Severe life stressors interacting with messed up genetics is a common cause of schizophrenia. My present passion is to bring healing to the people who are affected by this disease. In route, as a joint postdoc of the Rico and Marin labs, I investigate the mechanisms by which common stressors impact interneuron populations of the cortex and its connections to the basal ganglia, and how these changes may be linked to the negative and cognitive symptoms of Schizophrenia.
Born and raised in India, I did my 1st and 2nd degree from Calcutta University in Human Physiology and Genetics respectively, after which I joined Dr. N.R. Jana’s lab at the National Brain Research Centre in Gurgaon, India, where I characterized the role of E3-ubiquitin ligases in the pathophysiology of myoclonic epilepsy and Angelman Syndrome. In 2013, I started my PhD under the guidance of Dr. Ami Citri at the Hebrew University. My doctoral study broadly encompassed dissection of the cellular and neural circuit mechanisms of plasticity underlying adaptive behaviours. My work has led to the description that region-specific gene expression signatures uniquely encode salient behavioural experiences, as well as facilitated the identification of localized transcriptional hotspots in the striatum that drive distinct forms of drug-induced behaviours.
Outside of the lab, I enjoy singing (mainly Indian classical and songs of Rabindranath Tagore), listening to music, hiking, sports, and working towards societal development. I live by the words of Swami Vivekananda, “Take up an idea, devote yourself to it, struggle on it in patience, and the sun will rise for you.”