Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Background: I am working on signal transduction pathways in chemoprevention of cancer.
Question 1: Why did you become a researcher?
Answer: I love to spend time finding solutions for problems -- no matter, whether it is a problem in friend's personal life or mathematics, physics or whatever.
Question 2: Share a story from your past that lead to choosing your field of work.
Answer: I am a cancer researcher partly by choice and partly by chance. While I was doing my B.S in pharmaceutical sciences, I learned about cancer and AIDS. I had this aim of conquering them, and still do.
Question 3: What fuels your passion for your work?
Answer: I hear a lot of stories about cancer. They really move me. On the personal side, I usually tell myself that "no matter how far you reach, there are ten people ahead of you, so your next step is to cross those ten."
Question 4: Tell us a hobby or passion outside work.
Answer: I love to sing and dance. I usually sing in my mother tongue Telugu and my national language Hindi. I've recently started singing in English. I also have a passion for writing. I want to write at least one fiction novel and publish it by the end of my career.
Question 5: Share a blog that you found that really excites you and tell us why.
Answer: Sites which motivate me are http://blogs.sciencemag.org/ and http://www.labspaces.net/index.php. You learn lot from those blogs, especially when you are in initial stages of your career. I also just started blogging. I want to help my fellow researchers and juniors with my experiences and how science can be taken to next level -- http://scilive.blogspot.com/ is my blog. If you find it interesting, do follow it please.
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