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Undergraduate Institution: Manipal University, Manipal, India
“The secrets that engage me...that sweep me away …are generally the secrets of development: how the pear seed becomes a pear tree, for instance, rather than a polar bear...’- Cynthia Ozick
My fascination with developmental biology started during my undergraduate years at Manipal University in India. I spent a summer at the University of Nebraska (Omaha) working on the developmental origins of epilepsy, and I knew that I wanted to be a developmental biologist.
The Molecular and Developmental Biology program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital was an obvious choice; it is one of the best Developmental Biology graduate programs in the US. Its elite faculty, cutting edge research, continuous research funding, and the stimulating work environment, collectively make it one of the strongholds of research in the Midwest. The program is comprised of a close-knit community of faculty and students, who create an amicable environment for groundbreaking research. In addition, living in Cincinnati has its perks. Even if you’re not a Reds fan, Oktoberfest, the Cincinnati Zoo, breathtaking parks, and the lively people keep you entertained.
My current research is focused on trying to understand the origins of epilepsy. I use a mouse model to decipher the role of postnatal neurogenesis in the development and progression of epilepsy. In the year that I have been here, I have experienced growth in all spheres of life and I truly love the experience that the MDB program provides.
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