Sujata Walunj


Sujata Walunj
Sujata was having everlasting interest in biology during high school days. Keeping such motivations in mind, she took up Biotechnology during her under graduation from School of Biotechnology, Baramati, Pune University. She got an opportunity to work on her first research project entitled “Screening and Characterization of Novel Bacteriocins from Lactic Acid Bacteria”. In her bachelor’s programme she learned to appreciate the scope that biology offers in terms of discovering something useful for the society, if only the right questions are being asked.
She completed her MSc. In Biotechnology from IIT Bombay in year 2017. During the course of her higher studies she has also qualification national level entrance exams such as CSIR-NET-JRF, GATE and ICMR. Her dissertation topic was “Metabolomic Profiling for Identifying Key Alterations in Meningioma Patients”. She has published two conference papers during one year of dissertation project in Indian Society of Neuro-oncology and American Society of Mass Spectrometry conferences.
She is currently enrolled at the IITB-Monash research academy for the project entitled “The novel nuclear transport molecule importing from Plasmodium falciparum; potential drug target” under the supervision of Dr. Swati Patankar (IITB) and Dr. David Jans (Monash University). This project addresses an early stage of drug discovery for a globally prevalent infectious diseases.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0716

Suma Bhanu Battula


Suma Bhanu Battula
Suma graduated with Integrated Master of Science in Physics, from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee in 2016. Her dissertation was upon modelling 732.0 nm and 844.6 nm atomic oxygen dayglow emissions. She worked as project student at National Atmospheric Research Laboratory, Gadanki to study atmospheric aerosols and cirrus clouds using dual polarized lidar observations and at Inter University Accelerator Centre, New- Delhi for measurement and damping of mechanical vibrations in an IUAC quarter wave resonator. At IITB Monash Academy her research deals with understanding association between orography and extreme rainfall. She is supervised by Dr. Arpita Mondal and Dr. Subimal Ghosh at IITB, Dr. Steven Siems at Monash University. She likes travelling, trekking, gardening, cooking and reading.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0746

Aman Pandey


Aman Pandey
Aman Pandey has completed his MSc. in Chemical Sciences from Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar. After completing his MSc. in 2014, He was selected as Junior Research Fellow at IIT Gandhinagar. He had worked in the broad fields of heterogeneous catalysis for solid gas phase reactions and got three international publications. The project which he performed was “CO2 reforming of methane to generate syngas using nanostructured doped oxides and nanoporous aluminosilicates” In this project he had tuned active site location of the non-reducible metal oxide (La2O3) and changed it into a reducible oxide through a suitable dopant and increased its oxygen storage capacity (Published at JPCC). In another project titled was “Langmuir-Hinshelwood adsorption mechanism for the green synthesis of 1, 4-benzodiazipines over La2O3 and La(OH)3 catalyst”. He did the adsorption study and determine the basicity of La2O3 and La(OH)3 (Published at RSC adv.) . In addition to this he had done hydrogenation of acetylene with Ni doped ceria and Pd doped ceria (published at PCCP). Now he was selected and joined IITB-Monash Research Academy for his PhD under the supervision of Prof.Anil Kumar (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Neil Cameron (Monash University). His research topic is Design, Synthesis and Application of Biocatalysis for Continuous Flow Synthesis.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0660

Kusumika Sinha Roy


Kusumika Sinha Roy
Kusumika has done her B.Tech from Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata and her M.Tech in Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. She had worked on the physicochemical parameter and reactor type optimization for production of exopolysaccharide from cyanobacteria as a part of her Master’s Thesis. In IITB Monash Academy she will be working on the project “Bioactives and natural dyes from food and agricultural waste sources” under the supervision of Professor Amit Arora (IIT Bombay) and Professor Antonio Patti and Professor Kellie Tuck (Monash University). Apart from academics her hobbies include acting in stage theatre and elocution.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0744

Shachi Saluja


Shachi Saluja
Shachi Saluja completed her Bachelors in Biochemistry from the University of Delhi. She then pursued her post graduate degree course from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and received a Masters in Biotechnology. Her masters’ dissertation thesis was titled Topical Isoflavones in Sex Steroid Deficient Dry Eye Models: Role in Harderian Gland Secretions. She has been a resource person at various conferences and events. She has made an immense contribution to a textbook recently published by Springer. She is currently enrolled at the IITB-Monash Research Academy as a PhD scholar working on Ophthalmic Drug Delivery with Porous Silicon with Prof. Jayesh Bellare (IITB) and Prof. Nicolas Voelcker (Monash University).

