assayed for their enzyme activity. The excitement that triggered in my nerves asI acquired the confidence to dissect an adult chick brain in less than five minutesand run acrylamide gels to localize the enzyme isoforms was astounding.My dissertation for the year 2007-2008 titled ‘
A study on effect of Melatonin onSodium Potassium ATPase in developing chick ocular tissue
s’, gives an accountof the project I worked on during the second year of Master’s program. Myproject aimed at human health-care benefits, the efforts for which wereappreciated and supported by the much acclaimed Lady Tata Memorial Trust’sscholarship. I received further extension for this project, during which I enjoyedsetting up bowl cultures for physiological studies on chick embryo. I also gotsavvy with cryo-sectioning with the aid of my prior experiments based onmicrotomy. Apart from the research project I carried out, I assisted the Sophia’sLife Science department in organizing an array of workshops, annual nobel-prizeorations, journal clubs and weekly student project presentations.
I feel privilegedto have attended two annual neuroscience conferences for the years 2006 and2007, organized by Indian Academy of Neurosciences. In the latter, I presentedthe paper ‘
Effect of melatonin on embryonic chick neuro-epithelium
’. A sundry of seminars delivered by the dignitaries present at the event was a spellbindingexperience per se.Although research is my prime interest and I aspired to gear up for my Ph.D, Iserendipitously found my spark in teaching, while assisting the staff atDepartment of Biology at Sophia College. Thereafter, I got an opportunity toteach neurosciences, population genetics, biostatistics and animal physiology atgraduate level at St. Xavier’s Life Science Department.2