Basic Sciences Division, Fred Hutch
Dr. Aakanksha Singhvi studies glial cells, which are critical to the correct functioning of our nervous system. Every time a neuron connects to another neuron, a glial cell is there to make sure that signals transmit properly between them. Glia themselves also communicate with neurons and influence their shape and activity. Disruptions in communication between neurons and glia underpin many neurological disorders, including Alzheimer’s and autism. Dr. Singhvi seeks to understand the molecules involved in glia-neuron communication, and how glia influence neuron shape and function, and, ultimately, animal behavior.
Biochemistry, St. Xavier’s College, Gujarat University, India
M.Sc. Fellow, National Center for Biological Sciences, India
Developmental Neurobiology, University of California, Berkeley
Postdoctoral, Glia-neuron interactions, The Rockefeller University
Molecular mechanisms of glia-neuron interactions in the nervous system.
How glia and neurons communicate with each other to regulate sensory perception, neuronal physiology, neural circuit activity, memory formation and animal behavior
To map glia-neuron interactions at a molecular and mechanistic level, in health and disease
— Dr. Aakanksha Singhvi
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