Ali Fakhrudin Dadawalla

Chemistry Tutor, Learning Center
2023 Student Trustees’ Award Winner
California State University, Fresno

​​Dadawalla was inspired to study neuroscience after watching a family friend struggle with Parkinson’s disease, so he helped create the major at Fresno State. The honors student and President’s Scholar has worked in research labs and presented his findings across California on several neurodegenerative diseases. “While my research may not have a direct effect on the vast community of individuals suffering from these diseases, I know my work can have the impact to aid future researchers in conducting potentially life-changing studies,” he says. This fall he received the CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement, the highest student distinction within the university. In 2022 he received the Paul DeRuosi Memorial Community Service Scholarship in recognition of his extensive volunteerism. Dadawalla works as a chemistry tutor and served on the Deans’ Student Advisory Circle in the College of Science and Mathematics. He plans to pursue a doctorate and become a physician-scientist in the Central Valley, researching neurodegenerative diseases and treating patients in underserved communities.

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