University of Wisconsin–Madison, U.S.A.
Indian Institute of Scientific Education and Research (IISER) Pune
I grew up in the idyllic town of Bhilai (Chhattisgarh, India) where I spent most of my childhood playing tennis and cricket, and learning mathematics and science from my engineer father and doctor mother which triggered my interest in chemistry and biology. After qualifying through IIT-JEE, I joined IIT Kharagpur from where I received my bachelors (B.Sc., Hons.) and masters (M.Sc.) in Industrial Chemistry. I obtained my Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, U.S.A. under the mentorship of Prof. Ronald Raines. There, I performed chemical biology research, focused primarily on bioconjugation. I then moved to the laboratory of Dr. Kenton Swartz as a National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) competitive postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S.A., where my research focused on ion channel physiology and biophysics.
I joined IISER Pune as an assistant professor in June 2013 and was awarded the Wellcome-DBT Intermediate fellowship in 2015. Research in my laboratory is intrinsically interdisciplinary and lies at the interface of chemistry and biology. We draw from a wide range of disciplines including electrophysiology, lipidomics and synthetic organic chemistry to address questions in ion channel and lipid biology. Another major focus of our research is on developing efficacious bioconjugation approaches for biochemical and clinical applications.