Student Profiles


David Stephen Lall

David completed his bachelors in Physics honours from St. Stephens College, University of Delhi. Thereafter, he proceeded with his MTech in Geophysical Technology from IIT Roorkee, His dissertation work was on the topic of “2D Modeling and Inversion of Magnetotelluric Data using Immersed Interface Method”. He has also acquired industry exposure in WesternGeco, Schlumberger for 1.5 years. He is currently pursuing the IITB-Monash joint PhD programme on the topic of “Permeability and strength of methane-hydrate bearing reservoir rocks” under the supervision of Dr. V. Vishal (IITB) and Prof. Ranjith PG (Monash). In his free time, one can often find him playing the guitar in his room or wandering about in search for some great photographs.


Anjana Menon

Anjana has completed her B. Tech. in Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering from Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering under the University of Kerala in 2016. She will be completing her M. Tech. in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai in July, 2018. She has secured rank 10 in GATE (Biotechnology) in the year 2017. Her thesis work in B. Tech. tilted ‘A study on the properties of Rice Husk Ash’ was performed under the supervision of Mrs. Gayathri V. and the thesis work in M. Tech. titled ‘Studies on lauryl derivative as an HIV-1 entry inhibitor’ was conducted in collaboration with NIRRH(ICMR), Mumbai under the supervision of Prof. Vandana Patravale. At the academy she would be working on the project titled ‘Role of bacterial sugar-based lipids in mediating membrane-induced cell death’ under the supervision of Prof. Shobhna Kapoor (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Mibel Aguilar (Monash University). Her interests include trekking, apparel designing/modelling and reading.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0785


Gayathri Dev. A

She completed M. Sc. from Amrita University, Kerala and she won first Rank in the University Examination. She did her M. Sc Project at IIT Bombay under the Guidance of Prof. Debabrata Maiti on the topic “Catalytic palladium nano particle prepared using α-sy nucelin amyloid template”. She cleared the All India Examination GATE – 2018 and CSIR JRF immediately after the completion of course. She joined in IIT B Monash Academy in July 2018 and is working with Prof. Anil Kumar (IIT B) and Prof. Tanja Junkers (Monash University) on “Design, synthesis and application of novel hole transport layers”. Her interest include listening to music, travelling, gardening.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0615


George T.S.

George TS has done his Master’s in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering from NITK Surathkal and has last worked as a Research Associate working on the development of an Intracranial stent at the Sree Chitra Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram. He has around 5 years of experience in the industry and 5 years in academia.
His current area of interest is Additive Manufacturing particularly of metals. At IITB, he can be found working on Additive Manufacturing of Composites under the supervision of Dr. Alankar Alankar in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In his spare time he likes to catch up on current affairs, trivia and football and is an avid quizzer.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0736


Gokul V.S.

Gokul completed his Masters in Marine Geophysics from Cochin University of Science and Technology(CUSAT), Kerala, in 2017 with University rank and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Union Christian College, Kerala (affliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam). He is an Inspire Scholarship for Higher Education holder awarded by the DST, Government of India. He did his master’s dissertation on ‘Studies on GPS measured Surface Kinematic Displacements from the 25th Nepal Earthquake’ under the guidance of Dr. Rajesh S. from Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology. He have 3 conference publications and had participated in various other geophysical training programmes during his masters. Joined the academy in July 2018 and is currently working in the project titled ‘The structure, Rheology and Tectonic Evolution of the lithosphere in the northeast Indian Ocean (IMURA0732)’ under the supervision of Prof. M. Radhakrishna(IITB) and Prof. Peter Betts(Monash). His interests include travelling and photography.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0732


Kushal Mishra

Kushal completed his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from CET (Govt.) Bhubaneswar (2007-11) and Master’s in Metallurgical Engineering and Material Science from IIT Bombay (2015-17). He has worked for a period of 4.5 years in a heavy steel industry. His industrial experience include hot rolling of steel plates, mechanical machinery maintenance and continuous casting. Before joining IITB-Monash Research Academy he was associated with IIT Bombay as a Jr. Research Fellow for a period of six months working on the mechanical behaviour of perovskite based photovoltaics funded by DST. His Master’s thesis was dedicated to the development of nanostructured steel for high strength and high toughness applications and a section of his thesis has been published in MSEA. He would be working on ‘Microstructure-property relationships of conductive polymers and substrates for organic solar cells’ under the supervision of Prof. Aparna Singh (IIT Bombay) and Dr. Laurence Brassart (Monash University). He enjoys playing cricket and football.”


Link to student’s project: IMURA0718


Mallikarjuna Korrapati

Mallikarjuna Korrapati obtained his Masters in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Mechatronics from National Institute Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, Karnataka, and Bachelors in Mechanical engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. He has communicated three papers in IEEE conference and two papers in springer based conference. His areas of interests include Biosensors, control theory, Teleoperated systems and robotics for biomedical applications. He would be working on a project titled : “Tactile sensor array for biomedical applications ” under the supervision of Prof. Dipti Gupta (IIT Bombay), Prof. Sunita Chauhan and Dr.Gita Pendhakar (Monash University). He enjoys playing badminton and also likes photography and playing Guitar. Interested in talks about mindfulness and spirituality.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0701


Monica Upadhyay

Monica Upadhyay has completed her B.Sc. Zoology (H) from University of Delhi and Masters in Biotechnology from Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune. She has also done one year PG Diploma course in Biochemical and Molecular Biology Techniques. She has been involved in various research projects during course work and she was selected for summer research internship by Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS) during M.Sc. After qualifying GATE, DBT JRF and Joint CSIR-UGC NET JRF, She has qualified GRE and TOEFL as well. At IITB-Monash Research Academy, she will be working under the guidance of Dr. Kiran Kondabagil (Supervisor, IIT Bombay), Dr. Sanjeeva Srivastava (Co-Supervisor, IIT Bombay) and Dr. Gregory Moseley (Monash University) on the project titled ‘Finding cues for metabolism inside giant virus particles. Are giant viruses alive?’ Monica likes to participate in various extra-curricular activities. She loves reading and travelling and tries to learn science from day to day experiences.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0787


Pramantha Mohun Tagore

Pramantha obtained a Master’s and M. Phil degree in English Literature at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Holding a diploma in Digital Humanities and Cultural Informatics, he worked as a Project Fellow under the ‘UGC-University with Potential for Excellence’ sponsored research program, Soundscapes of Kolkata. The project involved tracing the critical connections between sounds and spaces in a modern urban metropolis and recording narratives of entities within their sonic environments. He also worked as an associate editor of The Confidential Clerk, an international journal published by the Centre for Victorian Studies at Jadavpur University. At IITB-Monash, he plans on working on the history and cultural impact of North Indian Raga music on the public sphere in late colonial Calcutta, under the guidance of Dr Adrian McNeil (Monash) and Dr Suddhaseel Sen (IITB). He is a professional musician and a graded performer at the All India Radio, and his interests include chess, video games, horror movies, and classical music.


Link to student’s project: HSS0759


Rajeshwari Muthukumaran

Rajeshwari is currently pursuing her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Rashmi Gupta (IIT Bombay), Antonio Verdejo-Garcia (Monash University) and Naomi Kakoschke (Monash University) on the project titled “the interactive effect of cognition, emotion, and motivation on behaviour”. She did her post- graduation (M.Sc Clinical Psychology) from Christ University in 2017. Her Masters dissertation was on effectiveness of hippotherapy on sociability aspects of children with autism. After graduating she worked as a special educator at APL Global School, Tamil Nadu, and wrote blogs on relationships and marital issues for askmile.com. Her keen interest in cognition, biological psychology and interactive models to explain behaviors that are applicable in real life drove her towards the project at IITB- Monash Academy. Rajeshwari is passionate about teaching and her other research interests include mind- wandering, sleep, mood disorders, autism, learning and memory. She is a person open to experience, and, can be found in places which reek of humour and good food.


Link to student’s project: HSS0765


Renuka Sharma

Renuka is enrolled in the joint PhD program at IITB Monash Academy in Computer Science & Engineering Department of IIT Bombay. She has completed her Masters (MTech) in Computer Science & Engineering from IIT Roorkee in 2018. She holds a work experience of 2 years as a Systems Engineer at Infosys Technologies Limited, working on Identity Access Management projects. Renuka has pursued her Bachelor’s (BTech) degree in Computer Science & Engineering from Uttar Pradesh Technical University. Renuka will be working in the field of Artificial Intelligence during her doctoral program under the supervision of Prof Rushikesh Joshi, IITB and Prof Nick Birbilis, Monash University.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0792


Sanket Pai

Sanket completed his B.E. in mechanical engineering from Goa University in 2009, after which he worked for a year as an asst. Prof. (contract) at Padre Conceição College of Engineering Goa, and for three years in Bosch Ltd. as a Sr. Engineer (mechanical design). He then joined Industrial Design Centre (IDC), IIT Bombay for his M.Des in Industrial design (2014-16), where he designed a ‘surgeon friendly laparoscopic device for electrosurgery procedures’ as his final thesis. For the Past two years he worked as a Project Research Associate at IDC, IIT Bombay in D’Source project. Currently he is pursuing his PhD at IITB-Monash Academy in a project titled ‘Design interventions in farm equipment for Indian small farmers’, under the guidance of Dr. Selby Coxon (Monash Unversity), Dr. Robbie Napper (Monash Unversity), Prof. B. K. Chakravarthy (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Sugandh Malhotra (IIT Bombay).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0733


S L Kesav Unnithan

S L Kesav Unnithan completed his masters in Geoinformatics from Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram after pursuing his under graduation in Computer Science and Engineering from Cochin University of Science and Technology. His Master’s thesis was on Spatiotemporal Mixed Effect Modelling for the Estimation of PM2.5 from MODIS AOD over the Indian subcontinent. He is currently pursuing his research on Application of model data fusion techniques for natural hazards modelling and analytics in developing countries especially in the Indian subcontinent under the guidance of Dr. Basudev Biswal (IITB), Dr. Christoph Rudiger (Monash University), Dr. Ha Bui (Monash University) and Mr. Mahesh Prakash (CSIRO).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0726


Priya Das

I completed my B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from USCT, Delhi in 2016 and my M.Tech. in Chemical Engineering with specialization in Computer Aided Process Plant Design from IIT, Roorkee in 2018. During my internship at ICT, Mumbai (2015), I worked on the topic ‘Enzymatic depolymerisation of carboxymethyl cellulose using ultrasonic and ultraviolet irradiations’. I have also worked on extraction of antioxidants from plant parts of Syzygium Cumini (Jamun) using microfiltration during the final year of B.Tech. As a part of my M.tech. research, I worked on the fabrication of nanocomposite membranes of sulphonated PVdF-co-hfP, titanium oxide and Nafion to be used for application in microbial fuel cells. I would be working on a project titled ‘Chemical Looping Metal Oxide Development and Hydrodynamics’ under the supervision of Prof Santanu Bandhopadhyay (IIT Bombay), Prof Sagar Mitra (IIT Bombay), Prof Andrew Hoadley (Monash University) and Prof Sankar Bhattacharya (Monash University). My interests include sketching and volleyball.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0700


Sweta Rani

Sweta Rani completed her B. Tech from Bengal College of Engineering and Technology (Durgapur), with a major in Electronics and Communication (ECE) in June, 2015. She worked as an Assistant System Engineer-Trainee in Tata Consultancy Services for six months but because of her keen interest in research, she opted for higher studies and completed her M. Tech in ECE from Indian Institute of Technology (ISM), Dhanbad in May, 2018. Her Master’s thesis mainly focusses on the applications of nonlinear optics in supercontinuum generation. She has also suggested a novel method for supercontinuum generation using nanowire chalcogenide core photonic crystal fiber. She is quite interested in the field of photonics and will further carry her research work in IITB Monash Research Academy under the guidance of Prof. Shobha Shukla (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Boon Mian Teo (Monash Univeristy). Her project is titled “ Tunable photonic crystal by 4D patterning“, wherein she aims to find an efficient and cost-effective method for fabricating photonic crystals.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0740


Uttara Purandare

Uttara completed her BA in Economics and Sociology from St. Xavier’s College Mumbai. She worked with the NGO Avehi Abacus Project on developing a curriculum that addresses gender and gender sensitivity, Saath Saath – Living together in harmony before going on to do her Master’s. She completed a joint MA in Public Policy (Governance and Development) from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague and the University of York, UK under the Erasmus Mundus MAPP programme. Her thesis, The Misunderstood Middle: The emerging middle class in India and its absence from urban policy cemented her interest in urban policy in India and her determination to create more equitable and inclusive development policies in the global South. Uttara then worked with IITB’s Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) as a research assistant. She worked on creating the Centre’s MPP programme and continued to research urban policy, shifting her focus to smart cities. Her PhD research under Prof. Satish B Agnihotri (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Dharmalingam Arunachalam (Monash University) will delve into safety and surveillance in smart cites. Uttara enjoys reading, cinema, travelling, and cooking.


