Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune
I was always interested in biology right from my school days. Thanks to my biology teacher at school, who helped me greatly in nurturing my interest in Biology. I next completed my B.Sc from St.Joseph's Collge Bangalore & a Masters in Microbiology from Bangalore University - both eventful milestones in my career. I worked as a summer fellow at CCMB Hyderabad on DNA repair, which further motivated me to work in the area of Chromatin and DNA biology. My PhD from TIFR Mumbai was in Molecular Biology to understand the role of the protein- Translin to understand the underlying mechanisms of its role in binding to nucleic acids. I was particularly curious to understand and address mechanisms of genome organization in cells. My postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH, Bethesda, USA, presented an ideal opportunity for me to understand both fundamental and applied aspects of examining the genome in both fixed and living mammailan cells. My next experience was as a research fellow at the laboratory of Pathology at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH, where I was able to witness firsthand as to how basic research seemlessly integrates with applied research particularly in the area of cancer biology. I was really excited to return back to India and joined IISER-Pune as Assistant Professor in 2010. My lab is funded by grants from IISER-Pune and by the Wellcome-DBT Intermediate Fellowship.