July 1, 2019

COTA Team Member Spotlight: Ashwin Lakshmanan

This month, we’re excited to recognize Ashwin Lakshmanan, Manager, Data Science and Analytics, in our latest Team Member Spotlight! Ashwin was born in Karaikudi, a small town in southern India. He has always been passionate about math and he would go on to get a Masters in Operations Research at North Carolina State University. It was there where he was first inspired to work in data analytics, with a particular interest in data visualization. 

Outside of work, Ashwin enjoys watching sports, such as soccer, tennis, cricket, and F1. An avid cyclist, Ashwin rides over 100 miles each week. Want to learn more about Ashwin and his role at COTA? Read on!  

Why did you decide to join the COTA team?

As an aspiring data scientist, I was looking for roles in a fast-paced startup environment with a noble mission. When I learned about how COTA was trying to use data to improve cancer care, I was intrigued to learn more. Meeting with the team and learning about the work they do, I was surprised to see how data was under-utilized in oncology and got excited about the opportunity to make a difference. I knew it was the perfect match and I haven’t looked back since I joined the team in 2016!

Why do you like working for COTA?

The culture at COTA is very conducive to learning. You can reach out to anyone with questions and they are always willing to help you out. I enjoy working in this environment where I am able to improve constantly.

Why is your job important to you?

Working for COTA is fulfilling. Most of us have someone close to our heart who has been affected by cancer. Knowing the effort I put in every day is bringing us a step closer to making lives better for cancer patients motivates me. 

What are you most excited about for COTA in 2019?

Our data is growing faster than ever and I am very excited about the endless opportunities it provides us with! It has also been a great year with evident improvements in all facets of the company - right from workplace culture to the projects we work on.

Ashwin was recently recognized as COTA's CO10 of the month, pictured here with the trophy

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