I have always been fascinated by the enigma of life. My parents, being doctors, fosteredmy interest in science. I naturally took up Biotechnology as my undergraduatespecialization, as I believed it would bring me closer to finding answers to thechallenging questions of biology, for instance, how levels of complex molecules interactto enable autonomous functioning of living beings.I have been a topper in school as well as in college. In school, I was taught to beinquisitive, and to probe beyond the obvious solutions, to gain a deeper understanding of concepts. Biology was my favorite subject as I was fortunate to have teachers whomotivated me by drawing parallels between worlds of exciting discoveries and their applications to everyday life. I realized that a comprehensive understanding of science is possible only when scientific theories are supported by practical experiments.During my <undergraduate studies/high school>, I underwent a short-term training inmicrobiology and genetics labs at <“hospital name“>, a world-renowned hospital. I learnttechniques and the basis of diagnostic tests from both physicians and technicians. <In my<second or third year>, I acquired industrial experience at the Biotechnology division of Orchid Pharmaceuticals. My responsibilities included the cloning of an antibiotic gene, protein expression and pilot scale production in a fermenter. It taught me the importanceof accuracy and timeliness in biotechnology research.In my <3?4?> year, I secured a prestigious fellowship as an Indian Academy of Sciences(IAS) Summer Fellow at the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD).Only 100 students out of over 10000 applicants are chosen for this fellowship. At CDFD,I started on my research career under Dr.Edited, the Head of the Molecular Genetics Lab.My projects were in clinical microbiology, industrial molecular biology, and molecular genetics. My persistence and patience helped me discover a gene involved in the sexdetermination pathway in silkworm. I gained a lot of domain knowledge from scientificanalysis and discussions with my advisor and peers. The weekly seminars at CDFDintroduced the variety of research work going on in different labs. I found the wholeexperience truly enriching and I resolved to pursue a career in biotechnology research.