Kavita Babu, PhD
kavita.babu [at] babulab [dot] org and kavitababu [at] iisc [dot] ac [dot] in
Kavita completed her undergraduate degree in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, from St. Joseph's College, Bangalore. She then attended the MSc Biotechnology programme at The Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU), Baroda but left midway to pursue her doctorate at Professor William Chia's laboratory at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB, now IMCB-A*STAR), Singapore, King's College London (MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology), London and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory. Kavita went on to do her Post-doctoral research at Professor Josh Kaplan's laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital (Department of Molecular Biology), Boston, MA. Subsequently, in August 2011, Kavita joined IISER, Mohali.
After spending more then 7 years in Mohali, Kavita moved back home and is currently gearing up to study aspects of the C. elegans nervous system at The Centre for Neuroscience (CNS) at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.
Kavita was a Wellcome Trust — DBT India Alliance Intermediate Fellow and was a recipient of the DBT-Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award. She is currently a Wellcome Trust — DBT India Alliance Senior Fellow and is a recipient of the Janaki Ammal- National Women Bioscientist Award (young category, 2019).
Post Doctoral Research Associate
Pratima Sharma Pandey, PhD
pratima.sharma [at] babulab [dot] org
A native of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh (HP), Pratima obtained her B.Sc from St. Bede's College, HP. She then obtained a master's degree in Biotechnology from HP University, Shimla. Between 1999 and 2004 she worked on her Ph.D. at Professor Alok K. Mondal's laboratory at the Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), Chandigarh. After completing her Ph.D., Pratima joined Dr. Lynn Boyd's laboratory at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL as a Post-doctoral fellow in 2005. In 2009, Pratima went on to pursue her research in Dr. Harbinder Dhillon's laboratory as a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Delaware State University, Delaware, DE. Subsequently, in 2012, Pratima joined IISER, Mohali.
Pratima initially worked on the role of RIG-3 in neurons, this work was published as two papers in Genetics. She is currently interested in studying non-cononical functions of neurotransmitter receptors in C. elegans. Her work has recently been publishes in PLoS Genetics and eNeuro.
Pallavi Sharma, PhD
pallavi.sharma [at] babulab [dot] org
A native of Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, Pallavi obtained her undergraduate degree in Biotechnology from KMV College Jalandhar, Punjab. She then completed her Master's degree in Biotechnology from National Centre for Human Genome Studies and Research (NCHGSR), Chandigarh (Punjab University).
Pallavi was the recipient of an ICMR — Junior Research Fellowship (2012) and Senior Research Fellowship (2014).
Pallavi worked on understanding the role of claudins at the C. elegans neuromuscular junction (NMJ). More specifically, she went on to characterise the role of HPO-30 at the NMJ. Her work was published as a paper in The Journal of Neuroscience. Pallavi graduated from our lab at IISER Mohali in July 2018 and joined as a postdoc at CNS, IISc in October, 2020.
Vandita Bhat, PhD
vanditabhat [at] iisc [dot] ac [dot] in
Vandita obtained her MS and PhD degrees from Dr. Zachary T. Campbell's laboratory University of Texas at Dallas. Her graduate research was centered around post-transcriptional regulation of RNA by protein complexes and associated biological consequences in the context of Caenorhabditis elegans germline stem cell regulation. Vandita's PhD work was published as two papers in eLife.
Vandita joined the Babu lab, IISc Bangalore, in 2021 as a Post-doctoral researcher. She is interested in mechanisms of translational control of CREB signaling which may play a pivotal role in memory formation.
Umer Saleem Bhat
umer.bhat [at] babulab [dot] org
Umer hails from Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. He has done his B.Sc from Amar Singh College, Srinagar and graduated with an M.Sc in biotechnology from University Of Kashmir in 2018. Umer joined IISER Mohali in 2018.
Umer is a recipient of the DBT-JRF (2018) Fellowship and has also qualified the CSIR-UGC JRF exams in June and December, 2017 as well as the GATE entrance test in 2018.
Umer is interested in studying the role of neuropeptide in locomotory circuit of C. elegans.
Apart from research, Umer is very interested in photography.
aishwarya.ahuja [at] babulab [dot] org
Aishwarya was born in Delhi and spent a good 20 years of her life in the capital city finishing up her schooling and graduation. She graduated in Zoology from Maitreyi college, Delhi University in the year 2016 and then went on to pursue her Masters in Biotechnology from Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune through the JNU CEEB Biotechnology entrance exam. Aishwarya joined the Centre for Neuroscience, IISc for her PhD in 2018.
Aishwarya has qualified GATE 2018 and the DBT-JRF (2018) entrance exam.
