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Aakash Arumugam

Sacramento Country Day High SchoolClass of 2024Rocklin, California


Hello! My name is Aakash Arumugam and my Polygence project is "Measuring Ferritin levels at Home." Being a passionate endurance athlete, I was diagnosed with chronic sports anemia due to a strenuous training load that resulted in low iron levels in the blood. Since ferritin is a functional biomarker for iron, finding an easy and inexpensive way to quantitatively measure ferritin at home would not only help me but also others who may have similar needs. By the end of this project, I would like to have written a research grant proposal that I can take to nearby labs to design a test kit and test it out. To do this, I will reach out to UC Davis and see if they can help me design this test kit.