For my Bachelors, I did my Engineering degree in Biotechnology, and during that I was awarded the Research Fellowship (SRFP) by the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore to pursue internship at the state-of-the-art NMR Research Centre (NRC), housed in Indian Institute of Science (IISc) at Bangalore. This opportunity allowed me to work with Dr Hanudatta Atreya on Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF) system, specifically IGF – IGFBP kinetics. Whilst at IISc, I developed an interest in NMR spectroscopy, and I went back to NRC for my dissertation.
After completing first my degree, I further pursued Masters in the very same field. In order to up the ante, I went to the Centre of BioMedical Research (CBMR) Lucknow to work with Dr Dinesh Kumar. This was the place where I got my first paper! published themed on NMR methodology development. Following the trend, I went back to CBMR, and did Molecular Dynamics simulation on therapeutically important peptide Calcitonin for my Masters dissertation.
Recently, I have been awarded the prestigious Darwin International Scholarship for 2013-2017 by the Darwin Trust of Edinburgh, UK for pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Birmingham. Apart from obvious (invoicing my admission fee and generous maintenance bursary), this scholarship enables me with the option of adding a distinct email signature as "Darwin Research Fellow". Anyways, I am extremely grateful to the Darwin Trust, because without them, my dream of learning state-of-the-art principal technologies would not have materialized.