A scientific research begins with “curiosity”, a very fundamental human nature, and I find myself accoutered with the same which led me to join a master program after a Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences course. With diligence and perseverance; I have managed to sustain good academic record throughout my studies, but my fascination about how cells work; how cells cross talk among themselves to mediate cellular functions; what will happen if the cell transportation events will not occur; how to control the cell communication mechanisms and in specific, the role of ion channels as a key player in regulation of cell functions, leave me unsatisfied and a quest for finding answers to these propel me to go for higher studies and apply for PhD.
With a research interest in physiology, I focused on the study of ion channels and transporters and exposure to a few courses in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, and Physiology further deepened my interest. For my master’s thesis, I started working on “Molecular and functional characterization of voltage-gated proton channel (Hv1) in bull spermatozoa.” Using pharmacological tools, I explored the dynamic role played by these channels and in specific, their involvement in regulating pH and motility. Simultaneously, I am closely allied with the other group member’s work on TRPV1 channels which are involved in the regulation of sperm capacitation. As an active associate in the last one year in our laboratory, I am involved in other ongoing research works. We have characterized the voltage-gated potassium channel Kv 1.1 in bull spermatozoa by molecular and functional studies. In addition, a paper reporting protective effects of seminal plasma proteins on spermatozoa has been submitted to the journal by group members along with my contribution. These experiences helped me to develop scientific writing skill which resulted in a review article submitted by me on dynamic role of pH in spermatozoa function.
After earning experiences, knowledge and skills I aim to establish a career in research unraveling the secrets of nature and educating people about science as an academician. In order to achieve my goal, I need a laboratory that complements my research interest. During the search, I came across the webpage of Dr. Richard Martin in Biomedical Sciences and I find his works close to my research interest. As I investigated more at the university’s website I learned about quality education with a well structured curriculum for the PhD program, world class equipped laboratories and working environment. Encouragement from Dr. Richard Martin over a Skype conversation along with excellent qualities of Iowa State University bolstered my decision to apply for the PhD program at this renowned institution.
As a potential graduate student, I am furnished with an aptitude for learning, a zeal for the challenges and an enthusiastic desire to succeed. If given an opportunity, with these unfailing traits, I believe that I am ready to utilize all my physical and mental abilities to achieve excellence in my future studies and research works.