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MENTORS IN ACADEMIA

Dr. Arun Kumar, Senior Scientist, CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT)

 

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Current Location: Palampur, Himachal Pradesh

 

Previous Designation (starting with PhD):

Designation

Institute

PhD

Panjab University, Chandigarh & CSIR-IHBT, Palampur, HP, India

Postdoctoral Fellow

McGill University, Canada

Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Wisconsin Madison, USA

Ramanujan Fellow

Panjab Agricultural University, India

Field(s) of Experience: Enzymology, Protein engineering, Functional genomics, Crop improvement

A short description of current work:

(1) to identify enzymes with novel functions and exploit them in healthcare and agriculture industry

(2) to understand the mechanisms of genetic resistance in crops against bacterial and fungal pathogens at the molecular and biochemical levels and exploit this information for crop improvement.

What would he like to cover during the mentoring sessions:

(1) identifying a suitable lab/workplace

(2) funding mechanisms

(3) settling down in Indian system

(4) effective collaborations can help them to establish their lab.

 

Dr. Sriram, Associate Professor, Biology, Azim Premji University

 

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Current Location: Bangalore, India

 

Previous Designation (starting with PhD):

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Institute

PhD

Rockefeller University, USA

Postdoctoral Researcher

Wisconsin Institute of Discovery, USA

Field(s) of Experience: Systems Biology, Undergraduate education in life sciences

A short description of current work:

(1) Undergraduate projects on the nature of computation in Physarum polycephalum

(2) Site-directed mutagenesis of chromoproteins

What would he like to cover during the mentoring sessions:

(1) Identifying collaborators

(2) Figuring out how to navigate systems in India

(3) Undergraduate research

(4) Balancing teaching and research

Dr. Shubhasis Haldar, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, Ashoka University

 

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Current Location: Delhi, India

 

Previous Designation (starting with PhD):

Designation

Institute

PhD

Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB), India

Postdoctoral fellow

Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Munich, Germany

Postdoctoral fellow

School of Engineering, University of California, Merced, USA

Postdoctoral fellow

Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University, USA

Field(s) of Experience: Biophysics

A short description of current work: Our lab work in the interface of physics, chemistry and biology – aiming to understand complex biological phenomenon, starting from force sensor proteins to chaperone biology. One of the main focuses of our lab is to understand the mechanics of force sensors and how it is interlinked with cellular signaling or diseases. Furthermore, our lab is developing novel single molecule methodology to understand the unanswered questions in chaperone biology, such as how HSP90 chaperone regulates cancer or why the over-expression of HSP70 blocks toxic protein aggregates in neurodegenerative diseases. We are also interested in developing high throughput microfluidics screening assays to effectively detect monitor small sub-population and understanding the change in the thermodynamic properties while biomolecules interact with each other.

What would he like to cover during the mentoring sessions:

1. collaborative opportunities in your field

2. job opportunities

3. funding

Dr. Ratna Ghosal, Assistant Professor, Biological and Life Sciences Division, Ahmedabad University

 

 

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Current Location: Ahmedabad, India

 

Previous Designation (starting with PhD):

Designation

Institute

PhD in Ecology

Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc, India

Postdoctoral fellow

Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc, India

Postdoctoral fellow

Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, USA

Research Associate

Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, USA

Field(s) of Experience: Ecology, Animal Behaviour, Conservation Biology

A short description of current work:

I am trained as an ecologist. My lab works at the intersection of ecology and environment. We try to understand different ecological processes, both at the individual and at the community level, across diverse environment types – ranging from natural to artificial environments. We use different readouts using behavior, molecular and endocrine tools to understand ecological patterns and responses of organisms towards environmental factors. My group works on a wide range of model organisms using a combination of field and lab/captive-based observations and experiments. We strive to apply our findings to resolve real-world problems within the domain of conservation biology.

