INDIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Content Editor – Digital Communication
I was primarily responsible for content development. I managed the website content, social media pages and also worked for event promotion. I coordinated the planning and execution of various national level events including workshops and symposia. Additionally, I was also involved in various communications roles including writing press releases, content writing, content editing, rapporteuring and handling official email correspondences. I have spent quite a while copyediting articles for the Journal of Earth System Sciences. It is my role in this organisation that strengthened my wings of a freelance career in scientific content.
INSTITUTE OF BIOINFORMATICS
I worked initially with Dr Kavita Reddy on Next Generation Sequencing of hereditary and sporadic Pituitary adenoma cases and Familial Primary Immuno Deficiency. Following this, I moved up to work with Dr Remya Raja on the investigation of induction of Epithelial–Mesenchymal transitions following exposure of normal human cell line of oesophagal origin to smokeless tobacco extract. I was also working with Dr Harsha Gowda on mass spectrometry-based proteomic analysis of retinopathy of prematurity. I also carried out literature-based curation and analysis of Osteopontin–mediated signalling in cells. Basically what I was doing was a whole lot of western blotting, PCRs, whole-exome data analysis, clinical study, Pubmed scouring and sample preparation for MS-based proteomics. While I loved it there, there was also a sinking realisation that I didn't belong. I quit.
My first science research position ever! Boy was this exciting for me. I worked in the Centre of Applied Genetics under Dr N J Shetty. My project was the analysis of the larvicidal activity of crude extracts of Eucalyptus globulus and Centella asiatica leaf extracts against two mosquito vector species – Aedes aegypti and Anopheles stephensi. Here, I was responsible for the maintenance of the insectary – I had to clean mosquito cages, feed them, and basically maintain their everlasting cycle – egg to larvae to pupae to adults. God, I hated those creatures. Besides maintenance, my actual project taught me the basics of literature survey, study design and scientific writing. This was where I realised that writing was a skill, one that I am good at. This is also where I first realised that I found scicomm to be more exciting that science.
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