Onkar Marway


Graduate Student
M.Sc. Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour I

During my undergraduate degree in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University, I came to the realization that I loved doing science. I enjoyed the teamwork and camaraderie involved in being a lab member, the process of taking something from the glimmering of an idea to a final written manuscript, and constantly being skeptical of others' as well as one’s own hypotheses.

I became particularly interested in Dr. Andrews’ Analytical Rumination Hypotheses (ARH) of depression after hearing him speak as a guest lecturer in one of my undergraduate courses. Since then, the more that I’ve talked to him, I've come to believe two things: 1. The scientist that studies living organisms eventually goes blind if he does not use an evolutionary lens, and 2. The field of mental health, both clinical and experimental, could greatly benefit from an evolutionary perspective.

I am now pursuing graduate studies in the lab with a focus on investigating the physiology of depression. I am particularly interested in the changes in sleep architecture and sleep behaviour that are associated with depression.

Outside the world of academia, I am a martial artist; I study Wing Chun Kung Fu. I also enjoy discussing existentialism over a cup of tea.