Current members

Post-Doctoral Fellow/ Research Scientist/Research Associate
ODr. Aishwarya Rao, Research Associate
Project: Collaborative project with IIT Bombay and GE Healthcare.
Background: Aishwarya completed her Masters degree in Biochemistry from the Department of Biochemistry, Nagpur University. She then obtained her Doctoral degree in 2004 from the same department,which involved the purification and characterization of antifungal proteins in fruits. She taught Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Lady Amritbai Daga College, Nagpur from 2002-04. After receiving training in animal tissue culture at the National Institute of Virology, Pune, she went on to do her Post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, wherein she worked on mucin function in normal and Cystic Fibrosis airways.She was the Principal Investigator on a DST Fast-track Young Scientist project entitled “Intracellular changes occurring during adaptation of Mammalian cells to suspension cultures” in the Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay during 2008-12. At present, she is working as a Research Associate in a collaborative project with IIT Bombay and GE Healthcare. She is keenly interested in sports and Indian classical music.
Dr. Sherinmol Thomas, Research Associate
Project: Plant proteomics.
Background: Sherin did her Masters from the University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India. She obtained her Doctoral degree in 2013 from the department of Plant Sciences, University of Hyderabad, India under the supervision of Prof. R P Sharma. During her Ph.D. she worked on the isolation of specific mutants in PAS, GAF and PHY domains of phytochrome to unravel their specific biological activities in light signaling. She used reverse genetic strategy TILLING for obtaining the specific mutants and EcoTILLING to find out the natural variants of phytochrome A and B1. She has also worked with Dr. Y. Sreelakshmi for metabolite characterization of Nonphototropic seedling1 (Nps1), wherein she characterized metabolite levels including primary metabolites, cuticle and wax composition using GC-MS.
Students
sandipSandip Kumar Patel, Integrated Ph.D. student
Project: Proteomics analysis of vivax malaria.
Background: Sandip completed his B.Sc.(H) in Zoology from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi (UP) India. Currently he is pursuing M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual degree at IIT Bombay.
vipinVipin Kumar, Integrated Ph.D. student
Project: Comparative serum proteomic analysis of severe and non-severe falciparum malaria; search for prognostic markers.
Background: Vipin Kumar from Panipat (Haryana). He has done BSc.(H) in Biochemistry from Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi. He has cleared JAM-2012 and got admission in IIT Bombay as a M.Sc.-Ph.D. student. He has qualified the CSIR-NET-2012. He joined the Proteomics lab in 2013 for his M.Sc. project and is now continuing with the same project in his Ph.D. He is expert in gel-based proteomic techniques.
Apoorva picApoorva Venkatesh, Ph.D. student
Project: Malaria biomarker discovery using proteomics.
Background: Apoorva completed B.Tech in Biotechnology from Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil University, Mumbai in 2011 after which she pursued M.Tech in Industrial Biotechnology from SASTRA University, Thanjavur in 2013. She completed her project internship at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and is GATE (2013) and CSIR-JRF/NET (2012) qualified. She hails from Mumbai and has been trained in carnatic classical music.
Nikita Gahoi, Ph.D. student
Project: Comparative proteome analysis of cerebrospinal fluid of high grade and low grade glioma to find the putative biomarker and autoantibody.
Background: Nikita is enrolled as a Ph.D. in Centre for Research in Nanotechnolgy and Sciences (CRNTS). She completed her M.Sc. in Biotechnology from Kumaun University, Nainital in 2012. She has also worked as Junior Research Fellow at IISER Bhopal and is CSIR-JRF/NET (2012) and GATE (2012) qualified. Apart from studies, she loves traveling and listening music.
AnbarasuAnbarasu Karthikaichamy, Ph.D. student
Background: Anbarasu Karthikaichamy is from the “Cracker City”, Sivakasi, which produces 80% of crackers in India. He completed his Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology from Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi (TN) affiliated to Anna University, Chennai. During his bachelors, he worked on “Phylogenetic analysis of Leptospira using a gene marker”. Following which 18 partial DNA sequences were published in NCBI. Then he joined Centre for Biotechnology, Anna University, Chennai for his Masters in Biopharmaceutical Technology after qualifying GATE and TANCET. His master’s project was on “Breast cancer signaling”. His charm towards his subjects earned him a gold medal. Anbarasu is currently working towards “Generating “live” gene expression tools for use in algal molecular manipulation” together with Prof. Santosh B Noronha, Prof. Sanjeeva Srivastava, Prof. Ross Leon Coppel and Dr Dieter Mark Bulach. Apart from the laboratory, Anbarasu enjoys photography, football and trying out new things.
Shuvolina Mukherjee, DBT-JRF, Ph.D. Student
Project
– Identification of biomarkers of Meningioma using proteomic approaches.

