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Spring 2024

sharbani will be presenting at The Symposium of Rising Scholars on Saturday, March 23rd! To attend the event and see sharbani's presentation.

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sharbani patnaik

Class of 2024Fremont, California



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Publish an article: Kickstart your career as a scholar learning the neuroscience of how your brain interprets sound

Started Aug. 1, 2023

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The brain is incredible and complex and the source of much scientific research around the world. In this pod, you’ll focus on how our brains allow us to take unassuming sound waves and enable us to enjoy music, learn a new language, or recognize danger. Through this fascinating process, students will learn about the research process, the brain regions, how the brain regions cooperate to interpret sensory information, and how those individual actions culminate into the actions we take every day but may take for granted.

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How do MG and LSMMG conditions affect the growth of Salmonella and how can such MG-induced changes in this microbe behavior be a concern in space travel and colonization?

Started May 19, 2023

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Salmonella, a well-known pathogenic bacterium, experiences particular difficulties and stressors in space, specifically in varying gravity levels. Significant differences in the growth rate, morphology, gene expression, pathogenicity, and biofilm formation of Salmonella spp. have been found in studies examining the dynamics of the organism under microgravity (MG) and low-shear modeled microgravity (LSMMG) settings. Concerns are raised about the possibility of increased pathogenicity and weakened control of Salmonella infections during space missions as a result of these changes in Salmonella behavior in MG and LSMMG environments. Developing solutions to reduce the hazards associated with Salmonella-related infections in space requires an understanding of the mechanisms enabling Salmonella adaptation to MG and LSMMG settings. The results of these investigations also have wider ramifications for how we comprehend microbial behavior and adaptation to extreme environments. In this review, Examine the effects of microgravity and low-shear modeled microgravity conditions on the dynamics of Salmonella and the potential implications of MG and LSMMG-induced changes in Salmonella for future space travel and colonization.