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2018 Predoctoral Researchers

 

Sajjita Saha

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata

As an 8-year-old, Sajjita Saha wanted to understand how her pet dog knew she was coming home from school and would be waiting at the door with a toy so they could go out and play. Her mother explained that her dog’s sense of smell was more powerful than a human’s, but that answer didn’t satisfy the curious Saha.

Such childhood questions led her to major in science in college, where Saha earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in microbiology from University of Calcutta’s Lady Brabourne College. Then, she obtained a master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, focusing on cell biophysics in her thesis.

During her studies, Saha found herself drawn to cell and neurodevelopmental biology, especially looking into the minute details of cellular structures under the microscope.

Now as a predoctoral researcher at Stowers, Saha wants to acquire deeper knowledge about the fundamental processes that help create a life and find out what goes wrong when a problem arises. She also wants to learn how to address a problem and find her way toward the solution.

Knowing that experiments bring many failures, Saha chose Stowers because she felt the faculty and fellow predoctoral researchers would help her learn to move through the inevitable failures and reach her scientific goals.

To relax, Saha plays the synthesizer, paints, travels, and watches science fiction shows such as Stranger Things and Lost in Space.