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VFC Science Voices from Home: India

Special Event: Informational Session

Oct 17, 2017

This event is recommended for: Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows; NIH Staff Scientist/Staff Clinician.

Interested in career opportunities abroad? Ever thought about getting a research position in India after your postdoc at the NIH? Ever wondered how to search for a job opportunity in India? Here is a chance to get some answers and advice from NIH Alumni Nitin Gupta at IIT Kanpur and Professor Shashidhara at IISER (Pune)/IndiaBioscience. The NIH Visiting Fellows' Committee is hosting this Information Session and you can attend via a webinar and ask your questions live.

To attend via webinar, please register using the following link:

Dr. Nitin Gupta graduated from IIT Kanpur in 2004 with a B. Tech. in computer science and an interest in biology. He then joined the PhD program in bioinformatics and systems biology at the University of California, San Diego. His thesis focused on developing computational tools for data analysis in protein mass spectrometry, and using these tools for high-throughput annotation of genes and proteins. A collaborative project on identification of neuropeptides introduced him to the field of neuroscience. After completing his PhD in 2009, Nitin spent a few months in the department of Psychology, and then moved to the National Institutes of Health to learn the techniques of experimental neuroscience. Since July 2014, he has been at the department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering at IIT Kanpur as an assistant professor, where the primary focus of his lab is to study how olfactory preferences are encoded in the brains of mosquitoes.

Professor L. S. Shashidhara started his career at Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and after spending 12 productive years, he moved to Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune in 2007 where he has been instrumental in establishing the state-of-the art laboratory facilities and recruiting and mentoring large number of young faculty. His research interests are in Genetics and Developmental Biology. Using the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster as a model system, he has been able to connect basic biology to applied biology/translational research and has mentored several PhD and post docs.

Prof Shashidhara is elected as Vice-President of Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and Secretary General of International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) in recognition of his ability to understand the intricacies of science administration, policy and its social impact. He has served and is serving as a member of various apex committees of Government and various S&T organizations. He is on the board of IndiaBioscience and has been a key player in the organizations of Young Investigators Meetings (YIMs) in India, UK and USA. He is a popular teacher and has been deeply involved in the popularization of science in school and undergraduate colleges.

Prof Shashidhara will speak on behalf of IndiaBioscience, a non-profit program, filling a unique niche in the ecosystem of the life sciences in India. They intend to be a catalyst promoting changes that affect the culture and practice of the field, through engagement with academia, government and industry at various levels. IndiaBioscience aims to increase the visibility of science in society, by being a hub for policy discussions, science communication, and as an aggregator of information.