THE BliSC ACRC / MGEF CREW - April 2023 -





Dr. Aurélie Jory (Lily): [ ACRC/MGEF in charge from 2014 to 2023]. Dr. Lily received her M.Sc. and PhD degrees from the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France.  Her research at the Pasteur Institute focused on mouse myogenesis and muscle stem cell biology in the laboratory of Professor Shahragim Tajbakhsh.  From this experience, she became an expert in mouse transgenesis and acquired all the technical skills necessary to establish genitically engineered mouse models for biomedical research applications.   She then joined the laboratory of Professor Richard Mann at Columbia University, where in addition to working with zinc finger nuclease technology to understand transcriptional regulatory networks in Drosophila development, she also served as the laboratory manager.  Dr. Lily joined the Bangalore Life Science Cluster [BLiSC] in November 2014 to establish & manage the Mouse Genome Engineering Facility as part of the DBT funded National Mouse Resource (NaMoR) initiative under which she also served as co-head of the Animal Care and Resource Center. In 2022; taking advantage of the unique facility setup established at ACRC & MGEF,  Dr Lily then refocussed her activities to establish and coordinate a dedicated high-end skill development platform providing  training and workshop programs for Indian and International scientists. In 2023, Lily joined the Janvier Labs team [ ] to develop Janvier Labs Laboratory Animal Science R&D services, project management / strategy consulting and training/outreach activities in India and other countries. Dr Lily is a member of the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT), of the Indian Laboratory Animal Scientists Association (LASA) and of the Indian Society of Developmental Biologists (InSDB).

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 P Charulekha:

Charu joined our MGEF team in September 2022 as the first Science Communication and Outreach Assistant, right after completing her BS-MS degree from IISER Thiruvananthapuram. She designed captivating artwork for various events held in 2022 and 2023, showcasing her creative talents. Additionally, she assisted in organizing workshops during her tenure. She will now start her PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina.

She also works as a freelance science illustrator and you can contact her at

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Dr. Yogesh Chandra: 

Yogesh joined our BLiSC / ACRC team in September 2019 and worked as the Veterinarian of the BLiSC mouse Specific Pathogen Free High Barrier Facility till April 2023.

In April 2023: Yogesh joined the CSIR-IICT, Hyderabad as Scientist-Veterinary Pathologist (Animal Facility, Applied Biology Department).

Yogesh completed his B.V.Sc and AH (equivalent to DVM) from the Veterinary College, Hassan, Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University(KVAFSU) and pursued his M.V.Sc degree in Veterinary Pathology specialization at Department of Veterinary Pathology, Madras Veterinary College, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS).

Yogesh carried out research work on the area of experimental oncology i.e., Lymphoma model in BALb/C mice during master degree and also got awarded with Prof. P.K.R. Iyer Memorial Best M.V.Sc Thesis Award from Indian Association of Veterinary Pathologists in 2020 for the M.V.Sc  research work.

Yogesh is a member of the Indian Association of Veterinary Pathologists (IAVP), Laboratory Animal Scientists Association (LASA) and of the Karnataka Veterinary Council (KVC).



Suba Soundarya Santhi Anandhan: 

“Challenges motivate and intrigue me to be interpretative” 

Suba graduated with her Master's in Biotechnology from the University of Western Australia in 2019.

She landed her first job in July 2021 as a Senior Animal Facility Caretaker at MGEF. During her tenure, she maintained ACE2 animal stocks and developed new mouse models using the CRISPR-Cas technique. She says her learning experience from MGEF has helped her to work independently in an organised manner. 


In April 2023, Suba joined as a Visiting Student in Dr Pierre Magistretti’s lab, at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia. Suba plans to pursue a research career and contribute to the scientific community. 




Arpana H: Arpana joined MGEF in December 2020 as a Facility assistant working in the Cryo/IVF team.

In August 2022, Arpana joined the University of Tartu, Estonia to persue her PhD.



Rupa Kumari: Rupa joined the ACRC team in March 2017 as a facility assistant working in the mouse Specific Pathogen Free high Barrier Facility.

In Jan 2022, Rupa joined the Laboratory of Dr Vasanth Thamodaram where she is working as a research assistant at the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society [TIGS], Bangalore.


Unnikrishnan M: Unni joined the ACRC team in January 2021 as a facility assistant working in the mouse Specific Pathogen Free high Barrier Facility.

In January 2022, Unni started a new position as Junior Research Fellow in the group of Dr Sriram Varahan, CSIR- Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology [CCMB], Hyderabad.



Shwetha Reddy RV: Dr Shwetha is a highly skilled veterianrian. Shwetha was heading our mouse Specific Pathogen Free high barrier facility from 2019 to 2021.

Shwetha has now relocated to the United Arab Emirates and is open to new job opportunities in UAE.



Shrruthi M: Shrruthi joined our BLiSC ACRC team in 2017. Shrruthi worked as a facility assistant and contributed to maintaining high standards running operations in our mouse high barrier SPF facility till 2021.





