Anjali Vaidya

Anuradha Lohia has served as Vice Chancellor of Presidency University since 2014. Founding CEO of the Wellcome Trust / DBT Alliance, her eyes are still brightest when she speaks of the everyday thrills of her work as a molecular parasitologist. We sit sheltered from the monsoon heat of Kolkata in her office as she speaks thoughtfully and with passion about the curious modes of cell division in Entamoeba histolytica, and what it means to be a woman in science.

Nandini Rajamani

Integrating Research into Undergraduate Education: an interview with Utpal Banerjee

Biology today is changing to become more technology-dependent and collaborative, and the integration of research experiences with standard undergraduate biology education is considered essential to nurture future innovators in science. Utpal Banerjee from UCLA has focused on integrating education and research for over 20 years. He talks to Nandini Rajamani about the structure of these programs at UCLA, whether they can be adapted to India, and his personal motivations.

Hari Sridhar

On the ethics of choosing a research question: competing labs and open science

In Part 2 of the two-part interview, Hari Sridhar continues discussions with Renee Borges on issues of research ethics in the context of the choice of research questions. 

Hari Sridhar

On the ethics of choosing a research question: PhD-Postdoc transition

In Part 1 of a two-part interview, Hari Sridhar talks to Renee Borges, senior ecologist and Chairperson of CES, IISc, on issues of research ethics in the context of the choice of research questions, especially for students making the transition from a PhD to a postdoc. 

Harini Barath

Making no bones about it: An interview with paleobiologist Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan

Paleobiologist Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, currently head of the Biological Sciences Department, University of Cape Town, South Africa, was in Bangalore to attend the Commonwealth Science Congress in November 2014. Science communicator, author of two popular science books, and a vocal advocate for women in science, this multi-faceted scientist chatted with Harini Barath about her science, passions and interests.

Harini Barath

Ten women, ten questions: Sunita Narain

For the first in a series of ten interviews of, and about, Women in Science, Harini Barath chats with Sunita Narain, Director General of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and the Director of the Society for Environmental Communications. She is an environmentalist, political activist and a champion of sustainable development.

Richa Malhotra

Helping humans coexist with elephants

A wildlife biologist with the Nature Conservation Foundation, M. Ananda Kumar, has worked for over a decade in Anamalai Hills on mitigating human-elephant conflicts. His efforts to involve local communities in conservation work have resulted in visible benefits: the area has witnessed a decline in the number of damages to property and lives lost and the community is now more tolerant of the elephants. Ananda Kumar spoke to Richa Malhotra at the recently concluded Student Conference on Conservation Science - Bangalore 2014, where he was a plenary speaker. Some excerpts from the interview...

Harini Barath

The art of conservation

In conversation with Rohan Chakravarthy: cartoonist, animation designer and illustrator. While cartoons are his first love, Rohan’s career is one that straddles art and science. Harini Barath chats with him about his art and his engagement with science and conservation.

Deepti Chandraprakash

Simple curiosity to novel technology: the unassuming coconut can replace expensive media

By mararie (Flickr: klappermelk) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], :wiki commons:A scientist who took up his career in service based industry after his return from USA relentlessly chased the idea of using tender coconut as a potential nature’s gift for pharmaceutical companies. The story didn’t stop as just another research paper because of his efforts to go that extra mile towards patenting and licensing.

Harini Barath

Richard Losick - A Passionate Educator

talks to Harini Barath about his science, teaching and integrating the two

Richard Losick, professor of biology at Harvard University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) professor, is as passionate about teaching and mentoring young students as he is about science and research. “I am a better scientist for being a teacher”, he said during his inspiring talk at the Young Investigators’ Meeting at Jodhpur. His eagerness to mentor young undergraduates found expression in the unique, HHMI funded program he pioneered, called Increasing Diversity and Education Access to Sciences (IDEAS). "The best way to learn science is to do science", said Dr. Losick. His program seeks to pair first year undergraduate students with a research lab, to give them a flavour of real scientific research under the expert guidance of a caring mentor. Friendly and approachable, he readily agreed to chat with IndiaBioscience about his varied interests.