Link to student’s project: HSS0762


Yashvardhan Verma

Yash completed his five year Integrated M.Tech course in Geophysical Technology from IIT Roorkee in 2014. Since then, he has been working in Schlumberger for almost 4 years on various seismic data processing projects and software development. In the oil industry, he realized the impact of oil exploration and extraction on the environment, and wanted to work on mitigating its effects. So he quit his job to pursue PhD in IITB Monash Research Academy, and is working on induced seismicity in CO2 enhanced oil recovery, under the supervision of Prof. Vikram Vishal (IITB), Prof. T N Singh (IITB) and Prof. Ranjith Pathegama (Monash). When he is not in the lab trying to find ways to make CO2 enhanced oil recovery more viable, he enjoys playing sports such as tennis and table-tennis, and exploring the Western Ghats through trekking and motorcycling.
Project Title – Investigation of induced seismicity in CO2 enhanced oil recovery


Link to student’s project: IMURA0758


Abhishek Mukherjee

Abhishek completed his B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from BIT Sindri in 2011 and his M.Tech in Clinical Engineering from IIT Madras in 2013. He designed a Brain-Computer interface for stroke rehabilitation as part of his M.Tech thesis. This initiated him to the field of neuroscience and he worked as an R & D Engineer at National Brain Research Center, Manesar, Gurgaon for 19 months before joining the IITB-Monash PhD program. He would be working on a project titled : “Modeling of Tool-Tissue Interaction for Surgical Simulators with Haptic Feedback” under the supervision of Prof. Ramesh Singh (IIT Bombay), Prof. Abhishek Gupta (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Wenyi Yan (Monash University). His interests include trekking and travelling and he is an avid foodie.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0332


Abin Varghese
Abin completed his five year BS-MS course from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Thiruvananthapuram in May 2016. He did his major in Physics and minor in Chemistry. For his major thesis he worked on a new and generic etching strategy for two-dimensional layered materials (TMDC’s, graphene and h-BN). He joined IITB-Monash Academy in Decmeber 2016 and is working with Dr. Saurabh Lodha (IITB) and Dr. Nikhil Medhekar (Monash University), on experimental and modeling studies of metal/2D layered semiconductor interfaces. His hobbies are playing and watching football.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0630

Abilash Ananthula
Abilash Ananthula has completed his B.Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT Roorkee in 2010 and his M.E in Structural Engineering from IISc Bangalore in 2013. Before pursuing his masters he worked as a Management Trainee Technical (Projects) at IISCO SAIL plant in Burnpur. His interest is in the keen exploration and understanding of fundamental science behind the Nature’s enigmatic control over the man-made infrastructure projects and thus develop and incorporate the suitable preventive measures in the design of such projects. Prior to joining the Academy, he has worked as a Lecturer at RGUKT IIIT Basar and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Practice at VNIT Nagpur. At the academy he would be working on a project titled: “Mitigation of wave forces on Coastal Bridges” under the supervision of Prof.Jayadipta Ghosh (IIT Bombay), Prof.BalajiRamakrishnan(IIT Bombay) and Prof.Colin Caprani(Monash University). His interests include sketching, swimming, exploring the scientific solutions over the prevalent societal issues, playing table tennis, etc.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0428

Aditya Gupta
Aditya Gupta has completed his B.Tech, Civil Engineering in 2013 from SRM University (Chennai) with 9.12 CGPA. He has secured 97.45 percentile in Graduate Aptitude Test in engineering (GATE 2013), and pursued his M.Tech in Hydraulic Engineering from IIT Roorkee. He completed his thesis “Modelling of Sediment Transportation in a reach of Gandak River” under the supervision of Dr. Nayan Sharma and Dr. Ajay Gairola, sponsored by Bihar Pul Nirman Nigam Ltd. (BPNNL) in 2015. His passion for research and teaching inspired him to work as an Assistant Professor in KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, for one year and then to join IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project “Design load estimation due to Debris flow during Tsunami”, which will address the key aspects like Advanced Computational engineering, Simulation and Manufacture, Infrastructure and Water engineering, under the guidance of Dr. Manas Ranjan Behera (IITB) and Dr. Amin Heidarpour Esfarjani (Monash University). Apart from his studies he has a great interest in swimming and reading.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0656

Alhad Parashtekar
After completing his BE from University of Pune in Mechanical Engineering, he joined Thermax Ltd. At Thermax Ltd, he worked on Fuel Cells for a year. Then, he completed his M-Tech from IIT Kanpur in Materials Science. At IIT Bombay-Monash academy he would investigate segregation tendencies in nanostructured materials used in energy devices under supervision of Dr SSV Tripathi and Dr Nikhil Medhekar.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0399 (1)

Anindya Harchowdhury
Anindya Harchowdhury has completed his B.Tech in ECE from West Bengal University of Technology in 2010. He has received MS from the department of E&ECE, IIT Kharagpur in August 2014. Since Sepetember 2010 until 31st December 2014 he was engaged in several research projects undertaken in the E&ECE department and KCSTC, IIT Kharagpur in the capacity of research assistant. He has worked on “Capacity Enhancement of Satellite based Information System for Mobile Users” as his MS thesis topic. He is having four IEEE international conference papers to his credit and one journal under advanced stage of revision in IEEE Transactions. He is keen to work on topics involving wireless communication. He has strong inclination towards embedded system and digital design and wants to explore mathematical techniques relevant to engineering problems. He is currently pursuing PhD in IIT Bombay in collaboration with Monash University, Australia. His doctoral research will be broadly classified on “Autonomous mapping in the presence of dynamic obstacles using multiple sensors”.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0450

Anurag Ladage
Anurag Ladage completed his M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, U.S.A in 2015. During his M.S., Anurag simultaneously completed eight certifications in data science from Coursera. His master’s thesis titled ‘Hybrid Statistical Data Mining Framework for Multi-Commodity Fixed Charge Network Flow (MCFCNF) Problems’ deals with using machine-learning algorithms to reduce the solving time of MCFCNF problems. Anurag is primarily interested areas of optimization, machine learning and analytics. Presently, he is pursuing his PhD at the IITB-Monash Joint Research Academy located at IITB. Anurag’s doctoral research area can be broadly stated as ‘Routing of Parcel Tankers’. He will be working under the guidance of Dr. Mohan Krishnamoorthy, Dr. Ashutosh Mahajan and Prof. Davaatseren Baatar during his Ph.D. He enjoys outdoor activities like football, running and swimming.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0373

Anup Kumar Shahi
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)

Abhishek Tripathi
Abhishek completed his Bachelor’s in Science from the University of Allahabad in 2013 , soon after again he joined the same University to complete his Master’s in Chemistry with specialization in Inorganic Chemistry and graduated with Bronze Medal in 2015. During M.Sc., he was selected for the Summer Research Fellowship Program of Indian Academy of Sciences and worked on the project titled,’ Ruthenium complexes of N-aryl- pyrrole-2-aldimines: Structure, Synthesis and their Spectral behaviour’, under the guidance of Prof.Samaresh Bhattacharya in Jadavpur University in Kolkata in May- July, 2014. After completing Master’s Degree, he joined Raman Research Institute, Bangaluru as a Visiting Student( VSP) to work in the field of ‘Dye Sensitized Solar Cells: Synthesis of Squaraine Dyes and Fabrication of DSSc’ under the Guidance of Prof. Sandeep Kumar (July- December 2015). At IITB-Monash Research Academy, he will be working under the guidance of Prof.Harkesh B. Singh (IIT Bombay) and Prof Glen B. Deacon (Monash University) and Dr. David Turner (Monash University) on the project titled ‘Structural studies on lanthanide complexes with amino acids and peptides’. He loves singing and has affection for Drama and Acting.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0478

Arnab Ghosh
Arnab did his B. Sc. in Chemistry from Burdwan University, West Bengal and M. Sc. (Chemistry) from IIT Hyderabad. During Masters he did project on “synthesis, characterization and application of organic electrochromic materials” and he has published one paper. After completion of his master degree, he joined as project staff in IIT Bombay and worked on “synthesis and designing the cathode materials for lithium sulfur battery”. This motivated him to join in IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project “a highly efficient polysulfide-metal oxide composite electrode as polar host for lithium-sulfur batteries” under the supervision of Professor Sagar Mitra (IIT Bombay) and Professor Doug MacFarlane (Monash University). In his leisure time he likes to play cricket, badminton and enjoys listening to Music.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0612

Amit Tewari

Amit received MSc in Physics from D.S.B. Campus, Nainital and MTech in Materials Science Programme from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. His thesis work has been devoted to the ‘Study of thermoelectric properties of polyaniline doped nano-scale films’. After the completion of his MSc, he worked as faculty in the educational institutions JANLAX and BASICS at Haldwani for two years. He was strongly motivated towards research during his MTech thesis and was especially interested in the field of organic conducting polymers prompting him to continue his further research in the same field. At present, he is pursuing the joint PhD program under the supervision of Prof. Dipti Gupta and Prof. Arup Bhattacharya at IITB and Prof. McNeil Christopher at Monash on ‘Graphene based organic conducting polymers’ at IITB-Monash Academy


Link to student’s project: IMURA0360


Anjali Sairaman

Anjali Sairaman, finished M.Sc in Organic chemistry from NMKRV College, Bangalore University. She has been consistently performed well in her academics right from 10th till Masters and maintained percentage of above 85 throughout. She worked in Bal Pharma Ltd, Bangalore for a period of 9 months in the analytical department where she was experienced in handling spectroscopic techniques. She has cleared all India level entrance exams like GATE, CSIR-JRF.Currently pursuing her ph.d in “Design and Synthesis of Small Organic Molecules as Blockers of Neuronal Calcium Ion Channels Relevant to Neuropathic Pain” under Prof.Krishna P. Kaliappan (IITB) and Dr.Kellie Tuck(Monash University) and Peter J Duggan(CSIRO). I have passion for singing.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0331


Atul Kumar Soti

Atul completed his B.Tech in Mechanical Engg. from IIT Guwahati in 2009 where he worked under Prof. Anoop Kumar Dass on AUSM Schemes and Magnetohydrodynamics for final year BTP. Soon after graduating he taught Physics to IIT-JEE aspirants for half a year in MEDIIT-JEE center. After that he worked in DRDO as Sc-B for 2.5 years before joining the Academy in 2012. He is working under Prof. Amit Agrawal, Prof. Rajneesh Bhardwaj and Prof. John Sheridan. His work is going to be in the area of CFD. He enjoys games, music, teaching and physics.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0325


Abhishek Sharma

Abhishek Sharma has completed his BTech-MTech dual degree in Nanotechnology from the Centre for Converging Technologies, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. After completing his MTech, he worked as a project assistant in the Department of Physics, University of Rajasthan and also as a part time guest faculty of Computational Nanotechnology, Nonlinear Dynamics and Dynamical Systems in Neuroscience at the Centre for Converging Technologies, University of Rajasthan. Abhishek has joined IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project ‘Predicting Separation Selectivity of Nanoporous Materials’ under the guidance of Dr. Ateeque Malani (IITB), Dr. Nikhil Medhekar (Monash University) and Dr. Ravichander Babarao (CSIRO). Apart from studies he has a great interest in chess, swimming and football.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0356


Abhishek Singh

I have completed my B.Sc. honours in chemistry from University of Delhi in 2013. I received my M.Sc. from V. National Institute of Technology, Nagpur where I worked on “Aqueous phase hydrogenation of phenolic compounds over Ni-ZSM-5 catalyst and performed related kinetic studies” during my master thesis under the supervision of Dr. J.D. Ekhe. I cleared all India entrance examination IIT-JAM in 2013. I am joining IITB-Monash research academy to study Squaramide based foldamers from experimental and computational approach with Prof. G. Naresh Patwari and Dr. Ekaterina Pas. My hobbies are trekking and I enjoy playing volleyball.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0340(A)


