Year group: 2007
Degree: MPhil, Epidemiology
College: Gonville & Caius
Home country: India
Current position: Fellow in Haematology and Oncology Department at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Aju came to Cambridge at a time when he was seeking a specific career path after graduating medical school in India. Aju says that Cambridge exposed him to the "best brains in the world, both teachers and fellow students, the most conducive environment to research and advanced studies, and a bunch of precious friends".
Aju began his studies at Cambridge in 2007 when he was awarded a Shell Centenary Commonwealth Shared Dharam Hinduja & JNMT Cambridge Scholarship.
Aju says about Cambridge "It has an excellent social and spiritual atmosphere other than just being an academic haven. I discovered new passions for squash, biking, made great friends, and also learnt to punt! It was such an awesome experience that I still fondly mention to my friends that I would love to relive those days. I also found great company and spiritual learning through the activities of the Cambridge Graduate Christian fellowship. The Indian student community at Cambridge is very active and regularly hosts social events. Overall, a great place to be, among some great people."
After graduating from Cambridge, Aju was recruited to the residency training program in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. While doing residency, he won the American Society of Clinical Oncology merit award and the American Association for Cancer Research Scholar-in-training award for his research work in breast cancer. "Both of these awards would not have been possible without my excellent training in Cambridge."
Aju is currently continuing with his training in medicine in the subspecialty field of haematology and oncology (cancer and blood disorders).