• Lakshmi Ganesan

    Program Manager, Digital Initiatives

    Lakshmi graduated with a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology and did her postdoctoral work in cell biology. Through her work, she acquired a strong interest and a fascination for demystifying complex biological phenomena using the audio-visual medium. She manages IndiaBioscience's key initiatives, which includes the backend architecture of its website. She developed an interactive database of Life scientists, launched IndiaBiospeaks (podcasts by IndiaBioscience), IndiaBiostreams (webinars by IndiaBioscience) and the collaborative Science Policy Forum. She played a key role in developing the information architecture and the design of the pan-institutional, multilingual COVIDGyan website, which is the face of the public outreach campaign in India to raise awareness around the COVID19 pandemic on the basis of its best scientific understanding. Besides this, Lakshmi also illustrates for its science communication related activities. lakshmi [at] indiabioscience [dot] org

  • Manjula Harikrishna

    Senior Program Associate

    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

  • Shreya Ghosh

    Program Manager - Science Communication

    Shreya completed her PhD in the field of neuroscience from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. After spending some time as a freelance science writer, she joined IndiaBioscience to further her passion for science communication, outreach and education. As program manager for science communication at IndiaBioscience, she hopes to participate in giving a voice to and engaging with the scientific community in India. shreya [at] indiabioscience [dot] org

  • Smita Jain

    Executive Director

    Smita has a PhD from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in the field of Cancer Biology. After exploring industry for couple of years, she moved into the field of scientific management. With her keen interest in management, ability to communicate, she played a key role in establishing the business and processes at C-CAMP, Bangalore. She also has experience of working as a research analyst with a digital content organization. She is deeply motivated to take the activities of IndiaBioscience to all possible corners of the country and make a strong knit network of Indian life science researchers and professionals. smita (at) indiabioscience (dot) org

  • Shantala Hari Dass

    Associate Director

    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

  • Shwetha C

    Office Administrator

  • Vijeta Raghuram

    Program Manager- Science Education
    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. vijeta [at] indiabioscience [dot] org