Oindrila is a Ph.D. candidate in Rob Ward's lab at the Department of Molecular Biosciences here at KU. She received both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Biotechnology from the University of Mumbai, India. Her doctoral research is focused on embryonic development in fruit flies. Besides conducting research, Oindrila is actively involved in professional development opportunities at KU such as the Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Organization (GSO) and Scientists Exploring non-Academic CaReer Choices (SEARCH). Also, she is currently developing a module for the visually challenged at the science outreach event – Kansas DNA Day, in collaboration with Kansas State School for the Blind. Oindrila learned the importance of leadership and communication skills early in her career. Being a part of the JBB program, she hopes to provide a platform for developing these skills to undergraduates in STEM fields, regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity and disability.