We are excited to welcome our new visiting research student, Olivia Chowdhury, who is expected to join us in 2021! Here is her short bio, in her own words: "Like most bio-enthusiasts, my inclination toward biology began in high school. Good grades motivated me to take up Physiology after school. I graduated with a BS and MS degree in Human Physiology from the University of Calcutta, India. Soon after, I enrolled myself to a PhD program in the Department of Physiology of the same university. For my doctoral thesis, my research interest lies in exploring molecular mechanisms linking autophagy to inflammation and organ damage. I will be joining Dr. Debasish Sinha's Lab as a visiting research student and study closely the pathogenesis of AMD.
When I’m not running experiments, writing scientific articles or inventorying exhausted reagents, I enjoy teaching. I have been associated with a couple of undergraduate colleges in my city as Guest Faculty for several years. In addition, good food, good books and good company bring out the best in me. Watching movies, hanging out with friends and shopping are my go-to stress busters. Although I have not had enough opportunities so far, visiting new places is a thrill I want to experience."