Ajay Nair

Ajay Nair did his M. Tech from IIT Delhi with a first rank in specialization and B. Tech from M. G. University, Kottayam, in Electrical Engineering. His Masters project resulted in 3 papers in the IEEE international conference – ICEMS 2010. He had previously worked as a Junior Research Fellow in CDAC-Trivandrum, on the design and development of a mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle, and also as a Lecturer in Mohandas College of Engineering and Technology, Trivandrum. Currently he is pursuing PhD in ‘Modeling and Inference of Gene Regulatory Network’, under Prof Pramod Wangikar (IIT Bombay) and Dr Madhu Chetty (Monash University).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0150


Akshay Patil

Akshay completed his B.E in Electronics and Telecommunication from the University of Pune in 2011. Later he joined Symbiosis International University to pursue M.Tech in Electronics and Telecommunication with a focus on radar data processing. His master thesis was based on meteors and high altitude radar data analysis. He has one paper published in International conferences and one in an international journal (Springer). He worked as an assistant professor in ECE department for eight months where he taught Antenna & Wave Propagation and Digital Image Processing courses. Prior to beginning the Ph.D. program at IITB-Monash, Akshay worked as Junior Research Fellow (JRF) at Center of Studies in Resources Engineering (CSRE), IIT Bombay in Microwave Remote Sensing Group (MRS). His research interest comprises the study of ionospheric phenomena like meteors using MST radar and the Cryosphere studies using SAR data. He is working on “Monitoring Snow Water Equivalent in the Indian Himalayas” under Prof. Gulab Singh and Prof. Avik Bhattacharya from CSRE department IIT Bombay and Prof. Christoph Rudiger from Monash University. He loves cricket, billiard, TT, music, cycling, trading and traveling. He spends his leisure time reading biographies and inspirational blogs and learning guitar.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0483


Arijit Lodh

Arijit Lodh completed his graduation in Metallurgical Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata in 2008. Then he completed his MTech in Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science from IIT Bombay. In 2010, he joined R&D, Tata Steel India as a researcher and worked there for 3 years. His main focus in R&D Tata Steel was developing various grades of steels through hot rolling route. Due to constant attachment in research work, he was motivated to pursue a PhD degree and so, joined the IITB-Monash Research Academy. Here, he will be working under the guidance of Prof. C R Hutchinson and Prof. I Samajdar on project ‘Fatigue Crack Nucleation in Aerospace Alloys’.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0327


Antara Dasgupta

Antara completed her second Master’s degree in remote sensing and geo-information science from ITC, Netherlands in 2015. Previously, she did a master’s in environmental science from Doon University in Dehradun and a bachelor’s in chemistry from Sri Venkateshwara College, Delhi University. She was awarded the MYCOE-SERVIR Himalaya Fellowship by ICIMOD/NASA/ESRI/USAID/AAG for the year 2012-13 under which she researched the “Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in the Garhwal Himalayas”. She has also created an open source tool using Python for snow cover assessment. Her demonstrated passion for research and a keen interest in numerical modelling and data assimilation techniques inspired her to take on this challenging project. She wants to build a career in academics and is very excited about this opportunity. Her extra-curricular interests include light and western vocals, classical dance and travelling.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0351


Anup Kundu

Anup Kundu obtained his MTech in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and BTech in Chemical Engineering from Haldia Institute of Technology, Haldia (West Bengal). After his BTech, he worked as a graduate engineering trainee (GET) in Jai Balaji Industries Ltd., Kolkata. His field of work during his masters was ‘Multiphase Flow’ in which he studied ‘an alternative contacting device for estimation of mass transfer co-efficient in gas-liquid reaction’. He has one paper published in international conferences and one in an international journal. He has now joined IITB Monash Research Academy for his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Rajneesh Bhardwaj (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Mark Thompson (Monash University). His research topic is ‘A Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer Solver for Complex Geometries and Multiphase Flows’.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0338


Anbarasu Karthikaichamy

Anbarasu Karthikaichamy is completed his Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology from MepcoSchlenk engineering College, Sivakasi (TN) Affiliated to Anna University, Chennai. During his bachelors, he worked on “Phylogenetic analysis of Leptospira using a gene marker”. Following which 18 partial DNA sequences were published in NCBI. Then he joined Centre for Biotechnology, Anna University, Chennai for his Masters in Biopharmaceutical Technology after qualifying GATE and TANCET. His master’s project was on “Breast cancer signaling”. His charm towards his subjects earned him a gold medal. Anbarasu is currently working towards “Generating “live” gene expression tools for use in algal molecular manipulation” together with Prof Santosh B Noronha, Prof Sanjeeva Srivastava, Prof Ross Leon Coppel and Dr Dieter Mark Bulach. Apart from the laboratory, Anbarasu enjoys photography, football and trying out new things.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0304


Aditya Joshi

Aditya completed his M.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT Bombay and B.E. from KJ Somaiya College of Engineering, Mumbai. During his M.Tech, he was Institute Placement Manager for IIT-B’s Placement Office. He co-authored six papers on sentiment analysis. He has joined IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on multilingual sentiment analysis with Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya, Prof. Mark James Carman and Prof. Reza Haffari. He has worked as a software engineer for a year in Sybase, Pune. He enjoys reading fiction, clay sculpting and creative writing.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0321


Akhila George

Akhila George is currently enrolled in a PhD programme under IITB-Monash Research Academy in Chemical Engineering Department of IIT Bombay. A graduation course (B.Tech) in Biotechnology from Sahrdaya College of Engineering and Technology, Kerala which is affiliated to University of Calicut was done in the year of 2010. Later a Masters course (M.tech) in the field of Industrial Biotechnology from National Institute of Technology- Karnataka, Surathkal was done in 2012. She has some basic practical experience in fermentation, statistical designing for media optimization, downstream processing and bioreactions. Her areas of interest are bioprocess development, biosystem engineering and bioreaction engineering.

.Akhila George

Link to student’s project: IMURA0305


Anvesh Gaddam

Anvesh Gaddam has completed his B.E in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University and MTech in Manufacturing Science and Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur. Soon after that he got an opportunity to work with ISRO and worked in various missions at Sriharikota for almost four years. The exposure to the industry and academia urged him to take up PhD at IITB-Monash Research Academy. He is working on ‘Design and Fabrication of Patterned Surfaces’ under the guidance of Prof. Suhas Joshi, Prof. Amit Agarwal (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Mark Thompson (Monash University).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0342


Aayush Kant

Aayush Kant completed his B tech in Mechanical Engg from NITK Surathkal. Post his Bachelors, due to his interests in teaching and research, he went on to do his masters at VNIT Nagpur. Thenhe worked for one year as an assistant professor in the department of mechanical engg at Sinhgad Academy of Engg, Pune. An interest in impact mechanics between cricket bat and ball lead him to pursue his research, at both bachelors as well as masters level in the field, in the process publishing an international journal and an international conference paper at IIT Roorkee.
Aayush is vividly interested in application of concepts of design engineering in challenging scenarios. On the same line he is currently working on the project, “Simulations of fracture in neurological tissues”, under the guidance of Prof Tanmay Bhandakkar at IIT B and Prof Nikhil Medhekar at Monash. Apart from studies, he is very interested in photography, music, reading books, and playing badminton.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0333


Anjan Kumar

Anjan Kumar completed his Bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering from IIT Roorkee in 2013. During his bachelors he did his internship at Microwave Tube Research & Development Centre (MTRDC), DRDO, Bangalore. After graduation he joined as a researcher in IIT Bombay under Prof. Maryam ShojaeiBhaghini. He joined the IITB-Monash research academy to pursue his research interest on Highly EMI immune low-noise nano scale integrated circuits for medical applications. He is working under the guidance of Prof. Maryam ShojaeiBhaghini (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Jean-Michel Redout (Monash University). His hobbies include chess and badminton.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0244


Ajit Kumar

Ajit completed his four year Bachelor of Technology Program at the ICFAI University, Dehradun. He graduated in August 2009 with a degree in Biotechnology. The desire to study in IIT prompted him to take the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering for admission to the Indian Institute of Technology. He was ranked in the top 1.63% of the 13466 students who tooke the examination.
Ajit completed his two year Master of Technology program at the Indian Institute of Technology , Kharagpur. He post graduated in August 2011 with a degree in Materials Science and Engineering. During his one year post graduate project “Fabrication and Characterization of ZnO based Thin Film Transistor” in which he developed nano-flower structure of ZnO as an active channel by MOCVD technique. He continued further research in this area and reported an article “Electrical properties and barrier modification of GaAs MIS Schottky device based on MEH-PPV organic interfacial layer” .
After postgraduate he worked as a lecturer in Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies RGU IIIT R.K.Valley, in the Department of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, from Jun 2011 to July 2015.
Ajit believes that, he has the qualities to be a good researcher and teacher. He is a creative person and always think in simple way to solve the problem. He always try to understand the things with analogy that are not obvious to others is perhaps his greatest strength. The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay-Monash both are the best Institute of International importance with a strong orientation towards research, this motivated him to join in IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project “Room Temperature Sodium Sulphur Battery for Large Scale Storage” under the supervision of Professor Sagar Mitra (IIT Bombay), Professor Doug Mac Farlane (Monash University) and Prof. Maria Forsyth (Monash University).
In free time Ajit likes to understand the political issues and view of political parties by reading news paper and watching television debate. He likes movie and song too.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0475


Apurva Joshi

Apurva is working on Coordination and Control of Unmanned Aerial and Ground Vehicle (UAV / UGV) Groups under the guidance of Dr. Debraj Chakraborty, IIT-B and Dr. Hoam Chung, Monash University. He has a Masters degree in Robotics from UPES, Dehradun (2014) and a Bachelors degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from VTU, Karnataka (2010). He also worked with Power Research and Development Consultants, Bangalore from 2010 to 2011. When he is not engineering, he finds himself connecting dots, finding patterns and resorting to illeism.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0362


Ashwin Nandagiri

Ashwin obtained his B.Tech Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK), Surathkal in 2012. Subsequently he joined Engineers India Limited (EIL), a leading EPC in the refineries and petrochemicals sector. He was part of the PFCCU (Petro-Fluidised Catalytic Cracking Unit) project team at ONGC-MRPL (Mangalore) and gained valuable field experience. As an undergraduate, Ashwin was part of the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and the SOLVE (Student Online Lab for Virtual Experimentation) teams at NITK and also a Indian Academy of Sciences Summer Research Fellow at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore. His keen interest in fluid mechanics and CFD led him to his current project at the IITB-Monash Research Academy. At the Academy Ashwin is working on the CFD of swimming and propulsion at micro/nano scales under the guidance of Prof. Sameer Jadhav (IIT-B) and Prof. Prabhakar Ranganathan (Monash University).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0393


Aman Sudhir Chaudhari

Aman Sudhir Chaudhari has completed his B.Sc. (Physics) from North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon with Gold Medal for securing highest number of marks. Soon after graduation, he did his M.Sc. (Physics) from IIT Kharagpur & worked on “Inorganic Organic Inverted Hybrid Solar Cell” for his masters project. During masters, he was Summer school student at IUCAA, Pune with project on Solar Dynamo Model. He is recipient of INSPIRE scholarship (SHE) funded by Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India. He also had opportunity to joint IIT Kharagpur & IIT Hyderabad as PhD research student. He has currently joined IITB – Monash Research Academy for working on Project “Influence of Packing of Organic Semiconductor on Photoinduced Charge Generation & Transfer Properties” under guidance of Prof. Dinesh Kabra (IITB) & Prof. Christopher McNeil (Monash University). He enjoys drawing, reading books & playing chess.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0353


Amarender Nagilla

Amarender Nagilla has completed his B.Tech from Chemical Engineering department of National Institute of Technology, Warangal. Nagilla completed his M.E degree from Aerospace Engineering department of IISC Bangalore and worked on Aero-Acoustics under the guidance of Prof.T.S.Sheshadri. He worked as JRF for 12 months at CAOS, IISC Bangalore where modeling of turbulent flows was his subject of research. His current research topic is “Modeling and simulation of collective surface colonization by swarms of motile bacteria”.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0328


Arif Ibrahim

Arif Ibrahim completed his Bachelors in Electronics and Tele-communication engineering from CIMT, Bhilai in 2012he was also awarded with “PM trophy scholarship by SAIL”. He did his Masters in Optoelectronics and Laser Technology from Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur in 2014. Arif did his master’s dissertation phase Ifrom CSIR-CSIO, Chandigarh on thin film solar cell and for dissertation phase II he wasselected forIIT Bombay research internship award 2013-2014 on topic”Patterning of metallic structure by direct laser lithography”. Further he joinedas a Research Assistant at IIT Bombay.Arif joined IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project, “Nano-confined multi-component metal hydride systems for hydrogen bufferfor stable fuel cell operation”. under the guidance of Associate Prof. Siddhartha Prakash Duttagupta(IITB), SankaraSarma V Tatiparti(IITB), Arindam Sarkar (IITB), Associate Professor Xiwang Zhang(Monash University) and Dr Gita Pendharkar(Monash University).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0468(A)


