Dr Ponnari Gottipati is a Research Management, Science Education and Engagement consultant in Hyderabad and has experience of working with educational organisations engaging with school children. In addition to SaS, she currently also consults for LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad in research management. Trained in Molecular Biology with a PhD from University of Sheffield and Postdoc from University of Oxford, she was previously at the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance. Celebrating science through engagement and outreach enthuses and inspires her.
Dr Sarah Iqbal is the Lead, Communications and Public Engagement, at the Indian science funding agency, the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance. In her current role Sarah manages India Alliance’s capacity building and science communication workshops as well as its public engagement portfolio. Sarah also assists in developing new programmes, innovative strategies and national and international partnerships that empower India Alliance to strengthen the Indian scientific research ecosystem. She holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford, UK, and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Scripps Research Institute, USA. Sarah is interested in developing and exploring innovative and creative models and tools for public and policy engagement. She is passionate about making science and research accessible to all.
Dr Somdatta Karak is trained as a molecular and cellular Neuroscientist at the University of Göttingen and had been a Teach for India Fellow. In her current role she designs and handles the communication channels at Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad. Through these she informs and engages with students, educators, industries as well as general public of the research and other activities at CCMB. She loves working towards building a more informed society.
Mr Sharad Sharma is a cartoonist based in New Delhi. He has experience of working in newspapers, magazines and electronic media before he founded World Comics India introducing Grassroots Comics as an alternate medium to mainstream comics. He has been conducting grassroots comics workshops all across India and also internationally to initiate social campaigns on various issues. He has also published several books and manuals and won awards for his work in the social sphere.
Dr Madhuri Dutta is Research Administrator currently at George Institute for Global Health India, New Delhi. Trained in life sciences both in India and abroad, she has previously worked at the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance, Public Health Foundation of India and Indian Institute of Health Management and Research, New Delhi, where she has gained experience of managing and evaluating various research projects. She is passionate about capacity building and public engagement in public health research.
Partners for the Pilot
- Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance, provided funding support for the pilot programme
- World Comics India, Grassroots Comics
- Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad Scientific Partner
- George Institute for Global Health, India, Evaluation Partner
- Dr Raghunand R. Tirumalai, Tuberculosis Researcher, Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology
- Dr Priyamvada Chugh, Consultant, Communications team at Unitaid
- Dr Sivranjani Santosh, pediatrician, Magna Clinics, Hyderabad
- Dr Sweena Chaudhari, Immunologist, Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology
- Dr Rupinder Kaur, Microbiologist, Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology
- Dr Shahid Jameel, Virologist and CEO, Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance
- Mr Chiru Yerra, VFX Animator, Mr Sunny Blake Ganta, Visual Effects Creative Director and Mr Maheswar Kudupudi, Animator