I'm a sceince writer and editor with the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), one of the 27 institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA. With a PhD degree in neuroscience, I was previosly a postdoctoral researcher at the NIH studying mechanisms of regeneration of the central nervous system (CNS).
I'm interested in communicating scientific discoveries and science news to the lay audience. I feel it is important that audience from non-scientific background should have the knowledge of the day to day impact of science in their lives. More people, specially women, should be a part of STEM workforce and as scientists, it's our responsibility to bring people into the fold and spread awareness about countless important issues, such as, epidemics, cancer, climate change and minority health issues.
Editing scientific manuscripts
The NIH Catalyst
2018 - present
I'm a contributor to the NIH magazine, The Catalyst. My job involves writing about NIH intramural research, recently tenured scientists, talks, research festivals and feature stories. I interview scientists across the campus for the material, do background research and write the articles. Working for the Catalyst has given me a unique opportunity to learn about several aspects of the intramural research program at NIH and gain the understanding and perspective of science at NIH in detail.
Science Policy Discussion Group, NIH
2018 - 2019
I was a member of the Science Policy Discussion group in the Batch of 2018-2019. The group is a postdoc managed group that meets biweekly to discuss topics of our interest in science policy and invite professionals in the field to talk to us. My topic of interest at SPDG was tobacco regulations, drug prices and rare diseases advocacy. I was involved in preparing and presenting about tobacco regulations as part of the group activity. I was also involved in inviting a speaker from NIH Office of Tobacco Regulatory Science Program to speak with the SPDG about their job responsibilities. In the SPDG, I'm a part of the writing team and I regularly write and edit blogs for the group.
Fellow's Editorial Board, NCI
2018 - 2019
I was member and associate editor of NCI Fellows' Editorial Board. The Board is a postdoc managed group that offers assistance in editing scientific manuscripts prior to submission by scientists all over NIH. I have edited several manuscripts for the Board and gained a valuable experience in the process.
National Institutes of Health
2017 - 2019
At NIH, Bethesda, I'm a postdoctoral fellow at the Section of Retinal Ganglion Cell biology and Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology, National Eye Institute. Broadly, I am trying to find out the factors that help retinal ganglion cells, which are neurons in the retina, survive after injury to the optic nerve in rodents. The optic system is part of the CNS. Its lack of regeneration in adult mammals has been a topic of interest from my graduate studies.
Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics
2010 - 2016
I obtained a PhD in Neuroscience from Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, an premiere government research organization under the Department of Atomic Energy, India. I was a CSIR fellow. During my graduate studies, my focus was investigating regeneration of central nervous system. I worked in collaboration with staff of Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital (NRSMCH) to look at changes in cerebrospinal fluid, at proteomics level, from patients with traumatic spinal cord injury. The immense knowledge gained from this study propelled me into delving about the intricacies of the mammalian CNS and formed the basis for several publications and my future postdoctoral research.
University of Calcutta
I obtained an MSc. degree in Biotechnology from the University of Calcutta. My years at the university were a gateway to the labyrinth of life sciences research. While there, I had the opportunity to win the Indira Gandhi Single Girl Child Scholarship and the two-month summer internship by the Indian Academy of Sciences. I did my summer internship at the Indian Institute of Sciences at Bangalore. At the end of my MSc. course, I earned my fellowship for graduate studies from three independent government organizations, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Indian council of Medical Research (ICMR).