I am a neuroscientist, born and raised in India. As a kid, I was always driven by science especially – Biology. I was fascinated by how little yet complex organs make up a huge working system called the human body governed by the BRAIN. The brain, itself being a very complex organ, chaperones all the cells, tissues, organs, hormones, how we think, our emotions, and so much more. It’s a whole thriller movie. Haha.

EDUCATION

University of Texas at Austin – Incoming Ph.D. Student, Neuroscience – Fall 2022

New York Institute of Technology – Bachelor of Science, Biology – Fall 2016 to Spring 2020

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE & ADVISORS

Laboratory of Neurogenetics of Language, The Rockefeller University – Dr. Erich Jarvis – Aug 2020 to Jun 2022

Denisova Lab, Autism Research, Columbia University – Dr. Kristina Denisova – Nov 2019 to Feb 2020

Keshishian Lab, Developmental Neuroscience, Yale University – Dr. Haig Keshishian – Jul 2019 to Aug 2019

Microbiology Research, New York Institute of Technology – Dr. Niharika Nath – Oct 2019 to May 2020

Primate Genetics Research, New York University – Dr. Eleni Nikitopoulos – Jan 2019 to Jul 2019

Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital – Dr. Hrishikesh Sarkar, Dr. Yuvika Kamdar – Jun 2019 to Jul 2019

PRESENTATIONS

Society for Neuroscience, Neuroscience 2021
R. Agravat, C.D.M. Vargas, E. Jarvis. Connectivity and Neuroanatomy of the Orofacial Motor Cortex and Laryngeal Motor Cortex for Vocal Modulation in Mice. 2021 Neuroscience. Chicago, IL: Society for Neuroscience, 2021.

Sigma XI Virtual Science Scholars’ Symposium 2020
“Antibacterial effects of organosulfur compounds against gram-negative bacteria”

Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression 2019
“Chiral sensing of natural products via chiroptical spectroscopy”

AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS

UT Austin Doctoral Stipend ($33000 per year) – Aug 2022 to Present
Dr. Barbu Kestanband Annual Scholarship ($5000) – 2018
The NYIT Scholarship ($16000 per year) – Sep 2016 to May 2020
NYIT Dean’s List – Spring of 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
NYIT Presidential Honor List – Fall 2019