Dr. Debarati Chakraborty is currently working on crop phenotyping and nutritional assessment using novel prototypes at International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (http://gems.icrisat.org/team/). Further, she has served as a reviewer for Plant Genetic Resources-Conservation and Utilisation (https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/plant-genetic-resources/article/abs/reviewers-list-january-2020-to-december-2020/BF669A945B4E09F2ED22434E07C5E315) and Frontiers in Plant Sciences (https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpls.2021.635868/full). She has recently earned her doctoral degree from the University of Kalyani, West Bengal, India on Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. For her doctoral work, she has explored rare, aromatic, and non-aromatic Indian rice landraces, their genetic and biochemical underpinnings, and evolutionary history. She has also worked on the broader topic of origin, domestication, and diversification of aromatic rice (https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=sfZ0h8EAAAAJ&hl=en). Before joining ICRISAT, she has ventured onto sustainable agricultural techniques in dry and saline soil regions of West Bengal with a reputed agricultural NGO (http://www.drcsc.org/). Her M.Phil from Jadavpur University led her to work on mangrove physiological responses upon exposure to toxic trace metals at Indian Sunderbans. Besides she is regularly involved in writing popular science articles and collaborative works. Being a STEM enthusiast she keeps using social media for science communication and started asipofscience.com along with the team with the vision of engulfing scientific thinking in our daily life. Her updates can be followed at https://www.linkedin.com/in/debarati-chakraborty-a4764396/, @biodebi_debaratic, https://www.facebook.com/tia.chakraborty1986.
Rajakani Velraj is pursuing her doctoral work at the Department of Physics, St.John’s College, Tamilnadu. She is currently working on photoanode materials in Dye-Sensitized solar cells. She has done her M.Phil in Nanoscience. She secured her M.Sc in Physics with the 5th Rank in the final University Exam. Being a STEM enthusiast she is striving hard to spread her acquired knowledge through social media. Her updates can be followed at @energyphysicstoday