Rishika Bysani

MCB Ambassador

Anticipated graduation date: May 2023

Research PI: Dr. Samantha Harris, Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Research Topic: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common cause of sudden cardiac death in young people and the most common inherited cardiac condition. Mutations in cardiac myosin binding protein C domains (cMyBP-C) have been identified as one of the causes of HCM. cMyBP-C is a muscle protein involved in the regulation of actin and myosin cycling kinetics. Our lab focuses on understanding cMyBP-C and its interaction with other sarcomere proteins as well as its overall contribution to muscle contraction. We also study animal models with known HCM mutations and use mechanical force measurements on individual heart cells to better understand HCM. 

Why Are you an MCB Ambassador? I decided to become an MCB ambassador because I think choosing the right major can be an overwhelming decision as it was for me. I found that MCB can open up so many different career choices with endless opportunities and is a rewarding experience. I am excited to share my experiences and hopefully help prospective students find MCB. 

What makes MCB great? The MCB advisors and our group of students are all very supportive and welcoming. Most of us are on different career paths with unique goals, yet MCB has been such an applicable and exciting major for us. MCB offers such a variety of classes and opportunities that supports all of our different interests.

What honors or awards have you received? Academic Year Highest Academic Distinction 2019-2020, Academic Year Academic Distinction 2020-2021