About Fellow

ICGEB, New Delhi

ICGEB, New Delhi

ICGEB, New Delhi

I started my research carrier as a Shyama Prasad Mukherjee (SPM) fellow in the Immunology group at ICGEB, where some fundamental work on cellular decision-making in the immune cells was being carried out in the laboratory of Dr. Kanury Rao. Early during my PhD work, I realized that without strong interdisciplinary set-up, challenging biological questions could not be even asked leave alone addressing those. Determined to set-up cross-disciplinary collaboration, I visited and spent hours with physicists and mathematicians at Delhi University and Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai. While completing my PhD on B cell signaling, I was introduced with the challenges in the field of tuberculosis, developed keen interest into it and decided to stay back in India to pursue a highly challenging endeavor. Taking cues from my B cell work, I decided to understand the crosstalk between Mycobacterium tuberculosis and host macrophages, a study that eventually led to seminal publications and global recognition. Following that, I established my independent research group “Cellular Immunology” at ICGEB where we continue to develop inter-disciplinary strategies to help ask and understand challenging questions in tuberculosis pathogenesis, drug resistance and latency.