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Lathika Mohanraj, Ph.D., RN, BMTCN

Assistant Professor
Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems

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1100 East Leigh Street, Room 3071
Box 980567
Richmond, VA 23298-0567

Phone: (804) 628-7552
Email: mohanrajl@vcu.edu

TEACHING:

I teach courses in the undergraduate curriculum at the VCU School of Nursing. I am the course director for the Pathophysiology and Pharmacology course. My challenge as a teaching faculty is to kindle interest and promote critical thinking among students. My goal is to help students bridge the gap between didactic learning and their application in a clinical setting. I maintain clinical practice as a certified RN on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at VCU Health and am involved in teaching the foundations of bone marrow transplant to clinical nurses at the health system.  

RESEARCH:

My program of research is focused on studying complications, acute and chronic effects of transplant that affect survivorship in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation recipients. My passion lies in understanding the link between clinical and biological determinants that contribute to the overall quality of life in transplant patients. I am interested in identifying molecular biomarkers that would aid early detection of patients at risk for chronic complications of transplant bearing in mind the challenges encountered in its clinical application.

SERVICE:

I have been a Board member of the Oncology Nursing Society, Richmond Chapter for several years and most recently served as the Chapter President. I am an active member of the International Society for Nurses in Genetics and have been recently involved in the ISONG Congress Planning committee in addition to the research committee. At VCU Health, I am a member of the Nursing and Health Professions Protocol Review and Oversight Committee and have also chaired the Evidenced-Based Practice Committee on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, VCU Health.

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor of Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA            
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA           
  • Master of Science (MSc), University of Mumbai, India
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc), University of Mumbai, India

AWARDS/HONORS:

  • Virginia Commonwealth University Alumni ’10 Under 10’ award
  • Virginia Nurses Foundation ‘40 under 40’ award
  • Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, VCU School of Nursing 
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Nursing Dean’s List 2013-2014
  • Member, Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Travel Award 93rd ENDO Annual Meeting and Expo, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Winner, Poster Session, 9th Annual Meeting, National Postdoctoral Association, NIH, Bethesda, MD
  • Graduate Research Scholarship, Virginia Commonwealth University

REASEARCH FUNDING:

  • 2018 - 2019: Principal Investigator: Epigenetics and Frailty: A Predictor of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Outcomes: VCU Presidential Research Quest Fund (PeRQ).

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Mohanraj L, Sargent L, Brown R, Swift-Scanlan T Assessing Frailty in the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Population: A Scoping Review. Oncology Nursing Forum. (Accepted: to be published May 2021)

SCIENTIFIC PRESENTATIONS

  • Epigenetic Age and Frailty in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Patients. (2020) Mohanraj L., Swift-Scanlan T., Sargent L., Toor A., Dozmorov M. 2020 ISONG Congress (Virtual conference)
  • Impact of Frailty and Cognitive Impairment on HSCT Outcomes. (2020) Mohanraj L., Swift-Scanlan T., Sargent L., Toor A., Dozmorov M. SNRS 34th Annual Conference, New Orleans, USA (Conference Canceled)
  • Relationship of Frailty and Cognitive Impairment to Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Outcomes. (2019) Mohanraj L., Swift-Scanlan T., Sargent L., Toor A., Dozmorov M. MASCC/ISOO Annual meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer, San Francisco, USA
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