Priya Rajasethupathy MD PhD is the Jonathan M Nelson Family Assistant Professor and head of the Laboratory of Neural Dynamics & Cognition at the Rockefeller University. She obtained her B.S. from Cornell University, and an MD / PhD in Neuroscience (2012) from Columbia University, working with Eric Kandel. During this time, she identified a new class of genes in brain, piRNAs, that had novel functions in regulating synaptic plasticity underlying memory storage. She completed her post-doctoral work at Stanford University with Karl Deisseroth where she developed and applied methodologies for paired stimulation and imaging of rodent brain during behavior, leading to the discovery and characterization of a memory retrieval circuit in the brain. She joined the Rockefeller University as assistant professor in 2017. She has been named a top 10 early-career scientist by Science News and has been a recipient of the Searle Scholar Award as well as the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists & Engineers.
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