After completing my 12th exam from CBSE board, I pursued an Integrated M.Tech programme in Biotechnology at School of Biotechnology, KIIT Deemed to be University. As I’ve always been motivated to work in an interdisciplinary field, I decided to venture into Biotechnology. During this 5 year journey, I remained associated with a diverse work profile. Having received the JNCASR Summer Research Fellowships in 2017 and 2018, I worked with Jayanta Haldar (Associate Professor, New Chemistry Unit, JNCASR Bengaluru) where I developed an understanding and appreciation of small molecules. With a profound interest in translatable research work, I started working with Dr. Priti Sundar Mohanty (Associate Professor, School of Chemical Technology, KIIT) on developing and characterizing microgels for drug delivery. For the M.Tech dissertation, I worked at Enzene Biosciences Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of Alkem Laboratories Ltd. where I was exposed to protein-based large molecules, otherwise known as Biologics.
My past experiences in academic and corporate internships have taught me that Science and Engineering goes hand in hand. Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology must come together to cater the needs of society. In order to develop platforms that enhances quality as well as affordability of therapies and thereby ameliorate the overall financial burden due to healthcare incurred costs, I decided to understand the fundamental science governing the biological entities. It was this reason that drove me to be associated with the IITB-Monash Research Academy. Currently, I am a 1st year PhD student at IITB Monash Research Academy under the joint supervision of Nandita Madhavan (Associate Professor, IIT Bombay) and Tanja Junkers (Professor, Monash University) working at the interface of chemistry and biology. Apart from research activities and studies, I enjoy painting, dancing, swimming. My love for painting and dancing has always helped me to stay enthusiastic and hopeful.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0796