What is your current role? Tell us a bit about your research

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay). Currently, I am studying the importance of mechano-sensitive long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in glioblastoma and stem cells. I am focused on how the lncRNAs might contribute to cancer prognosis in glioblastoma depending on substrate stiffness. Similarly in human mesenchymal stem cells I am exploring how the mechano-sensitive lncRNAs might be sensing the substrate stiffness and contributing to senescence.

Why did you choose to participate in the ASAPbio Fellows program?

Being an ASAPbio fellow would help me review different preprints on my research interest and would let me express my views openly on a public platform. It would help me interact with more people working in the same discipline and exchange ideas on similar topics as well. It will help in fostering my confidence to be more expressive in science. I intend to continue my science communication interest by participating in ASAPbio projects to educate the community more about preprints. As my goal after being a post-doc is to start as an independent researcher, being an ASAPbio Fellow will develop my analytical and critical evaluation of research work through the Crowd preprint review program.

What are you excited about in science communication?

As a person who has mentored various interns, project fellows, and who currently is also involved in teaching activities for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the institute, I would have to say that teaching/mentoring is the thing that I enjoy the most about science communication. Apart from that, I have always had a knack for presentations and scientific writing. As an ASAPbio Fellow I am very excited and looking forward to being a part of preprint review and mentoring programs.

Ask me about..

…music, and vlogging (a very recent interest of mine and I am developing my own channel).

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