Unique Scientist: Rachna Jadhav

Time to meet Rachna Jadhav! Rachna is a biotechnologist from Mumbai, India with experience on neuroscience, animal science, and cell biology!

What kind of scientist are you?
I’m a Biotechnology graduate & have worked on protein, fiber rich diets as a part of my project during my Bachelor’s. I’ve worked in the field of Neuroscience using Caenorhabditis elegans as a model organism to study herbal antipsychotics along with work in Animal tissue culture with Glioblastoma in my Master’s dissertation. And am currently looking forward to a life full of research where I can possibly explore more about Science. A PhD in Animal and Food Science in US is my only target as of now. Animal science and cell culture fascinates me to the core and with so many alternatives the Nature has provided us with, I believe in finding a way to tackle medical problems using the best of my knowledge.

What made you want to become a scientist?
I’ve always wanted to learn more & more about Science. With so many resources in nature that God has provided us with, I believe wasting them & a life we have got is not worth anything; which is why I’ve always looked forward to being a Scientist & make use of my life to the fullest.

“If it hadn’t been science that inspired me to be a Scientist, I would have been into literature.”

Rachna Jadhav

What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
Talking about being a woman, we women always grow up learning new things everyday, be it household chores or work at the lab. But learning is not the key, applying the knowledge you have learnt practically to something is what enhances the knowledge & makes it worth. I’ve been a part of ‘Best out of waste’ competitions during my school times. This is what inspired me to use natural resources that have been put in the waste bins & study them in order to utilize them further. I’ve used waste from food industry & tried to research on their biological activity during my Master’s dissertation.

What’s something cool you do outside of work?
I write. I write a lot! If it hadn’t been science that inspired me to be a Scientist, I would have been into literature. I have published my poems in books & am looking forward to publishing my own book soon.

If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
If I were granted a wish to change anything in science, it would have been the exploitation of nature in a way that cannot be undone. Mankind has always been intelligent but not intelligent enough to realize the consequences humanity can face due to the misuse of science that is harming nature. I would have put a stop to such activities & encouraged supporting nature instead of misusing it just because we have been blessed with it.

“[My mom] has always helped me to find something good in anything that is considered bad.”

Rachna Jadhav

Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
My mother is my very first teacher & supporter who not only taught me basic science but also helped me to explore myself & learn more about it. She has always helped me to find something good in anything that is considered bad. My Master’s dissertation project was a success because of the support I got from my parents & my sisters. Their motivation & support is the only reason I’ve come so far.

Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
I just completed my Master’s degree in Food Biotechnology & pushed myself hard to write my manuscript. I’ve submitted my research & am hoping that it will be published soon.


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