Jainu Ajit would like to call herself one in a billion, hailing from Kerala, a place in India popularly known as God’s Own Country. She completed her BS-MS dual degree from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal, India. For her undergrad thesis, she worked with Dr. Ishu Saraogi and synthesized peptidomimetic foldamers composed of β-peptoids.
"There are two possible outcomes: If the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery.” – Enrico Fermi
At the Esser-Kahn lab, Jainu is working on improving Trained Immunity to boost innate immune cells for longer periods of time. She hopes to eventually develop a universal prophylactic for improving the outcome of vaccinations.
Kimani FW, Ajit J, Galluppi A, Manna S, Howitz WJ, Tang S, Esser-Kahn AP. ACS Chem. Biol. 2021, 16, 2, 380–388. Feb 1, 2021. doi: 10.1021/acschembio.0c00924