Sonia Sen completed her PhD in developmental neurobiology from the National Center for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India. She did her post-doctoral work at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland, Station Biologique de Roscoff, France, and the University of Oregon, USA. Sonia’s research interests have been in the development and evolution of the brain. During her PhD, she studied the molecular genetics of olfactory system development in the fruitfly, Drosophila melanogaster, and in her post-doctoral work she studied how neural stem cells integrate spatial and temporal information to generate diverse neural types. Her group at TIGS works towards understanding the spatial cues that initially diversify and then maintain neural stem cell identities to therefore control neural circuits in the brain. With this understanding, Sonia’s group aims to reverse engineer specific neurons of choice – an as yet un-achieved goal that has held back neural stem cell therapies from realizing their full potential.