What is your current research interest?
Exploring the use of extracellular vesicles for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration
Understanding role of microRNAs in the pathogenesis of AMD
When I joined the Clear Vision research lab in 2021
What is your favourite experiment?
In-vivo imaging experiments
What are your favourite hobbies outside of the lab?
Reading, long walks/hikes with my dog and watching cricket
What is your favourite cuisine?
Hello, I’m Rakshanya – a second year PhD student in the clear vision research lab. I did an undergraduate degree in biotechnology followed by honours in genome science (transposon biology). I’ve always been interested in fundamental RNA biology and exploring the therapeutic potential of these molecules. In the last two years at the CVR lab I’ve been able to couple my interest in RNA biology with extracellular vesicles (EVs) to research the potential of EVs (especially red blood cell EVs) as delivery vehicles for RNA based therapeutics.
I’m very passionate about translational research that result in real-life impact to patients in the long run. I hope that some part of my existing research or work in the future will help contribute to the development of new treatments that can improve the lives of patients with AMD and other retinal degenerations.
I also enjoy science outreach – engaging with the public and especially students interested in STEM and continue to work on making current advances in research accessible to a wider audience.