I am in the field of Bio and Health Informatics. Presently I am working as Senior Data Scientist at Indiana Biosciences Research Institute and have additional appointment with School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI).
“People don’t die of Diabetes but due its comorbidities”,
Childhood/ Young days
I (Maiden Name: Meeta A Phadnis) was born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and raised in Bhilai (Steel City) Madhya Pradesh.
My father Late Shri A.K.Phadnis was Finance Executive in Bhilai Steel Plant and my mother Mrs. S.A. Phadnis was a homemaker and a tutor of Mathematics. I am eldest of three sisters and my middle sister Mrs. Mona Mokashi is an associate Director with Cognizant at Charlotte, NC USA and my youngest sister Mrs. Leena Chitanvis is a home maker lives inPanvel, India.
My schooling was in Bhilai(Senior Secondary School Sector X), undergraduate in Laxminarayan Institute of Technology (LIT, Nagpur), M.Tech and PhD.Tech from Institute of Chemical Technology(formerly UDCT), Matunga, Mumbai. Master in Cheminformatics from IUPUI, USA. Growing up the township life and schooling system in Bhilai and my mother’s love for mathamatics influenced me to pursue engineering. My higher education i.e. master’s and PhD are due to the encouragement and support from my Mother-in-law (Mrs. Sulabha P. Pradhan), my advisor Professor Jyaestharaj B. Joshi (Prof. J.B. Joshi) and my husband Prashant Pradhan.
Beginning of Career
My husband (Prashant) opted to pursue his career in US and moved to US in 1997. After completing my Ph.D (Tech), I joined him with our daughter in early 2000. Prashant moved to Indianapolis to work for Eli Lilly and Company. Though I had opportunities to pursue my post-doctoral in Chemical Technology from different Universities in US but wanted to stay with family so started my visiting research fellow in computational biology at (IUPUI) and also enrolled for a Master’s in Cheminformatics and minor Bioinformatics. As Bioinformatics was very new in early 2000, it paved an entirely new career option. I moved to University of Missouri, Columbia to do another Post-doc in Computational Biology in 2006 and finally in 2007 came back as faculty at IUPUI. Since then I am working in the field of Bioinformatics and Data Science.
After undergraduate I worked for year and half at National Environment Engineering Institute (NEERI), Nagpur as technologist, was involved in waste management project for Ganga Action Plan and Organic Industries in India. Joined ICT to pursue higher education and complete Master’s& PhD Tech under the supervision of Professor J. B. Joshi. After PhD Tech moved to USA and pursued another Masters in Cheminformatics, followed by Post- Doctoral Study at University of Missouri, Columbia in the field of Bioinformatics. For nearly 10 yearsvcserved as Faculty in School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI teaching, researching and advising master’s and PhD students in the field of Bioinformatics and Health Informatics, worked on Human Genome Analysis and Machine Learning for Cancer Informatics. In 2017, moved to Indiana Biosciences Research Institute a newly set-up Non-Profit Organization as a Senior Data Scientist. Presently, collaborating with different Industries and Academia in USA/ Europe to understand the Global Diabetes Problem. Using and developing Multi-disciplinary machine learning and Artificial Intelligence models to understand the Diabetes and its co-morbiditiesepidemic.
Not much thought about the next steps in life or career. But every year try to give back to society in Indianapolis by getting involved in the food pantry, volunteering in the hospital, Indian Community. Recently, started visiting the girl’s orphanage in Thane, Maharashtra India and also got involved in understanding the needs of the under-represented schools in Mumbai Municipal Corporation.
My husband Prashant P. Pradhan is engineering graduate from VJTI, Mumbai and management degree from Welingkar Institute, Mumbai. He has a Master’s in Computer Science, IUPUI, USA. Presently working as software consultant.
We have one daughter Pranoti Pradhan, who has completed Bachelors in Biochemistry and Master’s in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. She completed her second Master’s in Public Health from Cornell University, New York and now is in first year PhD program in Cancer Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.
Few years back my mother moved to stay with us at Indianapolis and we have a 10-year Golden Retriever. Now staying in Indianapolis for last 20 years “Friends are my Family”.
With the advent of modern technology, we are presently in a good position to use the technology for betterment of humankind. As my research is in discovery of new targets for complex diseases. My goal is to use this knowledge to help common man to take care of his/her family health. Presently research is my passion and teaching the master’s and PhD level students gives me lot of pleasure and joy.
I always think life is not easy, but everything happens for a purpose. So be passionate, sincere to your beliefs and do hard-work things will happen.
We are lucky to be born in this era with of technological developments. “Fear not to Learn New Things”. Work with full heart and charter the unknown territories. Once you overcome these unknown’s life is beautiful.
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