In Focus: Siddharth Janarthanan

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The following article is part of our 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. 

The author in focus is Siddharth Janarthanan! He loves to write on neuroscience-related topics and simplifies them to a great deal, which is quite an achievement, especially in this area! Here are a list of articles written by Siddharth! Over to him..

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Siddharth Janarthanan

From as far as I can remember, two things in life have never failed to engage my interest: food and the brain. I am still not sure if ‘brain’ is the right word for what I want to describe, as ‘education’ was the first choice. We shall get to that.

Firstly, food. Everybody eats but not all of us are obsessed with the right temperature, the right texture of the rice, the particular sauce or the sequence of adding the ingredients while making noodles. I spend an embarrassingly huge chunk of time fantasising about what I want to eat for the next meal and it helps that I can cook well enough to satisfy myself. I also do think about the science of nutrition and have always wanted to observe the digestion process in vivo; to actually track the amino acids and sugar molecules after a hearty meal of mini wok black pepper chicken rice!

Another aspect that intrigues me is the globalisation of food and diet. Quite a few of us might be having Chinese tea in the morning, an Indian lunch followed by strawberries and whipped cream and a mediterranean dinner. Sure, colonisation also would have introduced changes in diet across the world but I can’t help but wonder: what kind of reactions are going on in my stomach? Is eating this going to impair the absorption of nutrients from what I ate just before? Am I affecting my gut microbial population profile by my new diet? and when is this confusion about milk being healthy or not going to be cleared?

And the internet is as confusing as it is helpful. One can find what he wants to find in the global soup that the internet is (we here at biotechin.asia do try our best to cover good science although these days, even science articles are being retracted for troubling reasons). How do we educate ourselves so that we can make informed decisions?

Which leads me to my other interest, brain and or education. I have been in neuroscience labs for the past two years since graduating with a Bachelor’s in Biology and I find this topic to be one of the most interesting fields. I have also wanted to be a teacher for a long time now and working towards becoming one. What excites me most about teaching is learning; learning how individuals work.

I feel rewarded when a student understands precisely what I explain but I also get to witness his or her thought process and get a glimpse of how another mind works. We are in the midst of another revolution in the education system, shaped by technology and big data. Neuroscience (Cognitive) provides some of that big data. Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics and Biology are all hanging out in the Neuroscience lounge and this field’s future looks incredibly exciting, to put it mildly.

 

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