Student Profiles

Name: Chandrasekaran, Sandhya
Year you started at ISMMS: 2013
Program: MDPhD      MTA: NEU


Why you chose ISMMS?

NYC is pretty hard to pass up, but I was drawn to ISMMS because of the students I met during my interview here, who were ambitious yet easygoing, with versatile interests. Since I am going to be spending eight years here, this sort of culture is exactly what I will need to maintain my sanity through it all! And I must say all of this has held true!

Lab: Schahram Akbarian


My project is looking into a new regulatory mechanism involving sex chromosome-dependent higher order chromatin organization in neurons. I am using a combination of molecular tools, behavioral paradigms, and bioinformatic approaches with the intent of answering fundamental questions about sexual dimorphism in neuropsychiatric disease.

Sex Chromosome-Dependent Higher Order Chromatin Organization in Neurons:
A New Regulatory Mechanism

Undergrad institution and major: California Institute of Technology (B.S. in Biology and Chemistry)

What did you do between college and grad school?

I had a whirlwind two weeks between graduation and starting my first rotation at Sinai. I took a road trip down to LA with some high school friends, unpacked my college memorabilia just in time to pack for a trip to India, celebrated my grandpa’s 80th birthday, and then spent a night packing for NYC before my flight the next morning!

What do you like to do outside of school?

I’ve been learning music for about fourteen years now, and I would really like to keep that up through my time here at ISMMS. I am also closely involved with the student-run free clinic here at Sinai, EHHOP, where I have been able to coordinate the care of several of East Harlem’s sickest patients. Other than that, I like to spend my days meeting up with friends (who multiply exponentially over the years in a city like NYC) and exploring Manhattan (mostly new eateries and dessert shops!!).

What is your favorite quote? “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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