Probably not the first time you are reading ‘Deep Learning’ (DL). But hey, it is absolutely worth the hype. DL is bigger than recognizing cars or cats or road signs- think bigger. Next-gen neural networks can self assemble and adapt to any challenge that is thrown towards them, something biology can take an enormous advantage from.
Biophotonics is awesome. In fact, it is a combination of physics, biology, chemistry and computer science. Optical physics involved in biophotonics is like pure magic. In the old ages, we used to rely on slow copper wires for our electronics and communications. However, since the invention of fibre optics, we are enjoying unprecedented speeds, and there is no stopping now. The integration of biology gives photonics a whole new perspective of developing clinical diagnostics tools using light-matter interactions. I am really excited to see how this field evolves in the future and how it can help us make imaging techniques better.
By now, you have probably heard of super-resolution microscopy and its potential. If you have not, then allow me — the super-resolution concept takes ordinary light microscopy concept and ramps it up to 1000% by breaking the diffraction limit of light and imaging beyond it. It makes use of synthetic fluorescent probes, precise lasers and intelligent software to achieve these results. This simple yet revolutionary idea greatly excites me and I’m thrilled to see its future uses, particularly in single-cell biology and brain imaging.
It is not only about the technologies but mainly about the people behind them. (Until neural networks start writing new excellent code ("GTP-3" did it already)...) I am always excited to work in a team. Working with others generates new ideas, strengthens existing friendships and is just much more fun that can be shared, right?
The primary condition about any project and work that I do is that I do something novel. I am not interested in repeating solutions developed by the others; I am more interested in researching my solutions. I am not afraid of reading papers and independently conducting research, I actually love it!
I was a student at Kendriya Vidyalaya in Maharashtra, India; progressing to join the Higher Secondary Education (HSE) programme. All of the IB subjects I took, except languages and literature, were taught in English. My high-level elective classes were Maths, Physics and Chemistry. I selected Electronic engineering as my elective during the +2 degree.
I was accepted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, following high school and moved there in August 2017 to embark on the next stage of my journey- a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences and Bio-Engineering. I felt like a deity; combining the knowledge of electronics with cell biology was like exploring the universe at a pixel level. I was fortunate enough to be able to use different microscopes and see life at a nano level. Then deep learning gave me the power to make computers work without me working, and now the sky is the only limit.
Afterwards, I was amazed by the power of deep learning so much that I have decided to undertake a Masters degree in this field at IIT Kanpur. My aim was to bring a more logical approach to the image processing pipeline of biological imaging data such that it can be more accessible to common folk without needing black magic like skills. During my time at IIT, I was fortunte to build a custom super-resolution microscope from scratch. An experince that changed my perspective towards what I want to do for my PhD.
To nurture my passion for building awesome super-resolution microscopes that can revolutionize science, I decided to join the lab of Dr. Giuseppe Vicidomini for a PhD. This feels like one of the best decisions that I have made in my life. The group does awesome science and is extremely motivated to solve any challenge that comes their way. A further plus point is that everybody is friendly it feels like a family to be working with.
I’m keeping an open mind about where my future takes me, but if you think I would be a great fit for your team, company or project, let me know! I’d love the chance to talk with you. Feel free to also to send cat pictures, I always appreciate those. For opportunities and cat related enquiries, there’s a button right below.