Student Profiles

Name: Devarakonda, Kavya
Year you started at ISMMS: 2015
Program: PhD      MTA: NEU


Why you chose ISMMS?

I applied to Mount Sinai because of its expertise in addiction research. I chose to attend Mount Sinai because the students and faculty were warm and engaging. It was the only school at which I made friends during interview weekend, so I knew this was somewhere I could live and work for 4+ years.

Lab: Sarah Stanley and Paul Kenny


I’m interested in how the central nervous system controls feeding. Currently, I am investigating the role of a population of neurons in the amygdala that respond to changes in glucose levels (glucose-sensing neurons). I use in vivo neuronal manipulations like optogenetics and DREADDs, as well as viral tracing methods and immunohistochemistry.

Undergrad institution and major: Georgetown University (major in neurobiology)

What did you do between college and grad school?

I spent two years at the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases in Bethesda, MD, studying the role of striatal circuits in obesity under Dr. Alexxai Kravitz.

What do you like to do outside of school?

I’m currently the president of Mount Sinai’s Women in Science group, an organization dedicated to promoting the professional and personal goals of female trainees at ISMMS. Outside of Sinai, I like to read, go to the ballet, and cook/eat in my free time.

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