Shaili Jha



I completed my undergraduate education at Rutgers University in 2012 with a degree in cell biology and neuroscience. At Rutgers, I worked with Dr. Mark O. West investigating firing patterns of basal forebrain neurons in rats during natural reward consumption. 


Initially, I began my research in the Knickmeyer Santelli lab investigating structural brain development in infants with prenatal SSRI exposure. I used both structural MRI and diffusion tensor imaging to assess brain volumes and white matter microstructure in SSRI-exposed infants. Currently, I am interested in applying an imaging genetics approach in order to identify genetic variants that may contribute to cortical thickness and surface area during early neurodevelopment.   



UNC Neurobiology Training Grant: 2012-2014
UNC Hospitals Pediatrics Volunteer 2014
Pierre Morell Research Day Committee 2013-present
NBIO Graduate Mentoring Program Coordinator