Category Archives: Alumni

Tajinder Singh

Nickname: TS, Teji
Hometown: Chandigarh
Graduate School: PGIMER, Chandigarh
E-mail: tsneuro@gmail.com

 

How would you explain your research in 3 sentences to someone who is not in science?

The current treatment strategies for neurodegenerative diseases provide only symptomatic relief. Stem cells have the potential to regenerate lost neurons and could provide a successful treatment for such neurological diseases like Stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease.

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Academically I have not been among the toppers and I really don’t like to read a lot about anything. I believe in creating knowledge for others and I am hopeful to achieve it some day. I love to travel to different parts of my country and click photographs. If I were not in neuroscience, I would’ve been working at a national park and studying behavior of birds.

About your work

We worked on the problem of regenerating the damaged neurons in mouse retina by transplanting bone marrow derived stem cells in rodent eyes. We successful created an injury model and we found that Lin-ve BMCs get incorporated into laser injured retina after transplantation. Currently, I am post doctorate fellow in University of South Carolina, USA.

Pawan Kumar

Nickname: PK, Bittu
Hometown:Hansi, Haryana
Graduate School: PGIMER, Chandigarh
E-mail: ace_pawan@yahoo.com

 

How would you explain your research in 3 sentences to someone who is not in science?

Neuron loss is the primary cause of neuromuscular disorder. Diagnosis of certain neurological disorders can not be confirmed. Studying levels of some vital proteins as burden of disease can be correlated with levels of these biomolecules and may become markers of disease diagnosis and disease burden.

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I am an avid fan of cricket and listen to music. If not in research, I would have been in teaching. Moreover, I am a pantheist and love nature.

About your work

Role of chemokines is well implicated in neuromuscular disorders. Change in their concentration coefficient in peripheral blood or CSF could act as a disease marker and provide a vital clue for predicting CNS disorders. Polymorphism and levels of certain chemokines like BDNF, VEGF, CCL-2 etc and their relation with neurodegenerative disorders are attracting the attention of researchers. We concluded that VEGF-A upregulation may indicate an activation of compensatory responses in ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) which may reflect or in fact account for increased survival of North Indian ALS patients after disease onset. Currently, I am post doctorate fellow in Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

Chandrika Abburi

Nickname: Chandrika
Hometown: Jayapuram, Andhra Pradesh
Graduate School: PGIMER, Chandigarh
E-mail: chandrika_abburi@rediffmail.com

 

How would you explain your research in 3 sentences to someone who is not in science?

The major cause of vision loss is retinal degeneration. Once retinal neurons are lost, they can not be replaced by neurons per se. Stem cells is only one of the optimistic approaches to achieve these lost neurons. So, we worked on isolation of stem cells from the Cilliary Epithelium, characterization and differentiation of stem cells to retinal neurons to circumvent the problem of degenerating retina.

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I am a simple lady who would love to be a farmer if I were not in Science. I have a penchant to discuss issues with elders. I maintain a passion to visit North and South Pole of earth and am also inclined to take adventurous assignments. I love playing shuttle and enjoy listening to Telugu songs and reading science fictions.

About your work

We worked on stem cells located in Cilliary Epithelium of eye. We induced them with different growth factors and checked  gene expression profiles. In future, we may use these cells in treating retinal degeneration.

Rupa devi.M

Nickname: Rupa
Hometown: Thiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu.
Graduate School: PGIMER, Chandigarh
E-mail: rupadevim@gmail.com

 

How would you explain your research in 3 sentences to someone who is not in science?

Simply put, medical research is one of the jobs that require dedication to explore new avenues of treatment for the welfare of patients. We always think and work on improving quality of human life. It is interesting to use available research means to understand the human brain and brain-related diseases using animal models and nurse the goal of improving the mental health of human society.

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I am trustworthy, which is mandatory for the people working and contributing for science. This is because I have passion about science and wish to contribute something to this world with my potential and knowledge. Moreover, I am adorable, lovable, silent and have a lot of friends around. I am neither a workaholic nor lazy. My principle of life is to do the job at the right time and let the others to do the same, simply LIVE and Let others to LIVE. And one more thing about me, no one can find me without this ?????????? Its my smile…

About your work

Though, I have to reach many milestones in science, with those perspectives, we tried to create an experimental model of neuronal damage in mice by middle cerebral artery occlusion method for assessment of neurodegeneration by infarct area measurement and neurobehavioral assessment

Vanitha.N

Nickname: Vani, Thangam, Chithi
Hometown: Coimbatore
E-mail: nithu.vanith@gmail.com

 

How would you explain your research in 3 sentences to someone who is not in science?

