École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
As a researcher of Biology, I strive towards making an impact on the improvement of human health. After having successfully a very productive PhD in Life Sciences at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne as well as a year-long PostDoc, I am now excited to begin the next chapter of my career.
During the 4 years of my PhD studies in Switzerland, I brought a new topic of research to our group, i.e. stress signalling in model organisms. I worked on the cross talk of these stress pathways in context of immunity, which was the main focus of our group. My research showed for the first time that stress pathways, which usually contribute to enduring damage caused by infection, when excessively activated contribute to pathogenesis.
I have lived not only in Switzerland, but also in Austria and the United States of America. I think an international experience has given me a broad perspective to important issues of science in these two continents as well as in the developing world due to my Indian origins. Most importantly, I think my biggest training has been communicating my research in open days at EPFL, to a general audience as well as to other researchers outside my domain of expertise at many conferences.
I started as a Wellcome Trust/DBT Early Career Fellow in June 2016 at one of the most renowned institutes in India, the Indian Institute of Science. I am quite hopeful that the research I will be doing in the coming years will help me get towards my goal of impacting human health in some way.