Background: Shuvolina is a Microbiology graduate from Calcutta University and has pursued her M.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from the University of Kalyani, West Bengal. She has worked as a project assistant in the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (an autonomous DBT institute), Kalyani before joining as a Ph.D. student in the Proteomics Lab. She has qualified DBT-JRF (2013), CSIR-NET (2012) and GATE-2012.

amrutaManubhai K P, Ph.D. student
Project:
Human Serum Proteome analysis for the identification of antigenic and autoantibody markers in human gliomas.

Background: Manubhai has pursued her Master degree in Medical Microbiology from Amrita School of Medicine, Kerala. She graduated in Microbiology from Amrita School of Biotechnology, Kerala. She has qualified CSIR-UGC JRF (2013) and GATE (2013).

saicharanSaicharan Ghantasala, Ph.D. student
Project: Validation of markers for glioma and meningioma using targeted proteomics for development of diagnostic and prognostic kits.
Background: Saicharan completed his M.Sc. from the Department of Biotechnology, GITAM Institute of Science, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam and is a GATE-2011 qualified candidate. Prior to joining the Proteomics lab here at the IITB, he had a year long stint with Dr.G.B. Maru at the Advanced Centre for Treatment Research Education in Cancer (ACTREC), Kharghar, Navi Mumbai where he learnt the techniques Western Blotting and IHC. He is a hard core music lover and a trained carnatic singer. Besides this, he likes playing badminton and takes special interest in updating himself with innovations in the automobile sector.
Apoorva picShalini Aggarwal, Ph.D. student
Project: Proteo-genomic analysis of clinical isolates of Plasmodium vivax.
Background: Shalini joined IIT Bombay as a PhD student in 2017 and before joining here, she did her B.Sc. in Microbiology (H) from Delhi University, 2013 and M.Sc. in Biotechnology from IIT Roorkee, 2015. Her M.Sc. dissertation was on “Assessing the role of putative MDR gene of A. baumannii”. She worked as Project fellow at Delhi University South Campus on synthesis of hGMCSF in prokaryotic expression system, 2015. Then she also worked as Project fellow at Amity University on “Exploration of G-quadruplexes in Mycobacterium tuberculosis”, 2016. She had cleared CSIR-NET (2014) and GATE (2014 and 2015).
Apart from Academics she is a Taekwondo athlete and Chess player. She is also a lifetime member of Mensa, an International Organization since 2010.
Apoorva picMehar Un Nissa, Ph.D. student
Project: Protein expression profiling of Labeo rohita challenged with Aeromonas hydrophila.
Background: Mehar joined IIT Bombay as a PhD student in 2017 and working on fish proteomics. She completed her B.Sc in 2013 and M.Sc in 2015 in Zoology from University of Jammu. She did her M.Phil in Zoology from the same University in 2017. Her M.Phil topic was “Survey of genetic disorders in Tehsil Surankote of district Poonch (J&K).
Apoorva picArghya Banerjee, Ph.D. student
Project: Comprehensive Proteogenomic and Metabolomic analysis of Pituitary Tumor to decipher the disease pathobiology and identify surrogate protein markers.
Background: Arghya Banerjee is from Jamshedpur (Steel City), and has done his MSc Biotechnology from The University of Burdwan, where he secured third position in the university. His MSc dissertation was on the “Effect of Silver and Lead nitrates on implantation, interference, Miscarriage and Teratogenicity in Mouse model”. He joined Biocon (Biocon Research Limited) as a Scientist (R&D) in 2015 where he has worked in Pharmacokinetic ELISA Method Development for Pre-Clinical and Clinical study, developing immunogenicity, ADA assay and Validation for PEG-GCSF and Monoclonal Antibodies against inflammatory and Cancer Diseases. Having ambitions of pursuing higher studies, he joined IISc (Indian Institute of Science) as a JRF where he studied protein folding and ligand binding with the help of CD Spectroscopy, Mass Spectroscopy and NMR Spectroscopy. Also, he has worked on fabrication of a more efficient electroeluter. He joined IIT Bombay in 2017 and has cleared CSIR-NET, GATE and DBT-JRF in 2016.
Apart from Academics he loves playing carrom, cricket, having bong food and listening to Rabindra Sangeet.
Abhilash Barpanda, Ph.D. student
Project: Proteomic analysis of Colon adenocarcinomas.
Background: Abhilash joined IIT Bombay as a PhD student in 2018. He did his Bachelors in Zoology from Sambalpur University in 2015 and M.Sc. in Life Sciences from Central University of Gujarat in the year 2017. His M.Sc. dissertation was on “Spectroscopic and cellular toxicity investigation of Eriodictyol binding to endogenous drug delivery vehicle HSA”. He has also worked as a Project fellow at IIT Bombay on “Transcriptomic and proteomic analysis of Cancer alternative splicing regulation”. He had cleared CSIR-NET-JRF (2016).
Apart from Academics he loves playing Cricket and swimming.
Apoorva picArijit Mukherjee, M.Sc. student
Project: FFPE based Proteomics workflow: A case study on Brain tumor.
Background: He hails from a small town at Nadia District, West Bengal. Having completed his Bachelors in Agriculture from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), he opted to do M.Sc in Biotechnology at IIT-B. He has qualified CSIR-JRF on Dec 2017. Football is his hobby.
Research Staff
kanikaKanika Mehta, Junior Research Fellow
Project:
Systems Biology based approach to understand metabolic bottlenecks.