Bala Gopal Maddala

Bala completed his BS-MS dual degree program majoring in Chemistry at IISER-Pune in May, 2015. He had worked under the supervision of Dr. Angshuman Nag at IISER-Pune for his MS thesis. His MS thesis topic is “Ag (I) and Cu (II) Doped Colloidal CdSe Nanocrystals: Partial Cation Exchange and Effect on Photoluminescence.” He is interested in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. His research interests include synthesis and photophysics of nanomaterials. In June, 2015 he joined the IITB-Monash Research academy for his doctoral studies. Currently he is working on the project “Ultrafast dynamics in nanomaterials” with Prof. Anindya Datta (IITB) and Dr. Alison Funston (Monash University).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0481


Bhavna Rajagopal

Bhavna Rajagopal completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Women’s Christian College, Chennai. She was awarded Department of Psychology, Mrs. Angela Richards and Mrs. Mercy Samuel prizes for her outstanding academic performance in the undergraduate level. She then completed her Master’s in Psychology from Christ University, Bangalore. Her M.Sc. dissertation was on “Attachment Styles and Grieving Patterns in pet owners who have lost their pet”, under the supervision of Prof. Stephen S. After graduating she worked as a special educator for two years with children with learning disabilities. Her keen interest in the field of social psychology has motivated her to pursue her Ph.D. Currently, she is enrolled at the IITB-Monash Research Academy for her joint Ph.D. program to work on the project “Child and reproductive health in India”.


Link to student’s project: HSS0634


Bhaveshkumar Kamalia

Bhavesh is currently pursuing his PhD under the guidance of Dr. Rakesh Mote (IIT Bombay) and Dr. Jing Fu (Monash University). In the research themes of nanotechnology and advanced computational engineering, he is working on a project titled “Study of ion beam interaction with materials and nanostructure fabrication” which is aimed at modeling and optimizing nanofabrication processes to realize complex plasmonic micro/nanostructures with specific applications in optics/photonics,bio-sensing, and microfluidics. He did BSc in Physics from Christ College, Saurashtra university (Rajkot) then pursued MSc Materials Science with specialization in Nanotechnology from The M. S. University of Baroda (Vadodara) and during MSc he carried out dissertation at Jadavpur university (Kolkata). After completion of MSc, for the period of one year he worked as a lecturer, teaching Applied Physics in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Technology (Anand). Further he worked as a CSIR – Research Intern at National Physical Laboratory (New Delh), and as a Project Assistant at Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore) and Center for Nano & Soft Matter Sciences (Bangalore), his total research experience is 2.5 years. He has previously worked on electrical and optical studies of PbS nanocrystals, synthesis of PbS/Graphene nanocomposites and field emission properties of PbS thin films which was published in international conference proceeding and Journal of Advanced Microscopy Research. Before joining the academy he worked at Center for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (Bangalore) on electrical transport in gold nanoparticles/Liquid Crystal nanocomposites under the guidance of Dr. Krishna Prasad, this work was published in the journal Applied Physics Letters.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0463(A)


Bharath Muthukumar

Bharath completed his B.E from Dhanalakshmi College of Engineering, Chennai which is affiliated to Anna University. After graduation, he joined CTS and worked in the Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence technology for the Life Sciences domain for three years. He completed his M.Tech in Software Engineering and Management from VIT University. He will be working on the problem “Process Reconciliation from logs, messages and local views” with Prof. Rushikesh Joshi (IITB) and Dr. Yuan Fang Li (Monash). He like to reading fiction novels.n.


Link to student’s project: IMURA03012


Bhukya Hussain

Bhukya Hussain completed his Bachelors degree from Kakatiya University and thereafter joined a two years M.Sc. program in the Department of Chemistry, IIT Bombay where he did his masters project in Computational Biology in the lab of Dr. Ruchi Anand which involved Structure Based Drug Designing. To get an exposure to the wet work he continued further in the same lab for one year as a project fellow with a partial economical support from IITB-Monash Research Academy. At present he is pursuing Ph.D. in Structural Biochemistry in an IITB-Monash collaborative project which deals with the “Investigation of Butyrolactone-like small molecules in regulation of Antibiotic Production in Streptomyces” under the supervision of Dr. Ruchi Anand, Dr. Milton Hearn and Dr. Reinhard Boysen.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0241


Bhumika Arora

Bhumika Arora did her M.Tech. in Information Technology with specialization in Bioinformatics from Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad. Some of her academic achievements are: GATE qualified, got credit for Mathematics from University of New South Wales, All India Talent Scholarship Award from Children’s Education Trust of India, New Delhi. Her areas of interest are Protein structure prediction, Computational intelligence and machine learning in bioinformatics, and Computer aided drug designing. She has applied machine learning approach viz. Support Vector Machines for the detection of splice sites in her M.Tech research and based on this work got a paper published in Springer’s Communications in Computer and Information Sciences. Interest as well as deep involvement in M.Tech research has developed a strong desire in her to step forward in this field of applying computational approaches for extracting important information about the molecules of life.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0197


Bankim Chandra Mahanta

Bankim Chandra Mahanta has completed his Graduation degree from North Orissa University in the year 2012 taking Geology as his honours subject. He has completed his Master degree (M.Sc.) from IIT Bombay in Applied Geology in the year 2014 with a specialisation in Rock Mechanics. His M.Sc. dissertation topic was “An Investigation into the effect of Joint orientation on slope stability in road cut slope”, under the supervision of Prof.T N Singh. For academic achievements he has scored Rank 125 in GATE 2014(GG: Geology and Geophysics) and JRFCSIRRank 39 in NET 2013-December. Now onwards he will continue his career as a research scholar in the IITB-Monash Research Academy with a project titled ” Investigation of fundamental mechanism on rock fracture by nanomechanics based modelling techniques”, under the guidance of Prof. T N Singh (IIT Bombay), Dr Ranjith PG and Dr WenHuiDuan (Monash University). His area of interest is Engineering geology and Petroleum Geology. Apart from his academic career he is good at cricket. He has represented various Institute cricket league during his M.Sc. career at IIT Bombay.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0125


BHARATH RAVU

Bharath did his MSc in Physics from the University of Hyderabad. After his Masters in Physics, he obtained his MTech in Computational Techniques from the University of Hyderabad. His MTech project was on ‘Fluctuations in model non equilibrium processes’. He did a summer Internship on ‘Validity of fluctuation theorems for unharmonic potential and exponentially correlated noise’, at National University of Singapore, Singapore. In IITB-Monash Research Academy, he will be working on the project ‘Frontiers of Chaotic Advection: Transport in Three-dimensional Volume preserving Flows’ under the supervision of Prof. Devang Khakhar (IIT Bombay), Prof. Murray Rudman (Monash University), Dr. Guy Metcalfe (CSIRO) and Dr. Dan Lester (CSIRO).

Link to student’s project: IMURA0330


Chetana Gavankar

Chetana Gavankar has Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from Pune University. She worked with Zensar Technologies for two years as a Software Engineer. She worked with Cummins Women’s Engineering College (Pune) as IT faculty for 8 years before joining Research Academy. Over and above regular teaching she undertook array of heuristic initiatives like guiding industry sponsored projects, coordinating Computer Society of India chapter as college faculty, own M.E. research project at CDAC on NLP and experience sharing at overseas universities (WITS-SA, UCSB-US). She is working under the guidance of Prof. N.L. Sarda (IIT Bombay) and Prof. David Taniar (from Monash University) on the project “Ontology Mapping for Geospatial Databases”.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0204


Chaitanya V

Chaitanya V completed his B.E. in mechanical Engineering (marine) from Andhra University Faculty of Engineering and was awarded gold medal for his academic excellence. From there he went on to pursue his masters in mechanical systems design (mechanical Department) at IIT, Kharagpur. As a part of his masters he worked on dissertation entitled “Analysis of Truncated Dry contacts” which gives a novel method to understand singularities in contact analysis. After completing his M.Tech, he joined GE, Bangalore as a design engineer and worked for the various departments of gas turbine components. Teaching has been an important part of his experience all the while. He worked as an ad hoc faculty in various academic institutes like NIT Trichy. Currently, he joined IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project ‘Numerical Simulation of Selective Laser Melting’, under the guidance of Prof Ramesh Singh (IIT Bombay) and Prof Wenyi Yan (Monash University).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0487


Chitaranjan Phurailatpam

Chitaranjan completed his MSc Engineering in ‘Energy and Power Systems’ from the University of Liverpool, UK in 2013. He also holds a B.Tech. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur, India. His research interest lies in the area of distributed renewable generations and its integration to the power system networks. His MSc thesis focuses on the intelligent use of energy storage devices for a better control of microgrids. After his MSc, he had also worked as a research fellow at the Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India on project topic ‘Smart Multi-Terminal DC microgrids for autonomous Zero-Net Energy Buildings’. Chitaranjan is also a recipient of the British Council’s Jubilee Scholarship which provided a full funding for his masters study. His hobbies include photography, cooking and travelling.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0609


Chitresh Kumar Bhargava

Chitresh Kumar Bhargava completed his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Jaypee University of Engineering & Technology, Guna (M.P.) in 2015. During his B.Tech, he did research work on “Polymers and coatings” and “Development of catalytic system for aqueous polymerization”. Chitresh has joined the IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project, “Deep in the Lung: Nano-particle transport and deposition in alveolar flows” under the guidance of Prof. Devang Kharkhar (IITB) and Prof. Murray Rudman. Apart from studies, he is very interested in singing and playing cricket.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0474


Debopriya Sadhukhan

Debopriya Sadhukhan completed her B.Sc in chemistry from the University of Kalyani, West Bengal in 2013. In the same year, she qualified IIT-JAM and got admission in the Masters program in the Discipline of Chemistry at IIT Indore. During her MSc she gained substantial experience in the field of computational chemistry as well as in the field of organic synthesis and nano catalysis. After successful completion of her M.Sc., she is selected for the joint-PhD program in the IITB-Monash Research Academy where she is continuing her research career as a PhD scholar in the project titled as “Understanding weak intermolecular interactions: a combined experimental and theoretical study” under the guidance of Prof. Naresh Patwari (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Ekaterina Pas (Monash University).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0340


Devika S

Devika S has completed her B.Sc degree from Bishop Moore College, Mavelikara(Kerala University) with Mathematics being the major discipline in 2012.She is a first rank holder in B.Sc Mathematics with cent percent marks.Later, she received her M.Sc degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 2014 with a specialization in Mathematics.She has qualified GATE in 2014.She worked as a Junior Research Fellow for the DST sponsored project,”Finite Element Methods for Parameter Identification Problems in Elliptic Partial Differential Equation” under Prof.Neela Nataraj in the Department Of Mathematics, IIT Bombay. Devika S has joined the IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project, ”A general framework for a posterior error estimators and adaptive mesh refinement”, under the guidance of Prof. Neela Nataraj (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Jerome Droniou (Monash University).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0439


Diptesh Kanojia

Diptesh Kanojia completed his B. Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from Uttar Pradesh Technical University in 2013. His interests lie in Natural Language Processing / Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques. His enthusiasm for research in computational linguistics has led to some publications prior to his joining of the academy. He is currently working on the project “Computational Phylogenetics for Variant Manuscripts in Sanskrit” under the guidance of Prof.Pushpak Bhattacharyya, Prof.Malhar Kulkarni from IIT Bombay and Prof. Reza Haffari from Monash University. He is enthusiastic about technology, gadgets and philosophy.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0497


Dutta Uttam

Dutta Uttam has completed his BSc degree from Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Centenary College, Rahara (West Bengal State University) with Chemistry being the major discipline in 2011. Later, he received his Masters degree from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) in 2013 with a specialization in Chemistry, specifically focusing on Inorganic Chemistry. He was involved in a year-long project under the supervision of Dr. D. Maiti on C-H functionalisation of important organic molecules using iron-catalyzed methodologies during his MSc at IITB. The result has been communicated in an international journal. Catalysis, he believes is an emerging field, which is potent enough to revolutionize synthesis. He is extremely interested to pursue work in the field of catalytic methodology development to carry out organic transformation. He will work on the topic, ‘Metal Mediated Synthesis of Nitroalkanes, Nitroolefins and Nitroaromatics’ under the supervision of Prof. Debabrata Maiti (IIT Bombay) and David Lupton (Monash University). Listening to soft music, reading fiction and playing cards are some of his hobbies.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0367


