There are far too few occasions in an Indian student’s life where they are exposed to real scientists, much less, women scientists.
A.J. Rachel, a molecular biologist, was determined to prove that the Y heterochromatin was not junk.
Aruna Naorem, a molecular geneticist at Delhi University, studies the proteins responsible for setting off the development phase in amoeba.
“I used to hate standing up and doing experiments, absolutely abhor it. I thought that there should be some other way I can contribute.”
Wildlife biologist, Orus Ilyas studied ungulates in Himalayan forests of Binsar, while also conducting a socioeconomic study for the WWF in the region.
Elizabeth V. Mathew, an arachnologist at the Union Christian College, talks about her love for spiders and teaching, and the risks involved in being a researcher.
Satyavani Vemparala, a soft condensed matter physicist, is trying to uncover the mysteries of how atoms interact with each other with the help of computer simulations.
Sushama Agarwal, who was born with a visual impairment didn’t let it stop her from achieving her academic dream of becoming a mathematician.
Aruna Dhathathreyan, a biophysicist at the Central Leather Research Institute in Chennai, is an example of how crucial good teachers are to students.
Earth scientist Kusala Rajendran talks about chasing and predicting earthquakes, teaching geophysics and more.
Yoshinori Ohsumi’s experiments sparked off a revolution in autophagy research that has made it possible to develop drugs that can target autophagy and treat diseases
Particle physicist D. Indumathi talks about how she became a scientist, the challenges Indian scientists face and much more.
An ancient but shockingly advanced device called the Antikythera mechanism found among a shipwreck’s ruins left historians bamboozled for decades.
Asha Abraham, an animal biotechnologist at Mangalor’s St. Aloysius College, is using mice to study metabolic syndrome.
Zika viruses have been found in tears, possibly explaining why some patients have suffered from conjunctivitis and, in rare cases, permanent vision loss.
Five scholars from NIT Surathkal talk about the struggles of being women in science and the difficulties of pursuing higher education.
Amid a global flurry of research into Zika, a team of Indian scientists have quietly emerged with a plausible theory that explains how Zika infected mothers are giving birth to babies with malformed brains.
In her years of research in the wild, Jis Sebastian has encountered various forms of resistance as a woman alone in the field.
A new finding detailing the effects of earthquakes in the Himalayas is a good opportunity to understand why studying old earthquakes is needed to be better prepared for future ones.
Prajakta Dandekar, in Mumbai, is part of a relatively small group of scientists around the world working to ensure fewer animals are used in pharmaceutical research using human-on-a-chip technology.
Lichens are the most famous and successful examples of symbiosis on Earth, but an unexpected discovery of a third player in this composite organism has given their study a much needed jolt.
As faecal transplants emerge as a remarkably efficient way to treat intestinal disorders worldwide, India’s lag may not be in the best interests of suffering patients.
“If you ask me, I’d say watch out for women over 40, they really get haughty, not naughty. I think society and regulations write them off. Nobody wants to invest in old people.”
Sex-specific trends imply that there will be winners and losers in the warmer world of the near future, and male trees may be more resilient than females under recurrent stressful conditions.
Plants seem to cope as well as animals do when faced with challenges in access to nutrients – even if they don’t possess a cognitive capacity or a complex nervous system.
“The minute you compromise, you’re neither here nor there. I’m never a supporter of creches at the workplace. Your work will be compromised.”
The mitochondria is where almost all the energy our body requires is produced, so defects in this DNA can cause serious problems. Mitochondrial DNA is unique because it is inherited only from the mother. But why?
Racing amoeba across a microscopic maze is no doubt fun, but the reason scientists around the world are spending time and effort to breed the perfect contestants is because of its implications for disease and healing.
Sexual reproduction is widespread on Earth but its evolutionarily wasteful features beg the question: Is it worth it? A study on a special subspecies of honeybee reaffirms this question as one of biology’s greatest paradoxes.
“People ideal for research are those who don’t care too much about money. You need a life which is okay for you and where you feel comfortable. That defines the level of financial strength you need in your life.”
A 200-year-old witness record of a well-fought semi-aquatic battle between electric eels and horses has mesmerised as many as it has surprised. Now, a biologist wants to lay some of the doubts to rest.
Bhatnagar Prize awardee Vidita Vaidya finds it fascinating how we develop such different ways of responding to trauma despite sharing an identical neurological architecture.
Kriti Faujdar finds ISRO a supportive place to work at for a woman – yet can’t help but notice that there are not many of them.
“I’ve been lucky to have had mentors who don’t look at us as women but as scientific colleagues. That’s why you aim for areas of excellence because that’s where you find people like that.”
Besides creating a local impact via organic farming, Aardra Chandra Mouli and Gayatri Thankachi also want their company to be an avenue for freshers to groom themselves for the biochemical industry.
As resistance to antibiotics peaks, alternative strategies to fight infection, like boosting our body’s innate immunity, are being explored.
The two chromosomes of cholera bacteria were shown to communicate with each other in fascinating ways to make sure their DNA replication happens in sync.
We know a lot more about the origins of the ongoing Zika virus outbreak, the nature of the virus strain and its link with brain disorders today than we did last month.
Intestinal worms continue to be bad news in most parts of the world, but they’ve cohabited with humans for so long that they have evolved to interact with us in complex, even beneficial ways.
An up-close and personal view of the notorious virus has opened up possibilities for future studies and treatment options for the Zika-prone.