The TRAC Lab may consider postdoctoral applications from researchers who have or are pursuing their own funding. Those with a neuroimaging (MRI/fMRI, fcMRI, DTI) background, history of publications, and demonstrated ability to obtain funding are encouraged to contact us.
Tara Chowdhury, Ph.D.
Tara grew up in California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her B.S. at UCLA in Neuroscience with a minor in Mathematics. During her PhD in Chiye Aoki’s lab at NYU, Tara studied a rodent model for anorexia nervosa. She discovered that the rodent hippocampus undergoes large-scale dendritic remodeling during adolescence, and the experiences of exercise and food restriction had distinct effects on hippocampal circuitry. Tara went on to a postdoc in Bita Moghaddam’s lab at OHSU, to study sex differences in the rodent reward system hoping to understand why men and women are vulnerable to different psychiatric conditions. She found that in punishment-avoidance, females have more variation in their behavior than males, and anxiety has nuanced effects that differ across the sexes.
Tara is primarily interested in understanding vulnerability to psychiatric illness. Through her previous research, she became aware of the importance of individual variability in vulnerability. She has joined the TRAC lab to shift gears toward human subjects research, to explore how the insights and hypotheses from animal research can be used to improve adolescent mental health. Tara's publications are available here.
Tara is also a yoga practitioner and outdoors lover, two activities she believes are remarkably beneficial for physical and mental wellbeing.