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Tanvi Puri

PhD Candidate
University of British Columbia
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I'm Tanvi Puri, a Ph.D. candidate in the Galea Lab in the Neuroscience Program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.


Pregnancy and motherhood can have long-lasting effects on the brain which are still widely unknown. I’m interested in investigating how pregnancy, and the hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy, can affect cognition, stress resilience, and neurogenesis across different ages. My projects also investigate the changes in molecular mechanisms underlying neuroplastic changes and behavior, and I hope my research will allow us to identify possible future targets for precision medicine. I'm also passionate about science communication and teaching, and am the proud instructor for 'Neuroplasticity and Behavior', a seminar-style senior course at UBC. 


Prior to joining the Galea lab, I got my B.A. in Neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis in 2018, where I worked on quantifying the role of astrocytes in regulating daily rhythms in the SCN and in behavior. I also investigated the potential role of advancing light cycles and thus circadian rhythms on preterm birth.


I'm an avid home cook interested in the science of food, so in my downtime, you can find me cooking, curled up with a good book (recent favorites include the Slow Horses series by Mick Herron), or TV shows (I'm finally watching The Sopranos).


You can find me on Twitter (or is it X now?) @tanvipuri_ or send me an email at

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