Inspired at Valpo

Ashita Bhatnagar ’18Ashita Bhatnagar ’18, one of the more than 700 international students at Valpo, has immersed herself in the community both inside and outside the classroom. As a Christ College — The Honors College student and biology and psychology major with her eyes set on chemistry as a third major, Ashita is fully engaged academically with hopes to attend medical school upon graduation.

In summer 2016, Ashita engaged in a 10-week research experience in the chemistry department. Working alongside fellow students and faculty advisor Thomas Goyne, the research team sought to chemically synthesize a fluorescent amino acid. The goal is to understand how a protein works in a living cell. Ashita is one of an elite few who have worked with the Ultra-Performance Liquid Chromatography Instrument, which is used to analyze the products of the synthesis process.