Q: Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from?
A: I was born in Chennai, India and moved to Burlington, Ontario with my family when I was 10 years old. I did my undergraduate studies at McMaster University (B.Sc., Psychology) and am currently completing my Master’s degree in Neuroscience under the supervision of Dr. Dale Corbett at the University of Ottawa.
Q: What compelled you to pursue stroke research?
A: During the final year of my undergraduate program I had the opportunity to complete a year-long clinical practicum at a rehabilitation services center for individuals living with the effects of acquired brain injuries. While working here, I was made aware of the staggering statistics of stroke in Canada and saw first-hand the many unmet needs while talking and meeting with stroke survivors. This experience motivated me to pursue and be actively involved in stroke recovery research and contribute towards improving the quality of life of stroke survivors.
Q: What is the focus of your research?
A: My project focuses on characterizing spontaneous recovery of motor function following stroke. Using a preclinical model of ischemic stroke, I am investigating how the location of lesion (cortical or subcortical) affects the recovery profile of motor function.
Q: At what stage are you in your research, and what are your current future plans?
A: I am a few months away from completing my Master’s program and am currently in the data analysis stage of my research. Following graduation, I plan on continuing my education with the hopes of pursuing a future career as a clinician-scientist.
Q: How do you and others benefit from being part of the National Trainee Association?
A: I have attended the SPiN workshop organized by the National Trainee Association and found it to be very valuable for my training. As a basic science researcher, it was an interesting experience for me to see the clinical and rehab side of stroke recovery research. I feel that the NTA does a great job of encouraging a collaborative approach to research right from the start of our training. Through the NTA, I have had the opportunity to meet and build connections with other junior researchers working in the stroke field across Canada. I am really looking forward to attending SPiN in Vancouver next month!
Q: What other interests do you have?
A: Outside the lab, I enjoy playing music, photography and playing video games.