Nitish Sood

About me
Our brightest dreams and our greatest fears are just over that horizon ~ Kent Nerburn


About me

        I'm currently attending the Medical College of Georgia and focused on my research in Infectious Diseases, Emergency Medicine, and Immunology! In addition, I serve as Director of Finances for Feed the Frontlines GA, a nonprofit that provides fresh, local, and healthy food to healthcare professionals on the frontlines of COVID-19.

Nitish Sood


Nitish Sood
20 years
4.0 GPA; 523 MCAT
5 Publications,
3 National presentations,
13 State & local presentations


“Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.”
~ José Ortega y Gasset

Publications (5)

  1. Tellis, Gerard J. and Sood, Ashish and Sood, Nitish, Price of Delay in COVID-19 Lockdowns: Delays Spike Total Cases, Natural Experiments Reveal (May 4, 2020). Available at SSRN:
  2. Tellis, Gerard J. and Sood, Nitish and Sood, Ashish, Why Did US Governors Delay Lockdowns Against COVID-19? Disease Penetration vs Learning, Cascades, and Political Polarization (April 13, 2020). Available at SSRN:
  3. Reddy, V., Sood, N., Hua, J., Ibikunle, C. “A Retrospective Analysis of Weight Loss Associated with the ORBERA Intragastric Balloon at a Single Bariatric Center”. Global Surgery. March 2020.
  4. Tellis, Gerard J. and Sood, Ashish and Sood, Nitish, How Long Should Social Distancing Last? Predicting Time to Moderation, Control, and Containment of COVID-19 (March 28, 2020). Available at SSRN:
  5. Reddy, V., Sood, N., Hua, J., Kaplan, J., Postoev, A., Ibikunle, C. "Impact of Price Transparency on Patient Relationships in an Outpatient Surgical Center". Journal on Surgery. March 2020.

Published Abstracts (3)

  1. Sood, Nitish; Crepeau, Rebecca; and Ford, Mandy. Role of CD28 Signaling on T cell Phenotype following Lymphodepletion and Homeostatic Reconstitution (April 2020). Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
  2. Mehra, Mehul; Sood, Nitish; Mittal, Anav; Bates, Christopher. Using Alu Elements to Identify Orthologous Chromosomes Across Primates (April 2020). Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
  3. Sood, Nitish; Mehra, Mehul; Mittal, Anav; Bates, Christopher. Sequence Analysis of Homologous Alu Elements: A Novel Methodology for Primate Phylogenetic Tree Construction (April 2020). Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

Media Coverage

Multiple national news outlets have covered my research. Bloomberg covered my research on the decision making processed used by Governors when they locked down the states. Yahoo Finance has covered multiple of my articles, linked here, here, and here. In addition, my research has been covered by, Medical Xpress, Neuroscience News,, MSN, and others.

In addition, as of April 20th 2020, I had papers in SSRN's Top 10 Download List in the following categories: (1) the Medical Research Network, Medical Specialities eJournal, Human Health & Disease eJournal, Health Economics eJournal, Interdisciplinary Coronavirus & Infectious Disease Related Research, Political Economy: National, State, & Local Governnment; Intergovernmental Relations eJournal, Government Expenditures & Health, and National State & Local Government: Health Education & Welfare.

As of April 20th 2020, my paper is the most downloaded paper of all time on SSRN in Government Expenditures & Health.

Presentations (15)

  • Emergency Medicine/Biomedical Device Construction, Independent Research
    • Title: “Enhancing CPR Training: Development and Analysis of an Affordable Real-Time Feedback Manikin”
    • Oral Presentations (3): Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference (Nov 2019); Augusta University Center of Undergraduate Research (Nov 2019); Phi Kappa Phi Student Research Conference (Mar 2019)
    • Poster Presentations (2): Posters at the State Capitol (Mar 2019), Medical College of Georgia’s Ignite the Dream (Feb 2019)
  • Immunology, Emory School of Medicine
    • Title: “Impact of Selective CD28 Blockade on T Cell Phenotypes of Lymphopenic Mice”
    • Poster Presentations (2): Experimental Biology (Mar 2020); Division of KUH Diseases Summer Research Meeting (Aug 2019)
    • Oral Presentations (1): Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference (Nov 2019)
  • Computational Genomics, Independent Research
    • Title: “Sequence Analysis of Alu Repeated Elements for Primate Phylogenetic Tree Construction”
    • Title: “Alu-based Orthologous Chromosome Classification of the Order Primates”
    • Poster Presentations (3): Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference (Nov 2019); Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference (Nov 2019); Phi Kappa Phi Student Research Conference (Mar 2019)
  • Cardiovascular Research, Morehouse School of Medicine
    • Title: “Identification of IRX3 associated Transcription Factors ADORA2A, CYR61, DKK1, and EP300 during VEGF-Induced Endothelial Cell Angiogenesis”
    • Poster Presentations (2): Morehouse School of Medicine (Jul 2015) & Fulton County Science Fair (Jan 2017)
  • Bioinformatics, Emory School of Medicine
    • Title: “A Single Cell Approach to Flow Cytometry Data Analysis”
    • Poster Presentations (1): Emory University Summer Undergraduate Program in Renal Research Conference (Aug 2019)
  • General Surgery, Georgia Surgicare, Ideal Body Institute
    • Title: “The Utility of “BuildMyBod” Price Transparency Tool in Surgical Practice”
    • Oral Presentations (1): RealSelf University Podcast (Oct 2019)

