ALOK JHA was born in Saharsa, Bihar. He obtained his BSc. in Botany with Honours at BNM University, Madhepura, Bihar. He moved to Patiala, Panjab in 2005 for pursuing his master in Biotechnology degree at Thapar University. Again, he moved to Roorkee in 2008 to join in the Department of Biotechnology, IIT Roorkee for pursuing his Ph.D. He obtained his Ph.D. degree at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee in 2014 and worked there as a research scholar (JRF and SRF). His published research is in the area of Computational and Structural Biology, with the focus on Strawberry Dioxygenase structure and substrate interactions, including inhibitors and drug substrates. He also published article on Selenium accumulation and selenium induced anti-oxidant activity in Allium cepa. He studied stress and redox biology in plants and bacterial system. He has interest in scientific writing, which reflects in his blogs. He also has ambition in promoting science. He is currently following his research interests contributing to structure aided drug designing and combinatorial drug therapy.
The strawberry fruit is being used in food and beverages, besides this, due to different color of the conjugate acids and bases in the pigment, the strawberry pigment extract can be used as natural acid/base indicator. Strawberries contain Fisetin, an antioxidant which can be studied in relation to kidney failure resulting from diabetes and also to the Alzheimers� disease. Strawberries are of high nutritional value and it is also a good source of manganese, vitamin C and flavonoids. Strawberry is also a good source of dietary fiber, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, copper, vitaminB2, vitaminB5, vitaminB6, vitaminK and small amount of other healthy minerals. Strawberries contain many phytonutrients, which work as powerful anti-oxidants in the body. Most of the phytonutrients in strawberry act as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, such as cynindins and pelargonindins, hydroxy-benzoic acids, hydroxy-cinnamic acids, tannins, stilbenes and flavanols (kaempferol, quercetin etc.). Strawberry contains chemical compounds i.e. sanguiin isomer a dimeric compound ellagitannin agrimoniin. Strawberry also contains a small amount of salicylic acid, which is an anti-inflammatory compound, and is very similar to acetylsalicylic acid of aspirin. Anaphylactoid reactions to the consumption of strawberries have also been reported, which indicates that strawberry contains some allergen also.