Shaili Jha

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Biography

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. 

Research

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.   

Publications

Activities/Awards

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