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Biochemistry, Biophysics and Bioinformatics

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A.Gandhimathi (May 2014-)

I have done my Bachelor's in Biotechnology/Biochemistry from Avinashilingam Deemed University and then Master's in Bioinformatics from Bharathiar University, Tamil Nadu. My PhD work in the lab was involved in studying the proteins from two aspects such as the relationships of distantly related proteins and deciphering the protein-protein, protein-ligand interaction through virtual screening and drug design concepts

Rithvik Vinekar (September 2014-)

I did my bachelors in engineering (BE Biomedical Engineering) from Mumbai University and Masters in Bioinformatics from University of Pune. I obtained a Ph.D in the field of Computational Biology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 2014. My thesis work was concerned with the study of regulation of enzyme Isocitrate Dehydrogenase in Mycobacterium tuberculosis using molecular simulation and other bioinformatics techniques.


Harini Krishnan (June 2015-

I did B.Sc Zoology (Meenakshi College for Women), Chennai. My post graduation was in Biotechnology (M.Sc Biotechnology) from University of Madras, Chennai.I joined NCBS in 2005 and had been working on serine proteases. Later I registered for a Ph.D degree at Bharathidasan University in 2010.


Adwait Joshi (August 2009 - Registered in Manipal University)
I am from Pune. I did my Bachelors (B.Sc.) in Biotechnology from Modern College, Ganeshkhind, affiliated to University of Pune. I then pursued my Masters (M.Sc.) in Bioinformatics from Bioinformatics Centre, University of Pune. I had joined NCBS in August 2009.
Atul K. Upadhyay (November 2010-Registered with TIFR)
I did my Bachelors in agriculture (B.Sc. Ag.) from Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. I completed my masters (M.Sc. Ag.) in Agriculture with specialization in Plant Biotechnology from IABT, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka.


Anshul Sukhwal (September 2010-Registered in SASTRA University)
I did my B.Tech. from Vellore Institute of Technology in the field of Bioinformatics.During my free time I love playing Cricket and Badminton. I also love photography and reading articles on various topics
Sridhar Hariharaputran (January 2011- Registered in Bharathidasan University)

Shaik Naseer Pasha (August 2011- Registered in Manipal University)
I did my Bachelors (B.Sc) in Chemistry, Zoology and Biotechnology and Masters (M.Sc) in Biochemistry from Indian Academy College, Bangalore University, Bangalore.

Mahita Jarjapu (August 2011 - Registered with TIFR)
I am a chemist by training. I did my Bachelors (B.Sc) in Botany, Zoology and Chemistry from St.Francis College for Women, Osmania University, Hyderabad. Subsequently, I did my M.Sc in Chemistry from IIT-Madras.My hobbies include painting, drawing and writing.

Pritha Ghosh (August 2012 -Registered with TIFR )
I did my Bachelors (B.Sc) in Microbiology from St.Xavier’s College (Calcutta), Kolkata and Masters (M.Sc) in Biochemistry from the Department of Biochemistry, University of Calcutta, Kolkata. Apart from being a photography enthusiast, I also love dancing and singing.

Snehal Karpe (August 2012 - Registered with TIFR )
I did my Bachelors (B.Sc) in Biotechnology from Fergusson College, Pune, Maharashtra. Then I completed my Masters (M.Sc) in Bioinformatics from Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra.

Meenakshi Iyer (January 2015-)
I did my Bachelors in Biotechnology from Birla College, Mumbai University. I pursued Masters in Biotechnology from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara. Apart from being interested in cooking and reading, recently I've also begun to learn dancing.


Nitish Sathyanarayanan  
I graduated with BE. Biotechnology from Sir  M VIT, Bangalore in the year 2012, soon after which I joined Prof. Sowdhamini’s lab. Presently I am a joint student between Prof. Sowdhamini and Prof. Ramaswamy (inStem).Apart from lab, I am an avid trekker and love travelling.


Oommen K. Mathew (June 2012- ) 
I joined the lab as a system administrator and registered for Ph. D in 2012 before which I worked as a Software Tech Lead in Software Industries since 2005 where I could sharpen my strengths like System Architecture and Development, Optimized computing and Management of Huge Databases. I have done my Masters in Bioinformatics and my Bachelors in Computer Applications. Here I am focused on the development and implementation of Parallel Computing Algorithms, Databases, Tools and WebServices apart from the maintenance of Clusters. I am fond of Linux, Python and Badminton.




Rajas M Rao (January 2015-)
I am pursuing final year of Integrated M.Sc course at Division of Biological Sciences, Bangalore University. Apart from the microbes and concept of evolution, my interests also revolve around photography, handwriting analysis, and marathon running


Ph.D Students:

Khader Shameer (Mayo Clinic, US)

K. Kanagarajadurai (MKU)

Sandhya Sankaran (Post-doctoral fellow, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)

Lokesh P Tripathi (Kyoto University, Japan),

Raghu Prasad Rao M (CUNY, Department of Computer Science, USA),

Kumar Gaurav (Genseq, Malasia),

Anirban Bhaduri (G.E. Research, Bangalore)

Saikat Chakrabarthi (NCBI-NIH, USA)

Parantu K Shah (University of Chicago, USA)

Aniket Sengupta (Ph.D student,Kansas State University, Kansas City, USA)

Malini Manoharan (Post-doctoral fellow, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)

Swati Kaushik (Post-doctoral fellow, University of California, San Francisco,USA)

Sony Malhotra (Post doctoral fellow, University of Cambridge, UK)

Eshita Mutt ( Post Doctoral researcher,PSI-Marie Curie Cofund Fellow,Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland)

Mahantesha Naika B.N (Scientist, University of Agricultural Science,GKVK Campus, Bangalore)

Margaret Sunita (Post Doctoral Fellow, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Bangalore)

Prashant Shingate (Post Doctoral Fellow,Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore)


Collaborative Students:


P Sundaramurthy (Post Doctoral Fellow, McCombie Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, USA)


Post-Doctoral Fellows:

Ramesha (The John Innes Center, Norwich)

Anupam Nath Jha (Assistant Professor, Tezpur University, Assam)

VS Gowri

Chandra Sekhar Reddy

Axel Innis (Steitz Lab, Yale University, USA),

Agnel Praveen Joseph (Biomed Bridges Team)

Anita Chacko (Central Leather Research Institute,Chennai)

Upadhyayula Raghu (Hebrew University of Jerusalem,Israel)

Vetriselvi Rangannan (Bugswork Company, Bangalore)


Junior Research Fellows:

Nagarajan P (MPI, Germany)

Caroline Koshy


G Pugalenthi (NTU, Singapore)

T Ratna Rajesh (NCBI-NIH, USA)

A Vinayagam (DKFZ, Germany)

Prem Anand (Univ. of Graz, Austria)

Manonmani A (BIOTEC TU Dresden, Germany)

Kalaimathy. S (Max Plank, Germany)

Swapnil Mahajan (Universite de La Reunion)



Anu Nair



Kannan Shankar: Iowa State University



Priya Patil




Reshma Maiya

Ashwin Varghese


Hari Prasanna

Nitin Ravooru

Yashita Jain



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