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A few months back, I applied for a technical writing internship at one of the leading Boston-based hedge funds, specializing in multistage investments across the life sciences ecosystem. Like most Ph.D. students/graduates, my writing portfolio included mostly academic journal articles. On top of that, I submitted a few of the previously written op-eds and guest articles that I wrote for some news platforms. I also put up the link to my Medium blog. Unsurprisingly, I didn’t get through.

The hiring manager, however, was really kind to share feedback on my application and provide actionable ideas on how can one differentiate…


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When we talk about periods, accessibility has always been prioritized over sustainability. However, one does not have to undermine another.

Disposable pads pose a grave environmental crisis

An average woman is likely to menstruate about 450 times throughout her lifetime. This implies that she will need to use some kind of menstrual product for about 450 weeks. The most accessible products are disposable ones, such as tampons and sanitary pads, which are easily found on the shelves of stores and pharmacies. The U.S. FDA recommends changing a tampon every four to eight hours a day. Assuming that each period lasts for about 5 days, this means a…


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An article titled, “Let science lead: We need more leaders with science backgrounds” published as an opinion article in The Hill seems to be gathering a lot of momentum, having been shared over 48,000 times in about a month on various social media. The author argues that the coronavirus situation has highlighted the need for scientific knowledge in the top leadership of the countries. Thus, he calls for having more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Ph. Ds as heads of state citing the example of Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, who holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry. …


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The current time is unprecedented. We haven’t seen anything like this in the last ~100 years and (hopefully) won’t see in the next 100 years. But, as a Ph.D. student in Molecular Genetics, it is moving to answer curious questions that people from non-scientific backgrounds might have regarding how coronavirus works and what can be done to slow it down.

In addition, I was fortunate enough to participate in the COVID-19 testing facility at the Weizmann Institute of Science , Israel. As the number of infections in Israel is going up, the facility at the Israel National Center for Personalized…


When I first arrived at the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS), Tel Aviv, in May 2013 as a summer trainee, little did I know that I will be spending a good part of my life in Israel. There is some inexplicable aura of scientific aptitude in the beautiful campus nestled just outside the bustling city of Tel Aviv. It was rather an easy decision to return for a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics at the institute after graduating with an Integrated BS-MS in Biology from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata.

Unparalleled quality

WIS is a rather…


Indian students and research scholars protest outside Indian Embassy in Tel Aviv on 27th Dec. 2019 (Picture: Brijith Thomas)

“Students at work, country under construction” read one of the banners held by a group of protesting students in front of the Indian Embassy in Tel Aviv earlier on Friday. More than 30 students had gathered amidst strong winds, incessant rains and chilly weather for a peaceful and silent demonstration against the Indian government’s enactment of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 and the violent crackdown of the student protests across the country that followed soon after. The demonstrators included Masters, Ph.D. …


The Israeli life science industry is uniquely poised in the global ecosystem and the trajectory is likely to go north. According to a recent report by Israeli Advanced Technology Industries (IATI), the robust Israeli life ecosystem has produced close to 1400 companies in the last decade solving pressing problems in the diverse range of sectors, including but not limited to, biotechnology, medical devices, diagnostics, digital health, healthcare IT, etc. Further, a lion’s share of these companies (about 823) is in the early stages. …


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  • Eggs are a relatively cheap and efficient source of animal protein around the world.
  • However, the processes involved in intensive farming are cruel to the birds, harmful to nature and lead to disparity in prices in high-income and low-income nations.
  • Emerging technologies that can produce animal protein without raising animals hold most promise to disrupt the food industry.

There is hardly any culture around the world that doesn’t consume eggs. According to an estimate by the International Egg Commission (IEC, 2011) and WattAgNet (2014), an average person consumes about 180–200 eggs per year, which is expected to rise consistently through…


Azrieli Towers, Tel Aviv and Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai [photo credit: Moshe Shai/Flash90 and Wikipedia]

In 2018, when Flipkart, the leader of $32 billion Indian e-commerce market, wanted to deliver critical insights about the product inventory to its sellers, it looked towards Israel for solutions. In a major buyout, Flipkart, which is now a subsidiary of Walmart, acquired Israeli retail intelligence platform, Upstream Commerce. The acquisition is touted to be vital for maintaining narrowing edge over Flipkart’s rival, Amazon India, which is growing aggressively. Within just six months, Flipkart doubled its presence in Israel by setting up an R&D base to scout for additional acquisitions in the country. More recently, Zee Entertainment Industries Ltd partnered…


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I love people. I love talking to them. I am curious about their personal stories and eager to learn from them. I love building long-term relationships and figure out ways to help each other out. This is exactly what “networking” is!

As simple as it sounds, it can be intimidating at times for many (including me) and the only way to be good at it is by practicing. To do so, I try to look out for coolest events happening in the neighborhood, show up shamelessly and talk to at least three people for more than five minutes each. I…

Sandipan Dasgupta

RNA Biologist | PhD Candidate | Life Science Industry, Healthcare Policy and Public Health

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