First-Year Medical Student Appointed to UVM Board of Trustees
- By Erin E Post
First-year University of Vermont medical student Raj Thakrar has been appointed by the Associated Directors for the Appointment of Student Trustees to the UVM Board of Trustees. His two-year term of service became effective March 1, 2013.
“This will be one of the biggest responsibilities I have ever had,” Thakrar said. “However, I look forward to the challenge and I am excited about working with the Board, President Sullivan, the university's administration, faculty, and staff. With their support, I am confident that that we will secure a strong future for the University of Vermont."
Thakrar joins on the board three new legislative trustees and a new gubernatorial appointee. The Board of Trustees has full legal responsibility and authority for the University of Vermont, including entire management and control of property and affairs of the university. The Board of Trustees sets and approves policies, budgets and strategic planning.
“I believe that as a medical student, I will bring a unique perspective to the Board of Trustees,” he said. “During my tenure, I hope to share my experiences with other Board members [and] help them gain insight into how the College's operations function.”
Thakrar, who succeeds former student trustee Kyle DeVivo, comes to the position with a range of scientific research experience. Prior to beginning medical school, Thakrar received a master's degree in physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University. He also spent a year in the biomedical laboratory of Robert Langer, Sc.D., at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he investigated a novel therapy for Type 1 diabetes using transplant surgery. During his first semester at UVM, he collaborated with Houman D. Hemmati, M.D., Ph.D., a UVM assistant professor of surgery and ophthalmologist at Fletcher Allen Health Care, and devised a new treatment protocol for Recurrent Corneal Erosion Syndrome, a debilitating and painful eye condition. Thakrar is also co-founder of JT Productions, a disc jockey company based in Massachusetts.