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Away from home: June round-up

Our ‘Away from home’ blogging series features one Indian postdoc working in a foreign lab every Wednesday. The posts recount the experience of these postdocs — the triumphs and challenges of lab life, the cultural differences, what they miss about India — and, most importantly, offer some useful tips for postdocs headed abroad.

We started the blog series in November 2012 and have just completed eight months, having featured 27 postdocs till now. The series has had excellent response from the scientific and research community worldwide.

For our regular readers, and those who are just joining us now, we provide a summary of the month’s entries, including an interactive  map pinpointing the labs these postdocs are based. All these interesting entries and summaries can be found under the Away from home’ category of the Indigenus blog.

We will continue to update the map each Wednesday and hope that you will join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag. 

June 2013 saw some excellent entries pouring in from various parts of the world — from the sunny beaches of  Barcelona to hi-tech university campuses in the US . The month also saw a milestone in the life of the blogging series — its 25th entry.

But close to my dream

Sushil Kumar Tomar is a PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK) and currently a postdoc researcher at The RNA Center, Ohio State University (OSU), Columbus, USA. Sushil has a fascinating formula to find success in life: he calls it ‘absolute success’. Read on to find what it is.

Engineering stem cells and vaccines

Ankur Singh, an IIT-Bombay alumnus and a postdoc in Mechanical Engineering and the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience (IBB) at Georgia Tech, USA. Ankur is preparing for an exciting stint in academia as an assistant professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. His advice to aspiring trainees: work hard, publish well, and do your homework before you accept a postdoc position.

Science on the beach

For the 25th edition,we chose to feature Arun Kumar, a PhD from the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), Delhi and currently a postdoc scientist at the Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, Spain. Arun’s incredible journey is a story of hope, grit and ambition – from small town India where he couldn’t take up mathematics for want of a maths teacher to researching molecular mechanisms of cancer cells at a premier lab in an exotic location.  It is stories like these that  inspire the next generation of scientists.

Have you seen our Away from home interactive map yet? Here it is pictured below and updated every Wednesday with new postdoc experiences. Stay tuned as we add more from around the world. Please feel free to suggest names of postdocs from unusual countries and disciplines we haven’t covered yet.

AFH map update22


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