Darshak Bhatt

Darshak Bhatt completed his graduation in field of Electronics Engineering from Birla Viswakarma Mahavidyalaya, Vallabh Vidyanagar. He was awarded the gold medal for securing highest CPI by the university. In addition to this, IE (Institute of Engineering), Gujarat circle awarded him a silver medal for securing highest percentage in Electronics Engineering. After completing his graduation, he joined Tata Communication Transformation Services, where he worked as a Graduate Engineering trainee in department of wireless and voice fault management. He then did his post-graduation in field of Communication Engineering at BITS-Pilani. He also carried out his dissertation thesis at ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore, and also worked as assistant professor in GCET Engineering College. He is now working on topic of RF Microelectronics under guidance of Prof. Jayanta Mukherjee and Prof. Jean-Michel Redout Darshak Bhatt is supported by “Prime Minister’s Fellowship scheme for Doctoral Research”, a joint initiative of CII and Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), and Industry Partner Intel.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0243


Dinesh Panneerselvam

Dinesh has graduated from University College of Engineering Tindivanam(A Constituent College of Anna University, Chennai)in Civil Engineering. He has majoredin Water Resources Engineering and Management from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He did his under graduate project on topic Drip Irrigation and its impacts on Agriculture andpost graduate project on Ground Water Flow Modelling of Ganga Sub Basin in Bihar State under the supervision of Dr.Suresh. A. Karthawhich is a part of a sponsored project (Ganga River Basin Environmental Management Plan) from Ministry of Environment and Forest. Currently he is highly motivated to do his research in Computational Modelling for Pollutant Transport through Fractured and Porous Media under the guidance of Dr.Ranjith PG (Monash University) from Geomechanics Engineering and Prof. A.K. Dikshit (IIT Bombay) from Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0060


Dhiraj Kumar Singh

Dhiraj Kumar Singh completed his BTech degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi in 2011. After graduation he gained some industry experience in the power sector while working for Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) as an engineer for two years. He was involved in system engineering activities for thermal power plants at the Project Engineering Management (PEM) division of BHEL. At IITB-Monash Research Academy, he is working on the research project ‘Modelling and Experimental Studies of Hydrogen Assisted Stress Corrosion Cracking in Steel Weldments’ under the guidance of Prof. S. K. Maiti (IIT Bombay), Prof. Raman Singh (Monash University) and Prof. Tanmay K. Bhandakkar (IIT Bombay). In his leisure time he enjoys sketching, playing table tennis, watching documentaries and trekking.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0273


Debanjan Guha Roy

Debanjan Guha Roy is a graduate in geological science from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, 2011. He completed his MSc from IIT Bombay in Applied Geology in the year 2013, with a project in Rock Mechanics (Engineering Geology). As for his achievements, he has secured Rank 4 in IIT-JAM examination, 2011, Rank 2 in ISM (Indian School of Mines) Entrance Exam, 2011. He is also a recipient of INSPIRE (SHE) scholarship 2008 by Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India for being among the top 1% in 12th standard board examination. He has also been associated with SHELL INDIA MARKETS PRIVATE LTD. May-June, 2012 as an intern. Hereafter, he will be pursuing research under Prof. T. N. Singh (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Jayantha Kodikara (Monash University). He is interested in rock mechanics and engineering geology.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0170


Elias Eliot

Elias has completed his B.E in Mechanical Engineering from VTU, Belgaum and M.Tech in Product Design and Automation from Department of Industrial Design, NIT Rourkela. His research interests are inclined towards subjects related to kinematics, robotics and automation, mechanisms and machineries. As a part of the Masters project he designed and developed a 5 axes articulated robotic manipulator on an articulated rover, suitable for versatile environment with multiple applications, a patent has been filed for the same. As a New Product Development Engineer for Eaton Aerospace he has 3 years experience in design, development and production of complex and critical aerospace products like electromechanical actuators, fuel conveyance joints and pumps. Apart from these he enjoys playing basketball, making wire sculptures, origami, pop-up art, calligraphy and drawing; also he likes to travel, explore new places and is a major foodie. At The Academy, he will be working on the project “Multi-robot Coordination and Motion Planning for Automatic Cleaning of Solar Photovoltaic Panels” under the guidance of Prof. Arpita Sinha (IIT Bombay), Prof. Leena Vachhani (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Sunita Chauhan (Monash University).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0639



Giri Yellalacheruvu

This is Giri Yellalacheruvu, I have studied MSc(Tech)Geophysics at Andhra University, Visakhapatnam . Subsequently I joined as a Project Research Assistant in Earth Science Department, IIT Bombay under the supervision of Prof .Radhakrishna M.
Present I am working in the project
Project Title: Geophysical signatures of craton-mobile belt interactions: additional constraints of Indias position in Rodinia Supercontinent.
Under the supervision of Prof. M Radhakrishna, Prof. T K Biswal , Dept of Earth Science IIT B and Prof. Peter Betts Monash University.
I served as a Vise president and subsequent President for the Society of Exploration Geophysicist (SEG) Student Chapter Andhra University during Post graduation. I have very much interest towards social charity activities also I am expert in swimming.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0464


Gargi Mukhopadhyay

Gargi Mukhopadhyay graduated from Heritage Institute of Technology (WBUT) in 2014 with a major in Biotechnology. In the same year, she joined the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering at IIT Guwahati as an M.Tech scholar. Her final year thesis focused on generation of recombinant protein-nanoparticle conjugates for electrochemical detection of cancer at an early stage. She has a combined experience of two years in diverse academic and extramural projects involving immunological research, genetic modification of mung bean plant and optimization of phenol degradation using mixed bacterial culture by response surface methodology. Following post graduation, she joined the IITB-Monash Research Academy (2016). She will be working on “Development of paper based Point of Care microfluidic diagnostic devices” under Prof. Santosh Noronha (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Adrian Neild (Monash University). In her leisure time, she loves reading, making artefacts, doodling, journaling, doing street plays and skits.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0628


Gayathri Sridhar

Gayathri is an electrochemical engineer with experience in flavors of both academic and industrial R&D. She graduated from CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute with B.Tech in Chemical and Electrochemical Engineering as second topper. Her 3 years of academic research was in Li batteries to develop high performance cathodes. Over the next 3 years, she worked as Senior SOFC materials engineer in frontiers of solid oxide fuel cell research on various developmental projects in electrodes, electrochemical processes and their reliability testing for Bloom Energy, California. Her natural inclination towards fundamental research coupled with strong passion to engineer materials has driven her to pursue Ph.D in IITB-Monash Research Academy. She will be working with Prof. V. S. Raja and Prof. Nick Birbilis on “Corrosion control at nanoscale for light alloys”. She aspires to forge ahead as an advanced strategic materials engineer in her career. Her hobbies include painting and reading books apart from a persistent quest for fun in science.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0092


Hrisheekesh Krishnan

Hrisheekesh Krishnan, did his B.Tech from University of Kerala, and M.Tech from IIT Bombay. Hrisheekesh also has industry work experience. He has won many awards and has presented many papers. Now he has joined IITB Monash academy for his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Amit Agarwal (IIT Bombay), Prof. Atul Sharma (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Mark Thompson (Monash University). He enjoys sports and is interested in arts and literature.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0171


Reeti Singh

Reeti Singh completed her BA(H) English from Indraprastha College for Women(University of Delhi), batch of 2010-13. She was awarded a lifetime membership to Golden Key International Honors Society for faring among the top 15% of her peers. Reeti in 2013. then went on to complete her MA English at Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU), batch of 2013-15. She has studied under Prof GJV Prasad, Prof Saugata Bhadhuri, Prof Alok Bhalla, Prof S K Sareen , Prof Makarand Paranjepe, Dr Saitya Brata Das, Dr Navneet Sethi , Dr Brinda Bose, Dr Dhananjay Singh and Dr Milind Awad Eknath. Reeti has then worked as a Teaching Assistant at IIT Delhi at the Digital Language Lab for one semester. The IRD Project No.M100767 is a compulsory course for all first year students and caters to language and writing skills. Reeti joined the IITB Monash Research Academy for the project titled “In search of innovative models of justice to respond to sexual violence” under the co-supervision of Dr. Amrita Bannerjee and A/Prof Bebe Loff(Director of the Michael Kirby Centre for Public Health and Human Rights at Monash University). She has previously worked with Youth Ki Awaaz as a contributor, curator and coordinator which sparked her interest in acting against sexual violence and undertook field work during the years 2010-13 along with founder and Editor-in-Chief, Anshul Tewari. Reeti is fond of playing the piano, ukulele, swimming, football and table tennis. Her other interests include literary academic research and art history.


Link to student’s project: HSS0637


Harini Swaminathan

With a passion to work for improving health conditions in India, Harini is enrolled at the Academy under the project “Linkages of HDI to nutrition in a transient economy of India”. She graduated with a gold medal from Amity University with an M.Tech in Biotechnology. She has hands-on experience of core laboratory techniques and research methodology while working on plant molecular biology at the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation. Catapulting herself into the field of neuroscience research she worked on genetic aberrations and copy number variations in schizophrenia at the University of Madras. She won the prestigious Prudential Foundation Global Citizens Scholarship in 2013 where her idea of research changed after her stint at The Washington Center, Washington, D.C. where she worked with the government on commercialisation of ideas into tangible products. Her interest in the field of policy making, education, economics, global relations and civics has motivated her to work on her chosen field at the “Academy”. Apart from her geeky side, she enjoys being outdoors, swimming, water sports, trekking, loves travelling, reading and talking. Trained in Bharatanatyam and Kathak, she appreciates classical music, art and poetry. Being the daughter and sister of Army Officers, her love for the nation is foremost, always and ever!


Link to student’s project: IMURA0366


Himanshu Shrivastava

To explore his interest in the field of SCM, Himamshu joined the IITB Monash Academy and working on the project “Modelling and Simulation of Integrated Supply Chain under Risk.” under the guidance of Dr. Pankaj Dutta (IIT Bombay) and Dr. Mohan Krishnamoorthy (Monash University).Himanshu has completed his M.Tech from IIT BHU and Bachelor of Engineering from BIT Durg. He has three and half years of work experience. Playing Chess and Watching Movies are some of his leisure.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0409


Indu Rai

Indu’s hometown is Darjeeling, a mesmerizing hill station, where she completed her primary and secondary education up till standard 12th. She then moved to Bangalore, where she has been living for over a decade completing her higher studies and has also worked in MNCs for over 5 years in the space of Customer Service and Learning & Development. Her last job was in the capacity of a Communications Coach and Trainer. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communication and a Master’s degree in Education from Azim Premji University, Bangalore. Academically, Indu has deep inclination towards the field of Research and Learning which led her undertake Projects as part of her Master’s Degree Program dealing primarily with Sociological questioning, Ideas and Theories.
Taking her passion for research a step further and with the intention of adding positive value and meaning to our Academic space and Society at large Indu has enrolled at IITB Monash Research Academy to work on the project titled “Class, Gender, and the Transformation of Public and Community Spaces in Indian Urban Metropolises.” Personally, she enjoys reading English & Vernacular literature and non-fiction novels, watching movies and theatre, backpacking, trekking and Adventure Sports and trying hands on different cuisines. Indu is fluent in English, Hindi and Nepali and manages a bit of Kannada and Marathi along with a few other Indian languages.


