Sophie Rengarajan, MD, PhD


  • Residency: Stanford Neurology
  • Intern year: UCLA-Olive View
  • Medical school: David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA
  • Graduate school: UCLA
  • Undergraduate: Harvard University, cum laude in Neurobiology with high honors in field


INTERESTS (research/clinical)

  • stroke recovery
  • gene therapy for neuromuscular disease
  • muscle regeneration



Rengarajan S, Yankura K, Guillermin ML, Fung W, Hallem EA. Feeding state sculpts a circuit for sensory valence in C. elegans. PNAS. 116: 1776-1781.2019.

Rengarajan S and Hallem EA. Olfactory circuits and behaviors of nematodes. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 41:136-148. 2016.

Carrillo MA, Guillermin ML, Rengarajan S, Okubo RP, Hallem EA. O2-Sensing Neurons Control CO2 Response in C. elegans. J Neurosci. 33(23):9675-83. 2013.



  • Education Chief Resident (2021-2022)
  • Neurology Clerkship Teaching Award (2021)
  • Intern of the year (Preliminary track), Olive View-UCLA Medical Center (2020)
  • Most humanistic intern (Preliminary track), Olive View UCLA-Medical Center (2020)
  • American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Prize for Excellence (2019)
  • NIH NIGMS Individual NRSA (F30) Training Grant (2015)
  • NIH NINDS Intramural (T32) Neural Microcircuits Training Grant, UCLA (2014)
  • Mary Gordon Roberts Summer Mind Brain and Behavior Fellowship (2009)
  • Herchel Smith Fellowship (2008)



Traveling, swimming, gluten-free baking, singing, cooperative board games, spending time with family