Divya Venkatesh

can't.keep.up... wow!



Various schools in India and Nigeria (until 2004); Bangalore University (2004-07); Newcastle University (2007-08); University of Cambridge (2011-present)


BSc Biotechnology, MRes (Master’s by research) Medical and molecular biosciences

Work History:

I worked as a Research Assistant at Newcastle University (2008-11)

Current Job:

PhD Student


University of Cambridge

Me and my work

I study a parasite called the Trypanosome – a beauiful single-celled monster.

I’m mainly interested in the trypanosomes’ transport system – which is used  to move things around inside them and is really important for their ability to cause disease. I also study how their system has evolved differently or similarly from our own and others.



My Typical Day

Coffee/tea and news, then lab – emails, experiments, writing, making sure the tryps are alive and wriggling.

Sometimes I’m coming from an erg workout or rowing. I get news and breakfast and then get to the experiments which I try and plan the day before. During the ‘incubation periods’ where I leave stuff to cook for a bit, I read or write or plan experiments or get more coffee. I usually try and go to a talk in the evening a couple of times a week, there’s usually something interesting on! Then I may or may not come back to lab đŸ™‚

What I'd do with the money

I’m not sure yet! Ideas welcome :)

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Easy-going, curious, independent

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Depends. Right now – Nina Simone, Bhimsen Joshi, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Indian Ocean

What's your favourite food?

Ahh.. Indian, of course.

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Turning up at a new city and exploring on foot -alone, or with someone. So much fun, EVERYTIME! I’ve done this in London, Edinburgh, Hamburg, Prague, Barcelona, New York, and recently, Istanbul.

What did you want to be after you left school?

I had no idea, I was super confused but leaning towards biology.

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Not too often :)

What was your favourite subject at school?

Biology, Physics, Literature

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

I’ve had the most fun talking to other scientists and non-scientists at conferences and festivals and such.

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

Probably Feynman’s book ‘Surely you’re joking, Mr Feynman!’. I also remember Gerald Durrell’s ‘My family and other animals’ very fondly. They were both hilarious!

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

An academic of some sort, I like universities :)

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

1.To be able to travel and live around the world. 2. To leave an overall + impact with my life. 3. Finish this PhD!

Tell us a joke.

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