Hunting down the story behind every crime is this forensic scientist’s passion​

When the charred remains of a 55-year-old man was found on a street in Pali, Jodhpur, the police thought it was a street murder committed to rob him. A dead dog found near the crime scene changed the case’s direction when it tested positive for an insecticide and a known toxin during a toxicology test.

Suspecting that the dog may have consumed the same food as the man, the investigators interrogated the deceased’s daughter-in-law, who confessed to murdering him by poison and burning his body to eliminate evidence. The daughter-in-law was arrested, but for Dr Shaloo Malik, Additional Director (Toxicology), Regional Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Jodhpur, who provided the crucial breakthrough, it was just another day at work.

Interdisciplinary psychologist explores mind-body problems

Belonging to neither discipline, but relevant everywhere is the crux of cognitive scientist Dr Varsha Singh’s work, where engineering students tweak machines to measure brain activity, biology students find links between mood disorders and cognition, and psychologists study how a patient’s cognitive abilities are affected by diseases or injuries — all under her watchful eyes

Trailblazer at the forefront of India’s battle against COVID-19

Dr Minal Dakhave Bhosale’s passion for public health burned bright from an early age. This led her to become the driving force behind the development of a groundbreaking COVID-19 testing kit at a young age of 33. The urgency was palpable then, as India was grappling with the pandemic’s intensity and global scrutiny over its testing capabilities. However, Mylab Discovery Solutions, Pune, managed to launch the kit in March 2020, within weeks of recognising the need.