Post Docs - Lecture Series in Advanced Biology 2022: Feedback Systems at Different Scales
I am a graduate student at NCBS, where I use zebrafish as a model system to study the development and function of the cerebellum, with a particular focus on Purkinje neuron physiology. When not in the lab, I advocate for early-career researchers as a member of eLife's Early Career Advisory Group (ECAG) and enjoy a wide range of hobbies from dance and sport to reading and teaching. (Twitter @varmaalok22, LinkedIn @varmaalok22)
I did my MSc in Biotechnology from University of Kashmir, which got me interested in exploring the field of research in biological sciences. I went to IFOM, Milan for a PhD in Molecular Oncology, where I studied how cells get polarized to form luminal structures. As a postdoctoral fellow at inStem, I’m developing a novel technological platform to find safe and effective drugs against fibrotic diseases.
I am a behavioral ecologist working with Dr. Shannon Olsson at NCBS. I study how solitary generalist pollinators find flowers innately and how quickly they learn to adapt to floral resources in their environment. I have previously worked on the role of dopamine and CART in Teleost reproduction. (Twitter @aditi_mis_understood, LinkedIn aditi mishra)
I am a graduate student at Dr. Raghu Padinjat's Lab at NCBS. I study various aspects of lipid signaling inside a cell.
I completed my undergraduate degree from St' Josephs's College, Bangalore in Microbiology, Chemistry, and Zoology (and was quite drawn to microbe). However, when I joined NCBS for my PhD I realised I did not want to spend my all my time worrying about microorganisms and whether the culture was at the right OD. Instead, I decided to worry about whether my butterflies had laid eggs, whether my caterpillars had fungal infections, and if there were enough plants to rear more butterflies. I started working in Krushnamegh Kunte's lab studying how butterfly wing patterns evolve across species and between sexes and how butterflies use these wing colours to communicate. Through this I have gained more interest in the "larger" scales of biology and hope to share my interest with you.
How do the interactions between cellular constituents lead to the emergence of attributes like robustness, precision, control, homeostasis, etc., in biological systems? I am a cell biologist and biophysicist who uses experimental and theoretical approaches to address such questions. Currently, I am studying the role non-equilibrium forces play in the precise positioning of the sub-cellular organization. I am on a joint postdoctoral fellowship between Institute Curie and NCBS. Before joining this program, I received a Ph.D. from IIT Bombay, where I studied cytoskeleton assembly using theoretical approaches.
I am trained in Soft Matter Chemistry. I received my Ph.D. in chemistry from CSIR-NCL, Pune (AcSIR), India. My initial research started with the understanding of membrane curvature in monoolein-water systems using polymers as a proxy for proteins. The study also led us to understand the library of structures formed during the membrane interactions with the polymeric molecules. Now, I am working as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Shashi Thutupalli at NCBS. My current research interest is in active matter and protocell systems. Here, I design active molecules and active polymers using the squirmer model system.
I have done my Masters in the field of Biotechnology from St. Xavier’s College Kolkata. Thereafter I pursued PhD in the field of cell biology and immunology at the Institute For Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine (inStem) Bangalore. During my PhD, I was highly fascinated by the broad range of functions performed by the white blood cells during development , homeostasis, and inflammation. This intrigued me to study the crosstalk between the epithelial cells and the immune cells that help in maintaining tissue integrity.
I did my masters from IIT-Bombay, from where I developed a deep interest in structure and function of proteins. During my Ph.D from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, I learned to characterise plant viral proteins and also tried to exploit plant virus like particles for their use in bio-nanotechnology. Presently I am working as a postdoctoral fellow at NCBS, trying to elucidate the alternate pathways (apart from ACE2 mediated pathway) of entry of SARS-CoV-2 in cells.
I finished my undergrad in physiology from Presidency College, Kolkata following which I joined the laboratory of Prof. Sanjay P. Sane at NCBS as an Integrated PhD student. During my years in the lab, I got to learn about the several fascinating facets of the neuroethology of insect flight. My PhD project focussed on the sensory feedback control of the gaze stabilization reflex in hawkmoths in which we conducted a series of behavioural assays using high-speed videography.
I am a doctoral student at NCBS - TIFR. My current research work focuses on understanding the structural-conformational-functional relationship of proteins in the ubiquitination pathway. I study the biophysical and biochemical nature of enzymes to investigate the mechanisms employed by bacterial pathogens to hijack host immune responses. A dance enthusiast and an art admirer, I love mentoring! (Personal website: rashmiagrata.com, Twitter @Rashmi_Agrata, LinkedIn @rashmiagrata)
I work in Prof. Gaiti Hasan's group at National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, investigating the role of intracellular calcium signaling in human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) and embryonic stem cell (ESC)-derived neural precursors and neurons in normal and diseased state. My work focuses on the use of 2D and the currently emerging 3D organoid system to model human brain development and to understand neurodegenerative disorders. (Twitter @RGopurappilly, LinkedIn Renjitha Gopurappilly)
I am an experimentalist interested in Origins of Life (OoL) problems. My work revolves around studying RNA catalysis and chemical self-replicating systems using interdisciplinary and high throughput approaches. In my postdoc, I worked on one of the fundamental questions of origins of life: ‘Can life begin as self-sustaining networks?’. To approach this problem, I built an experimental system using droplet-based microfluidics combining with single-cell sequencing (inDrop, Drop-Seq). Here at the Simons Centre NCBS, I am working on the exciting problem of experimentally demonstrating the emergence of autocatalytic networks from the library of diverse RNA fragments.
I am pursuing my PhD in NCBS. My work involves using experimental and bioinformatics tools to understand transcriptional regulation and metabolism in bacteria. My PhD project focusses on studying the diversity of mechanisms by which a single global regulator helps the cell choose optimum nutrients.
I am a researcher in the Mayor Lab at NCBS. My work involves investigating a plasma membrane-centric view of insulin resistance. I exploit a combination of cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology and super resolution microscopy to draw a picture of the insulin resistant membrane at the nanoscale level. A major aspect featuring in my research is lipid compositional homeostasis of plasma membrane and how a deviation from this "set point" affects metabolism.
I am a PhD student at NCBS. During my Masters, I was fascinated by recent discoveries in molecular biology that have really changed and challenged our understanding of gene regulation. I was keen to discover and learn more so, I decided to pursue research in this domain. Currently, I am trying to understand what happens at the molecular level inside the nucleus when cells receive hormonal signals. Specifically, I am trying to understand how binding of transcription factors to DNA changes upon hormone treatment and how that is related to changes in 3D structure of DNA.
I am a keen learner and passionate about observing nature and the functioning of life on earth. I have recently completed my Ph.D. in Dr. Tina Mukherjee's group at the Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicines, Bangalore, where my research focused on understanding the metabolic control of blood cells in Drosophila. Currently, as a Bridging postdoc in the lab, I am exploring olfactory control of immune priming in Drosophila. (Twitter , LinkedIn )@madhwal_sukanyaSukanya Madhwal