About Fellow

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

University of California, Los Angeles

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

Since my days as a high school student, I have been interested in research. I still remember my high school days when I built a half wave rectifier to convert alternating current to direct current which then powered a motor with a Newton disc attached to it.

My interest in basic science research made me take up MD in Biochemistry at AIIMS. I was mentored by Prof. Parthaprasad Chattopadhyay who taught me the basics of research techniques and methodology. I worked on using siRNAs targeting the promoter/enhancer of a gene to cause transcriptional gene silencing. After my residency, I wished to increase my scientific repertoire. So I joined the laboratory of Dinesh Rao at UCLA as a postdoctoral fellow. This is where I developed an interest in studying the pathogenesis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia and the role played by RNA binding proteins in facilitating it. Following my time at UCLA, I was offered an opportunity to join AIIMS back as a faculty member.

My Early Career Fellowship helps me to do multifaceted research: The clinical and in-vitro studies are being carried out at AIIMS, the animal studies are carried out at UCLA and the iCLIP-Seq studies are being carried out at UCSC. All of us are working towards a common goal and we are addressing different aspects of the same problem.

I am grateful to Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance for allowing such a nexus to come together and do meaningful research to tackle an important health problem.