Aswin completed his Bsc.(H). Physics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. He did his Masters from Department of Physics, NIT Nagpur. His masters’ thesis is titled “Playing quantum games utilizing condensed matter systems” which is a theoretical work where models like the transverse Ising model were used to generate correlations between players in a game. At IITB-Monash Research Academy, he will work on the project titled, “The Arrow of Sophistication in Biological Self-Organization” under the guidance of Dr Manoj Gopalakrishnan (IIT Bombay) and Dr Adeel Razi (Monash University). The project intends to study and analyze several theoretical hypotheses put forward to explain the arrow of sophistication in molecules. These include the idea of a Markov blanket leading to emergent self-organization by Karl Friston, ideas of variational inference by Sanjoy Mitter, and connections to Bayesian statistics and machine learning theory.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0827
Radhik completed his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from University of Calicut in the year 2012. Following this he served as a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering Department at the M.S.University of Baroda. He completed his Masters in Engineering from College of Engineering Guindy,Anna University Chennai in the Specialization of Computer Integrated Manufacturing. He secured second rank in the university in his Specialization. He had worked on mathematical modeling and characterization of Nano Finishing Process as part of His Masters Thesis work with Dr Sunil Jha, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Delhi. He has published his research work in Leading international Conferences in the Domain of Manufacturing Engineering. Post his ME studies, He joined as a Production Engineer at Prisms India Private Limited, Pondicherry. After his Stint at Pondicherry, He joined the Robotics Lab at IIT Madras as Project Associate to work in Prof T. Asokan’s Surgical Robotics Research Team. He was instrumental in developing a Haptic Sensor for Force Feedback.
He is working with Prof Maryam Shojaei Baghini ,Department of Electrical Engineering , IIT Bombay alongwith Dr Elahie Abdi and Dr Gita Pendarkar, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,Monash University Australia to solve Develop a Robotic Platform for Pediatric Surgery.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0817
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
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
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 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 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 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
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
Anup Kumar Shahi has completed his B.Sc. from MMM PG College Bhatpar Rani (Gorakhpur University). He received his Master degree (M.Sc.) from IIT Bombay in Applied Geophysics in the year 2013. He secured All India Rank-23 in IIT-JAM 2011 in Geophysics and AIR-21 in ISM Dhanbad Entrance Exam for Physics. He did his M.Sc. dissertation, “Strata behavior due to the exploitation of hydrocarbon in the sedimentary basin “, under the supervision of Prof. T. N. Singh. During 2013-16 at IITB, He has worked on the various project related to Subsurface Geophysical Imaging and Soil Geomechanics like Crosshole Seismic, Electrical Resistivity Survey and Liquefaction Potential of Soil for organization like NPCIL, DRDO and MMRDA. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in IITB-Monash Research Academy under the guidance of Prof. Kumar Hemant Singh (IITB) Prof. T.N Singh (IITB) and Prof. Ranjith Pathegama (Monash University). His research topic is “Study of Gas hydrates using effective medium theory and rock physics modeling”. Apart from studies, he is interested in playing football.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0673 (5)