Dipa is a 4th year PhD candidate in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology. Under the supervision of Dr. Martin Beaulieu, she is currently investigating the role of an RNA-binding protein (FXR1) in stress response, its function in a BDNF-activated pathway, and how modulating FXR1 can affect resiliency. Dipa has been decidedly interested in neuroscience and neuropathophysiology since her undergraduate studies, following which she completed her MSc at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health where she determined the response of astrocytes to various degrees of stress. She has been an active member of CPIN since her MSc, and has co-headed and taught Neurosci101 for the past five years. Following her PhD, Dipa plans on continuing research in neuroscience with goals of ascertaining convergent bases of neuropathologies, developing effective treatment options (potentially via fine-tuned gene therapy), and furthering translational research.