NAME: Shreyoshi Chakraborti
EDUCATION: I have graduated with a Bachelors and Masters in Chemistry and Biochemistry with a minor in Mathematics and Physics from University of Calcutta, India, In 2018. The same year I came to Stony Brook in a PhD program in Biochemistry and Structural Biology. Currently I am a third year PhD student in Prof Nicole S Sampson’s lab in Department of Chemistry.
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Finding out novel drug targets
CURRENT RESEARCH: I am working as a PhD student in Dr. Nicole S Sampson’s lab. My project comprises of the Biochemical aspects of cholesterol catabolism by Tb bacteria and finding out novel targets to inhibit virulence and infection of Mtb.
FUTURE GOALS: I want to be an author and scientist. I want to take up writing as a major part of my career.
Why did you want to be a part of GWiSE?
I just simply love writing. When I write, I feel, my heart beats and it says whatever it has to say. I was working in a lab when a group of people came in to ask an undergraduate student about his experience in that lab and his research progress. They were a part of a scholarship committee that the student was getting funding from and I just had a conversation with them. They then told me about GWiSE and the different efforts they are taking in to enhance the courage and motivation of women in STEM. I immediately wrote to Liz I guess, if there is a spot to be a member of this team. I wanted to be a mentor and the blogging team as I like having conversations, as they give insights of stories, stories of me and others. But unfortunately there wasn’t any spot for mentorship but I continued to be a part of the blogging team since then, I just enjoy it.
What/who got you interested in your field?
My parents are professors and are Biochemists. I do not have siblings, so the only conversation I remember from childhood was about buffers and papers and review articles. I once asked my father when I was 4 years old, ’What is Buffer?’ He replied its like water, but a little sloppy. I don’t know what that means. They are good scientists who take in PhDs and are PhDs themselves. My mother had to do a lot to achieve what she is today. They are in India, and are still active in academia. They always said, research gives satisfaction, and now when I follow them, I feel the same way.
When did you know you were interested in pursuing a degree in science/engineering?
I was good in science from school. I was very good in high school, in maths and chemistry. I think it was also because my mom used to be diligent about chemistry and used to teach me how to draw reactions clean and how it made sense. To me organic chemistry was fun, it was more of a drawing class. Then I had a choice to have a major in physics and maths, but I was intrigued by chemistry being the foreground of all biological systems. That is how I delved into chemistry as an undergrad, followed by Biochemistry, because by then I read the book Jeffs View by Gottfried Scwartz. That man made me switch my field from chemistry to biochemistry in my masters.
What do you think needs to happen for there to be more women in science/engineering?
I think there should be more stories and more experiences of people like us. It is not easy and it is a struggle, and I feel that every moment. But beyond that there is happiness too. There has to be good teachers, most importantly, that would evoke interest in the subjects
Name one achievement/award/moment that you are proud of and why:
I loved my masters days, I was selected the best senior by my juniors. That was a happy moment.
Favorite way to spend a free day:
Listen to audiobooks, read a book, sleep well, have dinner in an Italian restaurant, with pasta and meatballs and go for a swim in a pool.
Best sunrise/sunset seen to date:
Tiger Hills Darjeeling, India
If you were given two million dollars, how would you spend it to benefit the most people?
Improve education system and recruit better teachers in schools