Dr. Anjali Prashar completed her postdoctoral research at King’s College, London, UK on a neuroendocrinology project based on melanopsin, an opsin found in the melanophores of Xenopus laevis. She previously received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Westminster, London, UK. Her Ph.D. thesis was amongst the first papers to indicate that some of the most commonly used essential oils (e.g. lavender oil) could potentially have an adverse effect on human skin.
Her experience in the field of scientific research stretches over many years and over varied areas of biotechnology and biomedical sciences. She also worked as a senior cell biologist at Hypha Discovery, a UK based biotech firm, where she focused on searching for novel anti-cancer compounds from fungal species including those of marine origin. She has several publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals to her credit, and is on the advisory board of the Journal of Basic Microbiology.