MSc/PhD Program
Aishwarya Bhonsle
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Aishwarya Bhonsle


College / University:
Brandeis University, University of Bristol

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Major Subjects:
Biophysics and Neuroscience

Lab Experience:
MATLAB, Fiji/ImageJ, Mathematica, LabView, Javascript, BASIC, C++, Python, Prism (statistical analysis), and Microsoft Office. Cell culture, biotinylation assay, Western blot, protein gel electrophoresis, LDH assay, bacterial transformation, minipreps, midipreps, PCR. Some experience with Drosophila genetics and management, and various microscopy and spectroscopy techniques.

Projects / Research:
September 2012 – October 2014: Developing software in MATLAB for particle detection & analysis, and colocalization detection on data obtained from Array Tomography (Dr. Stephen Van Hooser, Brandeis University, USA)
April – August 2016: Master’s thesis: ‘The role of altered AMPAR subunit composition in the neuronal response to repeated mild mechanical injury in vitro’ (Dr. Jonathan Hanley, University of Bristol, UK)

2017 – 2018: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School


I am interested in research which lies at the intersection of biophysics and molecular/cellular neuroscience and I would like to combine experimental techniques with computational modelling as part of my future research. More specifically, I am interested in ion channels, neuronal signaling, sensory transduction, and neural coding mechanisms and computations. I am interested in the intrinsic electrical and physiological properties of ion channels and how they encode and regulate information. Furthermore, I am interested in how these electrical / biophysical properties are influenced by synaptic plasticity, neuromodulation, and homeostasis in complex networks and systems. I also have a budding interest in the neuroscience of consciousness.