Aishwarya is interested in molecular neuroscience and is currently gearing up to understand the role of claudins in the interneurons of C. elegans.
monmita.bhar [at] babulab [dot] org
Monmita hails from the city of Chandannagar, West Bengal. She completed her undergraduate education from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata receiving her degree in Microbiology from The University of Calcutta.
Monmita qualified the JAM exam in 2017 and joined Indian Institute of Science as an Integrated PhD student at the Department of Biological Sciences. She is currently rotating in our lab at the Centre for Neuroscience and is currently studying aspects of learning and memory in C. elegans with Kamal Kishore.
Monmita is a classically trained singer and dancer.
navneet.shahi [at] babulab [dot] org
Born and raised in Punjab for the first 18 years of her life, Navneet pursued her graduation from the Biochemistry department of Panjab University, Chandigarh. After qualifying the JNU-CEEB exam, she joined the Biotechnology department of Pune University and obtained her MSc degree.
Navneet is currently interested in understanding the role of Cell-adhesion molecules in the nervous system of C. elegans. Apart from research, She’s fond of travelling, adventure sports and Photography.
tripti.seth [at] babulab [dot] org
Tripti is a native of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. She graduated in Zoology from Banaras Hindu University. Tripti then went on to obtain her Master's degree in Zoology from the University of Delhi. Tripti joined Centre for Neuroscience, IISc, Bangalore in August 2019.
Tripti has qualified the CSIR-UGC JRF fellowship in June 2018 and is interested in studying the role of cell adhesion molecules in primary neuronal cultures.
kamalkishore [at] iisc [dot] ac [dot] in
Kamal Kishore is from the capital city of India, New Delhi, where he completed his schooling and undergraduate education. Kamal Kishore completed his BSc in Zoology from Ramjas College. He went on to join the integrated PhD at IISc after competing in the JAM 2019 exam with an all India Rank of 5. Kamal Kishore is currently rotating in our lab at the Centre for Neuroscience, IISc, Bangalore.
Kamal Kishore has qualified the CSIR-NET JRF fellowship in December 2019 and is currently studying memory formation in C. elegans with Monmita.
Hari P Narayanan
haripn [at] iisc [dot] ac [dot] in
Hari is from the city of Kochi, in Kerala, and is an undergraduate currently pursuing a BS by research at the Indian Institute of Science. An entrant to IISc through the 2017 KVPY-SX Fellowship, he majors in Biology. He joined the lab in January 2020. His interests have been in cellular neuroscience, synthetic biology and microscopy.
Hari is working with Pallavi to understand the function and interacting partners of the claudin-like molecules, HPO-30. When not in lab, he performs with IISc's music group and enjoys literary pursuits
spa.jayaram [at] gmail [dot] com
Spatika is a final year student at IISER Mohali, pursuing a BS-MS dual degree in biology. Originally from Bangalore, she is a recipient of the DST-INSPIRE Fellowship, and the GE STAR Scholarship from the Institute of International Education and the General Electric Foundation. Her interests revolve around behavioral neuroscience. She is working with Vandita to understand the role of mRNA binding proteins in regulating C. elegans behaviours. Aside from science, she enjoys studying English literature, contemporary writing and is a Carnatic vocalist.
satabdim [at] iisc [dot] ac [dot] in
sijus [at] iisc [dot] ac [dot] in
Siju is from Kerala,the place is known as “God’s own country". He graduated in zoology from St thomas college, Mahatma Gandhi University. Siju then graduates with a MSc in Zoology from St Thomas college , Mahatma Gandhi University. He has also obtained a B.Ed in natural sciences from TITUS II Teachers College, Mahatma Gandhi University.
Siju has cleared the CSIR – UGC NET (JRF) in 2016, and CSIR – NET LS in 2019.
Currently Siju is a Senior Research Fellow (SRF) in our laboratory and is working with Umer on tracking C. elegans to study it's locomotory behaviours.
jagannathj [at] iisc [dot] ac [dot] in
Jagan pursued his BTech in Biotechnology from Sapthagiri College of Engineering, Bangalore. He then graduated with a Master's in Biological Sciences and Bioengineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Jagan had qualifies the GATE examination in Biotechnology and is currently working as a Junior Research Fellow (JRF) in our laboratory. Jagan is working with Vandita and Spatika to understand the role of mRNA binding proteins in regulating C. elegans behaviours.
Administrative and Technical Assistants
Yashodha Hanumantha Raju
yashodhah [at] iisc [dot] ac [dot] in
Suresh makes media/pours plates and helps keep our lab clean and running.
