Meet the Scientist
MSc Microbiologist at the University of Pune
What scientific field do you work in?
"She was the first person to sequence DNA in space."
Could you briefly explain what your job involves?
For my degree, I have studied cell & molecular biology, microbial genetics and immunology. I have worked on synthesis and characterisation of Chitosan-Alginate microparticles: A therapeutic approach for hyperuricemia. In my free time I’m also actively involved in science communication via events, website and podcasting.
Do you have any secret talents?
I do glass painting and mud sculpting.
When did you decide you wanted to work as a scientist?
During my first year in bachelor’s when I performed my first experiment.
If you could be anyone in the world for 24 hours, who would you be and why?
Kathleen Rubins, a microbiologist & NASA astronaut. She was the first person to sequence DNA in space.
Have you taken part in any research? If yes, what was your most exciting project?
Yes, I have been a part of two interesting research projects. During my BSc, I worked on Assessing the status of Anaemia in different age groups in Nashik city and also Antimicrobial Sensitivity. During my Masters, I worked on developing enzyme therapy for hyperuricemia.
I'm really looking forward to getting admitted to my PhD to do more exciting research.
What's your favourite food?
Indian Dal & Rice and Chocolate milkshakes
What educational pathway did you take to get to where you are now?
I did my BSc with Microbiology as a major. Then pursued a Masters in Microbiology. I did distance learning programs, and also attended summer schools.
"Look for a career which will make you happy...follow your heart."
What's your favourite movie quote?
“Love is one thing that transcends time and space”
“It is what it is”
What was the best thing about your job?
I get to know more about the micro world each day, and also meet passionate researchers and scientists in STEM fields.
"I do glass painting and mud sculpting."
What was the worst thing about your job?
I love my job, and it’s the best part of me. But I often miss out the family time , which is the worst thing of my job.
If you could take one thing with you to an island, what would it be and why?
A microscope, to discover new microbes on that island.
Do you have any advice for young people who are interested in your career path?
Look for a career which will make you happy, get well informed and follow your heart. If you believe research is for you, go ahead. There will be times when you fail, but just keep going and learn from your failure.
And if you are interested in microbiology, go on and explore these invisible but invincible microbes!!
Anything else you'd like to add?
Never stop learning & communicating science. It is important because your work & journey can inspire, motivate others.
I’m doing my bit, I have started a podcast sciencewithshweta, to share journey of researchers & present role models, to encourage students particularly girls to take up career in STEM field. I have my website www.sciencewithshweta.com to share whatever little knowledge I have gained so far.
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