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Swechhya Shrestha, PhD

McLean Hospital Title
Harvard Medical School Title
  • Research Fellow in Psychiatry


Swechhya Shrestha, PhD, is a research fellow in McLean’s Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory. Her current research focuses on the functional role of projections from the ventral hippocampus to two islands of intercalated cells in fear-related behavior, including fear learning and fear extinction using an optogenetic approach.

Dr. Shrestha received her PhD from Wesleyan University in 2020. During her doctoral studies, she worked in multilab collaborations to examine whether transplanting interneuron progenitors derived from human embryonic stem cells into epileptic mice brains could restore lost neurons to rescue a diseased phenotype. Her research goal was to study the development of electrophysiological and morphological properties of transplanted human interneurons at different times post-transplantation. She also investigated the differences in seizure propagation between naïve and epileptic brain slices.


Education & Training

  • 2013 BS in Biology and Neuroscience, Wesleyan College
  • 2020 PhD in Biology, Wesleyan University


Phone: 617.855.2404
Office Address: Belmont campus - Mailman Research Center, Room 205