My name is Ananya Krishnan and I am a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley. I intend to major in cognitive science. Over the summer of 2017, supported by TAF, I was able to work in Professor Tina Gremel’s lab at the University of California, San Diego studying neural functions involved in decision making in mice. I hope to apply my study of the brain and it’s cognitive processes to legal studies, trying to understand the social and scientific reasons for violence. Through this approach, I hope to combine law and science, two distinct fields that when studied together, can be the impetus for change. I believe that by combining law and science through organizations like the Avielle Foundation, we will not only be able to understand and clarify the mysteries and unknowns of the human/criminal brain but also influence policies and regulations to potentially, reduce and prevent violence in the nation. Aside from academics, I enjoy spending time in nature, graphic design, and dance.
Torrey Pines High School in San Diego