Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali
I received my Ph.D. degree in 2001 from Banaras Hindu University. My doctoral research was on characterization of Rab11 gene in Drosophila in the laboratory of Professor Jagat Roy, Cytogenetics Unit, BHU. For my postdoctoral studies, I joined the Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Los Angeles. I had a wonderful opportunity to work with two mentors, Professors. Volker Hartenstein and Utpal Banerjee who introduced me to the field blood cell development. My primary focus then was to characterize the hematopoietic organ in Drosophila. We identified several key transcriptional factors and signalling molecules required to maintain the hematopoietic progenitor cells.
Currently, I am an independent investigator at IISER, Mohali. My research interest is focussed in understanding mechanistic basis of niche maintenance and progenitor cell biology, using Drosophila as a model. In addition to supervising my research team, I teach undergraduate and graduate students at IISER (Mohali).
My interest in research is not only a passion that drives me but also commitment that I have for my dad. He was the force who inspired me to take up research, as my career. If I am not in the lab, I am most likely having a gala time with my two daughters and a great husband.