Teaching, Diversity and Outreach
1) Curriculum developer and Co-Instructor- MIT Course 6. A01. A combined classroom and laboratory course for MIT undergraduates as part of Tiny Earth Initiative, Oct-Dec 2019.
2) Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program and Microteaching training at MIT, June 2019.
3) Teaching assistant- BCH403/503 –Course on Biochemical principles for Undergraduate and Master students in Department of Biochemistry, University at Buffalo (Fall 2012)
4) Lecturer (June 2009 –April 2010) - Sri Venkateshwara College of Engineering, Sriperumbudur, India. Course instructor for undergraduate courses-Protein Engineering and Advanced Genetic Engineering. Course instructor for laboratory courses- Recombinant DNA technology, Molecular biology
Student testimonials can be found at Linkedin
Commitment to Diversity and Outreach
Being a first-gen woman hailing from a small town, I had to break many social and economic barriers to pursue higher studies and choose a career in research. I noticed that students like myself hailing from rural places lacked exposure to hands-on research, knowledge on the opportunities available and guidance on the steps that needed to be taken to pursue research as a career. This lays on top of all the social and economic barriers the students have to face. I have noticed that this has led many hard-working, smart women to deter from science and as scientists, I feel it is our responsibility to provide an equal and inclusive environment for everyone who wish to do science.
Following are some of the steps I have taken so far towards lessening the knowledge gap on research opportunities and providing much-needed mentorship to students (especially girls) hailing from rural and underprivileged communities.
I am a member of the founding team and Coordinator of ReAct - a mentorship program for undergraduate students with limited exposure to research. This program aims at developing scientific temperament and improving the accessibility of STEM education to undergraduates. I am very proud to announce that our first cohort of mentor–mentee group has started in June 2022 and is currently undergoing training. ReAct is organized by Sci-ROI –a program of WinStep forward.
I am a curriculum developer and member of the instructor team in Kalpana SHE for STEM Incubator
Kalpana is a career development and mentoring program which successfully places every girl on a high confidence STEM path. She-For-STEM program gives female STEM undergraduates access to expert mentoring by relatable-role models and provides tools for continuous self-development, advanced research projects and career plans.
I was a mentor in the MIT Summer Research program (MSRP) and trained 2 students in summer of 2018 and 2022.
I am an Assistant Features Editor at Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (APS) journal. If you are a graduate student-first author on any recent or upcoming article in MPMI and would like to tell your story behind the paper, please contact me. If you are a corresponding author and want to highlight the excellent work of your graduate and undergraduate students towards the publication, please contact me. I also serve as a guest editor at JoVE.
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