Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
I was fascinated with Organic chemical reactions during my bachelors at SV University, Tirupati (1991-94) where one organic molecule can easily be converted into other molecule by sequential steps. As a biology student, I was not able to learn basic research behind these steps, but I learnt structure and organization of phospholipids in a cell membrane and its role in several biological processes. This biology made my interest to join Masters in Biotechnology program at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, where I have studied lipid composition of different bacterial cell membranes (1994-96). Further, I was able to continue to study the function and transport activities across the cell membrane during my PhD at IMTECH, Chandigah (1996-2001). To explore more research in membrane biology, I have joined University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia as a Postdoctoral fellow (2001) and carried out research in protein transport steps between the organelles. This research work provided me an opportunity to write a Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance Senior Research Fellowship (2010) with the support of Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. With the help of this fellowship now I started my carrier in India as an Assistant Professor and focused on basic research behind the Organelle biogenesis and their associated diseases.