Senior Neil Patel explains the moral obligation Harvard students have in making the world a better place
Articles By: Neil Patel
Neil Patel '13 was the Managing Editor of the Harvard Political Review in 2012. He grew up on Long Island and graduated from Herricks High School in 2009. At Harvard, Neil is currently majoring in Human Evolutionary Biology with a minor in Global Health Policy. Beyond political analysis, Neil's academic interests include molecular genetics and health policy. He has conducted policy research on the risk and management of cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases at both the Harvard School of Public Health and at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. In addition to his involvement with the HPR, he is also co-President of Harvard Dharma, teaches science in elementary schools through Experimentors, a Sustained Dialogue participant, and serves as a Peer Study Leader for the introductory genetics course. Neil plans to attend medical school after college. Having been named after Neil Armstrong, Neil loves anything sci-fi. He also speaks Gujarati and Spanish and believes that there is an ABBA song for every situation in life.
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