Ph.D. in Biological and Biomedical Sciences - Harvard University, Boston
Himanish was born in Kolkata, a city in the eastern part of India. After getting his undergraduate degree in microbiology from St. Xavier's College, he moved to the west cost of India to a city called Mumbai. There he got his Master's degree in Biological Sciences from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research while working on the biology of the malarial parasite and exploring potential therapeutics to prevent and treat malarial infections. For his Ph.D., he moved to Boston and worked in Dr. Thomas Schwarz's lab at Harvard Medical School, on mitochondrial dynamics in neurons and its implications on neuronal glucose metabolism and diabetic neuropathy. In Dr. Chiu's lab, Himanish hopes to identify the immunological responses that modulate the progression of neurodegenerative diseases like ALS. He is interested in studying the innate immune components in neurons, their functions and how they are affected during disease. Out of the lab, you can find Himanish busy with his hobbies of tinkering with computers, coding for fun and riding his bike!