About Fellow

National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
University of California, Los Angeles, USA
National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India

I grew up in a rural area of Purba Midinipur District, West Bengal, India. During 1990s, there was no electricity or telephone communication available in my village. In my childhood, I used to go to the paddy field with my father everyday. Besides that, I also used to go to a nearby village school regularly. I was in class seven, when we got electricity in my village. I was thrilled to see the electric-light which plugged my mind to think on the underlying physics. Later I started to visit one radio repairing shop beside my village at the end of my class. I was fascinated to see the circuits within the box of invisible head and my curiosity grew. I wanted to understand the working principle of the various components. However, after completing my school, I joined a nearby college for undergraduate study in electronics and later for masters in the same. Gradually I learned about how circuits work, and how they are applied to serve several purposes. During that time I learned how the behavior of each electronic component rely on its material’s fundamental properties. So, I completed another masters degree in material engineering. Later to have hand on experience on electronic chips, I joined for my PhD at NTHU in Taiwan and started to learn the details about micro/nanofabrication techniques and their biomedical applications, which became my research topic as Bio-MEMS/Bio-NEMS, Biomedical micro devices, single cell intracellular delivery using nano-electroporation, mechanoporation and photoporation. In my PhD, I was successful to achieve nano-localized single cell nano-electroporation with high delivery efficiency and high cell viability, which is of particular importance for single cell therapy and diagnostics. Later in my post Doc at UCLA, I studied on biophotonic laser assisted cell surgery, single cell electroporation, mechanoporation for intracellular delivery. These works are potentially useful for cellular mechanical, electrical or chemical characterization, and hence beneficial for human diseases analysis.

In 2016, Dr. Shahid Jameel, CEO of Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance, visited and delivered an inspired talk at UCLA about the process of applying for the IA fellowship. This talk disclosed a great opportunity to welcome Indian student staying abroad to start their own research career in India.  I attended the seminar and was inspired to apply for the fellowship.