Ranjan hails from a small village in Lamjung district – the gateway to Annapurna Circuit Trekking. While growing up, he thought he would become a school teacher in his village. Now he is taking this interest in mentoring to a different level through NepSAS.
Ranjan’s interest in life sciences began when he started his B.Sc. in biochemistry and cell biology at the Jacobs University Bremen in Germany. During that time, he got an opportunity to attend a summer undergraduate research program at New York University, School of Medicine. It was here that he had the yearning to understand molecular mechanism that underlies cancer progression. To pursue this interest, he joined the cancer biology master program at the Heidelberg University and the German Cancer Center in Germany. Now, he is completing his Ph.D in cancer biology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich where he investigates the role of physical forces in cancer metastasis using novel microfluidic platform coupled with live cell imaging.
Ranjan wants to exploit the power of molecular biology, genetics and microfluidic technologies in solving local problems and harness local opportunities. As the president of NepSAS, he wants to create synergies with other like minded Nepalese students to develop contextualized technologies for Nepal.