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Welcome to Club SciWri- Scientists Simplifying Science

Club SciWri is a club of science writers which originated from a Career Support Group created by ex-IISc students. The focus of Club SciWri  is on science communication which hopes to strengthen the bridge between Science and Society . As science progresses to challenge the limits of human imagination, it becomes more imperative that scientists make the society understand the benefits of their work.

The unique thing about this club is that we will be posting blogs written by members of the scientific enterprise. When we say members of the scientific enterprise, we refer to the academics, the entrepreneurs, the intellectual property experts, the policy makers and the myriad of emerging avenues that helps science make the world a better place.

At Club SciWri we believe that these sculptors of science are the people who can convey the true sense of their creation and the nuances of their work which never get conveyed to the general audience even if they read their research paper or their company profile.

These are the brains behind the scene.

 

Aditi has a Ph.D. in Human and Molecular Genetics from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently pursuing a postdoc in cardiac genetics at Washington University in St. Louis. Training and mentoring junior scientists are most favorite part of her job, after the research itself. In her free time, Aditi likes reading about politics, dancing, choreography, painting and hiking.

 

Sven completed his PhD in the International Max Planck Research School for Molecular Biology in Göttingen, Germany. He is currently doing research on quantitative synaptic physiology at the University of Göttingen Medical Center, while working towards a second degree in history and literature. There is no topic too obscure to attract his scientific curiosity, having worked on subjects such as toilet graffiti or the retirement plans of synaptic vesicles. Beyond research, he spends his time with writing, information design, and games.

Abirami is a researcher with a focus on ocular research and research administration. Apart from research, she is interested in photography and freelancing. In Club Sciwri, she is happy to bring the transition stories from scientists who successfully stepped into careers other than mainstream research.

After finishing his Masters degree from University of Vienna, Abhiyan is currently pursuing his PhD at University of Muenster, Germany. He considers himself a very social and international person, who is trying to find and establish harmony between science, society and arts. He loves connecting with different people and learning, sharing ideas with them.

Gaston is a neuroscientist who is passionate about doing research and communicating it to a broader audience. If you have a spare minute, he invites you to take a look at his blog on neuroscience and art: www.neurokunst.com

Imit pursued her Ph.D. from the University of Utah (USA) is currently pursuing her Postdoctoral fellowship at the Albert Einstein Medical College in Bronx, NY, USA. She has an expertise in preclinical drug development and regulatory protocol development and analytical chemistry focussed on Oncology. Her current work explores the signaling pathways involved in hematopoiesis and leukemia stem cells. She is passionate about medical and science communication.

Ipsa is a Ph.D. student at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India. She wants to gather and spread interestingness. She prefers painting and drawing rather than writing. She posts as “ipsawonders” on Fb and Instagram.

Isha is currently pursuing her PhD in Stem cell research from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. She loves reading and traveling.

Kashyap did his Ph.D. in Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany where he tried his best to understand the interplay between immune cells and blood vessels following ischemia. With his best not still good enough, he decided to pursue the same with different model systems in his post doctoral research. He is passionate about scientific communication, education, history and music to name a few. He has perfected the art of day dreaming with constant flights of fantasy about start ups with a Musk-like zeal and a love for things unconventional. Besides the lab, you can find him being a terrible all rounder at cricket followed by a constant but futile attempt to bike away from society.

 Mathura is a Medical Science Liaison (MSL) in the field of Personalized Medicine/Pharmacogenomics and at present a Research Scholar at Harvard Medical School as well. She has extensive scientific research experience and training from top international institutions in Europe, Asia, and the USA. She is not only deeply passionate about personalized medicine but strongly believes in using advances in science and technology to optimize and improve healthcare and is constantly working towards that one pursuit. Mathura graduated with an Honors degree in Biomedical Sciences from the National University of Singapore, Singapore and later obtained her Ph.D. with Distinction in Genetics from Institut Pasteur, Paris. Among her various interests, she has a keen passion for communicating science and culture – through writing and photography.

Nida: Currently pursuing my final year PhD at the Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology, University of Warwick, UK (2014 to present). I completed B.E., Biotechnology from Sir MVIT, Bangalore (2008-2012). Following which I worked as a Research Assistant in MRDG, IISc Bangalore for a period of 2 years (2012-2014). Apart from my love for research, I enjoy hiking, orienteering, and traveling to new cities – exploring history and culture.

Nisha is a recent Ph.D. graduate from Genome Damage and Stability Centre, UK and is now working as Research Fellow at Sussex Drug Discovery Center, UK. Her research interest involves Cell biology (I’ve spent a lifetime admiring mitotic cells during my Ph.D.!!) and Oncology. She works for Club SciWri as a freelance writer to pursue her love for “words”. Apart from being bench scientist, she actively participates in science communication events, enjoys teaching, globetrotting and experimenting with music.

Nidhi is a doctorate in Neuroscience from the University of Göttingen, Germany with experience in the field of Motor-Sensory systems. After her research on development and diversification of spinal Motor Neurons, she is now working on circuit development in cerebral cortex using paired patch clamp recordings of Interneurons. Apart from science, she loves traveling and reading ‘’not so famous’’ things. She is creative and innovative with skills of management hence she often associates herself with event organizations. She has been part of editorial boards several times for University Journals and newsletters during her academic journey.

