My name is Anita Chandrasekaran, and I am a senior at Atholton High School. Currently, I am an intern at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Department of Neurology under Dr. James Russell, MD. Our lab is specified towards researching diabetic neuropathy, a common complication of diabetes, leading to nerve dysfunction. Last year, I was at the same lab, researching the effect of mitochondrial transcription factor A (TFAM) on mitochondrial function in the cell. This year, I'm moving my focus towards the role of antioxidants in the cell in relation to mitochondrial functions.