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Rajeshwary (Raj) Ghosh

Title: Research Assistant Professor
College: Health
School / Department: Nutrition & Integrative Physiology
Mentoring Philosophy:

Dr. Ghosh completed her PhD from the University of Calcutta, India, and post-doctoral training at the University of California, Davis, and University of South Dakota. She is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology, College of Health, at the University of Utah, embedded in Dr. J. David Symon’s and Dr. Sihem Boudina’s laboratories. Dr. Ghosh’s research focuses on delineating the mechanisms of protein degradation pathways (macroautophagy, chaperone-mediated autophagy and proteasomal pathways) in the amelioration of cardiac pathologies.

Philosophy: Mentoring is an essential aspect of a student's growth at all levels. My goal is to teach complex concepts and ideas in a simple way and consequently improve the depth of a student's understanding on a subject. Additionally, I will try to provide constant help to the student to set and
achieve goals and to overcome challenging situations as they arise.

Mentoring Activities:

  1. I will constantly challenge the students to think more critically about scientific questions, giving them research papers to read, train them on how to ask more pointed, focused research questions, how to construct tighter, testable hypotheses, and how to plan out more intricate experimental designs. I enjoy carrying out my experiments and therefore available daily in the lab so the student can interact and ask questions whenever needed.
  2. We have weekly lab meetings where research in progress is presented and long term research strategies are discussed. The student will be encouraged to present his/her research findings in front of the lab members and other PIs. This will improve their oral communication skill as well as their critical thinking ability.
  3. The student will be encouraged to present their data at SPUR summer symposium, NCUR, UCUR and URS.
  4. The student will also be encouraged to attend national conferences (e.g. American Heart Association, BCVS meeting) to present their work to a more diverse audience and interact with other researchers and established scientists.