Senior Scientist at Verge Genomics
Swati has over 10 years of cross-disciplinary experience. Her areas of expertise include CNS injury and neuroinflammation, iPSC-based modeling of neurodegenerative diseases, and stem cell and gene therapy. She received her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University where she was a recipient of a pre-doctoral University Fellowship award. Her dissertation was centered on elucidating the role of a neurotrophic growth factor, Progranulin, in a spinal cord injury mouse model, for which she secured competitive grant funding to support independent research. Swati then pursued her postdoctoral work at UC San Diego where she studied mechanisms underlying hematopoietic stem cell-mediated tissue repair in Cystinosis, a rare pediatric lysosomal storage disease. More recently, as a postdoctoral fellow and staff scientist in the Ellerby lab at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, her research was focused on stem cell modeling of Huntington’s disease (HD), evaluating matrix metalloproteinases as therapeutic targets for HD, CRISPR genome editing, and studying cellular senescence in HD.