Link to student’s project: IMURA0694

Nimita Shinde


Nimita Shinde
Nimita has completed her B.E. in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Cummins College in University of Pune in 2012 and her M.Tech. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IE&OR) from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 2016. During her Master’s thesis she worked on finding improved solutions for large-scale optimization problem (facility layout problem). Before joining IITB-Monash in January 2018, she had been working as Optimization Analyst at White Data System India Pvt. Ltd. She has worked on developing mathematical models and solving logistics problem as a part of her work. At IITB-Monash Research Academy, she would be working on a project called ‘Convex Optimization Techniques for Structured Global Optimization Problems’, which will focus on theoretical approaches to finding the solutions for large-scale optimization problems.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0692

Poornima VB


Poornima VB

Poornima completed her graduation in Biochemistry (H) from University of Delhi and Post graduation in Biotechnology from VIT University Vellore. At IITB-Monash Research academy, she was chosen to work on the project, “Cellulose nanofibre recovery from fruit waste” under the joint guidance of Dr Amit Arora, Dr Warren Batchelor and Dr Antonio Patti. During her master’s dissertation project, she was successfully able to isolate bacteriophages active against carbapenem resistant E.coli to be further used as a potent therapeutic agent for antibiotic resistant infections. Apart from dissertation project, she has worked on three other projects and completed an internship in the biochemistry lab of Dr BSA hospital. She has presented her work in the Science Engineering and Technology conference held at VIT University. Apart from academics, she is professionally trained in Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kathak and also has active interest in creative writing. She has been actively involved with Global Cancer Concern and National service scheme during school and college days respectively.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0745


Rohit Shah


Rohit Shah
Rohit Shah has a graduate degree in Physical Therapy from the Christian Medical College,Vellore. After completion he undertook 3 years of rural service in mission hospitals in the states of Chattisgarh, West Bengal and Nagaland. This duration allowed for perspective building about the health scenario prevalent in India and to understand the realities it presents.The differential experiences of the rural tenure helped in the realisation that improvements in any population’s health standards didn’t depend on treatment alone. It needed effectivity of available resources, a deeper analysis of local health systems and the contextual application of evidence based data to help make effective health decisions. These in turn would help improve the health outcomes in any given population,particularly in the Indian context.
He has been an exchange scholar at the Summer Public Health Institute,University of Minnesota and also has a postgraduate degree of Public Health in Social Epidemiology from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai where he pursued his MPhil in Public Health as well prior to joining the PhD.
He also has worked extensively at the State Health Resource Centre ( a MoHFW technical support agency ,Chattisgarh).His PhD project at the IITB-Monash Research Academy is titled”Evaluation of Outcomes and Impacts of NRHM”. His supervisors at IITB are Professor Sarthak Gaurav and Professor Ashish Singh respectively. Professor Pushkar Maitra is the supervisor from Monash University.A bibliophile, his interests include the History of Medicine, colonial influences on Health, neoliberalisation and health, cultural and social influences in medicine, health systems research and policy.
Link to student’s project: HSS0641

Shalini R


Shalini R

Shalini R has completed her B.Sc in Chemistry from Mumbai University in 2012 and his M.Sc in Organic Chemistry from Mumbai University in 2014. She had been selected into a MNC company through campus interview in 2014. Her work profile involved hardcore synthesis based on organophosphorous compounds, polyurethanes and transesterification. She would be working under the supervision of Prof. M S Balakrishna (IIT Bombay), Prof. Glen Deacon(Monash University) and Prof. Victoria Blair(Monash University). Her interests include reading all kind of books, listening to music and travelling.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0493


Pratistha Chandra


Pratistha Chandra

I completed my MBA from IIIT Allahabad in 2017 with dual specialization in IT and Marketing. Previously, I worked at Infosys Limited for 4.6 years in the domain of application software development and testing services. I was involved in the mobile app development of iPhone/iPad apps.I also provided quality analysis services for the Apple Online Store and The Boeing Company. My master project thesis was titled “Strategic fit between the IT Infrastructure and Marketing strategy of Amazon”. At IIT-B Monash,I shall be working on the project ‘Sustainability based recycling planning using multi-criteria decision making’ under Prof. Pankaj Dutta(IIT Bombay) and Prof.Chung-Hsing Yeh(Monash University).In my free time,I like to read,sing and listen to music.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0742