Link to student’s project: HSS0506 (8)


Jerome Moses Monsingh
Jerome completed his B.E. in Instrumentation and Control from Saranathan College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai. Then he completed his Masters by Research from National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli. His M.S. thesis titled Stochastic Resonance and Applications in Control Systems explored the various benefits of noise from a unified framework and its possible applications to control systems. His thesis resulted in three International conferences papers. Also during his Bachelors he was a Summer Intern at CSA, IISc. His general research interests include System Theory, Network Science and applied math. In the academy he will be working on the project titled ‘Distributed coordination of mobile visual sensor network for boundary tracking and coverage applications’.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0445

Jogi Paul

Jogi completed his B.Tech in Electrical and Electronics in the year 2013 from NSS College of Engineering under the University of Calicut. He and his team of five members analyzed and designed an active filter to reduce the current harmonics of a three phase bridge rectifier system. He joined MANIT Bhopal for doing his M.Tech in Energy, which was his field of interest. After his course work of one year, he joined IIT Bombay as an Intern to do his project on “Synthesis and Characterization of Perovskite Solar Cells”. With the desire to continue his research he has joined the PhD Program at IITB Monash Research Academy to work on the Project Title “Photoelectrochemical water splitting using monolithic photoanode/high photovoltage perovskite solar cell tandem devices” under the guidance of Prof. Aswani Yella (IIT Bombay), Prof. Akshat Tanksale (Monash University) and Xiwang Zhang (Monash University). His interests include swimming, playing Badminton and Table Tennis.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0642


Jhumur Banerjee

Jhumur Banerjee did her graduation from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra. After qualifying for the Graduate aptitude test for Pharmacy and NIPER JEE, she pursued MS in Pharmacy with specialization in Pharmaceutics (Design of dosage forms) from the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Ahmedabad. She has applied the technique of co-crystallization with natural compounds to enhance solubility of poorly soluble molecules in her MS research work and based on this work, she has presented a paper in the annual meet of the Controlled Release Society. She wishes to extract knowledge out of natural compounds, to find molecules and approaches to formulate eco-friendly nutrients.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0363


Jayesh Sonawane

Jayesh Manohar Sonawane completed his Masters Degree in Microbiology from University of Pune, Pune. Soon after his post graduate degree, he joined IIT Bombay as a Research Assistant in the department of Energy Science and Engineering. He worked on Microbial Fuel cells and communicated two research papers in renowned international journals. For his concept for a Video, Sustainability in the IIT Bombay campus won second prize in MAGEEP international video competition 2012. He joined IITB-Monash Research Academy and going to work on major challenges in microbial fuel cells viz, enhancement of bacterial kinetics and biofouling on Nafion membrane. His supervisors are Prof. Prakash C. Ghosh (IITB) and Prof. Samuel Adeloju (Monash University). He is also interested in Immunology and Molecular biology. His hobbies including playing of tabla, flute and harmonium.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0257



Kailasham Ramalingam

Kailasham Ramalingam completed his B.Tech in Chemical engineering from SVNIT, Surat with a silver medal for securing the second highest GPA in the department and a gold medal for his goal-keeping performance in Spardha 2013 (an all-India Sports festival ). He went on to do an MS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was attracted to the field of numerical methods and simulations for solving chemical engineering problems. He later completed a six-month internship at an IIT-Bombay incubated startup that makes biomass gasifiers. At the IITB-Monash Research Academy, he will be working with Dr. Rajarshi Chakrabarti and Dr. Ravi Jagadeeshan to do computational studies on polymers in the semi-dilute regime.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0471


Karuna Veeramani

Ms. Karuna Veeramani did her Bachelors in Pharmaceutical Sciences (B. Pharm) from Bharati Vidyapeeth’s College of Pharmacy, Navi Mumbai. As a part of the curriculum, she underwent in-plant training in Flamingo Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Rabale, Navi Mumbai for a period of one month. She further went on to pursue her Masters in Pharmaceutical Sciences (M. S. Pharm) in the department of Medicinal Chemistry in National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) Hyderabad. As a part of her dissertation work, she worked on 2 projects; one of which was the synthesis and applications of a novel metal copper-iodine disalt catalyst for which she was the second author for that particular research work published in the reputed Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)’s Journal of Green Chemistry with an impact factor of 8.02, entitled “Microwave-assisted direct oxidative synthesis of ?-ketoamides from aryl methyl ketones and amines by a water soluble Cu(I)-complex”. The other project that she completed was research on combined hybrid analogs of ?-carbolines and 1,2,3-triazoles titled “Design, Synthesis and Anticancer Evaluation of 1, 2, 3-Triazolo-tetrahydro-?-carboline Derivatives via Three-Component ‘Click’ Reaction,” where the above synthesized novel catalyst was used to catalyze the Click Reaction in the process of designing, synthesizing and evaluating novel molecules for anticancer activity. She has tremendous interest in Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) too and has done a one month online correspondence course on the same from the World Intellectual Property Rights (WIPO) Academy. Her areas of research interest are Organic chemistry, Materials Science and Nanotechnology. Her hobbies include writing (poems, novels, and short stories), painting and other similar arts, music and dance. She has participated and won many State Level Quiz Competitions, Essay Competitions, Elocution Competitions, Poster Presentations and Paper Presentations organized by IPA (Indian Pharmaceutical Association), IES-MCRC (Indian Education Society’s Management College and Research Centre), SRCM and UNIC, etc.; and also attended various National and International level Conferences. She is currently enrolled in the IITB-Monash Research Academy where she would be pursuing research on the project entitled “Design, Synthesis and Applications of Novel Heterogenous Catalysts in Continuous Flow Synthesis,” under Prof. Anil Kumar (IIT-Bombay) and Prof. Neil Cameron (Monash university).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0616


Kiran Kumari

Kiran kumari has done her B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from BIT Sindri, Dhanbad in 2014. She has done her M.Tech. in Chemical Engineering with PG-Scholarship from MHRD from IIT(ISM), Dhanbad in 2016. She carried out her M.Tech project in CSIR-NML, Jamshedpur on “Studies on Desulphurisation of Coal of Different Origin”. While in her masters she was highly inclined for higher studies and soon after her M.Tech she joined the IITB-Monash Research Academy for PhD. At the academy she would be working for project titled “Computing the dynamics of Chromatin folding” under the supervision of Prof. Ravi Jagadeeshan (Monash University) and Prof. Ranjith Padinhateeri (IIT Bombay). Her hobbies include playing Badminton.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0631


Keshav Kishore

Keshav Kishore has completed his B.Tech from IIT-BHU, Varanasi in Mining Engineering in 2009.Later,he joined Progressive Machine Tools Pvt Ltd. as a consultant in geotechnical investigation and design engineering. There only he developed his research interests in Geomechanics. He has sound mathematical background and analytical skills. At IITB-Monash Academy he will be working on a project titled “Geomechanical modeling of flow and deformation in coal measure rocks” under the guidance of Dr Vikram Vishal (IITB main supervisor),Dr T.N.Singh (IITB co-supervisor),Dr Jayantha Kodikara (Monash main supervisor) and Dr Ha Bui (Monash co-supervisor).His interests include writing poems & plays, shooting and skating.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0652


Kaushik Choudhury

Kaushik Choudhury is a Physics major of 2004 batch from St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi. He received his Masters degree in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee in 2006. He worked on different research projects at BIT Mesra, Ranchi and SGSITS, Indore. He had been teaching Physics to the B.E. freshmen for last two and a half years at SGSITS Indore, before joining the academy. He has two papers published in International conferences and one in an international journal. He is working on a project titled, “Nano-biofuel Cell based on Nanoporous Carbon”. His area of interest is physics and its application to sustainable development. He likes cycling, listening to light music and blogging.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0216


Karan Thanawala

Karan Thanawala did his M.Sc in Surface Coating Technology and B.Sc in Industrial Chemistry from Sardar Patel University. He has been awarded with two Gold Medals for securing highest marks in Masters from the same university. He had previously worked as Junior Research Fellow in IIT Bombay, on the Development of Superhydrophobic Coatings by Sol-gel route under Prof. A. S. Khanna in Corrosion Science and Engg. (MEMS Dept.). Currently pursuing his PhD in “Development of Self-Healing Coatings”, under Prof. A. S. Khanna (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Raman Singh (Monash University).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0307


Kareemulla Dudekula

KareemullaDudekula completed his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati in 2004 and his Master’s degree (M.S. by Research) in Chemical Engineering from IIT-Madras under the guidance of Prof.SreenivasJayanti in Aug., 2007. Subsequently, he worked for Bharat Petroleum Corporate Research & Development Center (CRDC) as a Research Engineer in alternative fuels group (Aug 2007 – Sep 2010). His commitment to continued personal and professional development coupled with his penchant for the design & development of sustainable process technologies prompted him to pursue postgraduate traineeship programleading to professional doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) diploma at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands in Nov., 2012.Thereafter, he worked as a Junior Researcher (Feb 2013 – Aug 2013) at Utrecht University, under the guidance of Dr. Martin Patel (presently at Geneva University, Switzerland) for a Coca-Cola funded project on the sustainability assessment of second generation biomass feedstocks. Afterwards, he worked as a Process Engineer for Dosign Engineering B.V., until he moved back to India in Aug., 2014 in the pursuit of suitable PhD opportunities. He joined IIT-Madras as a Research Associate in Feb., 2015 and worked on a DST-funded project, “Global Technology Watch Group (GTWG) for Sustainable Power Generation in India”, before taking up a PhD position at IITB-Monash Research Academy. At the Academy, he pursues doctoral studies on the “Gasification characteristics of and chemicals production from low-rank solid fuels”, under the guidance of Prof. Sanjay Mahajani (IITB) and Prof.Sankar Bhattacharya (Monash University). He believes in a balanced life-style. His non-curricular interests are eclectic and primarily comprise of non-profit social service activities, travelling, and philosophy.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0494


Laxman Vamshi Krishna Kandala

Kandala Laxman Vamshi Krishna has completed his 5 year Masters in Chemical Sciences from the University of Hyderabad in 2015. His Master’s thesis was on “Modified hexamethyldisilazane assisted synthesis of SnS nanoflakes”. He was a NIUS Scholar from 2010-2012, an IASc-INSA-NASI Summer Research Fellow at IIT Bombay in 2013 and has been a summer intern at ACRHEM (Advanced Centre for Research in High Energy Materials), University of Hyderabad in 2014. He is interested in interdisciplinary research. His major interests lie in synthetic organic chemistry, nano materials and the biological importance of nano materials. He is currently working on project “Self-assembling systems: New self-supporting catalysts” under the supervision of Prof. M. Ravikanth (IIT Bombay), Prof. Patrick Perlmutter (Monash University), and Prof. Mibel Aguilar (Monash University). Apart from research, he is an avid listener of classical & melody, enjoys travelling to new places; and playing chess and strategic games. Quality time with family and friends is his first choice in times of leisure.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0480


Laxman Kumar Malla

Laxman completed B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT), Burla. The pursuit for knowledge and learning led him to join M.Tech program at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhubaneswar. His dissertation work was on “Simulation of Mixed convection inside a square cavity partially filled with porous medium”and the results have been communicated to an international journal. He has also co-authored a work on “Transient buoyancy-opposed double diffusive convection of micropolar fluids in a square enclosure” published in Elsevier. His strong aptitude towards understanding the symbiosis between fluid dynamics and heat transfer in real life problems motivated him to join PhD program at IITB-Monash Research Academy. He will be working on particles transport during evaporation of sessile droplets on a solid surface under the supervision of Asst. Professor Rajneesh Bhardwaj (IITB), Assoc. Professor Adrian Neild (Monash University) and Dr. Tuncay Alan (Monash University). Apart from academics, he takes interest in swimming and badminton.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0465(A)


Lavanya Sethuraman

Lavanya’s strong aspiration to work on the frontiers of scientific research has directed her to join the IITB-Monash Research Academy after her undergraduate degree, to explore the subject of ‘Solid settling in sheared non Newtonian fluids’. She feels that as a young chemical engineer, she can research, learn and hopefully bring some of the lesser explored but more interesting aspects of the field to the forefront of technological research. An opportunity to intern at CPCL (Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited), a petroleum refinery plant, allowed her to learn about industrial chemical engineering practices. The technical richness of practical engineering has enabled her to develop a healthy respect for practical engineering and to appreciate its being guided by sound fundamental theory. To enrich her academic experience, she has worked on research projects under the guidance of her Professors. She has studied the biological accumulation of toxics using various aquatic plants. Lavanya believes that advancement in particle engineering will be a key aspect to solid transport technology and human society in the near future. She fully intends to make useful contributions to this area through her research.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0329


Lalhruaizela Chhangte

Lalhruaizela has completed his B.E. in Computer Science and Engineering from Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore in 2011 and M.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Madras in 2013. He then worked as a Network Consulting Engineer for Cisco Systems in the area of Network Management Systems. Currently he is pursuing PhD in “A software-defined testbed for real time network simulation” at IITB-Monash under the supervision of Prof. Nikhil Karamchandani, Prof. D Manjunath (Co-Supervisor) from IIT Bombay and Emanuele Viterbo from Monash University.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0482(A)


