raji-banerji

Rajeswari Banerji

Research Associate
  • Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences

I received my PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from Lehigh University, where I worked on understanding molecular mechanisms underlying pediatric genetic diseases using zebrafish as a model system. My passion for the zebrafish model system and genetic diseases led me to join the Patel lab to study a genetic form of childhood epilepsy called Dravet syndrome (DS). I am interested in understanding the role of energy metabolism particularly, defects in glucose metabolism as the primary mechanism explaining DS etiology. My ultimate goal is to identify novel metabolic targets for improving disease outcomes in DS. When not in lab I spend most of my free time painting, baking and playing with my two kids.