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Prabarna Ganguly

National Human Genome Research Institute

Prabarna Ganguly is a neuroscientist and science writer based in Washington, D.C. She completed her Ph.D. in psychology (with a focus in behavioral neuroscience) from Northeastern University in 2018. Her thesis focused on figuring out some of the microscopic ways in which the brain is altered after stressful experiences. She was especially interested in seeing how baby rats are affected after being separated from their mothers. Prabarna's research shows that such separation can cause drug addiction and anxiety in maternally separated rats during their adolescence.

Prabarna became obsessed with finding a way to synthesize her love for science and writing, and found Massive's quirky, amazingly dedicated community to be the perfect way to start this journey. Her passion lies in explaining and technical and scientific reports of significance and public value in a way that informs but most importantly, engages her audience.

Prabarna is a science writer at the National Human Genome Research Institute, one of the institutes within the National Institutes of Health.

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Opening Our Minds

Join five scientists as they explain the research behind new psychedelic treatments for mental illnesses

Prabarna has authored 9 articles

How much does genetics affect political beliefs? Does it even matter?

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Twin studies, the bedrock of genetic studies of political attitudes, may not be as solid as once thought

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Two behavioral neuroscientists discuss the long-term damage of family separation

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The neurological and behavioral consequences of separating children from parents, especially mothers, can persist into adulthood

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Why scientists are taking a more active role in politics and policy

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Cognitive neuroscientist Timothy Verstynen thinks scientists need to take visible stances on issues like forced family separation

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Are psychedelics actually as dangerous as their Schedule I status suggests?

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They're tightly regulated, but research shows they're probably not harmful

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Why is it so hard for scientists to talk about leaving academia?

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We should value scientists who transfer their skills

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To better target cancer, scientists find clues on the surface of cells

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New research finds that we might need to take a step back from the inside of cells

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Empathy and bias are more intertwined than we often think

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Studying empathy can sometimes seem like a look at how self-involved we are

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Meet the barrier-breaking physicist hunting gravity with lasers

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Nergis Mavalvala explores gravitational waves and quantum physics

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