Madhurima Barman

Madhurima completed her M Tech and B Tech in Ceramic Technology from the Government College of Engineering and Ceramic Technology (West Bengal University of Technology), Kolkata. After completing B Tech, she had worked in Aditya Birla Insulators, Kolkata, as graduate engineer; and after M Tech she had worked in CSIR – Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI), Kolkata, as Senior Project fellow and later (i.e. before joining the academy) in IIT Bombay as Project Research Associate. During these tenures, she gained considerable research experiences on aspects related to materials for electrochemical energy conversion/storage and electro-catalysis; which form her current research interests. She is presently pursuing her PhD on “Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon dioxide on transition metal oxide catalyst” under the joint supervision of Prof Arindam Sarkar (IIT Bombay) and Prof Jie Zhang (Monash University). She likes reading scientific journals, novels, listening to music and travelling.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0620


Mohit Singh Choudhary

Mohit had completed his B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from IIST Indore affiliated to RGPV Bhopal in the year 2013. After that, he worked as Lecturer for about nine months at SGSITS Indore. Then in 2014 he joined IIT Indore to complete his masters. During his masters, he worked on the thesis titled “Current Mode Logic based Asynchronous SerDes Transceivers,” under the guidance of Dr. S.K. Vishvakarma. His paper has been published in IEEE VLSI Circuit and System Letters. He has strong interest towards VLSI circuit design and simulations. To continue his thrust for research, he joins IITB-Monash Academy in the year 2016 to persue his Ph.D. At IITB he is working with Prof. Maryam Shojaei Barghini (IITB) and Prof. Jean-Michel Redouté (Monash University).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0647


Mohammad Khan

Mohammad Khan completed Masters in Chemical Plant Design from NITK, Surathkal and B.Tech in Chemical Engg. from Amravati University. He has completed his Masters project at IIT Bombay with Prof. S. M. Mahajani (Chem. Engg. Dept ) on Technology Dissemination and Propagation in Jaggery Making . The project is awarded with Dr. P. K. Patwardhan Award and the technology is transferred to the industry for scale up and usage. At IITB-Monash Research Academy, he is working on industrial project from SABIC on “Development of New Heterogeneous Catalyst for Selective Production of Propanediol from Glycerol” under the supervision of Prof. A.K. Suresh, Prof. Sanjay Mahajani and Prof. Santosh J Gharpure (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Huanting Wang (Monash University). He is workaholic but apart from academics he likes to spend time in workout at gym and outdoor sports.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0401


MANOHAR CHINNAREDDY VENKATESWARLU

Manohar did his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati (A.P), and M.Tech in Chemical Engineering specializing in Petroleum Science and Technology from IIT Guwahati. During Masters his project was on Extraction of Aromatics using ionic liquids with co solvents and he has published two papers. This motivated him to join in IITB-Monash Research Academy after completing his masters, to work on the project “Electrolyte development based on ionic liquids for eco-friendly sodium-ion battery” under the supervision of Professor Sagar Mitra (IIT Bombay) and Professor Doug Mac Farlane (Monash University).In his leisure time he plays Volleyball, cricket and enjoys listening to Music.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0391


Manas Ranjan Panda

Mr. Manas Ranjan Panda has completed his Bachelor of Science with Physics as Honours from Utkal University, Odisha and Master of Science in Physics from Pondicherry University, Pondicherry with a specialization in Condensed Matter Physics in 2013. As a part of M.Sc Project he has worked on the topic “Investigations on Structural and Electrical Properties of Li2MSiO4 (M=Mg, Ni)” under the supervision of Prof. G Govindraj. Mr. Panda has successfully completed the projects titled “Study of Reaction Kinetics of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Synthesis using X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy and X-ray Diffraction” under the guidance of Dr. A K Sinha at RRCAT, Indore and “Study of the
correlation between Structural and Magnetic Heterogeneity and Semiconductivity in Co rich region of Fe3-xCoxO4 Spinel ferrites” under the guidance of Dr. R. N. Bhowmik at Pondicherry University, Pondicherry with the financial support from University Grants Commission, India. He has been a part of four international conferences by presenting his research works as oral presentations in three and with a poster in the other. Also, He has four journal publications. As some extra-curricular activities he has been involved in NCC, NSS and has organised many Blood Donation Camps. He loves to work for the welfare of society. At present, he is a Research Scholar at IITB-Monash Research Academy and is working on a project titled “Advanced Electrode Materials by 2D Layered Materials Exfoliation”, under the guidance of Prof. Sagar Mitra (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Yu Lin Zhong (Monash University). He owes all his success to the ALMIGHTY, his parents, teachers and friends whose endless sacrifice has made his journey of life a meaningful one.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0490


Milind Patil

Milind Patil completed his B.E. in Civil Engineering from University of Pune.He has obtained his M.Tech degree from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati in Civil Engineering with specialization in Geotechnical Engineering. Soon after that, he joined one of the top Geotechnical Finite Element Analysis software companies in the world as a Geotechnical Support Engineer. Over a period of time, he worked on numerical modelling techniques for solving geotechnical analysis problems and has been member of technical support team. During his M.Tech he worked on thesis entitled Piled-Raft Foundations: FE Modeling and Parametric Study and based on this work he has published paper in reputed national and international journal and conference. He is currently pursuing his PhD at IITB-Monash Academy under the guidance of Prof. Deepankar Choudhury and Prof. RanjithPathegama on the project.Tunnelling in soft soil under both static and seismic events. As a research point of view his areas of interest are Computational Geotechnics, Soil-Structure-Foundation interaction, Ground improvement techniques and applications. Throughout his education, he has been a keen participant in extra-curricular activities. Some of his notable achievements are meritorious performance award in Maharashtra Talent Search Examination for two consecutive years (2001-2002) from N. Wadia College, Pune, and Best cadet award in ARJUNA advance military training camp held in 2001. His hobbies include Traveling, cooking and badminton.


Link to student’s project: IMURA00727


Maanya Gaur

Maanya completed her BTech in Biotechnology from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida in 2010.After achieving an All India Rank of 30 in GATE – 2010 (Life Sciences), she joined the Department of Biological Sciences & Bioengineering (BSBE) at IIT, Kanpur as an MTech student. In 2012 she was awarded her MTech degree with the ‘Academic Excellence Award’ for highest CPI. She has also held the posts of Post-Graduate Placement Coordinator and MTech Representative in the Departmental Post-Graduate Committee (BSBE, IIT, Kanpur). She has currently joined the IITB-Monash Research Academy for her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Santosh Noronha (IIT, Bombay), Dr. Wei Shen and Dr. He Lizhong (Monash University).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0334


Manasi Prashant Kane

Manasi graduated from BITS Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus in 2016 with a B.E. in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering and an MSc. in Biological Sciences under the dual degree scheme. As a part of her thesis at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne she developed a computational model of the cervical spinal cord of the Rhesus Macaques as a test base for electrical epidural spinal cord stimulation. At the IITB-Monash Research Academy, she will be working on the project ‘Wearable electrophysiological sensing devices for health monitoring’ under the supervision of Prof. Wenlong Cheng (Monash University) and Prof. Dipti Gupta (IIT Bombay). Her interests include reading, dancing, history, photography and listening to music.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0675 (1)


Neeraj Hanumante

Neeraj graduated studying Mechanical Engineering as main stream from Nagpur University. He completed his M.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) in Energy Systems Engineering, a diverse interdisciplinary program. Neeraj was selected for Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) Fellowship during his post-graduate studies. He joined AERB on completion of M.Tech. And worked in the field of regulatory review of Accident Analysis of state-of-art indigenous PHWRs. He is working with Prof. Yogendra Shastri (IITB) and Prof. Andrew Hoadley (Monash) on Agent-based modeling of multi-scale systems for sustainability assessment. As an individual, Neeraj likes to meet people, acquire new skills and is an open source enthusiast.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0385


Neeraja V. S

Neeraja completed her B.Tech. in Civil Engineering from College of Engineering, Trivandrum (affiliated to University of Kerala) in 2009 and M.Tech. with specialization in Geotechnical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in the year 2011. Her master’s thesis was on the ‘Upper bound limit analysis of unreinforced and reinforced soil beds’. She has worked in industry for about one year, thereafter joined IISc, Bangalore as a Research Assistant and worked there for about one year. At IISc, she worked on research projects on modelling of fiber reinforced soils, leading to two international journal publications based on the work. For the past 3.5 years, she has been working as an Assistant Professor at Marian Engineering College, Trivandrum. As part of advancing her academic career, she has joined the PhD program at IITB-Monash Research Academy. At the Academy, she would be working on the project titled ‘Hydro-Mechanical Behaviour of Geosynthetic Clay Liners in Landfill Capping Systems’ under the supervision of Prof. B.V.S. Viswanadham (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Abdelmalek Bouazza (Monash University).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0064 (5)


Nithypriya.B

Nithypriya.B completed her B.E in Civil Engineering from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore in May 2014. She did her final year project on ‘Utilisation of recycled carpet wastes as soil reinforcement’ in Deakin University, Waurnponds, Australia. She was awarded the overall Best Outgoing Student (KOORATHALAWAR) award of PSG Tech for the academic year 2010-2014. She completed her M.Tech in Remote Sensing and GIS from National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK), Surathkal in July 2016. Her master’s research work is in ‘Coastal inundation study using Support Vector Machine in Remote Sensing’, under the guidance of Dr.G.S.Dwarakish, Professor & Head, Department of Applied Mechanics and Hydraulics. The project deals about the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of the coastal ecosystem to sea level rise which is the outcome of change in climate. Soft computing algorithm named Support Vector Machine (SVM) has been used effectively in this study. She have undergone a summer internship programme in Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun and worked on ‘Annual and Seasonal variation of Aerosol Index over Indian Region using Aura – Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) data’. During her Master’s, she participated in many National & International conferences and have five papers to her credit and one journal paper is under revision to be published in Journal of Ocean Engineering and Science (JOES), Elsevier Publication. Her research interests includes: Optical & Microwave Remote Sensing, Soft Computing Techniques, Image Processing and Geographical Information System (GIS). At IITB-Monash Research academy she will be working under the guidance of Dr. Y.S.Rao (IITB) and Dr. Jeff walker (Monash University) under the area of ‘Soil moisture mapping and validation using EOS data’. Her interests are travelling, listening to songs, gardening and interacting with new people.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0466


Naresh Chandrasekaran

Naresh Chandrasekaran did his BTech in Nanotechnology from SRM University, Chennai. During his final year as an undergraduate, he got selected for National Photonics Fellowship funded by Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Govt. of India. During the course of his fellowship, he worked on III-V advanced semiconductor materials (Quantum dots and Quantum wells) and various optoelectronic devices at SAMEER, Mumbai. He was selected for ‘Organic semiconductor based photovoltaic devices’ under the guidance of Prof Dinesh Kabra from IITB and Prof McNeil Christopher from Monash. Apart from research, he is also passionate about photography, badminton and, athletics, in which he plays for various inter-meets.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0354


Nikhil Sirdesai

Nikhil Sirdesai completed his Integrated Dual Degree (BTech & MTech) in Mining Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, with specialization in Rock Mechanics. ‘Design of Roof Support System for Underground Mines’ was the topic of his MTech Project. After his graduation, he joined Monnet Ispat and Energy Limited as a Management Technical Trainee (Mining) at its underground coal mines situated in Raigarh. Due to his work and background in research, he had an inclination towards research and a PhD degree. At IITB-Monash Research Academy, he will be working on a Project titled ‘Numerical and Experimental Study of Rocks under Very High Temperature Conditions: Underground Coal Gasification’ under the guidance of Dr. T.N. Singh (IIT Bombay) and Dr. Ranjith Pathegama (Monash University). His co-curricular achievements include receiving the ‘Dr. Homi Bhabha Young Scientist’ award twice, winning various mathematics talent searches and winning quizzes and debates. His hobbies include cooking, trekking and reading spiritual books and scriptures.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0200


Narendra Akiti

Narendra Akiti did his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad (A.P). He then did his M.Tech from IIT Roorkee in Chemical Engineering Department with specialization Computer Aided Process Plant Design. After his post-graduation, he worked as Assistant Professor in Moradabad Institute of Technology, Moradabad. During this teaching period he got the strong desire to do research and decided to pursue Ph.D. Later, he joined in IITB – Monash Research Academy to work on the project “Granule Breakage in a Controlled Shear Shield – Modelling and Experiments” under the guidance of Prof Devang Khakhar (IIT Bombay) and Dr. Karen Hapgood (Monash University). Narendra Akiti is supported by “Prime Minister’s Fellowship scheme for Doctooral Research”, a joint initiative of CII and Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), and Industry Partner P&G.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0199


