My love for science stems not only from seeing how much we as humans have progressed through our discoveries and inventions but also from how much is still unknown. With research expertise in the fields of oncology and Type 2 diabetes, my aim has always been to absorb, understand and communicate information with efficiency and clarity. I pursued my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in molecular biology and genetics at different universities across India. In the autumn of 2011, I moved to Cologne to carry out my doctoral dissertation in the field of selective proteolysis and its role in cancer. Currently, working at infill as a medical writer fulfills my two passions: being up-to-date with the latest scientific insights and communicating them effectively. Working in an interdisciplinary team at infill to tailor medical communications to specific client needs, I look forward to each new project as a challenge to stretch my limits and deliver great quality finished products.
As a senior medical writer, my job involves preparing, writing and editing communication and education materials in a variety of indications, with a focus on COPD and interstitial lung diseases (ILDs), especially IPF. Be it training materials for the field force, continuing medical education modules for healthcare professionals, booth support and summary of congress findings at scientific conferences or developing materials for patient education and support, I have been able to create attractive, user-friendly concepts with a strong digital focus. Some of them have been as innovative as eBooks, apps or tablet-based networking platforms for patient-case studies.
Medical writing combines my love for medical knowledge with the rigour and depth of experimental research and the challenge of explaining key concepts to a targeted audience.
Growing up, I had my heart set on becoming a doctor. I did my first degree in Biochemistry where I was completely drawn to research and the challenge of the unknown. After completing an MSc in cancer cell biology in South Africa, I went on to do a PhD in immunology at the University of Oxford. In my postdoctoral studies I focused on understanding the mechanisms by which nucleotide variants that fall in the non-coding genome contribute to different autoimmune diseases. As much as I enjoyed research it became clear that I thrived writing papers and reports and explaining concepts to a wider audience.
I bring a broad scientific and medical knowledge to every project and am able to convey complex topics in a manner that is easy to understand and tailored to the clients’ needs.
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher. As a child, I loved school and learning and wanted to work in that sort of environment when I grew up. Along the way I also developed a passion for the natural sciences. Ultimately, I decided not to pursue a teaching certificate but did continue on the natural science path with both my under-graduate and graduate degrees. I sort of fell into medical writing about 10 years ago –not really knowing that medical writing was a thing before then. I truly enjoy my job as a medical writer because it allows me to teach natural science concepts through a multitude of means and media. It’s really exciting to take scientific material and present it in a way that is easy to understand and intuitive to use for both patients and medical professionals alike.
The impact of medicine on human health is a fascinating area and a field with a constantly growing complexity. Modern basic and clinical research translate into earlier diagnoses and new, more individualised and better therapies with increasing speed. This medical progress is paralleled by the great new options of digital communication, which offer innovative ways for healthcare communication to healthcare professionals and patients.
With a special expertise in cellular biology and molecular genetics, I am able to follow processes of disease pathology and to evaluate methods of clinical and pharmacological interventions. As a medical writer, I have worked in various therapeutic areas such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, metabolic disease and oncology.
I have almost 10 years of experience in medical writing and editing. Since joining infill in 2008, I have developed various educational materials for physicians, healthcare professionals and patients. In addition, I am co-author of several print- and eBooks, e.g. for the management of atrial fibrillation or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or training tools for hypertension, diabetes, immunology and oncology.
I have a PhD in human molecular genetics and a certified Diploma in cell biology from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelm-University in Bonn (Germany). In addition, I completed a certified 6-month training as a scientific journalist. During my PhD thesis, I collaborated and worked at a bio-pharmaceutical company (Millennium Pharmaceuticals) in Boston, USA.
Since my childhood I have been fascinated by natural and medical science. Understanding and combining both has been my passion ever since. Therefore, I studied biology focusing on molecular biology with microbiology – including virology and immunology -, biochemistry and genetics in particular.
For both my theses I decided on topics related to major diseases. In my diploma thesis I characterised a novel genetically-engineered oncolytic virus and in my PhD I identified and characterised small peptides for the therapy of Alzheimer´s disease. Both medical issues that affect millions of people worldwide and are not yet fully understood.
Working in a diagnostic laboratory afterwards I came very close to “real” medical work. I learned to understand blood parameters, the importance of every drop of blood as well as the need for effectiveness in terms of delivering important results promptly.
Yet, somehow this was not “the real thing” for me, I missed explaining things to others.
During my subsequent time as a product manager I did exactly that: I became acquainted with different, often complicated topics, explaining them to a diversified audience. I realised how much I preferred explaining those complicated matters to exploring them and also acknowledged that I am good at it.
From this realisation stems my wish to make scientific and medical information accessible to diverse groups. Being a medical writer allows me to stay up to date on the latest medical research and to communicate it to a differing audiences in various formats. In other words, I have got the best of both worlds now!
My lifelong passion for biomedical science coupled with my excellent communication skills led me to discover my ideal career as a medical writer.
My background in medical biochemistry gave me a deep understanding of the causes and effects of diseases, and the means by which novel treatments are developed. During my undergraduate degree, I explored the fundamentals of cell biology, and gained an in-depth understanding of subcellular processes and interactions. I also developed project management skills, and learned how to design experiments and plan work programmes.
My oncology masters from Barts Cancer Institute (London) further developed these skills, with a focus on cancer biology and cancer therapeutics. I gained a deep appreciation of the drug development process, and of molecular targets and targeted therapies.
My years as an R&D scientist for a UK biopharmaceutical company (developing polyclonal therapeutic antibodies to various toxins) allowed me to put all this theory into practice. I learnt how to handle and utilize cell cultures, and perform numerous key assays underling in vitro trials.
Once promoted to laboratory manager, I quickly became adept at managing a team within this setting, and honed my organizational and project management skills. I realized that my true passion was literature research and medical writing, and began to develop my career as a freelance medical writer.
Over the past two years in this role, I have covered a wide range of disease and therapy areas, and love the diversity and challenge of my work. I bring enthusiasm and professionalism to every project, always striving for excellence.