Poonam Kaushik

Off to teach students!!!

Favourite Thing: Well interesting question!!! its an endless horizon as there is no limit to science but still in this infinitely big ocean of science I stick with infinitesimally small portion of food grade edible formulations research. A coke!!! is a fizzy drink and everybody knows it but it involves a complex science behind it. The science of MICROEMULSION! I am very much keen to develop these kind of nutrition enriched and power packed formulations as health foods!!!



Kendriya Vidyalaya, New Delhi, India 1985-1997


B.Sc and M.Sc at University of Delhi (1997-2002); PhD, IIT Delhi, India (2004-2010)

Work History:

Institute of Pesticide Formulation and Technology, India


Royal Botanical Garden, Kew

Current Job:

I am a multitasking person, working in many different domains, like research, teaching and recruiting scientific people for various MNCs. So far successful in managing all that!

Me and my work

I am developing botancical pesticides formulations based on food grade ingredients

My Typical Day

Productive, innovative, multitasking and well managed day

What I'd do with the money

I am working towards designing a website to provide innovative scientific solutions and material for the learning to attract the students towards science

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Fun-loving, determined, multitasker

Who is your favourite singer or band?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

1) Give me a lamp with gennie so that I can rub it rest of my life whenever I require anything. 2) I got the power to fly and walk on water 3) I will be on holidays forever with my husband and family (is’n’ this is great!!!)

What did you want to be after you left school?

A scientist

Were you ever in trouble at school?

When my physics teacher gave me 4/70 in A2 inspite of the fact that all my derivations were correct

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

I was able to dissolve loads of oil in water!

Tell us a joke.

This duck walks into a convenience store and asks the clerk, “Do you have any grapes?” The clerk says no, and the duck leaves. The next day, the duck returns and asks, “Do you have any grapes?” The clerk again says no, and the duck leaves. The day after that, the duck walks in the store again and asks “Do you have any grapes?” The clerk screams at the duck, “You’ve come in here the past two days and asked if we had any grapes. I told you no every time that we don’t have any grapes! I swear if you come back in here again, and ask for grapes, I’ll nail your webbed feet to the floor!!” The duck left, and returned the next day. This time he asked, “Do you have any nails?” The clerk replied, “No,” and the duck said, “Good! Got any grapes?”