 Saumya Mary Mathew: Saumya was a post-doc in Pr. Raj Ladher's Ear lab at NCBS and joined our MGEF team from October 2018 till February 2021. At MGEF, Saumya was part of the genome engineering team and designed several new mouse models using Crispr technology.

In oct 2021, she joined as Transgenic Facility manager at Indian Institute of Science(IISc), Bengaluru to setup and manage the cryopreservation and transgenic facility in association with Central Animal Facility- IISc.


Jasper Chrysolite Paul: Jasper worked with our MGEF team from October 2018 till November 2020. Japser was a facility assistant with multitasking responsabilities from managing labratory animal stocks, mouse rederivation procedures to mouse Sperm and Embryo Cryoarching and IVF repository activities.

Jasper is currently persuing her PhD in the laboratory of Dr Helena Fulkova, at the Institute of Experimental Medicine CAS, Prague, Czech Republic.


Adarsh Mohan: Adarsh joined our MGEF team in March 2019. Among many other duties, Adarsh worked as a faciltiy assistant involved in our mouse Sperm and Embryo Cryoarching and IVF repository services. In September 2020 Adarsh moved to Austria to join the lab of Dr Kikue Tachibana at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Vienna, Austria. In November 2021 Adarsh and his lab moved and joined the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich, Germany.



Debajeet Das: Debajeet joined our MGEF team in May 2018. He worked with us as molecular biology technical assistant till June 2020 and then Joined the Zydus Research Center in Ahmedabad as a senior Research Associate.



Sudhagar Babu: Sudhagar joined ACRC in August 2019. He worked with our team as an animal facility assistant till July 2020 and then joined the Structural Biology Laboratory as a Junior Research Fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru.

Sudhagar is currently part of Dr Mathys lab at University of Pittsburgh School of Medecine, USA. He is working on microglial activation in  Alzheimer's Disease using CRIPSR based screening platforms.



Dr. Sangeetha Raajkamal: Dr Sangeetha joined the ACRC team as the High Barrier SPF mouse facility Veterinarian from June 2017 till October 2019. Sangeetha then joined IISER Thiruvanathapuram as Veterinarian in charge of the animal facility.




Reena Velpula: Reena joined the ACRC/MGEF adventure back in October 2012. Reena started at ACRC as animal facility assistant and then joined the Mouse Genome Engineering / Assited Reproductive Technologies team till August 2019. Reena then integrated the Animal Facility team at Syngene, Bengaluru.




Varalaxmi Agasimundin: Varalaxmi worked at ACRC from June 2018 till July 2019 as part of the High Barrier SPF mouse facility team of animal facility assistants. Varalaxmi then joined as an ABSL3 facility assistant jointly for NCBS and TIGS-inStem BLiSC campus labs.




Jaya Purushotham: Jaya worked as part of the MGEF team from January 2015 to October 2018- During her training at MGEF, NCBS: Jaya worked as  mouse genome engineering facility assistant- Jaya then joined the Center for Chemical Biology and Therapeutics (CCBT) at InStem.





 Akshay Bhatt: Akshay worked as part of the ACRC team from March 2017 to Feb 2018.  During his training at ACRC, NCBS: Akshay worked as an SPF animal facility assistant. Akshay then joined the Indian Institute of Technology of Hyderabad in March 2018 as a research assistant and started his Ph.D. tenure from July 2018 onwards. He got selected for the joint Ph.D. program between the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad and Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. He is also a visiting research fellow at Saga University, Japan, and the University of Miyazaki, Japan.


 Kamlesh Kumar Vishwakarma: Kamlesh worked as part of the ACRC team from Feb 2016 to Jan 2018. Kamlesh started at ACRC, NCBS as a SPF animal facility assistant and then also participated in  mouse genome engineering facility work. He then joined the PhD program at the Himalaya Drug Comapny in Bangalore. In August 2020, Kamlesh joined Venus  Medicine Research Center as a Junior Research Scientist.



  Manjunath Jayaram: Manjunath worked as part of the ACRC team from Nov 2014 to June 2017- Manjunath started at ACRC, NCBS as a SPF animal facility assistant and then as a mouse genome engineering facility assistant- He joined the TIFR-Mumbai Animal Facility Team in June 2017 and then joined the University of Central Florida, USA as a microinjection specialist.

In oct 2020, Manjunath started a new adventure as  Research Associate at SUNY Downstate Health Science University, New York, USA.


 Dr Kaveri: Dr Kaveri worked as a Veterinarian in our High Barrier SPF laboratory Mouse Facility at ACRC, NCBS from 2015 to May 2017. She has now joined the animal facility team at National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru.





 Chethna SB: Chethna worked at ACRC, NCBS as a SPF animal facility assistant from Feb 2016 to May 2017. She has now integrated the Animal Facility team at Syngene, Bengaluru.