Details of Speakers
1. Savita Ayyar, Jaquaranda Tree
Savita Ayyar is a Research Management professional with over ten years of experience in diverse areas of the field and is the Founder of Jaquaranda Tree, an independent consultancy service. Trained as a biochemist, developmental biologist and neurobiologist, with a PhD from the University of Cambridge, she gained experience in grants management during stints at Wellcome Trust, London and Research Development Office (RDO), NCBS, Bangalore.
2. Vishakha Mangale, OmiX Research and Diagnostics Pvt. Ltd.
Vishakha Mangale is Co-founder and chief operating officer of OmiX Research and Diagnostics Laboratories Pvt. Ltd. which works on developing molecular detection platforms for Healthcare applications. After her postdoc at TIFR she worked at multinational companies like GE Healthcare and Beckman Coulter. Her teams have launched several In Vitro Diagnostic products with CE certification in European Economic Areas and in other markets. She is trained on lean project management and on time delivery (OTD) tools. Vishakha has been a mentor with Villgro Foundation (social impact startup incubator) to several startups in Healthcare space.
3. Debjani Paul, IIT Bombay
Debjani Paul obtained a Ph.D. in physics from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. She spent the next few years as a post-doctoral fellow at the Curie Institute and the University of Cambridge. She joined the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 2012. Her research group uses microfluidic technology to develop affordable diagnostic platforms and to explore biophysical phenomena under microfluidic confinement. Details about her lab and research can be found at http://www.bio.iitb.ac.in/~dpaul/.
4. Lipika Sahoo, LifeIntelect
Lipika Sahoo is the Founder & CEO of Lifeintelect Consultancy Pvt. Ltd and has 18 years of experience in academia and industry in the areas of technology, innovation & intellectual property. She holds a PhD from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and is passionate about technology & innovation, helping scientists and business owners protect their ideas by enabling generation of valuable intellectual property, be it an invention, a design, a product, an idea or a business process.
5. Subhojit Sen, CEBS, University of Mumbai
Subhojit Sen completed his curricular stint as a triple gold medalist, with a PhD in Molecular Biology from TIFR in 2002. During his post-doctoral research at the National Cancer Institute, NIH-USA, as a Fogarty Visiting Fellow, and Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes (JHU), Subhojit worked with Prof. Carl Wu and Prof. Stephen Baylin, pioneers in epigenetics. Having transitioned through several model systems, spanning basic science to applied pre-clinical studies, his current interests are in building new models to understand how environmental epigenetics can drive disease evolution. He currently focuses both on research and education, as a DBT Ramalingaswami Fellow at the UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Kalina (CEBS)
6. Swagata Chakraborty, Educational Initiative Trust
Swagata Chakraborty obtained a doctoral degree in protein NMR - an interdisciplinary field connecting chemistry and biology from TIFR, Mumbai, and pursued post-doctoral research on prion proteins at the Ohio State University, USA. As editor and manager at Cactus Communications Pvt. Ltd, she gained experience in editing and reviewing scientific research manuscripts intended for publication, while being responsible for mentoring science editors in the team and implementation of service improvement strategies. Subsequently, she found her calling in teaching. She teaches the IBDP Chemistry curriculum at the Educational Initiative Trust, Bombay International School and strives to ignite scientific curiosity in young learners through enquiry based learning and hands-on experimentation.
7. Cheryl Travasso, Edelman India
Cheryl Travasso completed her PhD from ACTREC and has worked as a science and healthcare communications professional for over 6 years. What started out as just a job to keep her busy while writing her thesis, soon turned into a full-fledged career that combined her love for science and flair for writing. She has worked as a medical writer at Sorento, one of India's leading healthcare communications agency, and has written over 90 articles for The BMJ website (India) as a freelance contributor. She is currently working at Edelman India, where she writes and helps develop strategy for leading pharmaceutical and healthcare companies.