Research Experience

Emory Internship

May 2019 - August 2019

Summer Research Fellow in Immunology I worked in the Ford Lab at Emory University to determine the efficacy of Lulizumab, an anti-CD28 domain antibody, at reducing graft rejection rates compared to the current standard of care: calcineurin inhibitors. I analyzed flow cytometry data to determine the likely mechanism of action of anti-CD28 domain antibodies using expression of cellular markers and developed a pipeline for flow cytometry analysis using unsupervised machine-learing algorithms in conjuction with traditional manual gating methods. I was sponsored to present my research at Experimental Biology 2020. Emory University | Open Access Abstract

Independent Research

2018 - Present

Computational Genomics I developed a novel, inexpensive, and time-efficient tool for identification of chromosomal-level mutations between two primate organisms. In addition to potential applications in genetic screenings and specific cancer mutation identifications, this work has additional applications in Non-Human Primate Genetic studies, & Phylogenetics. Augusta University | Open Access Abstract 1 | Open Access Abstract 2

Biomedical Engineering/ Emergency Medicine

2018 - Present

Research Fellow I designed and manufactured a CPR manikin that provides real-time feedback on critical metrics including force, rate, & interruptions in chest compressions, degree of chest recoil, ventilation volume & rate, and airway tilt angle. I won competitive grants from Chemistry/Physics Department and Center of UG Research and Scholarship and am currently running IRB-approved study designed to compare efficacy of training on different real-time feedback manikins. Augusta University | Open Access Abstract

Department of Neurology, MCG

Oct 2018 - May 2019

Research Fellow I worked under Dr. Hess, Dean of MCG, and Dr. Khan, Research-scientist in Department of Neurology, on first-aid treatments for stroke victims. I helped implement a project testing whether Remote Ischemic Conditioning is an effective treatment for Vascular Cognitive Impairment Disorder using a murine model. Augusta University

Morehouse School of Medicine

May 2014 - August 2014

Research Assistant I helped the Anderson Lab conduct a Chromatin Immunoprecipitation with a DNA Microarray to determine genomic regulation of blood vessel creation (angiogenesis). I utilized bioinformatics programs to analyze the results and determined four new genes as potential genetic treatments for over 40 diseases including strokes, heart attacks, cancer, and even arthritis. Using this information, we identified novel functions for 4 genes. Atlanta | Poster


“Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.”
~ José Ortega y Gasset


Medical College of Georgia

Aug 2020 - May 2024

Medical Student


Augusta University

Aug 2017 - May 2020

Bachelor of Science in Cellular & Molecular Biology

4.0 GPA

Scholarships: Presidential Scholar (Full Scholarship); Coca-Cola Scholar ($20,000); National Merit Scholar; Carson Scholar


Alpharetta High School

Aug 2013 - May 2017

High School Diploma 4.0 GPA Alpharetta

Social Activism

Feed the Frontlines GA

2013 - Present

Director of Finance Feed the Frontlines GA aims to provide fresh and healthy food to healthcare professionals in hospitals hit hardest by the COVID-10 pandemic. To support local businessnes, all of our meals come from local restaurants. We have delivered/scheduled ~2,000 meals to hospitals in Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Macon, Savannah, and Albany. As the Director of Finance, I led all fundraising initiatives, oversaw all accounting & economic aspects, and managed a team of 5 people. We raised $15,000+ in the first three weeks. GA |

Working Together for Change

2013 - Present

Executive Director I co-founded and manage Working Together for Change, a national 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness. I manage the operations of chapters across the country, while also running the local activities of the Atlanta chapter. WTFC has now mobilized 600+ volunteers for 3,000+ homeless over 17,000 service hours! Atlanta |


Jul 2015 - Jul 2017

Co-Founder I co-founded HackStart in order to promote digital literacy among teenagers in Atlanta. We have fundraised $5,000+, helping 300+ students learn programming from experienced mentors and professionals Atlanta |


“Life without knowledge is death in disguise.”
~ Talib Kweli




“You can do anything you set your mind to.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

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Working Together for Change

Founded 501(c)3 Nonprofit aimed at ending homelessness

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Founded Organization promoting hackathon culture among teens in Atlanta

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Ted Talk

TedX Talk

Presented about my nonprofit at the Atlanta Beltline TedX

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InVenture Prize

InVenture Prize

Selected to compete in a state-wide business competition with a $20,000 prize

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CPR Manikin

CPR Manikin

Invented a CPR Manikin to provide real-time feedback to trainees

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Feed the frontlines

Feed the Frontlines

Director of Finance for nonprofit providing free meals to healthcare workers

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Taido Karate

Taido Karate

11 years of practicing, learning, and eventually mentoring Taido Karate

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Fulton County Youth Commission

Fulton County Youth Commission

Worked with Fulton County Elected Officials to target key issues like including education & hunger

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“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. ”
~ Henry Ford

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