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I was born in Hyderabad, India and grew up all over the south of the country. From when I can remember, I have been interested in people and what makes them behave the way they do. As I grew up, this interest naturally developed into trying to understand the brain and higher cognition.

I completed my Engineering degree with honors – B.Tech (hons) in  Biotechnology in 2009 and moved to Vancouver, Canada to pursue my Masters in Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia (UBC). I completed my Masters in 2011 in the Neuroscience department working with Dr. Jason Barton at UBC.  In 2012-2013, I worked in Canada and India on various projects and traveled. In September 2013 I started my PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at CerCo working with Dr. Simon Thorpe and his team on the M4 project. I am investigating memory mechanisms and am interested in how memory gets encoded, working with auditory and visual stimuli.

Growing up in India also made me sensitive to community needs such as equal rights for women and availability of educational opportunity for all; as well as making me aware of the importance of effective communication of ideas in science education.

I feel very lucky that I am able to pursue these things through my research, and through my involvement with InCOGnu, an organization run by young Neuroscience researchers in France, working to disseminate neuroscience knowledge to the public. Until recently, I was the perspective chair for INK, a student/alumni run UBC journal where I started/helped set up discussions relevant to the graduate student community at UBC. I was also involved with the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST)’s ms infinity program.

Feel free to drop me a line at my email!

Cheers

Jaya

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