Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt, Germany
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
During my school days, I had a strong interest in becoming a physician which somehow changed towards journalism and politics during my days in college. When I joined the Masters in Biotechnology program at JNU, I started developing a strong inclination towards scientific research. During the summer break, when most of classmates were going home, I decided to stick around and work in a research lab as a summer intern. This is where I believe I found my calling. During the second year of my M.Sc., I worked on a four stranded DNA structure for my thesis. I found it so fascinating that I used to skip regular classes to continue working in the lab. I subsequently went to work at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt for my Ph.D. and focused on Structural studies of G Protein-Coupled Receptors (GPCRs). This is where I developed a passion for understanding GPCRs and moved to Duke University in Durham for post-doctoral work. I started an independent research group at IIT Kanpur in 2014, still mesmerized with GPCRs and trying my best to peel the layers of their functional complexities one by one.