I am a PhD student in the Tammimies Lab, Center of Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Karolinska Institutet (KIND), Department of Women's and Children's Health, Karolinska Institutet.
Before moving to KI, I received my Master of Science in Neuroscience (2016 – 2017) from the Department of Experimental Psychology and St Catherine's College, University of Oxford. I was awarded the Felix Scholarship to pursue my graduate studies at Oxford, specialising in neurodevelopment, motor systems, molecular neuroscience and clinical mental health.
In India, I completed my Bachelors of Science (Honours) in Medical Biotechnology (2012 – 2016) from the Centre for Medical Biotechnology – Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Amity University Uttar Pradesh. At Amity, I was awarded with a Gold Medal and Chancellor's Award in recognition of my academic and social welfare activities.
- MSc Neuroscience – Department of Experimental Psychology and St Catherine's College, University of Oxford (2016 – 2017)
- BSc (Hons) Medical Biotechnology – Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Amity University Uttar Pradesh (2012 – 2016)
An understanding of how the brain develops in health and disease, is crucial for improving patient outcomes and well-being. Such knowledge can be applied for developing robust and cost-effective diagnostic and treatment strategies.
As a PhD student in the Tammimies Lab, I am interested in the molecular and clinical processes that underlie neurodevelopmental disorders, specifically autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Deciphering complex gene-environment interactions using a human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) derived model of ASD is the key goal of my research. For this, I use in-vitro gene editing tools and environment simulations in iPSC derived human neurons and cerebral organoids. Findings in this direction will be an essential starting point for precision clinical interventions.
As a Research Assistant (2017 – 2018) for the Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Ageing (OPTIMA) at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford, I worked with Prof Gabriele DeLuca, Dr Louise Silver and Prof Margaret Esiri, to analyse the clinical processes underpinning dementia.
During my graduate studies at Oxford, I developed a 3D printed, high-throughput system for the culture of cerebral organoids from hiPSCs with Prof Francis Szele and Prof Hua Ye. I also characterised novel, post-mortem molecular markers in progressive multiple sclerosis with Prof DeLuca.
Academic honours, awards and prizes
- Light Senior Scholarship – St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford (2017)
- Felix Scholarship – University of Oxford (2016)
- Gold Medal and Citation – Amity University Uttar Pradesh (2016)
- Shree Baljit Shastri Award – Amity University Uttar Pradesh (2016)