Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune
I grew up in a family of medical doctors and was always fascinated by biomedical sciences. After completing my school, I decided to pursue a B.Tech majoring in pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals, from the Institute of Chemical Technology (former UDCT). I completed my B.Tech in 2007, and joined the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University, USA, to pursue my PhD in the laboratory of Prof Frank M Raushel. During my PhD tenure, I learnt the fundamentals of biochemistry, mechanistic enzymology and chemical biology. Prof Raushel taught me how to identify a research problem, develop efficient means to solve it, and his words, “Sid, you are only limited by your imagination” have always stuck with me since. It was during this time, that I decided to pursue a career in academia. I completed my PhD in 2012, and joined the laboratory of Prof Benjamin F Cravatt, Department of Chemical Physiology, the Scripps Research Institute, for my postdoctoral studies. During my postdoctoral tenure, I was intrigued by lipid signaling pathways and its intricate connection to human diseases, and pathophysiology. Here I also learnt cutting edge metabolomics and proteomics techniques, and their applications to understand in vivo biological networks.
I joined the Department of Biology and Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune in August 2016, and wish to continue studying the connection between lipid signaling networks and human disease using these advanced “omics” techniques.