Nivretta (Nivi) Thatra
Nivi is a senior majoring in Neurobiology and minoring in both Global Health and Quantitative Sciences. As a freshman she joined the lab of Dr. Eliot Brenowitz, whose focus is on the neural circuitry of avian song. Since then, Nivi has led a project examining adult born neuronal survival in breeding versus nonbreeding conditions of the avian system. The Computational Neuroscience program encouraged her collaboration with Dr. David Perkel, with whom she is now using experimental data from the Brenowitz lab to build a comprehensive computational model of neural birth, death, and migration. Nivi has truly enjoyed the complexity and interdisciplinarity of her early research experiences, and hopes to continue her growth as a scientist by pursuing a doctoral degree in neuroscience, biostatistics, or immunology. Her less academic sources of enjoyment include multicultural approaches to philosophy and food.