Sonal was trained in molecular and structural biology and completed her Ph.D. training in Dr. R. Ravishankar’s lab at the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India. She is working at Joe Howard’s lab to characterize branching morphogenesis in sensory neurons using Drosophila as a model system. She is interested in how complex arbors form and how molecular players such as microtubules and associated proteins (MAPs) regulate branching, growth, and intracellular transport. She is utilizing tissue-specific CRISPR, Drosophila genetics, and a spinning disk confocal microscope to understand the underlying mechanism of dendrite branching morphogenesis.
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