Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India
Residency in Pathology: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) and Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore, India
I was inspired by my parents to ‘contribute’ to society and chose to study medicine. During my medical training, even though I was excited about learning a wide variety of facts every day, I was becoming increasingly disillusioned by the lack of accuracy in diagnosing illnesses and the widespread use of presumptive treatment. I was also perplexed by lack of scientific explanations for why all individuals under almost identical circumstances did not contract diseases such as tuberculosis. On one fateful night in my dorm, one of my classmates suggested that I think of pursuing a PhD. if I was serious about research. Although I did not personally know anyone who was engaged in hardcore research, the idea appealed to me. I applied to several schools in the US and joined the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor after completing my internship. I got a really solid foundation for research using tools in molecular biology during my graduate studies. I then completed a residency in Clinical Pathology as I knew that I wanted to apply the power of molecular technologies to solving biomedical research problems. I went to Denmark to obtain training in biological mass spectrometry and am very happy with my decision as a large majority of our current research projects benefit from this technology. The Margdarshi fellowship allows me to combine biology and medicine to address clinical problems in a holistic fashion and I am excited about translating our discoveries into clinically useful diagnostics, biomarkers and therapeutics.