Eshan Patel

Class of 2013
Major/Minor: Biology and Psychology / 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 honed skills in the lab, served the local community, and developed into a campus leader.  

As a John S. Toll Science and Mathematics Fellow, Eshan studied the toxic effects of chronic exposure to heavy metal compounds, which is a risk factor for multiple chronic morbidities. With the support of his mentor Dr. Mindy Reynolds, Eshan published two first-author peer-reviewed articles while at Washington College.  Among several other accomplishments, Eshan was committed to creating a supportive and collaborative community among pre-health professionals.  He developed the organization Health Occupations Students of America to provide like-minded students an opportunity to serve the local community, discuss the latest biomedical discoveries, and promote public health education. 

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.”  His scientific accomplishments also garnered him the CRC Press Chemistry Achievement Award and the Biology Department Research Award.

After graduation, Eshan completed an 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 Dr. Thomas C. Quinn, MD, MSc, Chief of the International HIV/STD Section of the Laboratory of Immunoregulation, NIAID, NIH.

Eshan subsequently obtained a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Epidemiological & Biostatistical Methods for Public Health & Clinical Research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is passionate about the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based interventions aimed to improve both individual and community health, especially among underserved populations.

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