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Hello!  My name is Ria. I'm from Pune, India and graduated from Smith College with a B.A in Biology and a minor in Math. At Smith, I worked with dynein motors to understand their microtubule binding domains as well as the differences of this domain between species. I completed my master’s in biology from New York University where I studied the processes of convergent extension during development of Ciona robusta. My interests are primarily in cell division, cell motility and cell fate determination. Outside of lab I enjoy cooking, reading, painting and watching sports.