Dr Garima Jindal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Organic Chemistry. She joined IISc in 2019. Her area of research is Computational Chemistry. She did her PhD at IIT Bombay and postdoc at the University of Southern California.
It was probably around the third year of my PhD when I realized that I could have the commitment and determination to pursue a career in academia. There wasn’t any particular moment, but small experiences and lessons that helped me choose this career.
Well, it’s one of the best institutes in India. Additionally, the Department of Organic Chemistry did not have anyone in my area of research. I was positive that I could add an altogether new dimension to the existing fields of research.
To understand how enzymes and small molecule catalysts function at the molecular level.
Mechanisms are the essence of any catalytic reaction carried out either by an enzyme or any other catalyst and at present, computational methods provide an excellent way to understand them.
Successful catalyst design using computational methods is still a challenge and a lot of research needs to be focussed in this field to move closer toward this goal. It is precisely this unmet challenge that fascinates and motivates me.
Being in academia is going to be a long journey and it’s as much about failures as it is about success. To quote someone else: “A career in academia is a marathon and not a sprint”.
I looked up to a colleague and dear friend of mine, Dr. Shayantani Mukherjee. It was her dedication toward research that was awe-inspiring.
The freedom to do what interests me and an opportunity to guide young minds. It gives the best of both worlds: research and teaching.
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