Neha helped start the Rao lab in 2010. Having handled similar responsibilities during her previous assignments at North Shore LIJ Health System, New York and at New York Medical College, she manages everything from pin to PCR at the lab. In addition to running independent projects, Neha was involved in training new lab members for roles in the overall research direction of the lab. Her previous research projects were in the areas of Rheumatoid Arthritis & Prostate Cancer. She became an expert in animal experiments and efficiently managed arepository of more than 1500 animals in the past. In the lab, she worked on microRNAs, hematopoietic development and cancer. Some notable projects included trying to understand the roles of microRNAs in Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), and gene expression changes as a function of microRNA expression. Neha loves painting and cooking. She was also a national level hockey player from India - quite an achievement! In November 2012, Neha moved back to India to spend more time with family, but continues to follow research in the field of microRNAs and hematopoiesis.