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Priya Rajasethupathy: Memories mark DNA

Neuroscientist probes the memories of sea slugs and mice

10:57am, September 22, 2015
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UNFORGETTABLE  Priya Rajasethupathy has found a tiny molecule that may turn off part of the genome to allow the brain to store long-term memories. 

Priya Rajasethupathy, 31
Stanford | Neuroscience
Graduate school: Columbia

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Priya Rajasethupathy’s research has been called groundbreaking, compelling and beautifully executed. It’s also memorable.

Rajasethupathy, a neuroscientist at Stanford University, investigates how the brain remembers. Her work probes the molecular machinery that governs memories. Her most startling — and controversial — finding: Enduring memories may leave lasting marks on DNA.

Being a scientist wasn’t her first career choice. Although Rajasethupathy inherited a love of computation from her computer scientist dad, she enrolled in Cornell University as a pre-med student. After graduating in three years, she took a year off to volunteer in

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