Hey! I am Rachana from the bustling metro of Mumbai, India. I did my Bachelor of Science, in 2010 from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai with double majors in Zoology and Biochemistry. At Xavier’s I worked on a project on mapping a SNP in IL 10 and TGFβ genes in the Mumbai population. From there I went to Queen’s University, Canada for an academic exchange programme. I came back to pursue my Master of Science in Zoology 2014, from the University of Pune - India, where my dissertation explored the dynamics of host blood group and var gene expression in P. falciparum. From 2014-2015, I was employed as a research scholar at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, studying variation in yeast sporulation, in Dr. Sinha’s complex trait lab.
I chose to come to Vanderbilt because of its interdisciplinary and translational approach to biological sciences, which was what I was looking for in a Ph.D program. Moreover, Vanderbilt has been a supportive and encouraging place to work in as an international student.
I love music, so Nashville is my perfect cocoon. Apart from music, I love to read, paint, dance, watch movies and hike.