Ishita is working on a doctoral project investigating pulmonary cellular immune signatures in latent and active tuberculosis infection. She previously attended the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, India, for undergraduate medicine, where she was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Certificate of Merit. A keen interest in translational medicine then led her to opt for the MSc in Integrated Immunology at the University of Oxford. She aims to ultimately use the skills she acquires from working within the multidisciplinary Tuberculosis Research Centre to facilitate translational research in India, in order to produce indigenous solutions to the problems faced by the Indian healthcare system.
Ishita is passionate about public engagement and believes there is a need for innovative, multidisciplinary approaches towards maximising the public’s engagement with their own health. In line with this, she spearheads a range of collaborative PE activities at Imperial along with her international team, for which she was awarded the Outstanding Student Award 2017 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMX02ifkHR4&feature=youtu.be) and the President’s Student Award for Excellence in Societal Engagement 2018. With funding from the British Society of Immunology and the Imperial College Societal Engagement Seed fund, Ishita and her colleagues have developed an animated film about latent TB infection, testing and treatment in the UK (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf0ZI7DfcGI&t=1s), which is now being screened in GP clinic waiting rooms across central London. They further harnessed the linguistic skill-sets of globally-derived London populations (including refugees, asylum-seekers and academics) to translate the film into eight languages spoken commonly by UK communities eligible for LTBI screening. Ishita’s team is therefore working to break down boundaries between different TB stakeholders in London and establish communication with hard-to-reach communities.
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