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.



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.