• Dhara Purohit,

    Ridge Point High School

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    Dhara attends Ridge Point High School and is a 4-year member and the current president of Project Pink, a cancer awareness club. She is also a member of the Spanish National Honor Society, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and Math Honor Society, as well as a Y.E.S. program participant. Outside of school, she is an active volunteer and enjoys helping the community. Dhara has also received the AP Scholar with Distinction award. Through her mentorship at the Houston Methodist Research Institute, Dhara was given the unique opportunity to explore biomedical engineering, specifically, nanotechnology. She hopes to be a part of the development of nanotechnology to treat several illnesses. Dhara believes this mentorship has prepared her for her future endeavors beyond college and has allowed her to expose herself to new topics of interest. Dhara plans to study Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin or Texas A&M University. 

    What feels like the end is often the beginning.

  • Mentors

    Nelson Hawkins, Jr.

    Dwanna Jones

    Manuela Sushnitha


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    At Houston Methodist, fostering innovations with the potential for clinical application is at the very heart of what we do. Our interdisciplinary teams of clinicians and researchers are committed to streamlining the process of translating discoveries into treatments and cures for our patients.


    Project Abstract


    Diabetes is a prevalent disease worldwide, and more than 34.2 million Americans are affected by this illness. The development of diabetes not only hinders one’s ability to digest glucose but also negatively impacts many other parts of the body. Many understand the danger diabetes poses to overall well-being and realize that currently there is no cure available, only a means to treat the symptoms of diabetes. However, the current treatment of diabetes, insulin injections, is very costly and inconvenient for patients. There are not many alternatives to insulin injections for the treatment of diabetes. In this study, a hypothetical nanoparticle is discussed that would be able to directly treat diabetes in a manner that is user-friendly, effective, and is not a treatment you have to use frequently. Nanoparticles provide a novel method for the treatment of diabetes and aim to develop a functional solution for patients suffering from diabetes.