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

Binay Panda is a Professort at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, one of India’s most prominent and well-known public universities. His group’s main interests are genome science and medicine, data integration, building and optimizing tools for high-throughput biological data, and free and fair dissemination of biological data.

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

ASAPbio is active in the area of open science and open dissemination of information. Therefore, it is better to be part of a larger community, and it is one of the best ways to disseminate the value and benefits of practicing open science to the wider community.

What are you excited about in science communication?

First, convince younger researchers (who are hardwired to think that JIF is the only metric they need for their promotions and grants) that publishing in Preprints is a good idea and does not harm their chances for grants and/or promotions. Second, teach the grant program officers the benefits of open science and move away from the mentality of journal publications, which should be taken as the holy grail of productivity.

Ask me about….

Cycling (long distance) and carpentry (which I am pretty bad at but fantasise about being a good carpenter one day).

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