Name: Kirti Sawant
Birth Place: Dombivli, Maharashtra, India
Academic Qualification: BSc Biotechnology from Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai, India (2009-2012)
MSc Biotechnology from Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai, India (2012-2014)
PhD in Life Science from University of Mumbai, India (2015-2022)
Languages you speak or write: English, Marathi, Hindi, Sanskrit
What do you do?
I completed my PhD in Life Science last year. Currently, I am taking care of my mother, searching for a job, and researching entrepreneurial prospects.
What’s the best part of your profession? What made you choose this profession?
The best part of research is the discovery of something hidden or unknown. And though the journey is full of ups and downs, you bring some new knowledge out into the world. And each and every negative result also tells a lot about, say, a biochemical pathway, gene function, etc., and enhances current knowledge. So, in reality, there is no real downside. And as we saw during COVID times, research carried out a long time ago on the Corona virus was used to create the vaccine. So, no research is a waste of time and effort. It is all valuable.
Do you like reading? What was the last thing you read?
I like reading. I read fiction books more than autobiographies. However, fact based articles or write-ups about philosophy are of great interest to me. One of my friends gave me the book - The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle in the morning. I have just gone through its preface. I look forward to reading it now.
What is your favorite dish?
A Mumbaikar at heart, Vada Pav
How would your friend describe you?
Kind, friendly, selfless, and an artist
Who would you like to travel with?
Colleagues and family
Mention your favorite subjects.
What is your least favorite subject?
What’s something you wish to change about the world?
Generational trauma is put on children, who carry the compounded trauma with themselves and pass it on to the next generation. Also, I wish to save children in traumatic families. Their innocent souls become permanently scarred otherwise.
If your journey were a movie, what would it be called?
What are you passionate about?
Food, History, Helping children out of trauma
Whenever my mother smiles, eats well, and sleeps undisturbed.
What do you love to do in your leisure time?
Paint, Doodle zentangle and Madhubani style artworks, watch series, and listen to audio books.
What do you hate the most?
When people do morally wrong things
If given a choice, what alternate career would you have opted for?
What is your dream travel destination?
Machu Picchu and Angkor Wat
Where would you like to work in the future?
Finally, a quote you relate to:
Time is relative and works differently for different people.
What else would you like to tell about yourself?
I would love to see more people get interested in science and arts. And somewhere in the future, I wish to see our educational system bridge art and science faculties and create a flow unlike a rigid science or arts system. Also, science research needs better funding and scientists should be paid well.