Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali
I hail from Durgapur, a small industrial town in West Bengal where I grew up since I was a toddler. Inspired by Pauling’s The Nature of Chemical Bond, I decided to take Chemistry as major in my bachelor’s and masters. I obtained my masters in Physical Chemistry from Burdwan University and moved to IISc for a PhD in solid-state chemistry. Here I got the opportunity to interact and work closely with some of the finest scientists in our country. Following this I took up a postdoctoral position at the Iowa State University, where I got to work with a very energetic and encouraging mentor who showed me how to perceive individual properties of single molecules. I was initially involved in designing instrument for simultaneous detection and manipulation of one molecule at a time. The later part of my postdoctoral research was with cadherin class of proteins that mediate strong and regulatory stitching between two cells. My goal was to decipher the unbinding kinetics of cadherin proteins under tensile force. Perhaps this was the first time I felt I could use my training in Physical Chemistry to solve Life Science problems. Since then I am trying to establish myself as a Mechano-biologist who loves to watch and play with molecules under tension.
I joined IISER Mohali as an Assistant Professor in Dec 2013 and my lab is currently involved in understanding the role of mechanical force in hearing. I am a passionate traveller too. If I am not in lab and my molecules are not tensed (!), I must be roaming around with my lovely family in Himalayas.