#IAmNYAS: Amit Mishra

With members hailing from over 100 countries around the globe, we're always excited to hear from our international members. In this profile, meet Amit Mishra, PhD, of Jodphur, India.

Published November 10, 2015

#IAmNYAS: Amit Mishra

My personal definition of science is...

...an art with measurements that provides new thinking, unlimited imagination and a solid platform to discover hidden truths on our planet.

What has been one of the most rewarding moments of your career?      

The recognition of my PhD Thesis work as "Best PhD Thesis in Biological Science" by Indian Society of Chemists and Biologists (ISCB) was a very wonderful moment for me. The primary reason this moment makes me happy is because this award was not only given to me for the research performed and published from my PhD thesis but it also always reminds me of the true and sincere guidance of my PhD supervisor, Professor Nihar Ranjan Jana of the National Brain Research Centre (NBRC). Whenever I look at this award, I remember my excellent former colleagues and the day on which I first learned to make polyacrylamide gel in the lab. 

Who has been your biggest science inspiration(s)?

My postdoctoral supervisor, Professor Ulrich Hartl, inspired me with his innovative way of writing and his ability to think of good questions.

The President of the NBRC, Professor P.N Tandon, inspired me to learn and think about how to build an Institute devoted to a new science that had not existed before in India, how to bring new talents back into India and also how to support students in new scientific fields. Professor Tandon not only established the NBRC but also started an era of Neuroscience in India.

What is one of your hobbies (outside of science)?

When I was a kid, I always liked to make cartoons and imaginative scenery. Because of this hobby I am also able to make good figures in our scientific review articles-two of them have been selected for the "Cover Page" of Molecular Neurobiology. Cooking is another passion of mine. Because of this hobby I am able to try new experiments and prepare innovative cuisine at home. I always share my time with family members when cooking. It reduces my stress.

Why did you become a Member of the New York Academy of Sciences?

The Academy is one of the oldest and finest science academies in the world. This prestigious platform opens new horizons for multi-disciplinary subjects and innovative research. The Academy provides high-value and current information on science. One of the very important features of Membership is the Academy's magazine. It provides interesting information on various fundamental and relevant areas. The Academy also welcomes young scientists and provides them with a chance to express their thoughts in a network that includes more experienced scientists.


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