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Sveta Wellcome Trust/DBT Early Career Fellow

 Sveta completed her PhD in Life Sciences at the Écolepolytechniquefédérale de Lausanne as well as a year-long PostDoc. During the 4 years of her PhD studies in Switzerland, she brought a new topic of research to her group, i.e. stress signalling in model organisms. She worked on the cross talk of these stress pathways in context of immunity, which was the main focus of her group. She started as a Wellcome Trust/DBT Early Career Fellow in June 2016 at the Institute. She plans to continue work with Drosophila on the JAK/STAT pathway and its contribution towards wound healing, immunity and host survival.





Suruchi Sharma

Suruchi completed her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from National Center for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India and joined the lab as a Post-Doctoral Fellow from April 2015.

She is working on the role of cAMP during mycobacterial infection.





Anaxee Barman

Anaxee completed her M.V.Sc. in Veterinary Physiology  from Veterinary College, Hebbal, Bangalore, India and joined the lab as a Research Scientist from September 2015.

She is working on transgenic mouse models.





Arka Banerjee

Arka completed his M.Sc. in Biotechnology from the Department of Biotechnology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India in 2010 and joined IISc. as a Ph.D. student in 2011. 

He is studying the role of novel cyclic AMP binding proteins in mycobacteria.







Kriti Gupta

Kriti Gupta  joined the institute in 2011 as a Ph.D. student after completing her M.Sc. in Molecular and Human Genetics from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. 

She is looking at the MPPED1/MPPED2 family of metallophosphodiesterases.






Pradeep Sathyanarayana

Pradeep completed his B.E in Biotechnology from M. Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India and joined the Institute as a Ph.D. student in the Bio-Engineering Programme in 2012. 

He is jointly advised by Prof. Ganapathy Ayappa, Dept. of Chemical Engg and is studying pore forming toxins.




Priyanka Biswas

Priyanka joined the Institute as an Integrated Ph.D student in 2013. She did her B.Sc (Hons.) in Microbiology from Lady Brabourne College, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India.

She is studying metallo phosphoesterases in mycobacteria.




Vishwas Mishra

Vishwas joined the Institute in 2014 as a Ph.D student after completing his B.Tech in Biotechnology from NIT Allahabad. 

He is presently working on the biochemical properties of human and murine receptor GC-C.




Somesh Nandi

Somesh joined the Institute in 2015 as a Ph.D student after completing his Masters in Biochemistry from University of Calcutta.

Somesh is studying  transgenic mouse models to understand the molecular mechanisms responsible for the phenotypes that are seen in human patients having mutations in GCC.







Moubani Chakraborty


Moubani completed her integrated M.Sc. in Biotechnology from St. Xavier's College Kolkata and joined the Institute as a Ph.D student in August  2016. 


She is working on cAMP binding proteins in mycobacteria.




Bhushan Sanjay Kulkarni

 Bhushan completed his M.Sc. in Microbiology, from Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune and joined the Institute as a Ph.D. student in August 2016.

He is studying unusual adenylyl cyclases in mycobacteria.



    Past Ph.D. Students


Anisha Zaveri


Postdoctoral Fellow at Weill Cornell Medical College, USA

Vishnu Janardhan


Postdoctoral Fellow at NCBS-Cambridge, Bangalore/UK

Nishad Matange


Inspire Faculty Fellow, IISER, Pune

Rohini Mattoo


Postdoctoral Fellow at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA.

Nirmalya Basu


Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute, Dresden, Germany.

Subhalaxmi Nambi


Research Associate, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA.

Najla Arshad


Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University School of Medicine, USA.

Kabir Hassan Biswas


Senior Research Fellow, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Ritu Sharma


Research Associate, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, USA.

Richa Tyagi


Research Associate, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA.

Sayanti Saha


Postdoctoral Associate, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, USA.

Vivek T. Natarajan


Scientist, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi, India.

Arindam Basu


Assistant Professor, Penn State University, Brandy Wine, USA.

Amit D. Ketkar


Research Associate at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas, USA

Avinash R. Shenoy


Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology, Imperial College, London

Mahaboobi Jaleel


Associate Director, Aurigene Discovery Technology Ltd., Hyderabad, India.

Shailaja Sopory


Research Scientist, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Gurgaon, India.

Yashoda Ghanekar



U. H. Manjunath

2002 (with Prof. V. Nagaraja)

Senior Investigator, Drug Discovery Unit at Novartis Institute for Tropical diseases, Singapore

Rashna Bhandari


Scientist, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad, India.

Nivedita Roy


Global Regulatory Affairs, Associate Director,  Merck Group, Switzerland.

Manjiri M. Bakre


Founder and CEO, Oncostem Diagnostics, Bangalore, India.

Animesh Nandi



V. Sooryanarayana

1997 (with Prof. P. R. Adiga)

Associate Professor, University of Alabama School of Medicine & Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Univ. of Michigan Birmingham, Alabama, USA.


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