Yogesh Dahiya, PhD
yogeshdahiya [at] protonmail [dot] com
A native of Haryana, Yogesh obtained his B.Sc. from Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana. He then completed his Master's degree in Biochemistry from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi and joined Professor Ajit Sodhi's laboratory at the School of Biotechnology, BHU to do his Ph.D. Yogesh recieved two CSIR fellowships — Junior Research Fellowship (2007—2009) and Senior Research Fellowship (2009—2012) during the course of his PhD.
Yogesh was interested in understanding aspects of learning and memory in C. elegans. During the course of his postdoc, Yogesh developed a robust assay to study learning and memory in C. elegans and has used this assay to understand the isoform specific role of CREB1 in memory formation. This work was published in The Journal of Neuroscience.
Anuradha Singh, PhD
anuradha.singh [at] babulab [dot] org
Anuradha is a native of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. She graduated in Biotechnology from C.S.J.M., Kanpur University. She obtained her Masters degree in Molecular and Human Gentics from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi. Anuradha joined IISER Mohali in 2016.
Anuradha was a recipient of the UGC - Junior Research Fellowship (2015). She studied the relationship between ethanol and dopamine during her PhD. This work was recently published in PLoS Genetics.
Anuradha graduated in May 2021.
Nagesh Kadam, PhD
nagesh.kadam [at] babulab [dot] org
Nagesh is a native of Nanded, Maharashtra. He completed his undergraduate education at the N. E. S. Science College Nanded, receiving his degree in biotechnology from Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University. He then went on to do his Master's degree in Biotechnology at the School of Life Sciences, Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded. Nagesh joined IISER Mohali in 2013.
Nagesh was a recipient of the UGC — Junior Research Fellowship (2013) and Senior Research Fellowship (2015).
During the course of his PhD, Nagesh worked in collaboration with Thomas Pucadyil's lab to understand the function of EHD1. He was a contributor in a paper from the Pucadyil lab that was published in Nature Communication. Nagesh has also characterised the function of a G-protein coupled receptor, SRX-97, in C. elegans chemotaxis. This work has been recently published in eNeuro.
Ashwani Bhardwaj, PhD
ashwani.forensic [at] gmail [dot] com
A native of Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh, Ashwani obtained his undergraduate degree in Biotechnology from DAV College Jalandhar, Punjab. He then completed his Master's degree in Biotechnology from DAV College, Chandigarh (Panjab University).
Ashwani was a recipient of ICMR — Junior Research Fellowship (2012) and Senior Research Fellowship (2014).
Ashwani was interested in studying the neural circuitry involved in movement in C. elegans. More specifically he was interested in understanding how worms give rise to and stop reversals. Ashwani's thesis work has been published as two papers in The Journal of Neuroscience (with Saurabh Thapliyal) and Genetics (with Pratima Pandey).
Ashwani Graduated in January 2019 and is currently leading a state government forensics laboratory in Himachal Pradesh.
Vina Tikiyani, PhD
tveena87 [at] gmail [dot] com
Vina hails from the "Pink City" — Jaipur, Rajasthan. She holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in biotechnology from the Rajasthan University, Jaipur. She then obtained her master's degree in biotechnology from the University of North Bengal, Darjeeling. Vina has previously worked in other labs, including at the CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology. Vina was a recipient of the CSIR — Junior Research Fellowship (2014).
Vina was interested in understanding the function of claudins at the C. elegans NMJ. Her doctoral work was published in Cell Reports. Vina graduated with a PhD in November 2018 and is currently pursuing her postdoc in Professor Mark Hoon's lab at NIH.
While away from the research bench Vina spends her time reading or playing badminton or chess.
Shruti Thapliyal, PhD
shrutithapliyal87 [at] gmail [dot] com
A native of Uttaranchal, Shruti grew up in Delhi. She completed her undergraduate degree in botany from Miranda House, University of Delhi. She went on to do her Masters in Biotechnology at Banasthali University, Rajasthan. Shruti was a recipient of the CSIR — Junior Research Fellowship (2011) and Senior Research Fellowship (2013).
nijinj [at] iisc [dot] ac [dot] in
Nijin hails from a small village in Kollam, Kerala, that is known for its beaches and clean air. Nijin pursued a MS by research at our lab after completion of his BS at IISc in 2021. He joined the lab in October 2021. Nijin's research interests include developmental genetics and molecular neuroscience. Nijin worked with Aishwarya to study the expression of various claudins in C. elegans. Apart from research, Nijin enjoys trekking and photography. Nijin is currently working in Bangalore.
sukanx1995 [at] gmail [dot] com
Sukanta joined BS-MS Program at IISER Mohali in 2014 as a KVPY fellow. He worked with Nagesh Kadam, studying chemotaxis in C. elegans. Sukanta is a College level Volleyball player and a part time android porter. Sukanta is currently pursuing his PhD at NCBS, Bangalore.
