Meet Our FABBS Fall Intern

Shrey Dave, FABBS fall intern, Johns Hopkins University, with NSF Director Dr. Panchanathan.

Can you introduce yourself and what you’re currently studying in college?  

Hi! My name is Shrey Dave. I am currently a junior studying Neuroscience and Public Health Studies at Johns Hopkins University. A fun fact about me is that I have a second-degree black belt in Isshinryu Karate and have been studying martial arts for 15 years.  

What interested you about FABBS and how might this align with your professional plans?  

FABBS was the perfect opportunity for me to combine my love for neuroscience and public health policy. I believe that developing a better understanding of the human brain is paramount to advancing medicine in the 21st century. Having done research in Alzheimer’s disease at Hopkins, I wanted to take my perspective beyond the lab so I could better understand the intricate workings of the US research system. Interning at FABBS is a wonderful chance to advocate for this crucial discipline of research and it gives me invaluable insight into the policies and structures that lay the groundwork for innovative research practices. I plan to work in healthcare so developing a holistic understanding of these administrative systems will help me become a better physician, a better researcher, and a better advocate in the future. 

What have you been working on during your time with FABBS?  

Besides writing bi-weekly newsletter articles and attending conferences/symposiums, my primary project this semester will be a handbook that teaches researchers how to better interact with the government and secure support for their work. The severe disconnect between policymakers and researchers can hinder progress. My goal is to bridge the gap between the groups and alleviate the issue by providing better lines of communication. 

What are your plans post-graduation?  

After graduating from Johns Hopkins, I would like to attend medical school and become a neurologist.