NIRANJANA KRISHNAN

Profile

  • Time Zone
    Central

  • Organization
    Iowa State University

  • Employment Status
    University / College Graduate Student

  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    My research interests are varied as characterized by my degrees. I have a bachelor's in microbiology with a diploma in biotechnology. I have a masters in biomedical genetics. I worked in a research lab in veterinary sciences. I am currently doing my PhD in toxicology and entomology. Botanical sciences always interested me, especially more so since I started my current PhD program (entomology can be tightly linked to plant sciences).

  • Profile Question 1
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    I decided I wanted to be a scientist in 3rd grade, when I realized it could explain the many things I was curious about. Science was exciting- I loved my science classes! It was then in 8th grade that I decided I wanted to be a biologist.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    Logic and facts. I love logical thinking and facts! There are so many things in this world for which there is no right answer. Emotions come into play and different ideologies cause so much friction. Science is simple, has one right answer (or a probability-based answer) and is indisputable. (Of course, I realize we do not know or understand everything completely but the goal of science is to always find that answer and reduce uncertainties wherever possible.) it is like a breath of fresh air in an otherwise confusing world.

  • Profile Question 3
    What is your favorite plant? Why?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Milkweed (Asclepias). Probably, specifically butterfly milkweed because it is so pretty! But milkweed because it is the sole food source of the monarch larvae and I love monarch butterflies! Also I find the co-evolution of this particular host plant and the insect fascinating. And also because I think weeds are nearly always vilified by the average person- it is unfortunate and shows a lack of understanding.

  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?
    2

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