Ranjani joined the MIT Biological Engineering (BE) Ph.D. program in 2006 with a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering and certificate in Engineering Biology from Princeton University. Working with professors Krystyn J. Van Vliet and Douglas Lauffenburger, her thesis research was focused on understanding how cell adhesion receptors are regulated by the acidic extracellular pH of tumor and wound sites, and the consequences for cell migration in these low pH environments. Ranjani was a very active member of the BE community, and served on the BE student board for 4 years, as first year representative, social chair, coordinator, and treasurer. During graduate school, Ranjani supplemented her BE coursework with classes on global medicine and science policy. She was on the leadership team of the MIT Food & Agriculture Collaborative, and worked with the Somerville, MA and Cambridge, MA city governments on researching and implementing new initiatives to increase access to healthy foods in these communities. She is an avid cook, and publishes a cooking blog focused on healthy and seasonal recipes at http://www.4seasonsoffood.com.
Ranjani currently works on public health program evaluation and planning at the Institute for Community Health in Cambridge, MA.