Core Team

Dr Ponnari Gottipati is a Research Management, Science Education and Engagement consultant in Hyderabad and has experience 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 the University of Sheffield and a Postdoc from the University of Oxford, she was previously at the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance. Celebrating science through engagement and outreach enthuses and inspires her.


Dr Sarah Iqbal trained as a researcher in Life Sciences and is currently an independent science engagement consultant in India. She holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford, UK, and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Scripps Research Institute, USA, before joining the Indian science funding agency, DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance (India Alliance) as their Communications and Public Engagement Lead. She is currently working as an independent consultant at the newly formed not-for-profit, Foundation for Advancing Science and Technology (FAST-India) in New Delhi, and serving as a strategic adviser to the India Science Festival.

Sarah is interested in exploring pathways to build capacity in science engagement in India and developing creative, inclusive and participatory tools and approaches to enable public and policy engagement with science towards building an equitable, healthy and sustainable future.


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 the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad. Through these, she informs and engages with students, educators, industries as well as the general public of the research and other activities at CCMB. She loves working towards building a more informed society.


Renu Bisht is a final year graduate student in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Biotechnology at South Asian University (SAU), New Delhi, India. At SAU, she received her training as a microbiologist and biochemist. She is an aspiring postdoctoral candidate with a background in secondary metabolites and Mycobacterium functional genomics. She currently works at SaS as a digital communications associate, where she would be primarily responsible for increasing SaS’s social media presence with the overriding goal of raising awareness about antibiotic misuse and antimicrobial resistance. Renu is passionate about science outreach and communication and hopes to fulfil these goals through the SaS platform.


SaS Pilot Workshop partners

Grassroot comics workshops

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.

@Sharadji ; @WorldComicsNet


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.


SaS workshop facilitator (Independent)

Dr Sathya Srinivasachari is a Teacher Developer at the Royal Society of Chemistry (Yusuf Hamied Inspirational Science Programme) and a science education enthusiast. A trained organic chemist with a PhD from the University of Cincinnati, US, she received the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance Early Career Fellowship to pursue research in the field of structural biology at the Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine (InStem), Bangalore. With a strong belief that scientific advancement must be embedded into a larger societal framework, she is passionate about designing creative content and tools to connect science with the broader community.  Sathya has been conducting SaS workshops in Bengaluru in her personal capacity.





  • Dr Raghunand R. Tirumalai, Tuberculosis Researcher, CCMB, Hyderabad
  • Dr Priyamvada Chugh, Consultant, Communications team at Unitaid
  • Dr Sivranjani Santosh, pediatrician, Magna Clinics, Hyderabad
  • Dr Sweena Chaudhari, Immunologist, Tardigrade Pvt Ltd
  • Dr Rupinder Kaur, Microbiologist, Center for DNA fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad and DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance Senior Fellow
  • Dr Shahid Jameel, Virologist, former CEO, DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance
  • Mr Chiru Yerra, VFX Animator, Mr Sunny Blake Ganta, Visual Effects Creative Director and Mr Maheswar Kudupudi, Animator
  • Dhiviya Vedagiri, PhD student, CCMB, Hyderabad
  • Mahesh Survi, PhD student, CCMB, Hyderabad
  • V Devi Prasad, PhD student, CCMB, Hyderabad