Thoran Gundala, a native of Somerset, New Jersey, graduated from Emory University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and behavioral biology with coursework for minors in Spanish and linguistics. At Emory, he spent much of his time engaging in human personality and non-human primate research, as well as acting as a political policy and communications strategist for local political campaigns. Thoran hopes to attend medical school after working with Impact.

What do you like to do for fun?
I love going for a long, quiet drive. Driving is a hassle for many people, or just a process for moving people from one place to another place, but to me it’s something far more enjoyable. When I drive, the steering wheel is my brain, the tires are my feet, the headlights are my eyes, and the engine is my heart. Finding beauty in what most people consider to be a chore makes me a really lucky guy.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?
“The price of freedom is high, it always has been. But it’s a price I’m willing to pay. And if I’m the only one, so be it. But I’m willing to bet I’m not.”
– Captain Steve Rogers

Who is someone you admire and why?
Leonardo DiCaprio is a national treasure. Not only is he a fantastic actor with a great career, but he has also used his fame and prestige to promote his lifelong passion for environmental awareness and renewable energy. He is a perfect example that with great power comes great responsibility. I am thankful both for his efforts to educate the public on important green issues, as well as entertaining us on film by fighting a grizzly bear. Also, we have the same birthday!

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I can sing the high part of “Take on Me” by A-Ha. I’ve won many bets with such a talent.