Associate Director, IndiaBioscience
Aditya Parekh completed his Ph.D. from IIT Kharagpur studying chemo-resistance in breast cancer, a part of which was pursued at Johns Hopkins University as a Fulbright fellow. Thereafter, he studied muscle biology as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at National Center for Biological Sciences (TIFR). Alongside his interest in helping researchers in their career journey and transitions, he is also passionate about helping farmers. His role at IndiaBioscience is to help raise funds, sustain current activities and reach out to under-served places and institutions in India.
aditya [at] indiabioscience [dot] org
Program Manager-Science Communication, IndiaBioscience
Ankita has a Bachelors in Biomedical Sciences and Masters in Toxicology. After her masters, she worked as Research Officer at CIB-RC, Faridabad in Regulatory Toxicology and later moved to Mohali, Punjab to work as a Junior Research Fellow to investigate hyperthermia-based treatment for Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM). She enrolled in a PhD program in S&T Communication from CSIR-NIScPR, New Delhi. At IndiaBioscience, she takes care of science communication vertical, where she aims to actively engage — online and offline — with networks of writers, scientists, educators, researchers, students and experts.
ankita [at] indiabioscience [dot] org
Project Coordinator (Community Building), IndiaBioscience
Learning new things fascinates Manjula who has a Master’s degree in Microbiology and MBA in Human Resource Management. She has a diverse background, having held many roles in the fields of Biology and Management—as a teacher for reputed School, as a Junior Research Fellow in a Plant Biotechnology Department and as a Manager in the Health Care Industry. Her interest in Research, Education and Administration has brought her to IndiaBioscience, where she is closely associated with Research Community, Engaging in Science Administration and Community building.
manjula [at] indiabioscience [dot] org
Shantala Hari Dass
Executive Director, IndiaBioscience
Shantala completed her PhD in neuroscience from Dr Ajai Vyas’s lab at NTU, Singapore studying the fascinating induction of a fatal attraction in rats upon Toxoplasma infection. She moved to Dr Michael Meaney’s lab at McGill, Canada for her postdoctoral studies. Across the continents and research questions, her interest in communicating science and building and supporting a scientific community has stayed strong. In this phase of growth at IndiaBioscience, she is keen to expand their activities bringing greater national and international visibility to the Indian life science community.
shantala [at] indiabioscience [dot] org
Junior Executive - Accounts and Administration, IndiaBioscience
Shwetha graduated with an M.Com and joined IndiaBioscience in 2018. She manages the finances of all the initiatives at IndiaBioscience. She plays a key role raising indents, evaluating vendor proposals and coordinates with the accounts and purchase departments at NCBS. She manages logistics including transportation, reimbursements, bill processing and settlements. She also shoulders office administrative responsibilities such as maintaining records of hardware and equipment, posting on website classifieds, maintaining social media memberships among many other miscellaneous duties as needed.
shwetha [at] indiabioscience [dot] org
Program Manager - Digital Initiatives, IndiaBioscience
Suchibrata has a Ph.D. from Tezpur University, Assam, in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and their applications. After a short post-doc at IIT Bombay, she started her career in science communication as a Technical Officer (Sci. Comm.) at IISER Pune.
She has hosted video interviews and podcasts, created content for research videos, and organized multiple workshops. At IndiaBioscience, she takes care of the digital initiatives that include webinars, other events, podcasts, and the website.
She wishes to connect the rural places of India to increase awareness and rational thinking with the help of science communication.
suchi [at] indiabioscience [dot] org
Program Manager-Education, IndiaBioscience, Associate Editor - "i wonder"
Vijeta did her PhD in biophysics at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad and postdoctoral research in molecular neuroscience at the Vollum Institute, Portland, Oregon, USA. Her strong interest in science communication and education drew her to IndiaBioscience, where she aims to grow the nationwide network of biology educators at the undergraduate level and showcase their experiences and opinions, and the latest innovations in pedagogy. She is also an associate editor of a bi-annual science magazine for school teachers called “i wonder…”, published by Azim Premji University. The magazine presents basic science concepts in a new light through storytelling, classroom activities, interviews, and more. Through her contributions to the magazine, Vijeta hopes to reinvigorate science education in schools.
Past Team Members
- Smita Jain
- Shreya Ghosh
- Lakshmi Ganesan
- Navodita Jain
- Manoj Rangan
- Reeteka Sud
- Deepti Chandraprakash
- Harini Barath
- Nandini Rajamani
- Athulaprabha Murthi
- Swetha Suresh
- Arnab Chakraborty
- Anjali Vaidya