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Kinesiology Department


Rishi Sinha, Sports Medicine 

RishiRishi Sinha (Martel College, ’18) is a Kinesiology major with a concentration in Sports Medicine and a minor in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. During his time at Rice, Rishi has had the opportunity to explore and solidify his interest in medicine through various clinical and research experiences at the Texas Medical Center.

Since his freshman year, Rishi has been involved in the Baylor College of Medicine Patient Discharge Initiative, an organization that allows students to volunteer as discharge coordinators at the Ben Taub Emergency Department (ED). He reviews with patients their discharge summary, medication schedule, home care instructions, and warning signs and symptoms that should prompt a return visit to the ED. He also connects patients to medical and social services such as Harris county’s financial health assistance program, prescription subsidies, low-cost primary care clinics, nutrition assistance, and job training programs. This experience has allowed Rishi to improve his patient interaction skills and to learn about the numerous post-discharge challenges faced by underserved patients. Rishi hopes to continue to expand his influence at the ED as an executive board member and shift leader, and he hopes that this experience will prepare him for a career in medicine working with and advocating for patients of all backgrounds.

Since his sophomore year, Rishi has participated in oncology research at the Texas Children’s Hospital. A family experience with cancer during high school sparked his interest in oncology and fuels his current research efforts. Working in a hematology/oncology lab, Rishi investigates protein signaling pathways in pediatric Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) that are involved in cancer cell survival and proliferation. The focus of the lab is to inhibit these pathways to sensitize the leukemia cells to chemotherapy. He looks forward to continued progress in his research so that his work may one day pave the way for clinical trials that improve outcomes for children with AML.

Aside from the medical center, Rishi is also an active member of the Rice community. As executive editor of the school’s science journal Catalyst, he works alongside writers and editors to produce articles that are accessible and enjoyable for all students at Rice. He enjoys sharing his passion for sports by coaching basketball to children with disabilities through the organization Rice All-Stars. He also helps students plan their academic endeavors and achieve their goals as a Peer Academic Advisor at Martel.

Outside of his academic and extracurricular pursuits, Rishi likes playing basketball and guitar and enjoys spending time with friends and family.

After graduating from Rice, Rishi plans to attend medical school and become a physician. He is currently interested in oncology but is also considering orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He hopes to eventually practice in an academic setting to combine his interests of research and patient care.