Sejal Davla

Advanced Science Research Center, CUNY

I am a postdoctoral research associate in the laboratory of Prof. Orie Shafer in the neuroscience initiative. My work focuses on the understanding of molecular clocks in glial subtypes and how glial clocks control physiology and behavior in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. I did my PhD research in the laboratory of Dr. Don van Meyel at McGill University, Canada where I  studied how different glial subtypes develop and mature in the brain and how these glial subtypes control behavior using Drosophila as a model organism.

I am passionate about writing and mentoring. Outside of the lab, I teach, volunteer, and mentor young adults and write science stories to lay audiences on my blog. I am an avid reader of history, politics, and philosophy and I enjoy dancing.

Sejal Davla has added 7 preLight posts

Circadian rhythms in bipolar disorder patient-derived neurons predict lithium response

Himanshu K. Mishra, Noelle M. Ying, Angelica Luis, et al.

Selected by 19 January 2021

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A systematic examination of preprint platforms for use in the medical and biomedical sciences setting

Jamie J Kirkham, Naomi Penfold, Fiona Murphy, et al.

Selected by 18 July 2020

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Scientific Communication and Education

Astrocytes close a critical period of motor circuit plasticity

Sarah D. Ackerman, Nelson A. Perez-Catalan, Marc R. Freeman, et al.

Selected by 09 June 2020

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Non-neuronal expression of SARS-CoV-2 entry genes in the olfactory system suggests mechanisms underlying COVID-19-associated anosmia

David H. Brann, Tatsuya Tsukahara, Caleb Weinreb, et al.

Selected by 28 April 2020

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Supervising the PhD: identifying common mismatches in expectations between candidate and supervisor to improve research training outcomes

Adam P.A. Cardilini, Alice Risley, Mark F. Richardson

Selected by 01 April 2020

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Insights from a survey-based analysis of the academic job market

Jason D. Fernandes, Sarvenaz Sarabipour, Christopher T. Smith, et al.

Selected by 08 December 2019

Jonny Coates et al.

Scientific Communication and Education

Cross-species transcriptomic and epigenomic analysis reveals key regulators of injury response and neuronal regeneration in vertebrate retinas

Thanh Hoang, Jie Wang, Patrick Boyd, et al.

Selected by 15 September 2019

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Hi Liam,

Great question, Liam. Many people have recovered from COVID-19 associated anosmia but we don’t have numbers on what proportion.

How this recovery relates to ACE2 expression in NE cell types is a pressing question. Please see the Author’s response to question 1. Knowing that COVID19 mostly affects support cells and stem cells, to what extent these cells are damaged in patients and how they regenerate after the viral assault will directly address your question. Unfortunately, no such report is available as of yet.

Also, it remains to be identified whether COVID patients develop permanent anosmia.

PS: I accidentally clicked the Report button on your comment so if you receive any notification, please ignore. Sorry about that.

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