Women in STEM: Nitya

Nitya in the lab

My 57th guest is Nitya, an analytical chemist and a passionate science communicator. Check her YouTube channel in which she solves the mysteries of chemistry.

Hi Nitya! First of all would you like to tell us something about you?

I am Nitya Dubey, I pursued my research Internship at CSIR- Indian Institute of Toxicology and Research, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, in the Analytical Chemistry Department. I have done my Masters in Chemistry (2016-2018) from the University of Lucknow. Completed a training course on “Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques” from CSIR- Central Drug Research Institute (20 August 2018 to 16 November 2018).

When did you start your Instagram account? How did you get the idea?

I have started my YouTube Channel on 23 May 2020. This channel is meant for those students who are interested in solving the mystery of Chemistry. These videos are also valuable for the students who are in matriculation and the students who are preparing for the competitive examination. I have made my videos in both the languages, Hindi and English. On my Instagram page @chemistry_aficioando0395 I share small topics of Chemistry in the form of ChemComics.

Can you tell us something about how you balance work and private life? 

I’ll share my whole work schedule- Till Monday to Sunday.

1. Morning work and breakfast- 6:00 am to 8:00am

2. My Day in Laboratory: 9:30am to 6:30pm. I alway try to complete my lab work in between 10:00 am to 6:17pm.

3. Studies timing: 9:00pm to 12:00 pm.

4. On Saturday, I spent my time with friends (Social gathering).

5. On Sunday: Family time.

Another photo of Nitya in the lab

During your academic studies how many women were in course? Why in your opinion?

Yes, during my academic days I have seen less women participating in scientific field. The obvious reason is stereotypical mentality and the educational differences.

Have you ever felt harassed or being kept apart as a scholar because you are a woman?

No

How did you become passionate about science?

I want to add one quote of Madam Lisa Meitner- “Science makes people reach selflessly for truth and objectivity, it teaches people to accept the reality, with wonder and admiration.” My passion for science is completed described in above quote. Science is my favourite subject because it connects me to the mystery of the world. Being a curious person, I always wanted to solve the mystery of every topic I read and learn.

Would you like to talk briefly about your job?

My Key Skills: I have worked on many instruments like HPLC-ELSD (High-performance Liquid Chromatography- Evaporative Light Scattering Detector), AAS (Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy), and Direct Mercury Analyzer. I have also slight experience with hyphenated instruments like LC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS.

1. Lab management: · Physically maintaining the Lab by keeping it clean and tidy including my workstation. · Operation, maintenance & calibration of sophisticated analytical instruments such as HPLC, AAS, and GC.

2. Good knowledge of Laboratory standards, and sample preparation. · Sample preparation: Biological (blood and urine) and Environment samples (water, soil, fruits, and vegetables) for metal and pesticide analysis.

3. Developed method on HPLC- Evaporative Light Scattering Detector for Artificial Sweeteners.

4. Wrote an article on “Heavy metal toxicity found in Medicinal Plants” for Vishvigyan Sandesh, CSIR-IITR, and also updating the “Pesticide Toxicity Data Book” CSIR-IITR and it is under process.

Thank you so much for your time. Lastly, can you give any advice to girls interested in STEM?

I always follow one rule which was given by Dr. A.J. Abdul Kalam – To succeed in a mission, you must have single- minded devotion to your goal.

Follow Nitya on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Nitya studying chemistry

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