Raghu Appasani was born and raised in the Boston, MA area for the majority of his life. As a one year old, he lived in rural India for two years. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2012 with a Bachelors of Arts in Neuroscience & Behavior and Science in Society. While at Wesleyan, Raghu founded The MINDS Foundation, served on the University’s Academic Honor Board, was a Director of the Wesleyan Investment Group, founded a student committee for the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and was a member of Shakti (South Asian Student Group).
Raghu has extensive research experience through his work in the labs of Dr. Michael Greenberg, Dr. Laurie Jackson-Grusby, Dr. Eric Kandel, Dr. Jingyue Ju, Dr. Janice Naegele, and Dr. Eric Nestler. For his neuroscientific research, he received the Intel Science Talent Search Semi-Finalist Award, the Sanofi-Aventis BioGENEius International Finalist Award, and the Genzyme Award. Raghu has a true passion for social entrepreneurship and has been recognized as a One Young World Delegate Speaker and Ambassador, a StartingBloc Fellow, a Dell Top 40 Semi-Finalist, and was a semi-finalist in MassChallenge. Raghu received his MD from The University of Massachusetts Medical School.