Aakanksha Singhvi’s research program aims to understand the roles of glia in neural health and disease in mechanistic detail. Specifically, she aims to build a comprehensive molecular map of glia-neuron interactions that underlie sensory perception, neuronal physiology, neural circuit activity, memory formation and animal behavior.
Her career in cellular and molecular neuroscience began as an M.S. candidate with Obaid Siddiqi at the National Center for Biological Sciences, India. During her graduate research with Gian Garriga at the University of California, Berkeley, Singhvi investigated molecular mechanisms that control asymmetric cell divisions and cell fate specification in the nervous system. She conducted her postdoctoral research on glia-neuron interactions with Shai Shaham at Rockefeller University.
Singhvi is currently an assistant member (faculty) at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Biological Structure, University of Washington School of Medicine.