Hometown: Lucknow, India
Undergraduate Institution: Manipal University, Manipal, India
My fascination with computational neuroscience started during my undergraduate years at Manipal University (India). I spent a summer at the University of Nebraska (Omaha) working on modelling the characteristics of abnormal cortical neurons responsible for epilepsy, and I knew that I wanted to be a computational neuroscientist.
The Molecular and Developmental Biology program (MDB) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital was an obvious choice; it is one of the best 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 mechanisms driving temporal lobe epilepsy. I use data mining and machine learning algorithms to find characteristics that can identify abnormal ‘seizure initiating’ neurons in the brain. In the years 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.