It is 2011, one year into the second decade of the new millennium. Sun is shining, and Supriya has just wrapped her 1st day of orientation at the beautiful University of Aberdeen. She is one of the Indian students (Esp. from Jammu) who has shifted to Scotland to study medical molecular microbiology. Sitting beside a bench with scenic views of the university she is busy soaking in the reality of how lucky she is!
Securing a seat at the 5th oldest university in the UK is a dream for many. The university has produced 5 Nobel laureates and is listed in the Top 20 universities to study for in the region. However, she didn’t know that another reality was to happen a decade later in the future as she smiles at songbirds perching delicately in the trees.
In search of cures for some of the world’s incurable diseases
Supriya, a resident of Jammu is one of those individuals who have dared to leave their hometown for a better learning curve. Particularly the region Jammu & Kashmir doesn’t have a good history of delivering quality education owing to its issues with neighboring countries. India is known to have unique stories, and this is one such story of a girl from Jammu who dreamt of being a scientist, did a cross-border journey, and is currently with a health-tech startup that allows her to live a part of her dream. She has had an amazing run of events in her life, schooling in Jammu, graduating from an international university finally landing her first job at IQVIA, and then joining HealthPlix. She broke all stereotypes to travel and pursue her master’s in medical molecular microbiology at the famous University of Aberdeen. Biology has been her favorite subject during her school days and as she grew up she realized that she had a passion to find a cure for the unknown.
She wanted to solve some of the incurable diseases in the world and be a scientist. With a deep interest in microbiology, she had visualized herself at “The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention” and working on some critical diseases outbreak projects. Mind you she is one hell of a healthcare professional who understands gene cloning apart from many other deeper topics. The Girl from Jammu – Supriya had answers to problems that existed in the society but never got a chance to work on them in real-world settings, especially in emerging countries like India