What would he like to cover during the mentoring sessions:

1. Interviews

2. Funding

3. Professional development

4. Collaborative opportunities in the field of ecology and environment

Dr. Abhinav Kanwal, Assistant Professor, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Bhathinda

 

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Current Location: Bhathinda, India

 

Previous Designation (starting with PhD):

Designation

Institute

PhD

DBT-THSTI, India

Postdoctoral fellow

University of Chicago, USA

Assistant Professor

Manipal Academy of Higher Education

Field(s) of Experience: Pharmacology, Epiegentics, Cardiomyopathy, Diabetes

A short description of current work:

(1) Understanding how epigenetics helps in controlling the mitochondrial dynamics in diabetes

(2) How doxorubicin induced late on set of toxicity can be regulated

(3) Adverse drug reaction monitoring in the patients taking medicines

What would he like to cover during the mentoring sessions:

1. collaborative opportunities and 

2. how personal and professional development can be done

Dr. Arindam Mondal, Assistant Professor, IIT-Kharagpur

 

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Current Location: Kharagpur, India

 

Previous Designation (starting with PhD):

Designation

Institute

PhD

University of Calcutta, India

Postdoctoral fellow

University of Virginia, USA

Postdoctoral fellow

University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Assistant Scientist

University of Wisconsin- Madison, USA

Field(s) of Experience: Virology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Diagnostics

A short description of current work: We are interested in understanding the intricate molecular mechanism by which RNA viruses establish infection in a particular host species. During its life cycle, viruses recruits large number of host factors that facilitate different steps like attachment, entry, replication, transcription, assembly and release. We are studying the molecular basis by which viruses highjacks different host machineries in order to come up with novel therapeutic strategies or prophylactic measures. We are also developing various biosensor for rapid onsite detection of pathogen associated molecular markers and hence diagnoses of infection.

What would he like to cover during the mentoring sessions:

1. interviews

2. collaborative opportunities in his field

3. job opportunities

4. funding

5. personal and professional development

Dr. Avijit Banik, Associate Professor, GITAM (Deemed to be University)

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Current Location: Visakhapatnam, India

 

Previous Designation (starting with PhD):

Designation

Institute

PhD in Neurology

PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

Postdoctoral fellow in Anatomy

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Postdoctoral fellow in Pharmacology

Emory University, Atlanta, USA

Field(s) of Experience: Neuroscience

A short description of current work: Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is associated with substantial medical and societal burden, but, no current therapy is available that can clearly alter the disease progression. Recently the AD research has shifted its gear in mining the neuroinflammatory pathways to find a prudent treatment strategy. At GITAM, as a new faculty I aim to establish an independent research lab to investigate the role of neuroinflammatory pathways in AD neuropathology and cognition in in-vitro & in-vivo systems to identify potential therapeutic targets.

 

What would he like to cover during the mentoring sessions:

  • How to look for job opportunities in India

  • How to start building a network in India before coming back

  • Application procedures

  • Interviews

  • Collaborative opportunities in your field

  • Funding opportunities in your field

  • How to choose your group/students?

  • Personal and Professional Development

  • Financial Responsibilities

  • Cultural and family shock on transition

  • Salary negotiation

  • Child care support/facilities/schools

 

Dr. Athi N Naganathan, Associate Professor, IIT-Madras

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Current Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

 

Previous Designation (starting with PhD):

Designation

Institute

PhD in Biochemistry

University of Maryland, USA

Postdoctoral fellow in Biosciences

CIB-CSIC, Spain

Postdoctoral fellow in Molecular Modeling

Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Barcelona, Spain

Field(s) of Experience: Protein Biophysics, Biomolecules

A short description of current work: We work at the interface of physics, chemistry and biology to understand and address questions related to protein folding, function, allostery, and disorder from the perspective of both experiments and simulations.

 

What would he like to cover during the mentoring sessions:

  • How to look for job opportunities in India

  • How to start building a network in India before coming back

  • Application procedures

  • Interviews

  • Collaborative opportunities in your field

  • Funding opportunities in your field

  • How to choose your group/students?

  • Personal and Professional Development

  • Financial Responsibilities

  • Cultural and family shock on transition

  • Salary negotiation

  • Child care support/facilities/schools

 

Dr. Sanhita Sinharay, Assistant Professor, IISc Bangalore

 

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Current Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

 

Previous Designation (starting with PhD):

Designation

Institute

PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry

University of Arizona, USA

Postdoctoral fellow in Radiology and Imaging Sciences

National Institute of Health, USA

Instructor (Junior Faculty), Cancer Systems Imaging

MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA

Field(s) of Experience: Chemistry, Biomedical and Molecular Imaging

A short description of current work: Our group is multidisciplinary and we focus on the development and translation of molecular imaging methods and contrast agents to improve early diagnosis and assess therapeutic interventions noninvasively in real-time in cancer and other diagnosis.

