Madhuja Samaddar

Calico Life Sciences

I’m a cell biologist interested in protein homeostasis and cellular quality control pathways, and their impairment during extraneous stress, disease and aging. Currently as a postdoctoral fellow at Calico Life Sciences, I use C. elegans to study how germ cells tackle protein quality control during maturation to ensure a healthy proteome required for germline immortality. During my PhD training at Indian Institute of Science, I studied mitochondrial protein import and folding in maintenance of organelle function and homeostasis, and in context of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.

Outside of research, I enjoy engaging in science outreach with the overall goal of promoting science and technology education and supporting professional careers in STEM fields. I actively volunteer for organizations including Women in Bio (Membership Committee Chair, San Francisco chapter), The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB Ambassador) and Science Buddies (Expert, ‘Ask an Expert’ Program). At preLights, I’m excited to be a voice for ECRs and contribute my part to open and accessible science. 

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