About Fellow

St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore.

St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore.

Medicine was an automatic career choice, for this profession gave me a sense of purpose by providing scope to do social good while challenging one academically and hence I graduated with a MBBS degree from St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore. The choice of specializing in Pathology was spontaneous, for apart from providing answers to my curious questions on the why’s and how’s of most diseases, it is a subject so full of color and at times so full of instant satisfaction besides providing scope for teaching and research.

The research projects I have taken up so far (through Undergraduation, Internship and MD thesis) have given me a small glimpse into the world of research and have motivated me enough to want to pursue a research based approach in my practice of Pathology. With this background, joining St. John’s as Lecturer of Pathology was an instinctive decision for apart from the pleasant work environment, it nurtures budding researchers through many inspiring clinicians like my principle supervisor Dr. Usha Kini. With over 30 years of experience as a Pathologist, Dr. Usha is an authority in the diagnosis of Hirschsprung Disease(HD). After refining many techniques for the diagnosis of HD, we are now looking at genetic etiology of HD in the Indian cohort which would give us a sense of direction to go forward. Having realized the need to tie up with a molecular biologist, I met Dr. Sudhir Krishna (my co-supervisor) from the National Institute of Biological Sciences who was willing to train me in the necessary molecular techniques.

Overall, this prestigious Fellowship award has opened many unique avenues and research collaborations while still enabling me to keep my footing in clinical medicine.