Sagar Antala, PhD Candidate
Hometown: Rajkot, India
Degree: PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Why did you choose to attend WPI?
I have a special interest in studying membrane proteins. WPI has several faculty members who are engaged with membrane proteins. The new research facility at Gateway Park and the available technical resources are other prime reasons for choosing WPI.
How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, been beneficial to you during your time at WPI?
At WPI we get ample opportunities for laboratory work. We are also encouraged to develop theoretical knowledge by our advisors and other faculty members. We also get many opportunities to listen to several eminent researchers from other institutes during the academic year.
What do you think are WPI’s greatest strengths?
A small group of researchers who share diverse views and encourage students to look at things differently.
How have the professors in your department impacted your studies and your life?
Professor Dempski is my advisor. He is always available for discussion. He is always there to help us. Professor Arne helped us when we were trying to troubleshoot an experiment last year. He actually offered to do the experiment himself if I couldn't rectify the problem. Professor Glenn helped me with fluorescence microscopy.
What are your research projects?
I do work with Professor Dempski. We are working with human ZIP4 protein, which is important for zinc absorption in the intestine.
What do you hope to do when you graduate? What would be your ideal job?
Becoming a full-time researcher is a long-term goal.