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Rachal Hegde, BS

Rachal Hegde completed her bachelors at The University of Texas at Austin, where she received her degree in neurobiology. After graduation, she joined Dr. Uraina Clark’s Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging Laboratory at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she studied the impact of HIV and early-life stress on brain function through structural and functional imaging analysis. She is currently a graduate student at Boston University School of Medicine and is a research student in Dr. Matcheri Keshavan’s Neuroimaging Laboratory at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Under the principal supervision of Dr. Sinead Kelly, her main research focuses on analyzing white matter alterations in early schizophrenia before and after cognitive enhancement therapy through diffusion tensor imaging analysis. In addition, she is also investigating sleep spindle activity in relation to memory consolidation in early course schizophrenia and first-degree relatives. Her main interests are to better understand brain-behavior interactions and the effects of cognitive remediation therapy through advancements and integration of neuroimaging analysis and cognitive neuroscience. Outside of her research interests, she enjoys reading, running, and exploring art museums.