Ananya Dash, a third-year IMSc System Biology student at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) has been selected to do a summer internship at the Institute For Systems Biology, Seattle for a period of two months under the supervision of Prof. Nitin Baliga on a fully-funded fellowship.
Institute For Systems Biology is a non-profit biomedical research organization whose core values revolve around solving complex problems of human health and environmental isodense with a cross-disciplinary approach. Prof. Nitin Baliga uses a Systems Biology approach to construct predictive models of cellular and molecular networks to address questions relevant to the area of microbial ecology, tuberculosis, and cancer.
During her internship, Ananya will be working in the area of antimicrobial resistance and will be a part of the Systems Education Experience (SEE) program wherein, she will be able to transform the experiences of the project into the development of science curriculum.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR or AR) is the ability of a microbe to resist the effects of medication that one could successfully treat the microbe. The term antibiotic resistance (AR or ABR) is a subset of AMR, as it applies only to bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics.[ Resistant microbes are more difficult to treat, requiring alternative medications or higher doses of antimicrobials. These approaches may be more expensive, more toxic or both. Microbes resistant to multiple antimicrobials are called multidrug-resistant (MDR). Those considered extensively drug-resistant (XDR) or totally drug-resistant (TDR) are sometimes called “superbugs”.
Previous two summers, Ananya has done her internships at the University of Hyderabad under the guidance of Prof. Sharmistha Banerjee and the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (InStem), Bangalore under Dr. Ravi Muddashetty. She is actively involved in the TCIS-outreach program as a resource person and is also a student coordinator of Junior Science Club, College for Integrated Studies, UoH as well.