I was born in Kerala, a beautiful green state in the southern tip of India. I was brought up in India and the Middle-East (Abudhabi).
My early career was driven by an ambition to become a cancer researcher. Today it is driven by a purpose to help researchers/people in science to live a fulfilling professional and personal life.
My passion to serve the scientific community stems from my personal experience of navigating five different careers in science: Academic Research, Industry Research, Science Consulting, Science Commmunication and Science Programme Management. My broad career path in science is a result of pivots, sometimes deliberate, sometimes situational.
Although I obtained a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from Roswell Park Cancer Centre, SUNY, Buffalo, USA, at the age of 26, and moved on to do drug discovery research at Astrazeneca, India, my research career didn't sustain for long. When faced with a personal challenge of starting a family, I made a choice and stepped out of my flourishing scientific career.
Those were challenging times, but in retrospect, this helped me discover my innate talents as a writer (co-authored an award-winning memoir cookbook Roomies/Foodies), became a mom to two wonderful boys, and rediscovered myself as a speaker and coach for people in science by bringing together my 20+ years of diverse experience in science.
I am active advocate for girls and women in science and have co-lead the 16th global Gender Summit in Singapore (Aug2019).
My inner theme is self-empowerment.
"Confident and thought-provoking - These are the two words that best describes Dr Lakshmi. I've had the pleasure of working with her on more than one occasion, and she always brings her best for the audience. The presentation she delivered at The World Success Summit 2019 was one of the highlights of our conference. In her presentation, Dr Lakshmi shared a productivity model she developed through years of research, and it was very well received by the audience. I highly recommend her as a speaker for your next conference."
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