Background: Kanika has completed her Masters degree in Biotechnology from IIT Bombay. She did her Bachelors in Biochemistry from Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi. She is a Junior Research Fellow here and currently working in a collaborative project aimed at the development of cynaobacteria-based biofuels. She has also qualified CSIR-JRF-NET (2012) and GATE (2014).

vimalaYogesh Shelkar, Project Fellow
Project: Identification of autoantibody biomarkers of meningioma using human proteome array

Background: Yogesh completed his B.Sc. in Microbiology from Pratap college at Amalner, Master degree in Microbiology from Ahmednagar college, Ahmednagar. His M.Sc. dissertation project was “Screening and isolation of Chitin degraders and comparative study on the ability of organism to hydrolyse chitin flakes and colloidal chitin”.

vimalaSwati Kumar, Project Fellow
Project: Serum proteome and cytokine profiling of dengue fever patients to decipher disease pathogenesis and identification of early diagnostic and prognostic markersBackground:
Swati completed her BSc. in Life Sciences from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai in 2014. She has recently completed her Master’s in Biotechnology from DY Patil University,Navi Mumbai in 2016 and did her dissertation from National Institute of Research in Reproductive Health, Parel for a period of six months.
vimalaSrushti Rajyaguru, Junior Research Fellow
Project: Proteomic Analysis of severe and non severe vivax malaria from different endemic areas of India to identify diagnostic and prognostic markers; and correlate host Responses with disease severity

Background: Srushti Rajyaguru joined IIT Bombay in September, 2017 as Junior Research Fellow. She did M.Sc. Integrated Biotechnology (Medical Biotechnology) from Sardar Patel University, Gujarat. She did her dissertation on a project entitled  “To identify and prioritize a common potential target among all malaria causing Plasmodium species in humans (in-silico Analysis)”. She is a trained classical dancer and an amateur of art and travel.

vimalaAvijit Zutshi, Sr. Project Technical Assistant
Project: Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) Central Facility

Background: Avijit joined IIT Bombay in 2017 as a Project Staff. He has completed his Masters in Molecular and Cell Biology from UT Dallas in 2016. He worked at Fabgennix International Inc. where he synthesized primary and secondary antibodies and developed standardized ELISA kits.

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