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I graduated from Columbia University in 2014, where I studied Biophysics. I am interested in studying corticostriatal circuitry and how these communication networks become dysfunctional in neurological and psychiatric disorders such as Parkinson's disease (PD) and depression. In PD, I hope to contribute insights into the neural substrate for cognitive deficits that patients develop as the disease progresses. For depression, I am interested in studying how intrinsic communication networks are altered. I hope to help to distinguish subtypes of depression by clustering patients groups with distinct brain networks and clinical symptoms with the goal of providing more personalized therapies. To this aim, I hope to pursue parallel projects with mouse models and humans to learn more about the mechanisms behind these circuit changes and how they manifest in humans.
I am also passionate about science communication and outreach. I have been involved in outreach programs that involve teaching neuroscience to underprivileged students in Manhattan. I have given a talk to the public about my research and have told my science-inspired personal story for a live podcast called Story Collider. I look forward to continuing to explore these opportunities of communicating through teaching, presentations, and writing throughout my career.
I am currently a Neuroscience PhD student at Weill Cornell Graduate School of Cornell University in NYC. I am still rotating through labs so have not set a thesis project yet.
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