In earliest times, humans have been plagued by dental problems and have sought a variety of means to alleviate them. Diagnosis forms a basis in treating any of the disease. Growth of Oral Biology as a scientific discipline is marked by its advancement in research concepts and techniques, the development of new diagnostic approaches, classification of its mission, and the broadening of its purposes. To contribute to this cause, I have decided to undertake higher education in the field of Oral Biology.
Since my early days at school, I have had a deep interest for the health sciences. This interest stemmed from an innate concern for oral health. My sister had difficulty in speech and was undergoing surgery. I asked my father with curiosity, why she can’t speak like us? He said she has a defect in the palate. With this answer there was birth of a big question with immense turmoil in my mind, why such defects occur, and what is the cause? This invoked my interest in oral health sciences and I secured admission for Bachelor of Dental Science in Bapuji Dental College and Hospital (BDCH) Davangere, one of the largest and most sought colleges for dental studies in India.
At BDCH, my interest in Oral Biology and Pathology developed in III year, where in it was a major. It was there where, I learned about advanced diagnostic techniques like; Histopathological analysis, Immunohistochemistry, Cytology in diagnosing oral diseases. My passion towards pathogenesis of the disease and therapeutic approaches needed in management of many oral diseases extended as I studied Periodontology in final year. Convergence of both basic science research and clinical research enabled to understand many of the oral diseases.
After completing one year of internship, to explore my interest in pathophysiology of oral diseases I joined as assistant lecturer in the Department of Oral Pathology at BDCH. The exhaustive research work going in the department along with advanced diagnostic tests helped me to know about in depth of the subject. After six months of my assistance ship I joined Yenepoya Dental College and Research Center, Mangalore for my masters (Master of Dental Surgery) in Periodontics. The whole course was highly instrumental in widening my horizons and giving me the feel of a research environment, which I found very stimulating. Under guidance of Dr.B.R.R. Varma and
Dr. M.V. Subramanyam, I did library dissertation on “Periodontal Microbiology”. During second year of masters, I undertook main dissertation on “Correlation between periodontal status and chemotaxis of polymorphonuclear neutrophils in smokers and non-smokers”. Smoking is an environmental factor that modifies the host response and thus has a negative impact on oral health. Local effect is mediated by cytotoxic and vasoactive substances in tobacco smoke, particularly nicotine. Systemic effects of smoking on the host immune and inflammaroy responses include, inhibition of peripheral blood and oral neutrophil function and reduced antibody production. Thus the defensive function of neutrophil is lost and thus increasing the severity and progression of periodontal disease in smokers. Study was done in 3 groups of subjects, and chemotactic response of polymorphonuclear leukocytes was assessed in vitro using modified Boyden’s chamber method. Thus, my postgraduate studies were combined research with practical implementation.
Presently I am working as postgraduate teacher in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Implantology at Sharad Pawar Dental College and Hospital. Apart from teaching curriculum to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, I have been guiding them in surgical cases combined with efforts which have been put together in undertaking many of research work by both postgraduate students and teachers in the department. Recently there was an epidemic breakdown of viral fewer in India known as “Chickungunya” caused by an Arbovirus spread through artropode rector Aedes egypti and Aedes albopictus better known as the nasty Asian tiger mosquito, same as Dengue or Yellow fever. Mosquito bites in day time unlike malaria, and the size of this mosquito is smaller than the Anopheles. Patient came with complaint of fever, myalagia and joint pain. Oral examination revealed non healing ulcerative lesions in one of its variants. . I have examined around 50 patients with same symptoms and currently doing a short term study on the same.
The sharing of ideas and new findings has always been a vital part of my academic and professional life. Presentations were perfect opportunity for me to explore beyond the syllabus and were instrumental in giving me a competitive edge over my peers. I relish a chance to indulge my creative side and gaining a deeper understanding of my work in the process make presentations a good bargain! I enjoy diving into a flood of data, picking out relevant information and delivering it all to an appreciative audience! The dynamic nature of scientific research was revealed to me as I worked on my presentations. I have been continuously updating myself by attending the conferences and workshops and at the same time have presented various scientific papers at national conferences, workshops and continuing dental education programs. I was a panelist member, heading the Indian Society of Periodontology Post Graduate Workshop held at Nasik in 2004.
I have always balanced my education with extracurricular activities. All through in my school and college life, I enjoyed taking part in debates, extempore, painting, athletic etc. I was school pupil leader and was a member of National Cadet Corps during higher secondary education and have worked towards maintaining the integrity of the nation.
After ten years I envision myself as engaged in a career of active research. I also get immense pleasure from teaching. I enjoy interacting with people and this leads me to believe that sharing with them the knowledge that I gain though my research would be a very rewarding experience.
I can only imagine the future but I can design it today. The application for admission in Queen Mary, University Of London for MSc in Oral Biology is the first but the most important step. The research facilities and the faculty at the university are excellent. I will be glad if I get the admission to Queen Mary, University Of London. This university will be tremendously beneficial to my overall intellectual development and will provide requisite exposure and grooming to enable me make a positive contribution towards my chosen field. Queen Mary also encompasses a rich student heritage, blending into which I would take as a privilege.
I look forward to an enriching and exhilarating academic career at your esteemed University.