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Debjani Paul   Debjani Paul (group leader)


Debjani has an Integrated PhD degree (2005) in physics from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, where she worked in the group of V. Venkataraman. During her postdoctoral research she worked with Jean-Louis Viovy (Physical Chemistry Group, Curie Institute), Andrew Flewitt (Electronic Devices and Materials group, University of Cambridge), Piero Migliorato (Biosensor group, University of Cambridge) and Pietro Cicuta (Biological and Soft Systems group, University of Cambridge). She briefly worked in a pharmaceutical company before joining IIT Bombay in 2012. She can be contacted at debjani.paul[AT]iitb.ac.in.

Sanotsh Jinnawar  Santosh Jinnawar (senior administration assistant)


Santosh has a masters degree in commerce with specialisation in finance and accounts from University of Mumbai. He is the go-to guy for all purchases and administrative procedures in the Paul lab. He also steps in to help with managing lab stocks and inventory. He likes reading books on taxation, and playing football and cricket whenever he can get away from the lab. For all administrative enquiries related to the Paul lab, he can be reached at lab604.office[AT]gmail.com.

Shilpi Pandey   Shilpi Pandey (postdoctoral fellow)


Shilpi has B.Tech (Electronics and Communication) from Uttar Pradesh Technical University, M.Tech (VLSI design) from Banasthali Vidyapith and Ph.D from CSIR-CEERI and Banasthali Vidyapith. Her PhD thesis involved design and fabrication of a RF MEMS phase shifter for communication applications. As an institute postdoctoral fellow in the Paul lab, Shilpi is developing a portable centrifugal microfluidic platform for cell sorting, with focus on separating circulating tumour cells in blood. In her spare time, she likes to paint (Madhubani style), cook, play badminton, take photos or dance. Shilpi can be contacted at shilpi.pandey[AT]iitb.ac.in.

Kamal Nair  Kamal Nair (PhD student, 2017 - )


Kamal joined the lab as a PhD student in a joint doctoral programme run by IIT Bombay and Monash University, Australia (with Dr. Tuncay Alan as a co-advisor). He has a master's degree in clinical microbiology from Glasgow Caledonian University, and a second masters in microbiology and biochemistry from the University of Goettingen. He is studying how cells can be released from a substrate using surface acoustic waves. He has somewhat quirky interests including playing badminton, reading on astronomy, and inquiries into the paranormal. He can be reached at kamalnair07[AT]iitb.ac.in.

Ramiz Raza  Ramiz Raja (PhD student, 2018 - )


Ramiz completed a masters in biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati before joining the Paul lab for a PhD. He explored the role of a transcriptional factor in the cowpea plant against aluminium stress in acidic soil for his master's thesis. In IIT Bombay he will study how bacteria move, grow and survive in extremely confined conditions. Ramiz will use microfluidic devices to mimic these confined channels. In his spare time he likes to play table tennis, chess and athletics. He can be contacted at ramiz.raza[AT]iitb.ac.in.

Savita Kumari   Savita Kumari (PhD student, 2018 - )


Savita has a bachelor's degree in electronics and instrumentation engineering from Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology and a master's in medical imaging and informatics from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. She is exploring the rheology of blood using microfluidic devices. Her goal is to understand whether and how the flow properties of blood changes in different diseases. She likes to skate, play badminton and watch movies. Savita can be reached at savita.kumari[AT]iitb.ac.in.

Tanvir Daphedar   Tanvir Daphedar (PhD student, 2015 - )


Tanvir got a master's degree in biomedical engineering from IIT Bombay in 2014 and joined this lab as a part-time PhD student (co-advisor: Shamik Sen) after a year. He teaches in a college in Mumbai during the day and works on his thesis research in the evenings. He is developing biocompatible hydrogels with controllable stiffness gradients to study how cells respond to stiffness gradients in the substrate. He can be reached at tanvir.daphedar[AT]iitb.ac.in.

Srushti Singh   Srushti Singh (project research assistant, 2018 - )


Srushti got a master's degree in biotechnology from Dr. D. Y. Patil University, Mumbai. She is focussing on clinical validation of a point-of-care diagnostic test developed in the Paul lab for sickle cell disease. Her work involves coordinating with our field partners to design the field studies and getting them done. She loves eating out, cooking and reading. She can be reached at singhsrushti8[AT]gmail.com.

