Meet Sanhita Ray, new Postdoctoral Researcher at AIMES
Warm welcome to Sanhita Ray, new Postdoctoral Researcher at AIMES from 8 December 2021. We have asked Sanhita some questions about her background and her new position at AIMES.
What did you do before starting at AIMES?
"I did my PhD in Biochemistry (focussing on Nanotechnology) from the University of Calcutta in Kolkata, India. Then I joined the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) in February 2020 for my first postdoc where I worked on a DARPA funded project on Bioelectronics mediated Tissue Regeneration (BETR). For my second postdoc, I worked at Northeastern University on synthetic biology and living material production", says Sanhita Ray.
What made you want to join AIMES? And what are you looking forward to the most?
"I wanted to join a very involved interdisciplinary group combining biologists, medical doctors and engineers because my own research interests incline more towards engineering and its application in medicine whilst my traditional academic training has been more biology-related. I wanted a solid learning ground that would make me a better engineer and material scientist. The goals and team makeup of AIMES perfectly align with this. I also endeavour to contribute my specialist knowledge in carbon nanomaterials to my group's research activities."
What are the biggest challenges with your research?
"I think the biggest challenge right now is the translation of all the wonderful findings in biology and engineering into a REAL and affordable product/procedure that's out there in the market and people all over the world are using them in real-time.
The COVID pandemic has forced us to adapt and accelerate this product development process. I believe that a deeper insight into engineering principles and learning to streamline research towards a goal for product development can help solve this and that is what I am here to really get into."