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Indumathi D. is an Indian particle physicist and a professor at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai](IMSc), Chennai, India . She has been an active member of the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) project since its inception  .
Early Life and Education
Indumathi D. grew up in Chennai. Her father was a mechanical engineer, whose work inspired curiosity in her at a young age. Indumathi did her masters in Physics from the Madras Christian College, Chennai . Even though she was more passionate about playing Cricket, an injury led her to pursue a career in Physics.
Indumathi D. obtained her Doctor of Philosophy from IMSc in particle physics, where she worked on the spin structure of the photon. Her doctoral advisor was M.V.N. Murthy. As a student, she also wrote a paper on the supernova event SN . Following her postdoctoral appointments at Physical Research Laboratory(PRL), Ahmedabad, the Technical University of Dortmund, and then a brief stay at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, she was appointed a faculty member at Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad. She returned to IMSc in 1998.
Indumathi’s primary area of research is High Energy Physics Phenomenology. Her research interests include work on atmospheric and solar neutrinos, nucleon and nuclear structure functions, inclusive hadroproduction at colliders and QED at finite temperature. She has authored several research papers on these topics .
Along with other Indian scientists, Indumathi D. has been a proponent of India-based Neutrino Observatory(INO) which is a project to build the first underground observatory to study atmospheric neutrinos in India  . She has been the outreach coordinator and one of the spokespersons   for the INO collaboration. She also coordinated a subgroup working on designing INO’s proposed main detector . D. Indumathi has written articles about the feasibility , status and physical possibilities of the INO detectors.
Indumathi D. has been involved in efforts to popularize science in young school children , college students and broader society . As part of such engagements, she has given TEDx talks  and interviews  as part of this engagement. She was also featured in the Life of Science podcast and has appeared in several interviews to spread awareness about INO. As a spokesperson (and an outreach coordinator) of the INO, she has engaged with the general public including students  and the people near the proposed INO site   to dispel misinformation and raise awareness. She is also an Editor of Jantar Mantar, a children’s science magazine  .
Indumathi D. is married to a computer scientist and they have two daughters, both of whom are adopted . She has pointed to additional domestic chores as being a reason for the attrition rate of women in science, a dynamic she said is absent in her family .
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