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Ankita Arora

Ankita Arora
Ankita Arora is an RNA researcher-turned-science-writer passionate about biotechnology, rare diseases, genomics, global health and science policy. She loves to share her passion for science with nonscientists by bridging the gap between researchers and the public. She has scientific expertise in all things molecular biology and fell in love with RNA research early in her career, way before RNA became a household name. She is also an ASBMB Advocacy Training Program and an eLife community ambassador alumnus. As a woman in STEM with lived experience in three continents (Asia, Europe and North America), she has advocated for implementing DEI practices in STEM with a focus on international scholars. Outside of science, she likes to read fiction, travel (she is a national park geek), and try out various vegetarian dishes from all over the world. She is also an avid hiker.

Articles by Ankita Arora

Can science publishing be both open and equitable?
Feature

Can science publishing be both open and equitable?

Dec. 14, 2023
An updated memo from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has researchers, funders and publishers looking ahead
Building a chapter through community
Student Chapters

Building a chapter through community

Dec. 4, 2023
Olivia Miller sought to balance fun, education and outreach in student chapter activities at Otterbein University.
New snapshots of RNA travels
Journal News

New snapshots of RNA travels

June 21, 2023
Researchers have found that a special dye makes it easier to see what’s happening with the molecule on both lipoproteins and macrophages.
‘What about all these other students?’
Interview

What about all these other students?

April 12, 2023
Carlota Ocampo, an expert on trauma, talks about how to reduce systemic inequities in higher ed.
A family history of Alzheimer’s sparks interest in basic research
Annual Meeting

A family history of Alzheimer’s sparks interest in basic research

March 15, 2023
JBC Herbert Tabor Early Career Investigator Award winner Jenna Lentini will share her findings on an enzyme that modifies mitochondrial tRNA, at Discover BMB.
In memoriam: Albert E. Dahlberg
In Memoriam

In memoriam: Albert E. Dahlberg

Nov. 14, 2022
A professor of medical science at Brown University and a member of the ASBMB for more than 35 years, he studied the catalytic role of ribosomal RNA in protein synthesis.
‘A probiotic for the environment’?
Climate Change

‘A probiotic for the environment’?

Oct. 20, 2022
A family of large extracellular elements found in pond muck seems to belong to methane-oxidizing archaea – and researchers are investigating whether they might help the microbes neutralize the greenhouse gas more efficiently.
Understanding protein dynamics to design better drugs
Research Spotlight

Understanding protein dynamics to design better drugs

Sept. 21, 2022
C. Denise Okafor is an assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State and recipient of an NSF CAREER award.
‘Filling the void of the virosphere’
Feature

‘Filling the void of the virosphere’

July 31, 2022
Discovery of thousands of oceanic RNA virus species yields new insights into their roles in nature, including carbon capture.
A science journey from beer to TB
BMB in Africa

A science journey from beer to TB

July 26, 2022
ASBMB member Colin Kenyon researches drug target identification, enzyme reaction mechanisms and rational drug design for tuberculosis at Stellenbosch University.
From the journals: MCP
Journal News

From the journals: MCP

April 22, 2022
Uncovering a rare disease’s brain proteome. Standardizing immunopeptidome data sets. Analyzing Matrigel for organoids. Read about recent papers on these topics.
Researchers find a cell surface decorated with sugar-coated RNAs
News

Researchers find a cell surface decorated with sugar-coated RNAs

Aug. 1, 2021
Finding not just glycoproteins and glycolipids but also glycoRNA means “now there are three hands, and we don’t know what that third hand is doing.”
Eternal memories and an overdue tribute — storing digital data in DNA
Art

Eternal memories and an overdue tribute — storing digital data in DNA

April 21, 2021
Researchers crowdsourced 10,000 images, stored them on synthetic DNA and then used them to create a portrait of Rosalind Franklin, an often overlooked star of DNA discovery.
Scientists unmask a virus that mimicked human RNA and hit on a potential vaccine
News

Scientists unmask a virus that mimicked human RNA and hit on a potential vaccine

April 18, 2021
Human metapneumovirus is a molecular mimic, sneaking past immune systems to cause cold symptoms
Progeria: From the unknown to the first FDA-approved treatment
Health Observance

Progeria: From the unknown to the first FDA-approved treatment

Feb. 25, 2021
Hutchinson–Gilford progeria syndrome is a rare, fatal genetic disease that causes premature aging.