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Dr. Priyanka Mishra is an early-career scientist at the University of Texas, San Antonio, driving projects in knowing the epigenetic, cellular, and behavioral mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders to elucidate the brain's reward pathway. Her research applies a combination of experimental and computational approaches to quantitatively understand decision-making in single-cells with a focus on questions in next-generation sequencing, genome editing, and stem-cell technologies.

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In 2018, she achieved her doctoral training at CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Research Center, in Bangalore, India. Priyanka studied the molecular genetics of Senna alexandrina (senna) medicinal plant and developed a novel molecular barcode as a tool to characterize and validate sennosides drug formulations in pharmaceutical market.

Subsequently, in Nov 2017, she joined the RTGR Department at the University of Hyderabad, India as a Senior Research Fellow, for a short term and eventually moved to Vancouver, Canada in Feb 2018 to work as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Department at the Simon Fraser University. To pursue her career interest, Priyanka delved into computational and human science, and as a member of that research team, she discovered the novel functional role of a transcription regulator of the viral immune signaling in worms and established an interesting link on how metabolites from the gut bacteria can modulate neuronal development in an animal model system.

Further intrigued by her research findings, and to drive her research in preparation for a future leadership position, she attempted an interest in understanding how those regulate specific genes and find the genetic and epigenetic factors leading to neuronal disorder and eventually contribute to her understanding of the mechanism underlying complex brain illness such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) in humans.

Priyanka is the author/co-author of more than 21 papers and serves on the Editorial and Reviewer Board of different publishers (See more on). In her journey of delivering science beginning 2010 to as of 2021, she has addressed at 14 conferences fording Canada, Spain, USA, and India.

Profoundly, she is an enthusiastic outreach doer and has a great interest in mentoring activities that can spark curiosity and passion about STEM as well as allow students at any and every educational level to explore different career paths while fostering collaborations with peers and institutions. 

As a featured speaker and volunteer staff, Priyanka is engaged with several local & International organizations, offering to her expertise.

Beyond science, Priyanka enjoys networking, exploring, reading, sports, and binge-watch. Obsessed with inherited forte, she is a fabulous cook.

  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (2018); CSIR - Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, India

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Biology (2008); Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University, India

  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Biology (2006); Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University, India