Diya is a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of John Ngai, where she studies regeneration in the olfactory epithelium, the tissue responsible for our sense of smell. She analyzes how olfactory stem cells contribute to both steady-state differentiation and injury-induced regeneration using single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq), assay for transposase-accessible chromatin sequencing (ATAC-seq) and other genomics techniques. Her first co-authored paper, a collaboration between biologists, computer scientists, and statisticians, demonstrated the paths by which adult stem cells choose between neuronal and non-neuronal fates. Her second co-authored paper addressed how these stem cells mediate tissue regeneration after severe chemical injury. She's also contributed to methods papers for the analysis of scRNA-seq data (available here and here).
Diya also facilitates opportunities for fellow researchers to develop their data science skills. At BIDS, she coordinates Software/Data Carpentry workshops (she is a Software Carpentry instructor and lesson maintainer). Diya formerly organized The Hacker Within, a weekly meeting for demonstration of scientific computing tools hosted at BIDS, to which she still contributes.
She is also Fellow Lead of the Career Paths & Alternative Metrics Working Group (chaired by Henry Brady), which addresses the career paths available to data scientists within academia.
Diya is formerly Co-Director and Development Lead of Beyond Academia, a grad student and postdoc-run group whose mission is to encourage career exploration and help their peers nurture skills necessary to be competitive in their future careers. She was also an organizer of the 2017 CDIPS Data Science Workshop, which helped grad students and postdocs explore data science careers via mentored team projects, lectures, skills-based workshops, and company visits.