Resume

Experience

2020 - Present

Postdoctoral Fellow

Sean Megason Lab

Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston

Understanding how fluid mechanics and biochemical signalling shape the organs during development

Expertise: zebrafish, molecular and cell biology, CRISPR, quantitative live imaging, data analysis 

2019 - 2020

Postdoctoral Fellow

Erik Schäffer Lab

Cellular Nanoscience, Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP),

University of Tübingen

Investigating the mechanical role of molecular motor kinesin-8 in cell division

Expertise: cell-culture, protein purification, protein biochemistry, single-molecule biophysics

2014 - 2019

PhD Fellow

Erik Schäffer, Sabine Müller Labs

Cellular Nanoscience, Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP),

University of Tübingen

Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen

Functional investigation of plant molecular proteins kinesin-12 in cell division plane alignment

Expertise: In vitro reconstituted cell-free assays, cell culture (bacteria, yeast, insect, plants), protein biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, optical tweezers, single-molecule and live fluorescence imaging, data analysis

2012 - 2014

M.S. Thesis

Lolitika Mandal Lab

Department of Biological Sciences, Indian Institute for Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali

Understanding generation and regulation of blood stem cells and blood cell number in fruit flies

Expertise: Drosophila husbandry, fly genetics, molecular biology, dissection, immuno-histochemical staining, molecular cloning, confocal microscopy, data analysis

2012

Indian Academy Summer Fellow

Utpal Nath Lab

Department of Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore

Investigating the molecular mechanism underlying curvature control of leaves

Expertise: Arabidopsis husbandry, molecular biology, plant imaging, data analysis

2010-2012

B.S. Student researcher

Lolitika Mandal Lab

Department of Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali

Investigating blood stem cells and niche regulation and function

Expertise: Drosophila husbandry, fly genetics, molecular biology, dissection, immuno-histochemical staining, molecular cloning, confocal microscopy, data analysis

Education

2014 - 2019

University of Tübingen,
Max Planck Institute of Developmental Biology

PhD/ Dr. rer. nat. in Biology

Magna cum laude thesis

Tübingen, Germany

2009 - 2014

Indian Institute for Science Education and Research (IISER)

Mohali, India

Dual Degree B.S.- M.S.

Academic Award for Excellence in Biology 

CPA: 3.74/4 (all subjects)

CPA: 4/4 (Biology)

Positions & Services

2021 - Present

2020 - Present

2018 - Present

2016 - Present

2016 - 2018

Chair, Harvard Postdoc Medical Association

DEI Chair, Fair recruitment of Postdoc Group, Sys Bio  

ASAPbio Fellow, ASAPbio

Co-Founder, Together We Science

Editor, The Offspring, Max Planck Society PhDnet Magazine

2015 - 2016

2012 - 2013

2011 - 2012

2007 - 2009

Organiser, Annual Max Planck PhD Retreat 

President, Environment Club, IISER Mohali 

Vice-President, Environment Club, IISER Mohali 

President, Student Government, High School

Awards & Fellowships

2014 - 2019

2015

2015

2009-2014

2014

2012-2014

2013

International Max Planck Research School Fellowship

Best Poster Award, Annual Max Planck Retreat 

Communicating Your Science Fellow, Genetics Society, U.K.

K.V.P.Y. Fellowship, Department of Science, Govt. of India

Award for Academic Excellence in Biology, Class of 2014

Dean's list, M.S., (4 semesters)

Resonance Summer Fellowship by Harvard, MIT, & IIT Delhi

2013

2012

2007 - 2009

Khorana Program for Scholars, Indo-US (Declined) 

Indian Academy of Sciences Summer Fellowship

Meritorious Achievement Scholarship, High School