BOSTON–Nagasree Chakka, a trained Medicinal Chemist with two master’s degrees, is an Associate Scientist at biotech giant Biogen, and founder and director of the Boston chapter of Ekam, a non-profit organization serving the communities in both the United States and India.
She holds a Masters degree in Organic Chemistry from Koti Women’s College in Hyderabad, and another in Carbohydrate Chemistry from Simon Fraser Univ in Vancouver, Canada).
Ms. Chakka has 17+ years of experience working in research field of Biotech industry in various disease areas and has co-authored more than 40 patents and publications. Presently, she is working in Technical Product Complaints group at Biogen.
Here is a QA with Ms. Chakka:
INDIA New England News: Please tell our readers about your work and what you enjoy most about it?
Nagasree Chakka: I like promoting leadership and volunteering, especially in the area of diversity and inclusion. I have been Core Committee member of Telugu Association of Greater Boston for more than 10 years. I bring people together, and organize cultural and charity events. This organization has 1,200+ families as members.
I have also been a core volunteer at SishuBharati, and have organized science fairs at various community events, Cambridge Spring Science Festival and MIT summer program.
INE: If you’re engaged with any charity or non-profit, please tell us why this organization and what do you do for them?
NC: I formed EKAM Boston in March 2020 at the beginning of Pandemic. Since then I have been serving as Chapter Director conducting various outreach activities and service activities leading a team of 350+ (ages 5-83 years) engaging them in various community outreach activities. During peak pandemic, our team started off making much required personal protective equipment to vulnerable and health care professionals. Since then, we are continuing service activities and giving back to community both here in Karma Bhoomi (USA) and Janma bhoomi (India)
INE: What are your hobbies and interests?
NC: Nature lover, hanging out with friends and Indian cinema.
INE: What is your rare talent?
NC: Connecting people
INE: Your favorite books?
NC: “How to win friends and influence people” by Dale Carnegie
INE: Your favorite quotes?
NC: “Lead by Example.”
INE: Who inspires you the most?
NC: Anyone working selflessly.