Coronavirus: Food Safety in times of Pandemic

Hello readers, I hope you are having a great time and in the best of health during the tough pandemic times. Today I am writing about Safe food practices in times of Coronavirus. I see a lot of crazy things happening around and so many myths regarding what to eat or not, so I thought [...]

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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