Student Profile: Megha Verma



  • Where were you born and raised?
    •  I was born in a city called Chandigarh, in India. I moved to Canada when I was 6 years old and was raised in Brampton, Ontario. I can speak 4 languages.


  • What Program are you currently in at Western?
    •  I am currently an MSc candidate in the Neuroscience program at Western. I graduated from Western University studying Human Physiology and English Literature.


  • What is your Masters Project about?
    • My masters project is about how anesthesia affects how ability to do brain imaging studies in non-human primates such as rhesus macaques. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a powerful tool for answering questions about brain function in real-time, however anesthesia in animal models significantly limits the types of questions we can ask. My goal is to begin to figure out which type of anesthetic would best preserve brain function while keeping the study safe for non-human primates.


  • What are your Plans after Completing your Masters? 
    • After my masters I would like to do a PhD because I just love research and neuroscience! One day I would also like to teach because it is so much fun to get other people excited about science.


  • If you could go back in time where would you go and why?
    • If I could go back in time I'd like to go back to 1200AD Japan because I have learned that it was a very advanced and rich culture for and I would love to meet a real samurai or artists from that time period


  • Any hobbies or areas of interest people don't know about you:
    •  In addition to doing science, I like to power lift, paint, read, go rock climbing and model and I once ran a marathon! ;I also love volunteering: I teach arts and crafts classes at the Ronald McDonald House and I help with the Hospitality Meal Program for the food insecure of London. This year I raised $1000 by selling my paintings to raise money for the Children's Wish Foundation.


  • Currently we are in a time when everything is googleable, but not always accurate, How we you explain your research so it doesn't get explained in a way that you didn't want it too:
    • I am a big advocate for accurate and accessible science communication. I think one of the most dangerous things scientists can do when answering questions is to say "You must believe this because science said so". Instead, I think it's better to try and explain the background to the person and it's okay to say "I don't know" when doing this because it shows there is a chance for both people to learn. Explaining complex things to someone without a background in that area is the best way to see just how well you yourself understand the material. I love explaining what I do to my dad and conversations with him have always helped me learn whatever I'm learning better. I think these conversations are also what inspired my love for teaching and that's why I would love to teach in my career one day.



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