“It is essential that we appreciate people when they do a good job, before complaining about all the mistakes they made. That was my biggest takeaway from working in the UK, where I went for a short period after my PhD. It is a very common thing in India, even…


“I was born and brought up in a family of engineers. That and my love for Mathematics initially influenced me to pursue a BE in Electrical Engineering. During my undergraduate studies, I developed an interest in Communications and felt the need to delve more into the topic. So, instead of…


“I loved flies, but they didn’t love me back. I had bad allergies to flies during my PhD and I needed medications to keep them under some control. I initially got interested in the field of developmental biology after attending a journal club for the same where I saw beautiful…


“The journeys of Kalpana Chawla and Kiran Majumdar, in my early childhood, helped me develop an interest in science. I was an average student by convention, but keener to learn practical things. …


“It was one of my uncles who inculcated my interest in Chemistry; he used to perform small experiments at home and I used to be fascinated by seeing those.

My initial interest was in organic chemistry but when I went to IIT Delhi for my Master’s, I realized material sciences…


“After finishing my M.Phil in 1989, I was given the opportunity to continue teaching in the same college as a professor. However, there was always a still voice within me that kept pushing me to go further and get a PhD. It so happened that a couple of years later…


“Just like the other science kids who took up Biology in high school, I started off by thinking that I would become a doctor. But as I sat for the medical entrance exams, I realised that it’s not practicing medicine that attracts me, but rather the management side of healthcare…


“After many failed attempts for MBBS, I eventually pursued a Bachelor’s in Biotechnology followed by a Master’s as per convention. Considering I lacked exposure to research, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pursue a PhD, so in order to build my knowledge and get hands-on-training experience, I initially decided…


“The inaccessibility of good libraries in my town never hindered me from cultivating my love for reading. Most probably, I inherited this passion for reading from my mother. As a kid, I used to see her holding a book on one hand and reading while cooking with the other. …


“In college, although I had a vague idea about research, I wasn’t exposed to good laboratories which would allow me to have hands-on-training on the various techniques that I was reading in the books. So I was quite skeptical about pursuing a PhD because I thought I wouldn’t fit in.

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