Research

Celebrating milestones as a scientist

As scientists, we rarely celebrate milestones be it a certain number of citations we have received or a certain number of impactful papers/patents we have co-authored. This is in sharp contrast to other professions where it is customary to celebrate even the tiniest bit of success in numbers. Be it how many runs a Cricketer has scored (yes I am an ardent Cricket fan!) or the number of box office successes a filmmaker has delivered.

Early-career setback - A throwback to my first paper

This 15th August marked 7 years since I submitted my first paper (first-authored research article). Coincidentally, it also completed five calendar years last December, which gave me a chance to measure it’s 5-year impact (erring on the conservative side of course). I am very happy to see that it has been well-received as shown in the figure above (the R code to generate the plot is publicly available). To interpret it more accurately in plain English, it has performed significantly better than an average paper in the same journal or same discipline (Statistics).

A reflection on my first guest editorial experience

Recently, I had a chance to wrap up a special issue at the journal Frontiers in Genetics. This is my first-hand experience as a lead Guest Associate Editor. Ironically, this opportunity came to me at a time when I was exponentially busy as a postdoctoral fellow juggling research, occasional teaching and other administrative duties while also preparing my transition to a new role. I am so glad I took the chance when the Frontiers editorial office reached out to me in 2018.

Predicting the diverse metabolic activities of the microbiome

This is a repost backdated to match the original post that appeared in Nature Research Microbiology Community in July 2019. It represents the backstory behind the following publication: I hope you enjoy the read. Comments and feedback are always welcome :)

Nontraditional Collaboration: A Success Story at JSM 2016

This is a repost backdated to match the original post that appeared in AMSTAT News in August 2018. I hope you enjoy reading it :)

And they lived happily ever after - a microbial fairy tale of DNA and RNA

This is a repost backdated to match the original post that appeared in Nature Research Microbiology Community in January 2018. In case you are wondering, this post is a prelude to the following publication: I hope you enjoy reading my first ever technical blog post as much as I enjoyed writing it :)