Q: Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from?
A: I was born in New Delhi, India, and grew up in Dubai, UAE and Vancouver. I moved to Toronto to complete my undergraduate degree in mental health studies at the University of Toronto and I recently completed my Master’s degree in neuroscience at the Institute of Medical Science also at University of Toronto.
Q: What compelled you to pursue stroke research?
A: My interest in stroke research has been shaped primarily by my course work in university. My undergraduate program offered unique courses that exposed me to brain science research; I have been captivated by it ever since. In fact, I met my supervisor, Dr. Richard Swartz, when he was a guest lecturer in one of my undergraduate classes!
Q: What is the focus of your research?
A: My Master’s thesis focused on examining long-term functioning in multiple domains after stroke and specifically exploring the impact of depressive symptoms, obstructive sleep apnea and cognitive impairment on functional outcome.
Q: At what stage are you in your research, and what are your current future plans?
A: I just defended my thesis and completed my MSc! I hope to become a clinician-scientist one day and to contribute to stroke research throughout my academic career.
Q: How do you and others benefit from being part of the National Trainee Association?
A: Being a part of the National Trainee Association has been a great experience. Over the past 2 years, the trainee association has provided me with numerous opportunities, such as the SPiN workshop, to meet new people with similar interests. The mentorship program has been especially helpful. I’m so grateful to have been paired with an amazing mentor, Lisa Engel, who provided me with invaluable advice and guidance. I’m certain that we will keep in touch for years to come.
Q: What other interests do you have?
A: In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love reading and running, and I recently started learning how to play the piano.