Dr. Sukant Khurana enjoys studying complexity and nuances, whether of brain functioning, drug discovery, developing new statistical tools, and analysing large data sets. He traverses world of science, art, and literature in search of solutions of complex problems facing our times.

In his younger days, he also used to work as an activist on issues concerning developing countries, such as women’s rights, health issues, seedbanks, and science education for masses but after realizing his strength and effectiveness of bringing facts to fore through data-science in a non-partisan way, and facing several setbacks for activism, including one financial attack, two minor and one major internet hackings, and two physical attacks, he now approaches these challenges only as a non-partisan data-scientist. He is enjoying the change or tempering with times and effectiveness is letting facts speak for themselves and private organizations and governments utilizing them to best help their constituents. Also due to paucity of data from developing world, now more and more of his efforts are focussed on regions where there is enough data available for actionable information that respective governments can utilize to make best policy decisions.

He works on drug discovery for various neurological disorders, including alcohol addiction, using plant extracts, peptides, and epigenetic agents. He is both experimentally, theoretically and computationally exploring mechanisms of Parkinson's disease, activity dependent brain development, sub-millisecond timing computation in the brain, and mechanisms of neuronal plasticity.

His data-science work is on two streams: developing novel statistical tools and utilizing data science for biomedical research. Through data science, he works on causes of sustainable development, where he is exploring issues of mental health, addiction, and AIDS epidemic.

He frequently writes about complexity of issues of addiction, taking into account the good, the bad, and the ugly of alcohol and other addictive agents. His much celebrated visual art and poetry have explored similar questions of human suffering as his science. His paintings have been put up in one of the most prestigious research venues and galleries across the globe, such as McGovern Center at Tsinghua University, China and Asia’s oldest art association gallery: AIFACS. He has penned more than three dozen science popularization articles in addition to a similar number of original research papers. He is also an author of several fiction, non-fiction, art and science-popularization books.

These days, in addition to research, art, and working on few novels, Dr. Khurana is currently working on creating three podcasts: neurosciences, IOT, and art. These days he is also engaged in using art in and around national capital region of India to promote science and mental health awareness.

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