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.
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.