Saajan Patel

Mentor: Dr. Mavis Agbandje-McKenna
College of Medicine
"Dr. McKenna was a guest presenter for my research seminar class. The presentation she gave on gene therapy using viral vectors just blew my mind. Ever since that presentation I was determined to get into her research lab, now here I am going into my 7th semester with the McKenna lab!"





Research Interests

  • Gene therapy
  • AAV vectors
  • virology

Academic Awards

  • Dean's List
  • HHMI science for life
  • Case Award
  • University Scholars Program


  • Streetlight
  • SWAG - SW Advocacy Group


  • Streetlight
  • SWAG-tutor
  • UF Health Peds

Hobbies and Interests

  • Running
  • Basketball
  • listening to stand up comedy
  • hanging out with friends

Research Description

AAV VP1u Externalization
The aim of this research is to determine the environmental conditions that allows for adeno-associated viruses’ (AAVs) viral protein 1 unique region (VP1u) to externalize, without the denaturing of the AAV viral capsid.