Meet the INCEND Ambassadors! Deepak, Yasemin, Jae and Sravanthi are building new and inspiring topic pages on INCEND for you to enjoy the knowledge fields they are most passionate about.
Deepak is an Research Associate at the Molecular Neurotherapy & Imaging Laboratory, from the Harvard Medical School.
This month, he will be working with us to build the Neuroscience topic page on INCEND.
We are all really excited about working with Deepak, especially our technical director Raghu who knows him well for the past 5 years.
Laure: Deepak, how did your passion for Neuroscience begin?
Deepak Bhere: The brain as an organ never really stops surprising me and this quest to understand the brain dates way back to the early days of college.. The basic anatomy and physiology lectures of the central nervous system… As a graduate in pharmaceutical sciences keen on perusing a career in life science research, it was about time I decided the area of research I wanted to engage into…One thing was very clear - That I wanted to study more and more about the brain... My first experience in the neuro-field was as a research assistant in a brain tumor therapeutics laboratory. The inherent complexities of cancers combined with the most complicated organ in the human body - certainly on the most trickiest conditions to manage and that is evident from the little to no advancement in the field of brain tumor therapies over the past few decades… Later on as I got more into the depth of it, I was keen on specializing in this research area that would give me an opportunity to study the brain at a greater depth as I always wanted to…
Yasemin is an early adopter of Design Thinking in her artistic and entrepreneurial activities:
Laure and her met at the Stanford Design Thinking Action Lab.
By no doubt, she is the best candidate to represent Design Thinking on INCEND.
Laure: When did you first come across Design Thinking?
Yasemin Sertoğlu: I first came across Design Thinking in a book. When I looked d.school up on the internet, I was struck by the creative atmosphere. After more reading, an online class and my own attempts at Design Thinking, I came to realize and respect that this approach to problem solving has a lot more to it than “unleash your creativity”.
Design Thinking is more about being out in the field rather than playing in the sandbox. Researching and defining the problem, creating prototypes to alternative solutions and seeking feedback. Over and over. Searching for solutions from a place of deep empathy and continuously iterating.
It is very inspiring to see Design Thinking applied to solve human problems at various contexts and scales; small matters – “How might I get my daughter to read more?”- or big ones – “How might we help children in poor countries thrive?”. That’s why I try to keep it in my toolbox, even though it does not come to me naturally and I repeatedly slip back into my old analytical thinking patterns. I have to continuously remind myself to think less and do more.
Jae's research focus is in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics.
Additionally, he worked for the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Brigham and Women's Hospital.
This month, Jae is building the Humanitarian Issues page on INCEND.
Laure: What got you into Humanitarian Issues?
Jae Moo Lee: Necessity. There are necessities that everyone has the right to own: water, food, shelter, medicine and so on. This is my humanitarian ideology. However, this ideology was never this universal before; it started with an urge to treat if someone was hurt or sick. Somehow along the way, this urge intensified and amplified to be applied in humanitarian issues.
The area of my concentration is medicine in Africa but it is not limited to topics and continents. From last paragraph, you may be able to reason why I decided to concentrate in medicine but wondering why Africa. As excited as I was with starting college life, I had envisioned the courses I was going to take and what I wanted to learn during my academic career. Week before school started, one of my professor was not continuing her course I was enrolled in; therefore, I had to change all my courses. One of the courses I was “forced” to take was Contemporary Crisis in Africa. Since then everything changed for me. With combination of humanitarian ideology and Africa sparked my interest in humanitarian issues. Now, I want to share my interest with others…
Sravanthi Budaraju pursues a career as a professional researcher in Food Science and Technology.
She was a research executive at the AB Mauri India PVT LTD Research and Development department.
Sravanthi is creating the Agriculture and Food Engineering pages on INCEND.
She worked with us in Berlin - we enjoyed interviewing her and doing a Spotlight Interview too:
If you want to check Deepak, Yasmein, Jae and Sravanthi's work, make sure to create a profile on INCEND. We are currently in private beta, so make sure to drop your name and email address here.
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