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Eshan Patel

Class of 2013
Major/Minor: Biology and Psychology (Premed) / Chemistry

Eshan Patel ’13 attended a high school twice the size of Washington College. So he appreciated the family atmosphere of the John S. Toll Science Center, where he and other young scientists worked closely with their professors to hone their skills in the lab, learn how to write scientific papers, and determine their career focus.  

As a John S. Toll Science and Mathematics Fellow, Eshan studied the toxic effects of chronic exposure to heavy metal compounds, which has been linked to an increase in several morbidities among affected individuals. With the support of his mentor Dr. Mindy Reynolds, Eshan published two first-author peer-reviewed articles while at Washington College. His scientific accomplishments garnered him the CRC Press Chemistry Achievement Award and the Biology Department Research Award. 

At commencement, Eshan was the recipient of the Gold Pentagon Award and the Clark-Porter Medal. The Gold Pentagon recipient is selected by Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society for outstanding service to the College. The Clark-Porter Medal is awarded to “the student whose character and personal integrity, in the opinion of the faculty, have most clearly enhanced the quality of campus life.” Previously that year, Eshan was also awarded the national Willard F. Rockwell, Jr. Scholarship-Leadership Award. 

After graduation, Eshan completed a two-year NIH post-baccalaureate research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, supported by an Intramural Research Training Award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). He studied the international epidemiology and pathogenesis of HIV and its co-infections under the mentorship of Professor Thomas C. Quinn, MD, MSc. Dr. Quinn is the Chief of the International HIV/STD Section of the Laboratory of Immunoregulation, NIAID, NIH and the Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health.

Eshan recently enrolled in the Master of Public Health degree program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and plans to attend medical school. Eshan is committed to the discovery and implementation of evidence-based methods to improve both individual and community health.  

Campus Involvement
  • Presidential Fellow
  • John S. Toll Science & Mathematics Fellow
  • Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellow
  • Resident Assistant
  • Biology Peer Tutor & TA
  • Biology Lab Assistant
  • President, Omicron Delta Kappa, Leadership Honor Society
  • President, Health Occupations Students of America
  • Pledge Educator & Social Chair, Kappa Sigma Fraternity
  • Vice-President, Order of Omega, Greek Leadership Society
  • Vice-President, American Chemical Society
  • Student Representative, Institutional Review Board
  • Relay for Life Committee, Colleges Against Cancer
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Member, Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Honor Society
  • Member, Beta Beta Beta, Biology Honor Society
  • Member, Gamma Sigma Epsilon, Chemistry Honor Society
  • Member, Psi Chi, Psychology Honor Society