Prof. Shubha Tole from TIFR Mumbai gave a lecture titled ‘What is it like to be a woman in science?: a session for men and women’ on March 12, 2019. As part of the Gender Cell's series of academic lectures by women who have made notable achievements, she also gave a talk on her research on the same day titled ‘Towards a blueprint for building the brain’ on March 12, 2019. This talk presented her ongoing work in which her research team has identified a central regulator of circuit formation in the brain, by examining a mutant mouse in which sensory circuitry is profoundly defective. The talk brought out the approaches and techniques used to explore the early development of the brain.
Professor Shubha Tole is faculty member at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India. She was a recipient of the Infosys Science Foundation Award for Life sciences in 2014 and the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, India’s highest scientific honour awarded by the CSIR, Govt. of India in 2010. She has also been awarded the Research Award for Innovation in Neurosciences (RAIN) by the Society for Neuroscience in 2008, the National Woman Bioscientist award by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India (2008), the Swarnajayanti Fellowship (a prestigious young scientist award) by the Department of Science in Technology, Govt. of India (2005), and the Wellcome Trust Senior International Fellowship (1999). She has several publications in leading International Journals. Tole actively engages in public outreach via workshops in schools and colleges, and has chaired as well as presented Café Scientifiques organized by the British Council.