In Focus: Arundithi Ananthanarayanan

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Beginning this week, biotechin.asia will publish a Featured Authors section, that will give you a glimpse of the life, dreams and thoughts of our amazing writers. We, at biotechin.asia would like to thank all our authors for their valuable contributions in enriching our community. 

We begin this series with Arundithi Ananthanarayanan! A recent entrant into our community, she enthusiastically takes up difficult topics and writes them so fluidly that anyone can understand it! Here are a list of articles written by Arundithi! Over to her..

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Arundithi Ananthanarayanan

My journey in Science began during my schooling years. Biology, chemistry and their related disciplines have always been of interest to me right since childhood.

My father’s interest in nature, especially in plants and animals prompted him to purchase many interesting books of educational value. This instigated my curiosity and I still remember myself reading these books on weekends.

Slowly, I learnt about the various wonders of nature like evolution, alternate reproduction etc. much before these were taught in school. Although until now, evolutionary biology has been the most fascinating field for me, I have not been able to pursue it.

When I reached high school, majoring in science was an obvious choice. I pursued Biology, Chemistry and Physics as my majors. During these years I had a wonderful teacher for chemistry and I developed great liking towards it, specifically organic chemistry. To my delight, the organic chemistry curriculum included a chapter on pharmaceutics.

Until this date, I can still recollect names of drugs and mechanism of action. I strongly believe that most common people, especially in countries like India need to be more aware of the medicines they take. Many scheduled drugs are still available over the counter and dosage instructions are not provided. Even educated people are not fully aware of drug dosage and use, especially in the case of antibiotics. This has contributed to many antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria that could create havoc in the near future.

For my undergraduate studies, I pursued an engineering degree in Industrial Biotechnology at the SASTRA University. The course structure gave various insights on bioprocess and bioengineering. A short fellowship opportunity at the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, India in the final year of my undergraduate degree kindled my interest towards research and motivated me to pursue a Doctoral degree.

An India outreach program conducted in my undergraduate institution by the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University enabled me to pursue my PhD studies in Bioengineering.

I am currently in my final year of PhD working on the synthesis of graphene quantum dots and their applications. Interestingly, my research work is an amalgamation of organic chemistry and biology.

I still enjoy reading and learning about new scientific developments in the field of biomedicine and biology in general. I am also looking forward to learn more on evolutionary biology and drug development in the future.

I personally believe that nurturing children from a very young age towards simple natural phenomena would greatly influence their views towards the world from a scientific perspective. This in turn would give rise to “great minds” in the future.