I am a biologist, and have spent more than 10 years in academic institutions studying underlying intricate cellular and molecular mechanism in disease and development. In today’s world health care is one of the most important areas of human development. Medical breakthroughs are instrumental in making us live healthy and live longer than our ancestors. In order to continue this positive trend we need a future generation who will be able to compete globally to make our health care world class through research and innovation. Although we have made enormous progress in the field of medicine, our complete understanding of the biology of many diseases still remains enigmatic. Integration of classical chemistry and cell biology has given us a unique opportunity to develop drugs that can target specific molecule(s) in our cells to prevent devastating diseases. It is extremely important for the young students who harbor ambitions to join the medical profession, to understand basic biology as well as the current cutting edge technology of modern medical science. I have obtained a world class education from a famous Indian Universities with a major in BOTANY. I obtained University Second Rank with High Honors in my undergraduate and master’s. My graduate thesis was on studying naturally occurring growth regulators from specific plants. My post doctoral research was focused on a very specific field of biology where I studied mechanisms of extracellular signals transmission into the cells to control development and disease. Extracellular signals are captured by the cell surface receptors and transmitted inside the cells to activate or inactivate intracellular signaling pathways is critical for maintaining healthy cellular activities. Impairment of one or more of these cellular functions, often termed as signal transduction, leads to cell death or cell transformation causing cancer, cardiovascular diseases or neurodegenerative disorders. Drugs targeting one or more of the receptors may repair the damages done during disease progression. I have published many of my research works in peer reviewed journals such as Molecular Biology of the Cells, Biochemistry, Cell Signaling and Journal of Cell Science.
I am interested in utilizing my vast experience in academic research to prepare the students of our future generation for the challenges ahead of us. I think young students require imagination and analytical skills to tackle difficult problems in biology and medicine. My direct experience in the Universities as a research scientist will be useful in guiding these young minds towards independent thinking and problem solving. I am confident that I shall be able to develop a generation of students who will develop proficiency in test scores and at the same time also develop critical thinking and love for biology.
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