Ramya has an undergraduate degree in pharmacy and a MS in Pharmacology and toxicology. She is a PhD student at UCC and Teagasc. Ramya’s current research question aims at developing an understanding of the impact of diet on the microbiota-gut-brain axis. She is also looking at key microbial players and their metabolites that possess neuromodulatory abilities, which can influence gut to brain communication. This work would be in line with microbiome targeted therapeutics that are aimed at the mental health and overall wellbeing of the consumer.