Who Are We?
As co-host of Reclaim the Bench, I have the amazing opportunity to unite two of my passions, science and history. My goal for this podcast is to highlight the 'unsung heroes' in science and medicine, while also bringing awareness to mistreatment and exploitation conducted for the purpose of discovery. I am also a neuroscience PhD candidate form Buffalo, New York, where I use genomic analysis to identify and target changes in gene expression that facilitate aberrant neuronal function. My favorite leisure activity is reading, especially biographies.
I'm Megan, one of the co-hosts of Reclaim the Bench! I am passionate about science, especially neuroscience, and about creating a more just and equitable environment in healthcare for everyone, from providers and scientists to patients. Currently, I'm in Buffalo, New York, pursuing an MD/PhD program, and I plan to enter the field of child psychiatry. My research focuses on the combination of genetics and environment that contribute to autism and intellectual disability. I also love spending time at home and outside with my husband, cat, and dog - hiking, cooking, reading, playing music, or catching up on our favorite shows on the couch.
Prachetas Jai Patel
Social Media Director
My name is Shima Aggi, and I am the Social Media Director here at Reclaim the Bench! I am passionate about bringing awareness to the history of marginalized groups in society, in a way that is comprehensible for every American. I am currently a senior at the University at Buffalo, majoring in Business with a concentration in Marketing and Management Information Systems. I am also an artist on the side who loves to write stories!