Fight against Salmonella Typhi

A conversation with Prof Dipshikha Chakravortty about typhoid vaccine, women in STEM, social issues and youth of India

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Looking for a place in Prakruthi ( IISc Canteen) on a Sunday morning I came across a couple who politely offered me the empty seat next to them. As the conversation began I came to know that I was sitting with Prof Dipshikha Chakravortty and her husband who themselves were enjoying their morning coffee in the canteen. Asking about my department and area of research, Prof Chakravortty explained the pressing need of interdisciplinary research in  21st century and how she herself was trying for nano-drug delivery systems (her collaborative work on nano-capsules) for her research work. Dr. Dipshikha Chakravortty is an Associate Professor at Centre for Infectious Diseases Research (CIDR),Dept of Micro Biology and Cell Biology (MCB),Indian Institute of Science (IISc). Her research work focuses on infectious disease and host pathogen interaction using bacteria as a model system, understanding the mechanism of bacterial infections, and developing antidote and vaccine strains with excellent memory.  Continue reading “Fight against Salmonella Typhi”

Look Again , They all are Scientists !!

“You will not get emotional support here, I am telling you this because you are a girl.” A senior told me when I joined for PhD (Phew,by that standard guys don’t need emotional support!!). “How come you are a mechanical engineer ?”another stereotyped clichéd query which every woman who is a mechanical engineer goes through, I also underwent and still do. Being a mechanical engineer for a woman is incomprehensible to a great lot of our society.But if looked around, it is not just with women who are mechanical engineers but in general with women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In March 2015 UNESCO published an article which shows despite significant worldwide increase in number of researchers between 2000 and 2012 from 1.9 million to 6.9 million,  under-representation of women researchers is a great issue. Continue reading “Look Again , They all are Scientists !!”