The story of a young, talented, and driven girl who is on the journey to become a successful science artist

Ms. Rutuja Dattatray Chalke is a science illustrator determined to embark on her successful journey in scientific illustration. She has completed her Master’s in Biotechnology from St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai. She did her Master’s dissertation from the Chemistry Department at IIT Bombay under the guidance of Dr. Ruchi Anand. Her dissertation project was based on “Dynamic studies of methyltransferase to understand the molecular basis of recognition and methylation.” She started her professional career as a copy editor at Scholarly Editing and Translation Services Pvt Ltd, Mumbai. She simultaneously did a certificate course in graphic design from Xavier Institute of Communications, St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai. Currently, she is a full-time UI/UX designer at Techstalwarts LLP, Mumbai, and a part-time freelance science illustrator. She creates scientific illustrations, zines, infographics, and 2D animations to communicate science engagingly; her artworks are available on Instagram under ‘Tela di scienza.’

Hypoxemia: A silent harbinger of oxygen crisis in patients of India’s second Covid-19 wave

India faces an aggressive second wave of Covid-19 and reporting the world’s highest number of new Coronavirus positive cases for the last few days. However, the second wave is grappling the country with asymptomatic cases. Thus, experts suggesting the world’s most extensive vaccination program need acceleration.

Celebrate National Technology Day 2021 with Fibroheal Woundcare Pvt. Ltd.

On the eve of National Technology Day 2021 i.e 11th May, we are happy to inform you that our company M/s Fibroheal Woundcare Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore has been declared as the winner of TDB – National Awards 2020 and won “NATIONAL AWARD FOR TECHNOLOGY START-UPS” . We thank Technology Development Board, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India for this award & recognition.

The Uphill Battle to the Pinnacle….The Journey of Dr. Parashram Jakappa Patil

This is the story of an ordinary village boy. A journey of dreams and aspirations. It is the story of a boy from an agricultural family who shaped himself as an international expert at prestigious organizations such as the United Nations. This is the story of one of India’s finest young agricultural and natural resources economists and social scientists. It is a story of not giving up on your hopes, no matter what. Despite the limited financial resources, the orthodox village mentality, the prevailing sub-par rural education system, the agricultural bend, and the expectations to share the family workload, he believed that knowledge is the only way out of this vicious cycle.

COVID-19 management at home

Dr. Ujjwal Rathore, a virologist at the University of California-San Francisco, while being closely involved with coronavirus research has spent a significant amount of time and effort in providing useful advice to multiple members of his family, and others afflicted by COVID-19. In this video (in Hindi), he talks about how to deal with COVID-19 at home, when to seek medical advice and separates facts from fiction. Please watch and share the video widely- science can save lives!

Biopatrika Three Minute Vigyan (3MV) Video Competition Winners

Overall, we got 27 submissions from 26 different participants, representing school, college and industry around the globe. Each of the video was incredible on its own, which made picking winners difficult. After a rigorous judging process, we chose the top 2 in junior category (School students) and top three in Senior category. The video entries have been judged based on the merit of their presentation and quality of communication and not the quality of the content.

TIFR PhD student wins Sun Pharma Science Scholar Award-2020

Praachi Tiwari is a senior PhD student pursuing her doctoral work under the guidance of Prof. Vidita Vaidya at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. Her work aims to explore the circuits underlying anxiety and depression, and possible therapeutic interventions. She received the prestigious Sarojini Damodaran Fellowship for her collaborative project at Prof. Gal Richter-Levin’s lab in Israel. Praachi has recently been awarded the Sun Pharma Science Scholar award -2020 in the Pharmaceutical Sciences category. Here, Praachi talks about her strategy and planning to win this prestigious award.

Bringing Art to Science

Balaram Khamari is a doctoral research scholar at AMR Laboratory, Department of Biosciences, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam, India. His research focuses on studying antimicrobial resistance mechanisms. Apart from doing incredible science, Balaram enjoys bringing art to science together through agar sci-art that keeps him motivated. Here, Balaram talks about his journey to win 2nd prize in the ASM agar art contest 2020.

Women in science: I am a woman, a wife, a mother, and a scientist!

Dr. Manveen K Sethi serves as Instructor of Biochemistry at the Boston University School of Medicine, USA. She did her Ph.D. at Macquarie University (MQ), Australia, under the primary supervision of Dr. Morten Thaysen-Andersen,where she utilized mass spectrometry proteomics and glycomics analysis to understand underlying molecular mechanisms in colorectal cancer . After her Ph.D., she joined Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), USA, as a postdoctoral associate under Prof. Joseph Zaia, where she is currently employed in a research faculty-track position of Instructor. Her research work involves identifying and characterizing biomolecules such as proteins and glycans using mass spectrometry techniques and utilizing this information to understand biomolecular deregulation in human diseases, such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Recently, she received a Bright Focus Foundation fellowship award to investigate extracellular matrix changes in Alzheimer’s disease.