Aparna Shekar

Aparna Shekar

Hi! My name is Aparna, and I am from Bangalore, a beautiful city in the southern part of India. I have an undergraduate degree in Engineering with a major in Biotechnology from Visweswaraya Technological University. After my undergrad, I worked in the Molecular Biology and Gene Expression lab at Monsanto Research Center, India, which channeled my interests towards research in life science.  During my first year at Vanderbilt, I plan to rotate in labs that carry out research in molecular pharmacology.

Vanderbilt's campus is the most beautiful I have ever seen, and the faculty and students are wonderful and welcoming. I am growing to love Nashville more and more as I explore the city everyday. It is vibrant, culturally diverse, and has great music as an obvious part of every place one visits. I love the outdoors, and I'm looking forward to exploring the numerous lakes and hiking trails in and around Nashville.

 

Publications:

Cartier E, Hamilton PJ, Belovich AN, Shekar A, Campbell NG, Saunders C, Andreassen TF, Gether U, Veenstra-Vanderweele J, Sutcliffe JS, Ulery-Reynolds PG, Erreger K, Matthies HJ, Galli A.  Rare autism-associated variants implicate syntaxin 1 (STX1 R26Q) phosphorylation and the dopamine transporter (hDAT R51W) in dopamine neurotransmission and behaviors.  EBioMedicine. 2015 Feb;2(2):135-146.

Hamilton PJ, Shekar A, Belovich AN, Christianson NB, Campbell NG, Sutcliffe JS, Galli A, Matthies HJ, Erreger K.  Zn(2+) reverses functional deficits in a de novo dopamine transporter variant associated with autism spectrum disorder.  Mol Autism. 2015 Feb 24;6:8. doi: 10.1186/s13229-015-0002-7. eCollection 2015.