Abhilasha Joshi is studying for a D.Phil. at the University of Oxford under the co-supervision of Professor Peter Somogyi (Department of Pharmacology) and Dr David Dupret. Her research project is focused on behaviour- and neuronal network state-dependent activity of identified neurons in the temporal cortex of the brain. Abhilasha was awarded the Felix Scholarship, which is primarily aimed at Indian graduate students to help them to achieve their potential by coming to the UK.
Abhilasha completed a Dual Degree BS_MS in Biology from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali, India, where she went with a national level fellowship, the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY, translated as National fellowships for students interested in pursuing research careers), which is given by the Government of India to promote research in basic sciences. Her master’s thesis research work was in “Evolutionary biology of aging and mate choice.”
In 2011, she attended a short discussion forum in UC Berkley under Dr. Terence Deacon to understand the evolution of language. In 2012, she joined Dr. Loren Frank’s lab at UC San Francisco for a summer internship where she studied decision making in rats.
Abhilasha has learnt two Indian classical dance forms - Bharatanatyam and Kathak. She has also worked with migrant construction labor community in India and is a frequent trekker.