What is your current role? Tell us a bit about your work or line of research

I’m currently working as a D.S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India. My research interests have been majorly focused on nanomedicine and drug delivery including the development and characterization of polyelectrolyte nanocapsules, colloidal nanoparticles and phospholipid based nanocarriers for targeted delivery of anticancer therapeutics.

What are you excited about in science communication?

Science communication is an important skill necessary for researchers to convey their work to technical experts as well as layperson audience. But often it is neglected and formal instruction is rarely provided for the PhD scholars. I have always been in awe of people who can capture the audience’s attention with simple yet accurate information and wonderful illustrations and have been recently trying to understand the nuances of science communication.

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

A lot of researchers in India don’t have access to paywalled research papers and at the same time cannot afford to publish open access. I feel that preprints are an amazing opportunity to communicate your work in a timely manner with increased visibility. However, preprints are yet to gain wide acceptance in this part of the world and I consider the ASAPbio Fellows program as a wonderful opportunity to keep abreast of this changing scientific publishing landscape and understand how we can effectively use preprints to promote open science.

Ask me about..

Anything related to life in research, Kerala, parenting, and cricket.

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