salonirose.95 [at] gmail [dot] com
Saloni Rose joined BS-MS Program at IISER Mohali in 2013 as an INSPIRE fellow. She is originally from Kalpakkam, a small township near Chennai hosting a Nuclear Power Plant. For her Master's thesis, she worked on how transcription factors and associated molecules are involved in associative learning in C.elegans. More broadly, she wants to address how neural circuitries evolve and give rise to complex behaviours that involve learning with great degree of variability. Besides science, she is very passionate about badminton, travelling and gourmet food. Saloni is currently a PhD student at University of Birmingham, UK with Carolina Rezaval.
shruthi.ravindranath11 [at] gmail [dot] com
Shruthi joined IISER Mohali in 2012 as an INSPIRE Fellow. She is originally from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Shruthi is interested in understanding the causal relationship between neural circuits and behaviour. She studied the circuit for locomotion in C. elegans to understand how genes and proteins confer functionality to a circuit that forms a building block for behaviour. In her free time, she enjoys reading, swimming, playing music and exploring culinary culture. Shruthi is currently a doctoral candidate at Princeton University and a recipient of the university's 'Centennial Fellowship in Natural Science and Engineering'. Shruti is working at the Murthy lab in Princeton.
mohanlal316 [at] gmail [dot] com
Mohan, a native of Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir,
joined IISER Mohali as an INSPIRE Fellow in August 2012. For his final year thesis, Mohan studied the properties of neural circuits involved in controlling the locomotion of C. elegans. Mohan is currently pursuing his doctoral studies in Bioinformatics at IISER Mohali.
diwakarmaraina [at] gmail [dot] com
Diwakar is a native of Baijnath, Himachal Pradesh.
He joined IISER Mohali as an INSPIRE Fellow in August 2012. Diwakar worked on understanding the role of claudins and how they function in the C. elegans nervous system.
mimpatp [at] gmail [dot] com
Maruthi is a native of Madurai in Tamil Nadu, from where he completed his primary education. Maruthi joined IISER Mohali in August 2012 as an INSPIRE fellow, Maruthi worked on a project with Yogesh to understand how transcription factors are involved in memory formation and learning in C. elegans.
saurabh.iiser [at] gmail [dot] com
Saurabh, a native of Karanprayag, Uttarakhand. He joined IISER as an INSPIRE fellow in August 2011. In his final year thesis project he worked on understanding the neural circuitry of C. elegans. Saurabh is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at University of Fribourg in Switzerland.
joymaiswarya [at] gmail [dot] com
Aiswarya, a native of Cochin, Kerala, joined IISER Mohali in August 2011 as an INSPIRE fellow. She completed her final year thesis in the lab and is currently working at AIIMS, New Delhi.
Shiji is a native of Kerala, who joined IISER Mohali in August 2010. In our lab, she worked on understanding multidrug resistance proteins in C. elegans and graduated with a BS/MS degree in 2015. She is currently pursuing her PhD at IISER, Trivandrum.
tomarkuldeep39 [at] gmail [dot] com
Kuldeep was a senior undergraduate student at IISER Mohali, where he joined in July 2009, as an INSPIRE fellow, after completing his schooling from Dehradun. Kuldeep
was interested in studying the role of morphogens in synapse development and function. More specifically, Kuldeep was involved in understanding the role of TGFb family of morphogens at the C. elegans nervous system. Kuldeep graduated from IISER Mohali in 2014.
Kuldeep has graduated with a degree in management from IIM Calcutta.
shivambhardwaj [at] hotmail [dot] com
Shivam was a senior undergraduate student and IISER Mohali where he joined in July 2008, as a KVPY scholar, after completing his schooling from Patna. Shivam worked on setting up assays that would help identifying molecules involved in memory formation.
Shivam graduated from IISER Mohali in 2013. Shivam completed his PhD from The National University of Singapore.
Junior Research Fellows
ambeydwivedi [at] gmail [dot] com
Ambey is a native of the Cultural Capital of India, Banaras (Kashi), Uttar Pradesh. He completed his undergraduate education at the Banaras Hindu University, with an honours in Chemistry. After his Undergraduate degree, he went on to do his Masters in Biotechnology from IIT, Bombay (Mumbai). Ambey is GATE and CSIR-UGC NET qualified. Ambey spent a year getting hand-on experience in Neurobiology before starting his PhD.
Ambey is currently pursuing his PhD at CDFD, Hyderabad.
Summer Trainees/ Interns
No summer trainees in the lab due to move to IISc over summer of 2019 and because of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020/2021.