I received my PhD in theoretical chemical physics in 1997, and after a few years of post-graduate research, I began working in the drug discovery industry in 2002. My scientific publications mainly focus on topics of interest in statistical mechanics, computer aided drug discovery, computational chemistry, cheminformatics, and kinases as drug targets.
In 2009, a brief conversation with a friend brought forth in my mind the realization that science (something I am truly passionate about) is often poorly communicated to non-scientists. Moreover, there is a long, rich history of pivotal scientific achievements by some key individuals that (I feel) has gotten clouded (or simply lost) by much of the current popular science literature, and I wanted to bring these to light as well. It was these reflections that motivated me to write a popular science book. Find out more about me ...
Energy, Entropy, Atoms, and Quantum Mechanics form the very foundation of our universe. But how do they really govern the world we live in? What was the path to their discovery? Who were the key players that struggled to shape our current understanding? With its fusion of history, biography and science, The Cosmic Machine creates a “science story”, which brings these discoveries to life in a way that is sure to engage, enlighten, and entertain the reader.
The book is scheduled to be out in August 15th, 2017. Until then, check out the Table of Contents, and My Blog for excerpts from the book and more. Also, check out the Did You Know page for science facts (including historical and biographical), Quotes and more.
Goodreads Reviews for The Cosmic Machine
The Ed Tyll Show
I had an engaging and fun conversation with Ed Tyll on how to make science more interesting for the nonexpert, especially for students. Have a listen.
KOGO at Night with Ben Higgins
With the recent March for Science and the many changes occurring that could potentially impact the future of science, it was a real pleasure to catch up with Ben Higgins on KOGO at night. Enjoy the interview here.
STEMCAST with Dr. Reagan Flowers
I had the great opportunity to discuss my passion for science, and my journey towards becoming a scientist with Dr. Reagan Flowers at C-STEM. I also shared my thoughts on the importance of STEM education, which I believe to not only be important in moving one towards a particular STEM career, but also in providing one with a set of important life skills as well. Take a moment to hear the interview.
The 4 Big Discoveries Underpinning Our Knowledge of the Universe (Discover)
For many, science is nothing more than that class you were required to take in school. However, whether you realize it or not, science is all around us, and it impacts every aspect of our lives. And, the stories behind key scientific discoveries, though not commonly known, are truly inspiring ... more here
How The Moon Changed Galileo's Life Forever (Forbes)
All those years ago, Galileo had been swayed away from this work by the alluring Moon ... more here
Honoring a Pioneering Woman in Physics (Scientific American)
Lise Meitner solved the problem of nuclear fission—and although she never got the Nobel, she is the only woman outside of mythology to have an element named after her alone ... more here