Sejal Davla, Ph.D.

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Shafer Lab, Neuroscience Initiative

Sejal Davla is a postdoctoral research associate in the laboratory of Prof. Orie Shafer in the neuroscience initiative. Her work focuses on the understanding of molecular clocks in glial subtypes and how glial clocks control physiology and behavior in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

Sejal moved to Montreal, Canada to pursue her PhD in neuroscience in the laboratory of Prof. Don van Meyel. During her PhD, she studied how the brain develops using Drosophila as a model organism and investigated the following two questions: i) how different glial subtypes develop and mature in the brain and ii) how these glial subtypes control sleep behavior. She grew up in India where she worked in several research laboratories during her undergraduate and graduate training and gained expertise in a wide range of scientific topics such as developmental biology, neuroscience, human genetics, plant physiology, microbiology, and molecular biology.

Outside of the lab, Sejal is a big proponent of open and inclusive science and works as a science communicator, mentor, and advocate. She works as a writer for preLights and covers newly published preprints as feature articles. She currently serves as an eLife community ambassador and eLife Innovation leader 2020 to promote better practices in academia and open science. She enjoys reading about history, politics, and philosophy and learns various dance forms in her spare time.