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Greetings! Welcome to Anvesha, the official science club of IISER Thiruvananthapuram. In research institutes such as IISER, it is paramount to have a platform where a free exchange of ideas is possible; a platform that delves into the depths of the scientific method. Thus, the Anvesha blog was created!

We also have a monthly science newsletter called ‘Exhibit A’ where we bring to you the latest in science! Our goal has always been to make these platforms as collaborative as possible; we would love to share your content! Send your submissions to anveshacontent@gmail.com (external submissions are more than welcome.)

So, what are you waiting for?


Our Team



Ira Zibbu

Editor-in-Chief, Batch '19

A biologist-in-training who is secretly in love with mathematics, Ira is an outgoing introvert. These days, she funnels her passion for writing into science communication and wants to further examine the world of science and academia through the lens of social justice. Ira has a soft spot for reptiles and frogs, and likes to go on long walks by herself. She also enjoys fashion, dyeing her hair, cooking, cycling, coding and cleaning her room.

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Balaram Vishnu Subramani

Founder, Batch '17

A small-town boy from Vellore and shampoo connoisseur, Vishnu grows out his hair just to avoid eye-contact with people. His interests include mathematics, social activism and falling asleep before being able to make coherent lists.

Read more He loves sharing and exploring different musical styles, and often dabbles in song-writing as a guitarist/vocalist; there's a 100% chance he’s going to judge your music taste and make you a custom playlist before he bothers to learn your name. When he’s not headbanging to Led Zeppelin’s ungodly jams, he’s most probably attending a protest or pursuing his hedonistic dreams. His talent in FPS games as Mr. Bayangrasamy has earned him quite a notorious title in IISER and neighbouring colleges. He likes to live his life by a quote from his favourite comedian, John Cleese, who said, “You do realise as you grow older that almost nobody knows what they are talking about.” After graduating, Vishnu would like to pursue a PhD in mathematical biology and further explore science journalism.

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Shreya Venkatesan

Editor, Batch '19

An avid reader who’s always on the hunt for the next great book, Shreya never quite got over the disappointment of not getting a Hogwarts letter. Fortunately, her magical talents in writing poetry and short stories make up for that loss! Her love for the arts is beautifully portrayed through her ethnic dancing and singing. A passionate biologist, she wishes to make a real difference in the world with her research.

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Akshita Mittal

Editor, Batch '19

A proud Punjabi, Akshita has an entire list of quirky habits: reading plots before watching shows, brushing teeth with the non-dominant hand, and humming self-made and often displeasing tunes while studying.

Read more Much to her friends' annoyance, she relishes making bad jokes and laughing at them until she turns red. Here's a guide to getting on her nerves: Honking, buttinskies, half-assing, tartuffes, token supporting and lip service, 'coaching culture', fashion trends and spam mails. She enjoys reading surreal fiction, fastidiously tidying and organising, spending hours admiring powerful women, and breaking her head over puzzles. Something that recently brought her joy was finding new sustainable methods to adopt, and listening to Noise Making by Hozier.

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Ananya Aravind

Content Creator, Batch '19

An ambitious and bubbling personality from TN, Ananya never fails to amaze you with her drawings, dancing and singing. These talents are brought alive by her fascination towards Indian mythology and historical dramas. She is keen on pursuing genetics as her primary research interest.

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Ravikiran Hegde

Content Creator, Batch '19

An aspiring physicist and an avid learner from Karnataka, Ravikiran is just the man for you if you want something sorted out! He enjoys math and coding, and has a particular interest in fusion music such as the Indo-western genre.

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Vishwathiga Jayasankar

Content Creator, Batch '19

A plant and ecology enthusiast like none other, Vishwa will dazzle you with her vast knowledge of flora. Don’t be surprised if she can identify and name (even the scientific name) of every plant on campus! Her love for Carnatic music is elegantly displayed by her Veena skills, and she also loves writing poems and articles.

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Ashley Roby

Content Creator, Batch '18

As a voracious reader, Ashley prays everyday that her favourite authors don't run out of creative ideas. In the meanwhile she hopes to become an author and a science writer (who said you can't be both?) When not lost in daydreams, you can find her obsessing over Wes Anderson, Zadie Smith, Ann Patchett, Arundhati Roy and BTS (not necessarily in the same order).


Aiswarya PS

Content Creator, Batch '18

An aspiring creative scientist, Aiswarya is interested in physics, neuroscience, and everything in between! Truly a nomad flitting between Mumbai and Kerala, she exhibits her flair for the arts through her favourite modes of self-expression: photography, art, dancing and writing.

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Rithika Ganesan

Content Creator, Batch '19

A chamomile tea addict, Rithika aspires to Frusciante-level guitar playing, Atwood-level writing, and Babish-level cooking. She is passionate about social justice, intersectional feminism, and environment conservation. She enjoys coding and hobby electronics, and would like to pursue physics.

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Nikhil Alex Verghese

Newsletter and Social Media Designer, Batch '17

Existential crisis-ist                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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Abhay Hegde

Website Designer, Batch '16

A Kannadiga from a tiny town with lofty ambitions. He loves traveling in trains, passionately plays simulation games, and enjoys designing in his free time. Beaches are amongst his favorite destinations. He considers himself a student forever, and is always open to meaningful conversations.

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Shubham Chury

Website Designer, Batch '19

Shubham likes to play around with origami and other crafts in his free time. It usually centers around making WWII replicas. He is also currently working on expanding his NatGeo magazine collection.

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Former Members



Hari Krishnan

Editor, IPhD Batch '18


Yashas Ramakrishna

Editor, Batch '16


Hemamshu Ratnakaram

Editor, Batch '17


Nikitha Srinivas

Content Creator, Batch '17


Megha

Content Creator, Batch '19


Kratika Mazde

Content Creator, Batch '18


Subrabalan Muragesan

Content Creator, Batch '17


Adarsh Karekkat

Content Creator, Batch '17


Gokul Prabhu

Content Creator, Batch '17


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