India Alliance Newsletter Issue 5, September 2015
16 Sep 2015
Online link of September 2015 Newsletter
In the September 2015 issue, some of our Research Training Fellows write about why they chose to pursue a career in clinical research and how the IA Fellowship scheme will be helpful going forward. In our Public Engagement section, we give you an account of our recently concluded DNA@70 Public Lecture Series and announcement for our newly launched ‘Research Image competition’ for Fellows. Even though the Monsoon season passed away quietly, our Fellows made sure it rained publications. We feature recently published works of our Fellows Drs Bushra Ateeq, Sunish Kumar Radhakrishnan, Rakesh Kumar Laishram, Amit Dutt and Subba Rao Gangi Setty in the ‘IA Research Highlights’ section.
In this issue, the article “Peeking inside the HIV infected cells” by our Senior Fellow, Dr Amit Singh, provides an insightful overview of the research strategies for HIV and TB eradication in the context of his current research. Early Career Fellows, Drs Megha and Neha Vyas address the elephant in the room. They pose important questions about the future of postdocs to the scientific community in India in their opinion piece titled “Early Career Fellow: What next?”. Dr Shital Sarah Ahaley, our Early Career Fellow at IISER Pune, gives an interesting account of the EMBO Lab management course she attended in Germany which helped her to understand the subtle difference between management and leadership and reinforced the importance of scientific leadership for a successful research career in a report titled "Leadership and Management- two sides of the same coin?". In our interview section, we bring to you a very candid and engaging interview of one our Public Lecture speakers, Dr Ajit Varki, who is a distinguished professor of medicine and cellular and molecular medicine, and co-director of the Glycobiology Research and Training Center at University of California, San Diego, USA. Our Early Career Fellow and newly appointed Assistant Professor at NIMHANS, Dr Urvakhsh Mehta, shares with us what inspired him to transition from being an MD to a clinician researcher and what keeps him going every day in the ‘Fellow in the Spotlight’ section. Last but not the least, our Grants Adviser, Dr Suveera Dhup, reminisces about her childhood days and tells us why it has been fun to work at the India Alliance in ‘IA Staff Corner’. Also, don’t forget to check the announcements for Clinical training workshop organised by George Institute and Young Investigator meeting 2016.