Arnav Mehta

2011 Director/Chief Curriculum Officer

Arnav Mehta is currently a first year medical student in the combined MD/PhD program at the University of California Los Angeles and the California Institute of Technology.

Arnav graduated from Duke University in 2008, where he majored in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry and Mathematics. Arnav got involved with InnoWorks early in his Duke career and has enjoyed many roles ranging from camp staff to curriculum author while serving as the Chief Curriculum Officer from 2006 to 2007. He joined InnoWorks because of his passion for teaching young children and saw it as a wonderful opportunity to share his curiosity of the sciences. Arnav maintains that InnoWorks was one of his most rewarding experiences at Duke, one that allowed him to forge new friendships and learn constantly from his peers and the student participants.

While at Duke, Arnav led research projects in bioinorganic chemistry, biochemistry, genomics, applied math and public health. His work earned him a Beckman Foundation Scholarship, a Howard Hughes Research Fellowship, an American Chemical Society Research Scholarship and a Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention. During his sophomore and junior years Arnav competed in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, an international mathematics competition, and was recognized with an “Outstanding” rating and INFORMS prize both years for his models of the spread of global HIV/AIDS and the optimal way to board an airplane.

Arnav also served as the President of the Duke Red Cross, spending countless hours educating the public about minority health issues and helping organize teams that rose over $30,000 for Hurricane Katrina and the South Asia Tsunami, and as the President of the Global Health Forum. Arnav’s experiences in global health includes a project in New Delhi, India where he has spent his last two summers working to design and implement a microlending program for a highly marginalized and stigmatized community. In addition to these experiences, Arnav served as the Editor-in-Chief of Vertices, the undergraduate journal of science and technology, the Co-President of the Hindu Student Association, a teaching assistant in the mathematics and public policy departments, and a member of the Club Tennis Team.

Arnav hopes to pursue a career in academic medicine and is currently conducting research projects in biomathematics, structural biology and HIV/AIDS epidemiology. In his spare time Arnav enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing tennis, unsuccessfully trying to come up with new songs on his guitar, and making Indian food.

InnoWorks is a Winner of the 2007 BRICK Awards