June 21, 2022
When did you become interested in science?
I was always kind of interested in science, even in fourth or fifth grade in India. As kids, wherever there was new equipment at home like a camera, I would go through the entire instruction manual to understand the workings. Also, video games, which is how I got into computers. I would tinker around with different software.
During Pride Month (June), what would you like people outside the LGBTQ+ community to think about?
It’s about visibility. In a lot of places, LGBTQ+ people have to hide themselves. Pride Month is a shining beacon that LGBTQ+ people exist; that we are talented, smart and thriving. As a community, it is a reminder that a lot of hard work has been put in by people who came before us.
What interests do you have outside Berkeley Lab?
Exercise and fitness. I work out three times a week and do daily four-mile walks in West Berkeley. Given the pandemic, this gave me an outlet to do something physical and help me connect to my surroundings. I also experiment with cooking, both Indian and American.