MSc/PhD Program
Tarana Nigam
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Tarana Nigam


College / University:
VIT University, Vellore, India

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Major Subjects:
Cell Biology and Genetics, Biochemistry, Immunology, Neurobiology, Biophysics, Bioinformatics

Lab Experience:
Basic Microbiology and Molecular Biology Techniques, Sectioning on Cryostat and Vibratome, Immuno histo-chemistry staining, Embryo handling and cryo-storage, Fluorescent and Confocal Microscopy, Mice Handling and Behavioral Paradigms like Novel Object Recognition, Morris Water Maze, Social Aversion and Chronic stress inducing paradigms
1. 2014: industrial internship, Lupin Limited (Pharmaceutical Industry), Mandideep, India
2. 2014: winter project, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal, India (Supervisor: Dr. Vineet Sharma)
3. 2015: summer internship, Institut de Biologie du Developpement de Marseille, Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France (Supervisor: Prof. Francoise Helmbacher)
4. 2016: summer internship, Institut de Biologie Paris Seine, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France (Supervisor: Prof. Francois Tronche)
5. 2017: Bachelor thesis, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, Bengaluru, India (Supervisor: Dr. Hiyaa Ghosh)

Projects / Research:

Internship in Quality Control and Assesment in Pharmaceutical Industry; Isolation of DNA from environmental samples using metagenomic approach; study of a novel transgenic mice model generated by the lab, as a tool to study Facioscapulohumeral dystrophy; study of stress-related and depression like behavior in a transgenic mouse model of GRD1Cre;  Transcriptional Regulation of Adult Neurogenesis in Hippocampus in mice

2017 – 2018: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2015 and 2016: CNRS, France- stipend for internships
2015: Summer Research Fellowship (Indian Academy of Sciences)


My research interests lie in understanding the circuits and processes involved in cognitive functions of the brain and affective disorders. I would like to study, at various levels, processes involved in various behavioral, emotional responses and learning, memory formation, retention, and retrieval mechanisms.