Neha is a post-doctoral researcher at the Université de Montréal where she studies brain mechanisms underlying motor skilled learning. Apart from research, she is a science policy enthusiast and is a member of student-led NGO, Science & Policy Exchange.

Radhika completed her Ph.D. from Cornell University, NY, USA and is currently a Postdoctoral fellow at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her research interests have centered around oncology and neuroimmunology. Among other things, she is striving to effectively communicate scientific discoveries to the community.

Rituparna pursued her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Georg-August University (Göttingen, Germany) and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Biostructural Imaging of Neurodegeneration (BIN), Göttingen. Over years, she has gained technical expertise in electron and high-resolution light microscopy, in order to study the nanostructures of specialized chemical synapses in the sensory systems. She likes to have a bird’s eye view of her undertakings and gets excited with analytics. Passionately believes in, correct simplification of science, therefore engages in different scientific communication and public outreach projects. To unwind herself she plays mandolin and eagerly looks for a corner at a coffee house to slide herself in with a good read or company.

Sayantan Chakraborty is an IRTA postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute on Aging, NIH, Baltimore. A geneticist by training, he’s now exploring the realms of transcription factor dynamics in T cells using quantitative microscopy and systems biology tools. His interests extend to being the Editor for NPR Office Hours and Friends of Joe’s Big Idea. As he grows, he’s looking forward to interacting and networking with fellow science communicators and outreach managers across the globe. Additionally, he’s also a Crisis Counselor with the 24/7 Crisis Text Line. Follow him on Twitter @ch_sayantan

Somdatta Ph.D., is a postdoctoral researcher at Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany. She is a curious soul that loves exploring newer places, cultures and meeting new people to inspire her. In addition to being an academic researcher, she has also been a Teach for India fellow in Mumbai. Life without pushing one’s horizons isn’t so exciting, is her way of looking at life.

Tanmoy did his Ph.D. in molecular neuroscience from the University of Göttingen, Germany and at present is working in Alzheimer’s disease research in Bonn, Germany. He is deeply passionate about art, history and especially politics and could spend hours debating over a mug of steaming tea. His other interests lies in public speaking, reading, poetries and had been known to torment friends and foes alike with his (bad) jokes!

 

Onkar Ph.D., is a computer scientist by Ph.D. and profession, currently pursuing a postdoc at IBM (USA). He is also an alumnus of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is an avid reader and internet-surfer; loves traveling, technology, languages, music; and likes to be a friendly person. He believes in the power of community and the power of democracy built through respectful discourse, and likes to think that leveraging these along with science and technology can solve most of the problems facing humanity. At ClubSciWri, his role is to come up with ways to make ClubSciWri data-savvy and technically smooth from the point of view of user experience.

Vignesh is a molecular biologist at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India with a passion for science communication. When he is not peering into bacterial signalling networks or playing with his fluorescence microscope, he tries to simplify science through his writing. He loves talking about science almost as much as he loves writing about it and wishes people would pay for him to just travel the world talking and writing about science….or anything else for that matter.

Vinita Bharat Ph.D., is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at European Neuroscience Institute, Göttingen, Germany and had been an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) student here. Her research area focuses on cellular and molecular neuroscience. Other than enjoying ‘being a scientist’, she has also been working on science education. Presenting science in easy and fun way is what she loves doing through her platform “Fuzzy Synapse” (one can find fuzzy synapse on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). She is a fun, enthusiastic and curious person, passionate about traveling, loves celebrations and bringing smiles around her.

Abhinav Ph.D.: Co-founder of ClubSciWri, is a broad spectrum biologist and innovation enthusiast. He is actively involved in bench-based pediatric cancer research at Emory University (Atlanta, USA) and alumni connectivity for his graduate school, Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore, India). He believes that “sculptors of science are the people who can convey the true sense of their creation and the nuances of their work which never get conveyed to the general audience even if they read their research paper or their company profile.”
Ananda, Ph.D.: Co-founder of ClubSciWri, works at the NYU (USA) Office of Industrial Liaison to make sure that NYU innovations are developed beyond bench and ultimately serves society to solve unmet needs. He likes to share ideas and stories through SciWri and create awareness in innovation, entrepreneurship, alternative careers for PhDs, sustainable development, biodiversity, environment, and leadership.

Abhinav is a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University and a Young Investigator Awardee from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. He is also the co-founder of PhD Career Support Group (CSG) for STEM PhDs and ClubSciWri

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  1. Hi..I’m Suman..a marine captain by profession..my only interaction with IISc was a impromptu meeting with a fellow passenger who happened to be ex IISc at mumbai airport..during my interaction we chatted well for sometime, touched lot of issues..mostly indian science tech scene…i found him extremely intelligent and well versed in lot of issues…but i found him a lot shaky when i asked that why India is lacking so much in ingenuity in tech product scene in world scene…i could not comprehend then but now i feel that mostly its a sheer lack of self esteem ingrained in Indian minds which deters them from doing something basic related to Indian issues.. may be it has been my wrong judgement but empirical figures show a very sorry figure for Indians.. i think after 1000 years of slavery under foreigners and continued English missionary education have made the Indian elite a facile lot..the hunger to emigrate for money and fame…least regard to own culture may be a manifestation of their perverted upbringing under secularized foreign education…hope things will change for better under present political set up..but i feel the rot is deep into the psyche of Indians.. who are always dependent on foreign recognition or money.. hope IISc be a change

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