Right from the early days of my medical college, I was fascinated by a career in a field that involves treatment and research of neuropsychiatric disorders. I consider myself privileged to have been selected for MD Psychiatry at NIMHANS which is a premiere multidisciplinary academic, research and health care institute in Brain - Mind - Behaviour Axis in India. I developed a keen interest in addiction psychiatry and did my MD thesis dissertation and post doctoral addiction psychiatry clinical fellowship under the guidance of Dr. Vivek Benegal. During this time I also trained myself in advanced neuro-imaging analysis under the expertise of Dr. G. Venkatasubramanian.
Now I want to pursue a career of clinician scientist and train myself in basic science. I have been fortunate that Dr. Ravi Muddashetty has kindly agreed to train me at molecular genetics laboratory at inStem, NCBS under the research training fellowship. This will provide me time to learn basics including gene amplification, separation and detection, and expression techniques and some advanced techniques including epigenetics and gene expression. My career goal is to become an independent investigator in the field of psychiatric genetics and neuroimaging with expertise in alcoholism.
The Wellcome-DBT India Alliance Research Training Fellowship for Clinicians has provided the right platform for a young clinician like me. I hope to continue with translational research and clinical work as an independent investigator after completion of the proposed fellowship.