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

I’m a bioinformatics postgraduate currently working as a project associate (@CDFD, India) where I am interested in unravelling the novel crosstalk between histone post-translational modifications (methylation) and RNA polymerase II mediated gene expression. I have been working on the crosstalk between co-transcriptional RNA:DNA hybrids (or R-loops) and SET-family of proteins using R-loop genome-wide distribution profiles (e.g., DRIP-Seq) and ChIP-Seq profiles. I am particularly interested in how epigenetics and transcription regulatory pathways are interconnected to regulate gene expression patterns, as they often tend to overdrive in disorders like cancer.

What are you excited about in science communication?

Communication, in my opinion, is just as important as research since it provides a forum for researchers, students and experts from varied scientific backgrounds to discuss and develop ideas. I have developed an interest in science communication recently and I am looking forward to learning more. It would also assist aspiring researchers like me in better understanding the scientific publishing community, which would benefit us in future research and experiments.

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

I chose to participate in ASAPbio as I was keen to learn more about it after hearing it from a friend. I believe that this would be a fantastic opportunity to actively participate in conversions about preprints. Also, I’m particularly curious about how we can bridge the gap between scientists and the general public so that the larger community can benefit from the scientific breakthroughs. I’m delighted to be selected as an ASAPbio fellow!

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