Shubha Tole obtained her BSc in Life Sciences and Biochemistry from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai (1987). Her MSc and PhD are from Caltech, USA. She worked at the University of Chicago as a post-doctoral fellow, and joined the Tata Institute in Mumbai, India as a faculty member in 1999.
Tole is a recipient of the Infosys Science Foundation Award for Life sciences (2014); the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award (2010); the Research Award for Innovation in Neurosciences (RAIN) from the Society for Neuroscience (2008); the National Woman Bioscientist award from the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India (2008); the Swarnajayanti Fellowship awarded by the Department of Science in Technology, Govt. of India (2005); and the Wellcome Trust Senior International Fellowship (1999). She is a fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, the Indian Academy of Science, and the National Academy of Science; a member of the Board of Directors of the ALBA Network; and a member of the DANA Alliance for Brain Initiatives. Tole served as Chair of the Women in Science panel and as a member of the panel on Scientific Values of the Indian Academy of Sciences from 2019-2022.
Tole believes that communicating science is as important as pursuing it, and actively engages in public outreach via workshops in schools and colleges, and writes blogs aimed at helping students and postdocs plan their careers.
The STole lab welcomes free and open discussion. We value collegiality, professionalism, passion, and work-life balance. Lab meetings include not only science but also science communication, discussions of experimental techniques and sometimes, dance, theater, language, and music; research papers as well as interesting articles/books/tweets/blogs on any topic of interest. Humor is to be found aplenty in our daily lives and memorialized in our "lab quotes."
How to make a hippocampus - World Wide Neuro
The circuits of sensation: how we perceive the world
The Nobel Prizes in Physiology and Medicine 2021
History of developmental neuroscience in India - NeuroFemIndia
HFSP: what makes a good proposal
Life, Career, and Women in STEM
NEW!! Q&A with Neuron: Life and Lab during the pandemic
When does a young girl learn she must compromise her dreams?
Interview on "She is Resolute"
Infosys award 2014- thank you speech
Tracks Only Women Scientists - Interview with TARSHI
Mental Health in Indian Science
Podcast "Human Angle" by Kenna
Nature Cell Biology "Turning points" series
Taking the 'me' out of mentorship
How to choose which research institution or lab to join
One possible plug for the leaky pipeline
How are we viewing collaborations
Advice for students starting out in research
Public talks in English
The Circuits of Sensation - Tata Literature Live
Growing new circuits in our memory machine - TEDxGateway
Mumbai Local: Making The Blueprint to Build the Brain
Public Talks in Hindi/Marathi
Ted Talks India Nayi Soch (Hindi)
Zee Marathi Unch Maza Zoka 2013 award (Marathi)
Vigyanam janahitaya - interview (Marathi)