Please tell us about yourself

My name is Deepshikha Mishra. I recently joined iJOBS blog as a writer and I am very excited to be a part of it. I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. After completing my Ph.D. in India, I moved to US to pursue my postdoctoral research.

How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and uncommon career? What did you study?

Biology has always fascinated me since my school days. Driven by my interest, I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biology (Deendayal Upadhyay Gorakhpur University) followed by a master’s degree in Biotechnology from the same university -the foundation for a career in research was set when I was very young. During my master’s program, I learned a lot about the basics of research work.  After that, pursuing a Ph.D. degree to gain an in-depth knowledge about biology came naturally to me.

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Tell us about your research

I got my Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from Banaras Hindu University, India, where I studied molecular interactions playing a key role in development of acute leukemia; a type of blood cancer mainly affecting children below the age 10. Further, I also investigated novel molecular targets for effective drug development. I performed my thesis research in a wonderful environment with a great team of academicians and clinicians that helped me do my research effectively and played major roles as mentors. However, the greatest motivator for my research career were the chance encounters I had with patients in events organized by the hospital. So, when I got the opportunity for a postdoctoral position in the department of pharmacology, I quickly grabbed it. I am working with Dr. Debabrata Banerjee studying tumor stroma interaction in cancer microenvironment. Under his excellent mentorship, I aim to develop a better understanding of stromal factors playing role in cancer progression and to exploit it for clinical importance.

What are your other interests?

Apart from research work, I am passionate about science communication and love to write about different aspects of science, STEM and scientific events in general. In the past, I have volunteered to write blog articles for PLOS: The student blog and news articles for IndiaBioscience, a not-for-profit science outreach initiative. I was very excited when I got the opportunity to write for Rutgers iJOBS blog. Rutgers iJOBS Blog, as the name suggests is a blog for biomedical scientists, providing interdisciplinary opportunities for Job at different levels. It is a collection of versatile posts, events and opportunities intended to prepare PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to enter the job market within their field of interest.