Coronavirus: Community Transmission and Herd Immunity

Many countries went in lockdown mode as early as in the stages of community spread of Covid19, to keep the number of cases low. Lockdown has eased now in many parts of the world as we need to recover from the economic impact of it. But the ease of work means a higher progression leading [...]

Coronavirus: What is/will be “New Normal” ?

I have had many discussions with friends and family on how long will we be living like this? Under lockdown, quarantine, restricted travel, long ques for groceries and essential, always wearing masks, limited entertainment, no movie dates or dinner dates, always sanitizing surfaces, thermal scans everywhere, etc. But most importantly with fear of falling sick [...]

The tale of metamorphosis, Batra srishtensis

It is an amazing feeling to be part of such a wonderful group for my PhD. Before covid, when defence use to happen in person and not over zoom meetings. When celebrations were not virtual and social gatherings with fun games was a thing.  I got late in  sharing this, its from December 2019


This week was very special for the NICE lab as the first student from the lab, Srishti Batra, metamorphosed into Dr. Srishti Batra by successfully defending her thesis. As part of her PhD, she worked on a promiscuous volatile, extracted from Artimesia plant, named coffee furanone and showed its function in stimulating the insect olfactory system using tools from neurophysiology, animal behavior and bioinformatics, highlighting its role as a potential insect repellent.

But apart from the thesis defense, she also had to face a “real” defense, which tested her skills at a whole new level.

Congratulations on your metamorphosis, Dr. Srishti Batra!

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Coronavirus- Flatten the Curve

In my previous blog, I talked about Cornonviruses and COVID19 in general. I touched three major diseases- SARS2002, MERS-2012, COVID19, and how Covid19 is unique. For this blog, I will talk about what does it mean to “flatten the curve”. To understand this, first, I will explain the symptoms and spread of this virus. This [...]

Coronavirus : An Introduction

As the whole world is under lockdown due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19), I am writing this blog about the virus. Trust me, I am a biologist and will try to provide only scientific proven facts. So, all (or most) of us have seen in news and media that Covid 19 is a deadly virus [...]

How I met the world of research: A personal blog of my research journey

A personal journal 🙂 Hope you enjoy reading


by Srishti Batra – My thesis defense last year marked a milestone in my decade-long research studies. Wait, I didn’t spend 10 years doing a PhD! I spent only 5 and the other half was spent on a Bachelors and Masters of Science (BS- MS) from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research – IISER, Mohali. Today I am sharing my journey into the research world.

I was preparing for conventional engineering programs after school finished and everyone was shocked when I choose IISER-Mohali for pure sciences. To be honest, even I was doubting myself at the beginning. I had joined IISER-Mohali as that was the first admission offer I had, added to that was a scholarship from Department of Science and Technology (DST), which meant I would be financially independent for next five years.

First time exposure to research in chemistry labs during my first semester of undergraduate studies…

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ECRO 2019

Recently I had an opportunity to present at European Chemoreception Research Organisation ECRO2019 meeting. The meeting was hosted by SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies) and International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in the beautiful city of Trieste, Italy. I had been to this city previously and its always a pleasure to come back to ICTP, which [...]

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EDITOR’S NOTE: We often think of the sciences as objective and unemotional fields, but the stress and uncertainty of being in research means that mental health issues are common. More than 40% of postgraduate researchers face some form of depression or stress-related problem, as do many students. If you or someone you know needs advice, help, or simply an ear to listen to, please contact these numbers in India.


by Srishti Batra – How many people do you know around yourself who are battling mental health issues – be it anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), delusions or even depression. I, at least, know a handful of these brave people who are fighting every day to lead a happy life. These people are not weak; they are full of ambitions and brave hearts who are trying to fight these inner monsters of mental health to lead a successful and happy…

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