Shubham Dalvi


Shubham Dalvi

Shubham completed his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pune in 2016. Thereafter, He joined VNIT Nagpur and completed his Master’s Thesis on “Conjugate Heat Transfer in a Radial Heat Sink using OpenFOAM” in 2018. At the Academy, he would be working on the project entitled “Improved Techniques for High Resolution Urban Flood Modelling” under the supervision of Dr. Shivasubramanian Gopalakrishnan (IIT B) and Dr. Murray Rudman (Monash University). Apart from research, he loves to write Shayari’s, listen to classical music and play table tennis.


Link to student’s project: IMURA 0725


Rafath Alikkal


Rafath Alikkal

Rafath hails from Kerala, a tropical state in Southern India. From a young age, he showed much interest in the field of Physics and Mathematics which eventually brought him to the domain of Aerospace Engineering. He completed his Bachelor’s from Visvesvarayah Technological University and went on to pursue Master’s degree from IIT Bombay. He graduated with a specialization in Aerodynamics. His Master’s thesis was in the “Modeling and Simulation of Plasma Actuators”. He utilized an open source API, OpenFOAM, to generate the numerical simulations. With this work, he was better able to study the effectiveness of an active flow control device. His craving for knowledge has brought him to the exciting area of life sciences. During his tenure at IITB-Monash Research Academy, Rafath will be researching the role of flow physics in micro-cellular entities. His project is titled “Modeling and simulations of propulsion and swimming in microorganisms”. He will be guided by Prof. Sameer Jadhav from IIT Bombay as well as by Prof. Prabhakar Ranganathan from Monash University.
Apart from research, he endeavors upon writing short stories and poems. Also, he is a polyglot.


Link to student’s project: IMURA 0733


Haritha Joseph


Haritha Joseph

I have completed my bachelors from Union Christian College, Aluva, Kerala, and masters from IIT Madras. My masters’ project was to design, fabricate and characterize metamaterial absorber in the microwave region. Here I have joined under Prof. Shobha Shukla and Prof. Sumit Saxena for the project titled ‘development of plasmonic metamaterials for SERS application’. I love listening to music, hanging out with friends and watching movies.


Link to student’s project: IMURA 0748


Cresha Gracy Nadar


Cresha Gracy Nadar

Gracy completed her Masters in Biotechnology from DY Patil University, School of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Navi Mumbai in May 2018. For her MTech dissertation, she joined IIT Bombay and worked on a project “Purification of Hemicellulose oligomers Xylo-oligosaccharides (XOS) using Membrane separation techniques” during which she carried out production and purification of prebiotic oligosaccharides from various agricultural waste residues. At IITB-Monash Research Academy, she will be working on project “Development of green biorefinery technologies from food processing waste” under the supervision of  Dr. Amit Arora (IIT Bombay), Co-supervisor: Dr. Yogendra Shastri (IIT Bombay), Prof. Antonio Patti (Monash University), Co-supervisor: Prof Victoria Haritos (Monash University). Her hobbies include nature photography, drawing, crafts and helping in church activities.


Link to student’s project: IMURA 0823


Arkasubhro Chatterjee


Arkasubhro Chatterjee

Arkasubhro Chatterjee completed his B. Tech in Pharmaceutical Science and Technology from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai in 2016. He will be completing his M. Tech in Pharmaceutical Technology from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai as well. His B.Tech. project thesis was titled “Calcium Phosphate Nanospheres and Nanotubes for drug delivery” and was completed under the supervision of Dr. Prajakta Dandekar Jain. His M.Tech. thesis, titled “Ethyl Cellulose nanodispersion for pharmaceutical applications” was completed under the supervision of Dr. Vandana Patravale. Recently,

he was a part of a three-month training program at the Tata Memorial Advanced Center for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC) under Dr. Abhijit De. He has also presented his research “Nanoengineered polymer Dispersion for coating applications” at the Nanobioteck 2017 Conference by Indian Society of Nanomedicine and at the Controlled Release Society, Indian Chapter, 2018 Symposium. At the IITB-Monash Research Academy, he will be working on the project titled “Pectin Based films/gels for antibiotic/antifungal applications” under the guidance of Professors Amit Arora (IIT-B), Antonio Patti (Monash University) and Andrew Phil (Monash University). His hobbies include reading and playing the guitar.


Link to student’s project: IMURA 0822


Apoorva Nambiar


Apoorva Nambiar

Apoorva Nambiar has completed her Bachelors in Mathematics (Honours) from Gargi College, University of Delhi. Then she proceeded with her Masters in Population Studies from International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai. Her thesis work was on “Spousal violence against women in India: Does economic status and autonomy reduce the vulnerability”. During her masters, she did a summer internship at the National Institute of Medical Statistics, ICMR, where she has co-authored three journal articles on Maternal and Child health, and Ceasarian deliveries in Northeastern states of India and has also presented these papers at national level conferences. She has also interned at the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India in their Statistics Bureau. Her research interests include Gender Issues, Maternal and Child Health, Public Health, Reproductive Health, and Population Ageing. She joined the IITB-Monash Research Academy for the Ph.D. program in January 2019 where she will be working on “Where does the shoe pinch mapping the contours of child malnutrition to plan its elimination” under the supervision of Prof. Satish B Agnihotri (IITB) and Prof. Dharma Arunachalam (Monash University). Apart from these, she is very passionate about dance and is a professional Bharatanatyam dancer and holds a Diploma in it. She has been a dance faculty at Ganesa Natyalaya, Delhi and has traveled and performed at various forums and national dance festivals across India. Her other interests include music and sports.


Link to student’s project: HSS0818


Anup Kumar Prasad


Anup Kumar Prasad

Anup Kumar has done his B.Tech in Biochemical Engineering from Kumaon Engineering College, Dwarahat (Uttrakhand) and M.Tech in Biotechnology from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad. His master’s dissertation thesis was “Effect of YBX1 gene silencing on the expression of Alzheimer disease-related genes in HT-29 cell line“. He has attended various conference and events. He is currently pursuing the IITB-Monash joint Ph.D. programme on the topic of “Amyloid formation in frog peptides: Exploring peptide-lipid interactions” under the supervision of Prof. Ajay S Panwar (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Lisandra Martin (Monash). His hobbies are playing cricket, sketching and watching movies.


Link to student’s project: IMURA 0781


Abhishek Goswami


Abhishek Goswami

At the IITB – Monash Academy, Abhishek is working towards performing nano indentation and ab initio studies on 3D printed high entropy alloys, under the supervision of Prof. Alankar Alankar in the Mechanical Engineering department at IIT Bombay and is being co-advised by Prof. Jian Feng Nie from the Materials Science and Engineering department at Monash University. He completed his Sc.M while working in the Rubenstein group under the supervision of Prof. Brenda Rubenstein in collaboration with Prof. John Marston at Brown University. Prior to this, he had been working with Prof. Axel van de Walle in the area of ab-initio thermodynamics and alloy theory. For his Master’s dissertation, he worked under the supervision of Prof Atul H. Chokshi in the High Temperature Deformation and Nanomaterials group, Indian Institute of Science on the structure and nano-mechanics of nacre. He completed his Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur with a Senior Undergraduate dissertation in the area of Electronic materials and devices while working under the supervision of Prof. Ashish Garg. Abhishek was on the payroll of Reliance Industries Ltd., India as a Corrosion/Materials engineer from 2011-12. He has also worked as a freelance musician for AXIS 6 from 2008-11, Swami & Friends in 2014, and The Journeymen in 2017.


Link to student’s project: IMURA