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Hello from Athula @IBS

Athulaprabha Murthi,

Hello everyone, I am AthulaprabhaMurthi and I recently joined as the Director for IndiaBioscience.

My journey to IBS has been one of accidents, destiny and motivation to contribute to science in one way or other. I did my PhD at Penn State University where I worked on protein targeting in Yeast. Owning to my interest in public health, I decided to do a postdoc in infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at Bethesda, USA. I worked on the pathogen called Bacillus anthracis which causes Anthrax, characterizing the role of the small RNA chaperone Hfq. During my stay in NIH, I strived constantly to make a transition into the field of public health and policy. I started volunteering at the South Asia Project office within the Fogarty Center at NIH. Being interested in fostering collaborations between institutions in India and NIH, I was encouraged to figure out various opportunities available in India and the means to avail of them. While I was trying to transition, many changes were happening in India, new Institutions, Universities, massive recruitment, and the most welcome 6th pay commission. Much to my astonishment though, in the day of Google and web browsing, I found the information hard to come by. So I roped in some of my friends within NIH and we tried to collect information from many Universities and Institutions to set up a data-base of sorts for Postdocs to use during their job search.

On the opposite side of the world, Indian Scientists were also working towards a similar end and much to our delight, IBS website was already set up and much of the need for information was taken care of on a single portal. When the positions for working for IBS opened up, I applied and was offered the position, it was quite clear to me where I belong. Though a lot has been put together at IBS in the past few years, I am excited to be given the opportunity of all there is do and be a part of it.

IBS currently hosts articles written essentially by volunteers. We need more who would write not just the news, but also opinions, we also need information regarding conferences, symposia, meetings especially about the ones conducted within India. We would welcome and appreciate any contribution from our readers. In the next few months, we will try to add in more on opinions and blogs as well as keep you abreast about the latest in lifesciences within India. However, in order to excel, we do need support from you. How can you help? Visit www.indiabioscience.org often, give us suggestions, tell us what you like, do not like and what you would like to see. Please volunteer to write articles, news, blogs, or opinions. If writing does not interest you, inform us of any science events in your neck of woods,jobs/position openings, and we will write it up. And lastly and most importantly ‘spread the word’ tell your friends, colleagues, post it on your facebook and gtalk status. Check out our vibrant Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/groups/indiabioscience/  and join our group on LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4172799&trk=hb_side_g where we hope to have active discussions.

I look forward to hearing from all readers and users of the website. Please feel free to send your suggestions/critiques to athulaprabham@ncbs.res.in

Thanks for the suggestions Fatima, we will definitely keep

Thanks for the suggestions Fatima, we will definitely keep those in mind.


Dear Prof Athula, Great to see you here! IBS is certainly

Dear Prof Athula,

Great to see you here! IBS is certainly doing good. One suggestion is to please update the jobs/postdoc ads frequently. Also if there were talks- mentorship drives for students, it would be awesome.

Keep up the good work!

Warm Regards,

Fatima Hasan

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