Peer Research Ambassador Mukund Desibhatla

Mukund Desibhatla '21

Mukund (he/him/his) is a senior pursuing a double major in Physiology & Neurobiology and Spanish with a minor in European Studies. He is a member of the Honors Program and STEM Scholars. Mukund serves as a broadcast mentor at WHUS 91.7 FM, where he debuted his original podcast series, Agents of Change. He is also the founder and president of Riyaaz, a South Asian classical fusion ensemble.

During his junior year, Mukund became involved in undergraduate research in Dr. John Salmone’s Lab, where he has investigated the effects of various dopamine transport inhibitors on effort-related motivation in rats. Dr. Salamone guided Mukund in creating his own unique project, for which he received a SURF Award for Summer 2020.

Driven by his passion for podcasting, Mukund aims to establish UConn’s first Podcast Symposium. He has most recently received the UConn IDEA Grant to materialize this mission. Outside of school, he loves to ski, play the accordion, and sip a good espresso. If you have any questions/concerns about getting started in research or developing creative ideas, he would love to hear from you!

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