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IndiaBioscience is a non-profit science outreach initiative created to fulfill the niche gap within the Life Science sector in India. IBS is envisioned to function as a catalyst organization that will invigorate the various activities associated with establishing a strong hold for scientific research on the global scene – this includes recruitment, networking, collaborations, research oriented education and science communication.
The very idea for IndiaBioscience stemmed at the first Young Investigator’s Meeting in 2009 where the desperate need for an informational and interactive forum became apparent. Thereby leading to creation of IBS as a platform that caters to the rapidly increasing needs of the life science community in India as well overseas.
IndiaBioscience as an organization aims to
i) Promote and disseminate information regarding the research environment and opportunities in India throughout the year.
ii) Develop and conduct a tandem program for engaging with the Indian diasporas overseas and providing information and mentorship to facilitate their return to take up research careers in India, and therefore contribute to the evolving scope of the meetings and workshops program.
iii) Programs engaging the Indian Universities, Administrators, Policy makers and the educators in an attempt to rejuvenate the system.
iv) Develop activities and programs that engage life science professionals in different stages of their careers as well as different careers on a single platform to network and collaborate
v) Develop and conduct activities engaging students as well as postdoctoral fellows
vi) Function as a nodal organization for exchange of scientific expertise
IBS could not have been possible without the generosity of NCBS and InStem that not only houses IBS but also supports it administratively. The webportal will not be possible without the diligence of the NCBS IT crew especially Rajesh Rama
During my PhD at Penn State University, as I was trying to figure out how proteins get tarted to the nuclear membrane, I became interested in public health and infectious diseases. That was the drive for me to join NIH to work on understanding the sRNA network and function in the anthrax bug. One thing led to another and I joined IBS. Though a bit of a change to science administration, the exciting environment in India makes the job challenging and interesting.
My specialty is in knowledge exchange, liaising and working at interfaces. I have dabbled in biosensors, assessing viability of optical materials, membrane-protein interactions, microeconomics, imaging, communications and editing. My academic background is in Industrial Biotechnology (BTech) from Anna University, Chennai and Pharmacology (PhD) from Cambridge, UK. At IndiaBioscience, I use my communication skills and scientific understanding to engage with all stakeholders in a meaningful manner.
Banaras Hindu University,
Dept. of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
University of California, San Francisco