is not accessible to a vast majority of people. I hope to tackle this challenge through research that can bring about drugs and treatments that are more affordable and effective.
When I get free time, you can typically find me playing guitar or bingeing a comfort TV show. Coupled with my academic journey, I would love to learn more about music production, as well as learn how to play more instruments.