Ignite Life Science Foundation, Cactus Communications, and IndiaBioscience have come together to co-host this live online event. In a relaxed and conversational format, the interlocutor for each session will uncover the background story of the work and life of an eminent scientist. This will not only afford students, young scientists, and the science-curious in India a first-hand/ringside view of what it takes to become successful in science but also give them an opportunity to direct questions to the invited scientist. This is a platform for students, young Indian scientists, and the science-curious to connect with the stories behind the work of eminent scientists, in preparation for their own journey in science.

This series of online live events will explore the lives and work of scientists in an informal chat session. This is the second in the series.

Ron Vale, Vice President of Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Executive Director of its Janelia Research Campus

Jyotsna Dhawan, CEO, DBT/​Wellcome Trust India Alliance

Date: 27th of April 2022
Time: 18:00 — 19.00 PM IST | 08:30 ‑09.30 EST

Two audience members are awarded a cash prize for actively participating during the sessions and asking interesting question/​s.

1. First prize to Aditya Parekh (5000/- Rs)
2. Second prize to Anirudh Chellapa (3000/- Rs)

Cactus Communications, Ignite Life Science Foundation, IndiaBioscience


00:00:00 Introduction

00:05:51 How did you find your way in science

00:13:03 College and career path

00:16:14 What drew you to neuronal biology

00:24:38 Encounter with Jim Spudich and Mike Sheetz

00:28:00 Experimental design 

00:35:11 How do you approach organaizing a new program for lab

00:38:52 Mentoring and community service

00:44:10 Advice to young scientists returning for careers in India

00:49:19 Is there anything that you would’ve wanted to do differently

00:52:46 Questions