Here is a 35 min podcast if you want to know more about who we are.
We are a trio. We owe our childhood to growing up in different Indian cities – on a staple of books, street-food, music and of course, science. We met during our undergraduate years at Acharya Narendra Dev College, in the University of Delhi. We went on to do different things after completing our Bachelors degrees’ in Biomedical Science.
We are passionate about science in its various forms and beyond our immediate research interests. We hope to enthuse people with our fondness as we experienced from a family member, a teacher or a scientist.
Our belief is that stripping of science from the constructed notions of a scientist (bookish, nerdy, lab-coat wearing and loner) will go a long way to get the general public interested. This is hence an attempt to open a dialogue on scientific issues… be it an interesting article from a research group or an engrossing talk or podcast and or even a conversation at the intersection of science and society.
Comments and suggestions are welcome here or on twitter @IndSciComm. Our views are personal and do not reflect those of our employers past or present.
Shruti Muralidhar: I am currently a postdoc at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT. I did my first postdoc at the University of Utah, my PhD at the EPFL in Switzerland, and my masters at National Brain Research Center (NBRC). I am one of the core members of IndSciComm and I like doing my scicomm through short form articles, doodles, drawings, videos and gifs.
Navneet Vasistha: I’m a postdoc at the Biotech Research and Innovation Centre in Copenhagen and I study how changes during early brain development leads to neurological disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. My experiments involve using human stem cell models as well as transgenic animal studies. I studied for my D.Phil from Oxford and got my Masters degree from University of Delhi. I am one of the core members of IndSciComm and have experience in scicomm via twitter, blogs and face to face with small groups.
Abhishek Chari: I recently defended my Masters thesis at the University of Utah, dealing with bacterial symbionts of insects. While at Utah, I won a university grant to improve teaching concepts and methodology for an undergraduate cell biology course. I am currently branching out into science communication with long form and short form articles, peppered with doodles if possible. I am one of the core members of IndSciComm and you can read my articles here, here and here.
Collaborators and Contributors:
Swati Khare: I recently graduated with a PhD from the University of Florida. My final dissertation concentrated on the creation and evaluation of biological models for a rare neurological disorder called spinocerebellar ataxia 13 (SCA13). Part of my work was completed at a nonprofit organization (Barrow Neurological Institute in Arizona). My masters degree is in biomedical engineering, also from the University of Florida, as part of which I studied Alzheimer’s disease. I enjoy scientific communication through podcasts and blogs.
Amrita Anand: I am a PhD student in the Genetics department at the Baylor College of Medicine. My thesis project focusses on identifying genetic networks that are important for reprogramming various inner ear cell types specifically into hair cells (which are important for hearing). For this, I employ mouse genetics and confocal microscopy to a large extent. I got my masters degree from IIT Madras and bachelors degree from VIT, Vellore. I like doing my scicomm by engaging actively with school children to talk about science, writing science articles and making podcasts.
Amrita Sule: I am a post doctoral researcher at Virginia Commonwealth University. My research is focused on DNA repair and DNA damage response in context of cancer therapy. I did my Bachelors and Masters from University of Mumbai, India. I trying my hand at science communication on social media via Twitter and Instagram as well as local science out reach events.
Arun Mahadevan: I am a PhD student in the department of Bioengineering at Rice University. In my current work, I apply an eclectic combination of long-term microscopy, image analysis and graph theory to study how stem cells transform into neuronal networks in a dish. I engage in science communication by writing short articles and blog posts for outlets like IndSciComm and Research Matters, and also by organizing local SciComm workshops in Houston.