 

What would he like to cover during the mentoring sessions:

  • How to start building a network in India before coming back

  • Application procedures

  • Interviews

  • Funding opportunities in your field

 

Dr. Anindita Dutta, ex-Group Lead, Tata Translational Cancer Research Centre (Current: Remote Research Fellow, University of Surrey, UK)

 


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Current Location: Kolkata, India (remotely working in UK)

 

Previous Designation (starting with PhD):

Designation

Institute

PhD

Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Jadavpur University, India

Postdoctoral fellow

Kimmel Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University, USA

Honorary researcher

Health and medical sciences, University of Manchester, UK

Group lead, Cell biology

Tata Translational Cancer Research Centre, Tata Medical Center, India

Field(s) of Expertise: Cancer, cell biology, 3D organoid, proteomics, clinical informatics

A short description of current work: I have been working as a group lead in cell biology at Tata Translational Cancer Research Centre from 2014 to 2022. Currently working as a research scientist in cancer proteomics and integrative proteogenomics in endometrial cancer at the University of Surrey, UK.

 

What would he like to cover during the mentoring sessions:

  • How to look for job opportunities in India

  • Collaborative Opportunities in your field

  • Financial Responsibilities

  • Child Care Support/facilities/schools

 

Dr. Soumyadip Sett, Assistant Professor, IIT Gandhinagar

 


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Current Location: Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

 

Previous Designation (starting with PhD):

Designation

Institute

PhD in Mechanical Engineering

University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Postdoctoral fellow in Mechanical Science & Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Field(s) of Expertise: Thermo-fluids

A short description of current work: Micro/nanoengineered surfaces for enhanced condensation and thermal management. My research focuses on developing metal-based surfaces and coatings for droplet manipulation and heat transfer applications. Another research focus is in utilizing these novel surfaces for self-cleaning and antifouling applications.

 

What would he like to cover during the mentoring sessions:

  • Collaborative opportunities in his field

  • Application procedures

  • Interviews

  • Funding opportunities in your field

  • How to choose your group/students

 

MENTORS IN INDUSTRY

Dr. Raunak Bardia, Researcher, Shell India Markets Private Ltd.

 

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Current Location: Bangalore, India

 

Previous Designation (starting with PhD):

Designation

Institute

PhD

University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

Field(s) of Experience: Computational Science, Applied Mathematics, Engineering Software Development, Image Analysis, Rock Petrophysics

A short description of current work: I am currently working with the Scientific Image Analysis & Simulations team in the Digital R&D space of Shell. As part of this team, I am working to more closely integrate simulation modeling, analytical data science, and machine-based learning in the existing workflows of Shell. We work with assets that are spread across the world. Beyond technical expertise, it requires building up economic, commercial, operational, and people aspect of a project or solution.

What would he like to cover during the mentoring sessions:

1. Dispelling of pre-conceived notions

2. Connection with India-based research communities

3. Fostering of collaboration in future.

4. Direct connections for job opportunities

Dr. Tathagata Mukherjee, General Manager, Gennova Biopharmaceuticals Ltd.

 

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Current Location: Pune, Maharashtra, India

 

Previous Designation (starting with PhD):

Designation

Institute

PhD

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Cornell University, USA

Postdoctoral fellow

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH, USA

Field(s) of Experience: Chemical Biology, Drug Discovery, Product Development, Project Management, Business Development

A short description of current work: Project Management, Grant writing and Business development

What would he like to cover during the mentoring sessions: Any question that mentees might have that when answered can reduce their anxiety when they take the decision to return to India

MENTORS IN START-UP SECTOR

Dr. Ved Prakash, Co-Founder and CEO, GeniUs Universal and NutriDocs

 

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Current Location: Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

 

Previous Designation (starting with PhD):

Designation

Institute

PhD

Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago, USA

Research Scientist

Office of Research, University of Texas at Dallas, USA 

Field(s) of Experience: Entrepreneurship, health and wellness

A short description of current work: My wife and I run 3 businesses. GeniUs Universal focuses upon entrepreneurship education so that other aspiring entrepreneurs get equal opportunity to bring their ideas to a reality, while NutriDocs focuses upon health consulting so that people can stay healthy and focus on bigger goals rather than hospital visits. Intellecta focuses on online education for K12. Our current goal is to support 10 more families by 2030 to accomplish similar level of success so that we can work on worthwhile causes without worrying about basic survival.

What would he like to cover during the mentoring sessions: How to start building a network in India before coming back, Interviews, Collaborative opportunities in your field, Personal and Professional Development, Financial Responsibilities, Culture and family shock during transition