I am a PhD student supervised by Dr. Catherine Lebel and Dr. Keith O. Yeates, in the developmental neuroimaging imaging lab, at the University of Calgary. Before starting my PhD, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi, and a Master’s degree in Neuroimaging from King’s College, London.
My PhD project is titled ‘Studying brain white matter alterations following paediatric mild traumatic brain injury’. Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) affects millions of children annually and can have long lasting negative effects, yet, no biomarkers for its diagnosis are available. Proper diagnosis is essential to avert long-term post concussive symptoms (PCS) such as headaches and emotional dysregulation. Diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) — a safe, non-invasive method to study brain structure and function in the pediatric population — has shown promise as a diagnostic marker. Through my research, I will attempt to bridge the gap in mTBI detection, by using diffusion MRI to study brain white matter integrity at early and long-term (3- to 6- months post-injury) stages of mTBI in children.