Who, What, Why: Lasya Sreepada on decoding Alzheimer’s disease

Lasya Sreepada stands with her arms crossed, looking into the distance, with trees and campus buildings in the background
“My work is beyond me,” says Lasya Sreepada, a doctoral candidate at the School of Engineering and Applied Science. “It’s really about answering fundamental questions to better people’s lives.”

Lasya Sreepada has always been fascinated by the brain and the underlying biology that shapes how people develop and age. “My curiosity traces back to observing differences between myself and my sister,” says Sreepada, a Ph.D. candidate whose research unites efforts across Penn Medicine and Penn Engineering. “We grew up in the same environment but had remarkably different personalities, which led me to question what drove these differences and which brought me to the brain.”

Her academic journey began by applying medical imaging to understand how brain injuries sustained by professional athletes or military veterans impact their brain structure and chemistry over time. She became curious about how neurotrauma impacts aging and degeneration in the long term. Now, she leverages large, multimodal datasets to investigate neurodegenerative disease, with a particular focus on Alzheimer’s.

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