Saumya Swaminathan is the Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization. She is also a Pediatrician and Clinical Scientist who is known for her research in tuberculosis and HIV.Soumya grew up in a family and environment where education and science were the main pillars. Her family lived on the campus of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute. C.V. Raman and Vikram Sarabhai were their frequent home guest.Soumyas father, Mankombu Sambasivan Swaminathan, is known as the father of the Green Revolution. He is the person behind the introduction and further development of high-yielding varieties of wheat and rice. He also started a research foundation in Chennai named M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, whose chairperson is Soumyas sister, Dr Madhura Swaminathan. TheEconomicTimes Soumya Swaminathan standing in front of her fathers research foundation.Soumya in her childhood used to visit her fathers lab and experimental wheat field, and according to Soumya, that is what created a passion in her to become a medical researcher.According to Soumya, she knew a PhD thesis from the age of five, as during her childhood, many PhD students would come to her home to discuss work with her father.Soumya once said that she wanted to become a Veterinarian, as she was fond of animals, however, all her friends were preparing for the medical entrance exam, so she also started preparing for the same. The Week Magazine.Meena Swaminathan, mother of Soumya Swaminathan is an Indian educationist in the field of preschool education, who wrote several books on the subject of drama and child development.After completing MBBS, Soumya went to California to pursue higher studies.In 1992, Soumya returned back to India and joined the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis as a coordinator and later, she became the director of the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis.For almost eighteen years Soumya continued the research in tuberculosis and HIV. As a researcher at the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis in Chennai, she would travel to the homes of her poor patients who were suffering from Tuberculosis. She even looked after the orphaned children of her patients. She often helped the underserved population and raised funds to get antiretroviral drugs to the families affected by the HIV epidemic. India Today.