We  undertook a new study planned to address the role of mouse retinal lesions on the visual cortex and spatial memory. Various types of lesions were created in mice using laser and ischemia and an attempt was made to map the changes in the learning and memory using standard molecular,electrophysiological and behavioral tools.

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Professionally I am focused, confident and hardworking person who keeps sustains the exponential phase even under adverse conditions. Personally I am an adorable, reliable and humorous individual which makes me a good person to get along with everybody.

About your work

The work was focused towards analyzing various candidate molecules that play a significant role in bringing adaptive changes in visual cortex and memory.

Monika Vinish

Nickname: Mona, Moni
Hometown: Mahilpur ( Hoshiarpur)
Post Graduate : Panjab. University, Chandigarh
Doctoral Degree: PGIMER, Chandigarh

 

How would you explain your research in 3 sentences to someone who is not in science?

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disease of the brain that often impairs motor skills, speech, and other functions. In our lab I studied the molecular mechanisms to understand pathogenesis of Parkinsonism.

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I am fun loving, humble, spiritual, enthusiastic, organized person with human values and high self-image. I like interacting with intellectual people and exchanging new ideas. I am always motivated to upgrade myself with new technologies. I have passion for singing, astrology, travelling and exploring world. If I were not doing research, I might be a singer or artist. I want to be among top known neuroscientist ‘Bas itna sa khawab hai’.

About your work

I studied  PARK2 mutations in Parkinson’s disease patients from North West India. We investigated that how the demographic and socio economic spectrum of these patients affected the progression of disease. Currently, I am post doctorate fellow at University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA

Monika Sharma

Nickname: Mavi
Hometown: Chandigarh
Graduate School: PGIMER
E-mail:monica.sharma03@gmail.com

 

How would you explain your research in 3 sentences to someone who is not in science?

Progress of research requires good planning and better management of data. My job was to keep vigil on proper functioning of every instrument and maintaining the log books assigned to each instrument which is for smooth and functioning of lab facilities .

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I am a hard working, honest and punctual girl who is always ready to face the challenges of life. I am a jolly natured girl with an easy attitude and believe in existence of god. My hobbies are gardening and dancing. Moreover, you will always find me smiling. If I were not working here I would definitely be an Air Force Pilot.

About your work

Quality control (QC) is an indispensable part of any research lab. As a QC I managed GLP records, inventories of material in lab. That help our research scholar to get organized and work efficiently.

Kishori Lal

Nickname: Kishor
Hometown: Himachal Pradesh, Kamtha
E-mail: shyam.thakur45@gmail.com

 

How would you explain your research in 3 sentences to someone who is not in science?

I  worked as Personal Assistant to Editor, Annals of Neuroscience, Neuroscience Research Lab, Department of Neurology PGIMER, Chandigarh. Our orientation program speaks about our established standards of research. My job was to assist the Editor in maintaining these standards by providing secretarial assistance and offer document controller services to the lab.

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Basically I am a simple person with helping nature. Now I am in the phase of enhancing my knowledge and applying my skills for the improvement in my profession. In future I want a good position in corporate world.

About your work

My work was of administrative nature (HR), and maintenance of records of staff who were working in our research lab. All official, administrative correspondence was handled by me. I provided support for grant related paper work as well as maintain GLP documents of the lab. I assisted in organizing Editor’s busy schedules.

Anil Kumar Anand

 

 

 

 

 

How would you explain your research in 3 sentences to someone who is not in science?

Research needs timely procurement of good quality labware at a reasonable price. If purchase saves time and money, it can be used for more research projects and beneficial outcome.

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I am a cheerful and lively person who always try to smile no matter what the situation of life. I love eating, playing cricket in leisure. If I was not working here I would definitely be a model cum actor.

About your work

I represented support staff of the laboratory and enjoyed looking after procurement of instruments, lab wares and all other scientific purchases in a timely manner. I was also handling the accounts and archives for the laboratory.

 

 

Rupak Kumar

Nickname: Rupak
Hometown: Bhojpur, Bihar

 

 

How would you explain your research in 3 sentences to someone who is not in science?

I feel that my role in the lab was as important to research projects as any one working as a bench worker. I tried to maintain the facilities as discussed in the lab meeting from time to time.

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I believe in the saying: Work is Worship. I enjoy listening folk songs and watching movies after my working hours.

About your work

I maintained cleanliness in lab, care for the innocent animals that were about to be sacrificed, wash the glassware and carry out autoclaving of labwares. I was also found running for day to day lab activities