Priyasha Deshpande

  • Doctoral Student, Casaccia Lab, Neuroscience Initiative
  • Doctoral Student, Elbaum-Garfinkle Lab, Structural Biology Initiative
Priyasha graduated with a BS-MS dual degree in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali (IISER Mohali, India). She was awarded the prestigious INSPIRE Scholarship for Higher Education from the Government of India for her BS-MS education. Her Masters thesis focused on unraveling the molecular origins of internal friction in alpha-synuclein, a protein implicated in the Parkinson’s Disease pathology. She joined the Biochemistry graduate program at the CUNY Graduate Center in 2019 and is currently a joint Ph.D. student in the Elbaum-Garfinkle lab (Structural Biology Initiative) and the Casaccia lab (Neuroscience Initiative) at the ASRC. Her areas of interest include biomolecular phase separation, epigenetic control of chromatin compartments, intrinsically disordered proteins and peptide biochemistry.


P. Deshpande, E. Prentice, A. V. Ceballos, P. Casaccia, S. Elbaum-Garfinkle. Epigenetic Marks Uniquely Tune the Material Properties of HP1α Condensates. Biophysical Journal, 2024, S0006349524002820. DOI: