Prerana Shrestha is studying the role of translation in specific cell types in amygdala for fear related memory processes. She is currently developing a novel chemogenetic approach to inducibly block de novo protein synthesis in a cell autonomous manner. Prerana received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Rockefeller University in the laboratory of Dr. Nathaniel Heintz. For her dissertation, Prerana developed several bacTRAP transgenic mouse lines to characterize molecularly distinct cortical pyramidal cell types, and focused on layer 2/3 pyramidal cell population in the prefrontal cortex that moderate stress induced depression related behavior. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, Magna cum laude, from Bates College, Maine. Prerana received the NARSAD Young investigator award in 2017.