NSA Spotlight: Keshav Karki

Howdy, Namaste, Hola and Bonjour! Happy New Year everyone! NSA is back with the January edition of SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH.
He is none other than Dr. Keshav Karki, Ph. D. Toxicology, who has recently completed his doctorate degree in Toxicology and has started a post-doctorate in the same field.
Dr. Karki has been focused primarily on the development of drugs for novel drug targets in human pancreatic, kidney, lung, breast, brain cancer and multiple myeloma. He is a person with a lot of humility and credits his success to a long list of people who helped him along the way which includes but not limited to his mentors, his devil advocates and most importantly his parents.
Dr. Keshav Karki, Ph. D.
He was born and raised in the countryside of Nepal and for quality education, he was moved to a different city. Thus, has lived most of my life away from home. Living away from home is hard, but the hardest thing is to live apart from your kid. His mom suffered the tribulations of living without him and he knows it wasn’t easy. Therefore, he credits a major part of his academic success to his mom. When asked about where does he sees himself 10 years from now, he replied with banter, “Haha, this is one of those questions I have always struggled to answer. Perhaps you ask me about ten days from now I don’t have an answer. God has a plan for every one of us, but let me tell you this, I see myself as a proud son, an honest husband, a diligent resident, a social worker, and a good employee. Does that make sense!” “Good things come to those who wait, so be patient, work hard and ask a ton of questions, don’t worry even if your mentor is annoyed. Its cliché but true, the difficult part of the research rewards you with failure. No matter what you do, your research fails most of the time, and it will burn you out both physically and emotionally, so be prepared. The rewarding part at Texas A&M is you get to network with tons of people with great ideas.” – Dr. Keshav Karki
The NSA team wishes you a prosperous career ahead Keshav Dai, and are glad that we got to learn a lot from the journey of your life to date. – NSA 2019-2020 team

NSA SPOTLIGHT QUESTIONNAIRE
Name:  Keshav Karki
Qualification:  Ph.D in Toxicology
Research Topic interests: My research has been focused primarily on the development of drugs for novel drug targets in human pancreatic, kidney, lung, breast, brain cancer and multiple myeloma.
Why did you choose to become a (your profession)? I was always fascinated by the nature of the single cells that govern the activities of an entire organism. The abnormalities in a single cell due to natural/unnatural events causing disease is akin to black magic. Therefore, to unravel my curiosity, I choose Biology as my major during my undergrad and end up researching Cancer Biology in Ph.D. 
What do you love doing the most duing the free times? I love to work out, read scientific articles, watch Netflix series, play FIFA, both virtual and real. One of my favorite Netflix series is ‘The Office.’
What is one of your favorite places to hang out in College Station? It sounds boring but my favorite place to hangout is Veterans Park playing soccer with my friends
What advice would you give your younger Self?
Never take anything for granted. Always listen to your heart and follow your dreams. 
Any suggestion for the upcoming students or those aiming for pursuing a career in your field? 
My only advice is to do some research to find a good mentor/educator who is willing to guide you through your career path. Always ask questions and share your academic as well as non-academic progress and ask them for feedback. 
Can you please write something about your advice on beginning in research or the most rewarding part at Texas A&M or the hardest part about research? 
Good things come to those who wait, so be patient, work hard and ask a ton of questions, don’t worry even if your mentor is annoyed. Its cliché but true, the difficult part of the research rewards you with failure. No matter what you do, your research fails most of the time, and it will burn you out both physically and emotionally, so be prepared. The rewarding part at Texas A&M is you get to network with tons of people with great ideas. 
What are the activities/organizations you are/were involved within the University?
I worked as a President of NSA during 2017/18 and helped several new students to settle peacefully in our beautiful community. NSA events back then were also a massive success because we had a strong diversified team. I also worked as a member of the Graduate Student Association and currently a member of the Postdoc Association of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. I am also associated with both the Society of Toxicology (SOT) and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). 
Can you describe your success story? 
Well, I don’t have one. My friends tell me that I work as much as my boss 24/7, no weekends and I think that is a secret story to success if you believe it as a success. Definitely hard work!
I am a good listener. I have always listened much than talk and trust me there is joy in listening also. 
Whom do you credit your success?
I have a long list of people who helped me along the way; my mentors, my devil advocates and, of course, everyone but.! I lived most of my life away from home. I was born and raised in the countryside of Nepal and for better education, I was moved to a different city. Living away from home is hard, but the hardest thing is to live apart from your kid. My mom suffered the pain of living without me, and I know it wasn’t easy. Therefore, I credit my academic success to my mom. 
FUN TIME:
Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?
Haha, this is one of those questions I have always struggled to answer. Perhaps you ask me about ten days from now I don’t have an answer. God has a plan for every one of us, but let me tell you this, I see myself as a proud son, an honest husband, a diligent resident, a social worker, and a good employee. Does that make sense!
What qualities would you like to see in you significant other?
I don’t envy others. I am a massive fan of classic rock; that’s why I had long hair in the past, but my mom was utterly against it. I wish to get it back maybe one day. 
If you were God for a day, what changes would you make to the world?
Haha, have you seen an American fantasy comedy movie ‘Bruce Almighty’ by Jim Carrey (Bruce)? Bruce was made a God for a few days, and he utilizes the supernatural power for his well beings such as getting back his job, impressing his girlfriend, etc. During this time, Bruce hears the voices in his head from the prayers meant for god, and he must answer them, so he decided to answer them yes. Everyone’s wish come true, and everyone wanted to win lottery resulting in chaos in the City. Long story short!! I don’t want to be Bruce, but I don’t want to see chaos on the Earth.  
If you could ask a sage any question that you want to know the answer to, what would you ask?
Why is Pumpkin pie so good!!?
What things in your life would you give up in an instant if it got you to an even better place than you are now?
My craving for pumpkin pie!
Do you have any best inspirational quotes? It could be someone’s thought! 
It is health that is real wealth not pieces of gold and silver. – Mahatma Gandhi 

 

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