Siddhant Jaitpal  Siddhant Jaitpal (project research assistant)


Siddhant has a BS (biomedical engineering) from Brown University and a MS (biomedical engineering) from Purdue University. He is working on a collaborative project with the Bruchez and Hiller groups at Carnegie-Mellon University (CMU) to develop a biosensor for detection of bacteria responsible for middle ear infection. He is adapting an assay involving fluoregen-activated proteins developed at CMU into the microfluidic format. He is also interested in modelling fluid flow in paperfluidic devices. He likes to write sketch comedy content (storytelling), read great works of philosophy, play golf and occasionally overthink. He can be contacted at siddhant.jaitpal[AT]iitb.ac.in.

Priyanka Naik   Priyanka Naik (project research associate)


Priyanka has a master's in biotechnology from Dr. D. Y. Patil University. Before joining the Paul lab, she worked at Haffkine Institute to understand the role of tryptophan metabolites in rabies using a mouse model. In another project, she studied small-scale wine production. In IIT Bombay she is working on a droplet microfluidic system to diagnose malaria at the point of care. She is also interested in paperfluidics and has worked on isothermal amplification of DNA from different bacteria on paper substrates. Her interests lie in photography and painting. She can be contacted at priyanka.naik[AT]iitb.ac.in.

Riddha Manna  Riddha Manna (M. Tech. student, 2017 - 2019)


Riddha has an engineering degree in biotechnology, from National Institute of Technology Durgapur. With a flair for computer programming and a habit of tinkering and hardware hacking, he likes to make things. He believes, as an engineer, one should explore a variety of fields, and try to amalgamate them towards building solutions to real-world problems. He is currently exploring the field of digital microfluidics and electrowetting. He's passionate about motorcycles, football, coffee, and cooking. He can be contacted at riddha[AT]iitb.ac.in.

Sahar Nasser   Sahar Nasser (M. Tech. student, 2017 - 2019)


Sahar got her bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from Damascus University, Syria. She is studying for a master's in biomedical engineering at IIT Bombay. Her thesis project, in collaboration with Suyash Awate in Computer Science department at IIT Bombay, explores machine learning techniques to analyse the images of sickle cells. She hopes to develop a classification system to identify blood samples from individuals with sickle cell trait (heterozygous) and sickle cell disease (homozygous). She likes to play badminton. Sahar can be contacted at 173302004[AT]iitb.ac.in.

Abdoulie Jallow  Abdoulie Jallow (M. Tech. student, 2017 - 2019)


Abdoulie has a bachelor's degree in chemistry (honours) in Chemistry from the University of Gambia, Bikrama. He joined IIT Bombay to do a master's in biomedical engineering. His thesis project involves development of a colorimetric paperfluidic device to assess oral health. His focus is on detecting and quantifying any bacteria present in saliva or gingival crevicular fluid. He is also exploring how to increase the shelf life of these paperfluidic devices by making the chemicals more stable at room temperature. He likes to play football when he is not in the lab. He can be contacted at abdoulieaAT]iitb.ac.in.

Gauri Paduthol   Gauri Paduthol (undergraduate student, 2014 - 2019)


Gauri is pursuing a dual undergraduate degree (B. Tech + M. Tech) in mechanical engineering at IIT Bombay. She will do her master's thesis project in the Paul lab, where she hopes to combine her interests in fluid mechanics with biology. She will simulate and fabricate a simple microfluidic device to maintain spatially and temporally stable concentration gradients, so that these devices can be used to study chemotaxis of bacteria. Gauri reads a lot of novels and loves to go for a run in her spare time. She can be contacted at gauri_paduthol[AT]iitb.ac.in.

Jasleen Chhabra  Jasleen Chhabra (project research assistant)


Jasleen has a master's degree in biomedical engineering from IIT Bombay. A strong believer in the power of technology to solve real-world problems, he worked towards developing a non-invasive technique for the detection of jaundice in neonates during his master's project. He is currently working on a microfluidic cell sorting device for the detection of circulating tumor cells in blood. A travel enthusiast and a sports fanatic, he loves interacting with people in his spare time. He can be contacted at jasleenchhabra007[AT]gmail.com