Atit Patel received his Bachelor’s in Biology with minors in Chemistry and German (Summa Cum Laude) from George Mason University (GMU). He participated in INOVA Biomedical Internship in Neuroscience investigating the effectiveness of decompressive craniectomy after middle cerebral artery infarct with respect to timing, risk factors, neurological tests, demographics, and outcome. He first began his work in Cox lab after being selected for a competitive GMU Research Semester Program and he also received Undergraduate Research Scholars Program Award. He received several honors as an undergraduate student including Senior Award from Biology Department and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 2013. Atit also received his Master’s in Biology from GMU, where his thesis work focused on dissecting microRNA-mediated control mechanisms regulating dendrite development.
Currently, Atit is pursuing his doctoral degree in Neuroscience at the Cox lab, where his research focuses on connecting neural activity to circuitry in modulating nociceptive behavior. He has also received a prestigious Second Century Initiative Neurogenomics Fellowship. His research skills include the use of advance genetics, phenotypic analyses, behavioral analyses, qRT-PCR, confocal microscopy, immunohistochemistry, MARCM (mosaic analysis with repressible cell marker), cell isolation via magnetic bead based sorting, RNA-seq, neural reconstructions, optogenetics, Ca+2 imaging and fluorescent voltage imaging.
Atit’s interests outside lab include bicycling, rock climbing, motorcycling, hiking and skiing.