Naresh Alaal

Naresh Alaal completed his M.Sc in Physics from the Osmania University, Hyderabad and M.Tech in Materials Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. During his M.Tech thesis, he was motivated to do research in the area of Modeling and Simulation for Materials. He has currently joined IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project “Atomistic Simulations of Graphene-Boron Nitride Hybrid Nanostructures” with Prof Alok Shukla (IIT Bombay) and Dr. Nikhil Medhekar (Monash University).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0258


Nikhil Jain

Nikhil Jain completed his Integrated Dual Degree in Mining Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi in 2016. He designed fracture models using COMSOL Multiphysics for hydraulic fracturing on Shale gas in Indian reservoirs as a part of his Master’s Thesis. During his Dual Degree course, in sophomore year while working as an Intern at IIT Bombay under the guidance of Dr. T. N. Singh, he gained exposure to COMSOL Multiphysics and numerical modelling in the process of pursuing studies pertaining to shale gas and hydraulic fracturing. Thereafter, in the third year, he had continued this endeavor further as an intern under the guidance of Dr. Vikram Vishal on hydraulic fracture and fracture modelling in shale reserves of India and also published a technical paper “Three-dimensional modelling of propagation of hydraulic fractures in shale at different injection pressures” in Sustainable Environment Research. Furthermore, he undertook a stint as a trainee on field, under Mr. Shantanu Das, Technical GM, WSS, ONGC, during his summer training at Well Stimulation Services, ONGC, Ahmedabad wherein he had learnt and witnessed Hydraulic fracturing jobs practiced by ONGC. He has won several awards in IIT BHU during his Dual Degree course, like Best Student Award by IIT BHU Global Alumni Association, Publication award for the year 2012 and 2013 by IIT BHU Global Alumni Association, for demonstrating record number of publication among undergraduate category. He was also the 1st Naresh Christopher Jain Scholar of his college which is awarded by IIT BHU Global Alumni Association. Apart from his keen research interest, he maintains a sharp entrepreneurial acumen and has demonstrated the same while interfacing with the digital and social world. He was the founder of ‘EditEngine’, a small venture of his own, contributing to the research community by providing professional services in the form of editing and proofreading the manuscripts before they are submitted for publication or review. He loves travelling and entrepreneurship and aspires to become a “ResearchPreneur” one day!


Link to student’s project: IMURA0643



Ponsubbiah Soundrapandian Nadar

Without my parents encouragement and support, I would have not come so far. As I was able to score 92% marks in chemistry in HSC, I selected chemical engineering as my undergraduate major at Datta Meghe College of engineering, Airoli. This program laid the foundation desired for my goals; I Qualified GATE 2011 in Chemical engineering and was offered an opportunity to be a part of chemical engineering department for pursuing Master of Technology at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. I worked on project sponsored by GAIL for my master thesis under the supervision of Prof. Swati Neogi at Composite application laboratory (CAL, IIT Kharagpur). At IIT B-Monash, I will be working under the supervision of (in no particular sequence) Prof. Debabrata Maiti, Prof. AK Suresh and Prof. Chaffee Alan on the project titled, Develop a micro-kinetic model framework for heterogeneously catalyzed reaction Direct Aromatization of Methane.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0403


Pranali Deore

Pranali has graduated with an M.tech (Integrated) in Biotechnology from Pad. Dr. D. Y. Patil Univesity, Mumbai. Her constant zeal towards the subject yielded her a Gold Medal sponsored by Thyrocare Pvt. Ltd. She spent brief amount of time in Bacteriophage research, its application in bio-control and as therapeutic agent for a master’s thesis. She presented her work in many National and International conferences. In her scientific career, she chose to work in Applied Science area. She worked as a Scientist in Reliance Industries Limited (2.5 yrs) where her major area of work was on Algae Biotechnology, Genetic Modification and Vector Development. Apart from science she enjoys reading books, adventure sports and expresses herself by painting on canvas with oil medium.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0303


Prashant Gupta

Prashant Gupta completed his Masters in Chemical Engineering from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. During his Masters tenure, he published two papers in IERC on his work done and was also a gold medallist for being the topper from the institute. His thesis titled “Development of Rational Correlations for Reactor Design” included developing correlations for estimating gas holdup, volumetric mass transfer coefficient and interfacial area for designing gas liquid phase reactors. The development made use of MATLAB based support vector regression techniques.
Currently, he is employed with Tata Power and during his stint at Tata Power, has published two patents on coal drying and reformer for producing hydrogen. His area of interest is in developing a multi fuel reformer for fuel cell applications. He is currently pursuing his PhD in IITB-Monash Research Academy under the guidance of Mr. P.C. Ghose, Manaswita Bose, S. Srinivas from IITB and Mr. Akshat Tanksale from Monash University. He will also be guided by Tata Power in integrating the reformer with fuel cells.
His doctoral research will be broadly classified on “Development of flexible reformer based fuel cell technology for small scale power generation”. He loves sports and excels in Table Tennis, Football and Cricket.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0646


P R Kamal Prakash Nair

Kamal did his B.E. (Hons) from the Birla Institute of Technological Sciences, Pilani in the field of Biotechnology. Since then, he has obtained two Master’s degrees: The first from Glasgow Caledonian University in the field of Clinical Microbiology, and the second from the University of Goettingen in Microbiology and Biochemistry. During the course of his higher studies, he also qualified in several national level entrance examinations, such as: GATE Biotechnology (2011 – AIR: 151), GATE Life Sciences (2013 – AIR: 562), CSIR-UGC NET (2013 – JRF AIR: 67) and ICMR (2016 – AIR: 01), along with a (308/340) in GRE (2011).
He is currently enrolled at the IITb-Monash Academy for the project titled “Exploring the adhesive property of sickle cell for improved diagnosis” under the supervision of Prof. Debjani Paul (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Tuncay Alan (Monash University). Given that his primary goal is to understand the dynamics of the human body and its maladies, his areas of interest include clinical sciences, and medical diagnostics. Apart from that, he is interested in playing badminton, reading astronomy, and inquiries into the paranormal.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0679 (6)


Pragati Dubey

Pragati completed her Bachelor’s in Sociology from Presidency College Calcutta in 2013 and Master’s in Sociology from Presidency University Calcutta in 2015. She qualified UGC NET December 2014 slot while she was pursuing her Post graduation. Recently her article named “Eunuchs, Women and Religion” was published in one of the International Multidisciplinary Research Journal. Her research interests include Gender Studies, Kinship and Anthropology of Religion. Pragati has joined the Joint PhD program at IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project “Exploring Gender and Ethnic Dimensions of Malnutrition”. She will be working with Prof. D. Parthasarathy (IITB), Prof. Dharma Arunachalam (Monash University) and Prof. Swati Parashar (Monash University) during her PhD research.
Her hobbies include cooking and playing badminton.


Link to student’s project: HSS0645 (8)


Pragya Gupta

Pragya Gupta has completed her B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from JSS Academy of Technical Education Noida. Later, due to her interest in Research and Development she joined M.Tech Program in Nanotechnology at NIT Calicut where she worked on the project titled Computational analysis of laser heating of skin using Non Fourier model” under the guidance of Prof. C.B. Sobhan. Now she has joined IITB-Monash Research Academy with dream of more contribution towards engineering field. Here she is working on a Project “Multi-physics numerical modelling for bio-effects mapping and controlled delivery of ablation dosage in Oncological applications” under the Guidance of Prof. Atul Srivastava (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Sunita Chauhan (Monash University) to pursue her career as research scholar. Her area of interest in nanotechnology, bio heat transfer and computational fluid dynamics. Apart from academics, Pragya loves to visit new places and know about their culture.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0422


Pratik Gholkar

Pratik Gholkar completed his BE in Biotechnology Engineering from Kolhapur Institute of Technology and pursued his masters in Biochemical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology. Working at IIT-B for a project on alternative processing of microalgae for algal biofuel production motivated him to pursue research in process development for alternative energy. He has joined IITB-Monash research academy to work on “Catalytic Conversion of Algal Biomass into Tar Free Synthesis Gas by Reaction Flash Volatilisation” under supervision of Prof Yogendra Shastri (IITB) and Prof Akshat Tanksale (Monash University). His project is funded by JSW.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0376


Prachi Varshney

Prachi Varshney completed her B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from C.S.J.M University, Kanpur followed by M.Tech in Chemical Engineering from IIT BHU, Varanasi. Her research work during M.Tech motivated her to pursue doctoral studies. She presented 2 papers “A Novel Filter Media for Biofiltration of VOCs” and “Role of Environmental Biotechnology in Air Pollution Control” in an international conference “Recent Trends in Engineering, Technology & Management” held at BIET Jhansi, 2011. She also published a review paper “Progress and trends in CO2 capture/separation technologies: A review” in Energy journal of the Science Direct. Prior to joining the Academy she worked as Programmer Analyst with Cognizant Technology Solutions for more than a year, which she joined through campus recruitment at IIT BHU. At Academy she is working on “Investigations on CO2 sequestration with algae under dry and hot ambient conditions” under the guidance of Prof. Pramod Wangikar (IIT Bombay), Prof John Beardall (Monash University) and Prof. Sankar Bhattacharyya (Monash University). Her hobbies include reading inspirational books, travelling and collecting coins.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0300


Preeti Gopal

On completing her B.Tech in ECE from Pondicherry Engineering College, Preeti joined Robert Bosch as a software engineer. After a year, she undertook masters at IITB, specializing in Signal Processing. Following this, she worked in the domain of image computing for close to 2 years at Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre, an R&D centre at IITM Research Park. She is currently being supervised by Prof. Ajit Rajwade, Prof. Sarat Chandran and Prof. Imants Svalbe in her research project – “Acquisition of Discrete Projection Data and Reconstruction of Digital Images”. She enjoys dancing, playing badminton and being close to nature.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0390


Poorwa Gore

Poorwa Gore did her B.E. in Metallurgical Engineering from Govt. Engineering College Raipur followed by M.E. in Materials Engineering from Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. After her post-graduation she worked in Tata Motors following which she joined CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories as a project assistant in Failure Analysis and Accident Investigation Lab. She also has teaching experience and has taught in National Institute of Technology Raipur and Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology Bhopal before joining IITB-Monash Research Academy. She will be working on “Corrosion of magnesium alloys” under Prof. V.S. Raja (IITB) and Prof. Nick Birbilis (Monash University).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0345


Mohammad Imran

Mohammad Imran completed his B. Tech in Chemical Engineering from Aligarh Muslim University in 2014. Soon after, he joined the M. Tech program in Chemical Engineering at IIT Guwahati. In his M.Tech project he investigated “Stokesian Dynamics simulation of Shear Thickening and Shear Thinning Fluid”. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) being his prime research area, he will be working on “Microfluidic mixing by collective motion of active particles” at IITB Monash Research Academy under the supervision of Prof. Raghunath Chelakkot (IITB) and Prof. Mandar Inamdar (IITB) and Prof. Prabhakar Ranganathan (Monash University). Imran is a nature lover being keen at photography, enjoys solo travelling, blogging and is a dieheart foodie.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0624


Prasoon Kumar
Prasoon Kumar has done his BE in Biotechnology from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi in 2008. Thereafter he completed his M. Tech in Biological Sciences and Bioengineering from IIT Kanpur in 2010. He worked as Project Assistant in CSIR lab (Central Scientific Instruments Organization) in Computational Instrumentation Division for period of about 9 months on Biomedical Imaging and Image Processing before joining PhD in IITB-Monash Research Academy. His hobbies include reading novels and listening soft music.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0228

Prashant Patil

Prashant completed his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from University of Mumbai and M. Tech in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Control Systems. Prior to joining the academy, Prashant was working as a Research Engineer at IIT Bombay. Prashant had the opportunity of working with Prof. Sachin C. Patwardhan (IIT Bombay) for his master’s project in Adaptive Control domain. His areas of interest include Adaptive Control, System Identification and Modelling, Model Predictive Control, Embedded Control and Motion Planning. Prashant would be associated with the Systems and Control department at IIT Bombay and would be working on a topic related to ‘Coordinated inspection of railway tracks using multiple robots’ .


Link to student’s project: IMURA0438


Pratham Arora
Accelerated by his desire to work in the field of clean energy, Pratham joined the IITB-Monash Research Academy just after completing his B.E. in Chemical Engineering from BITS Pilani, Goa Campus. During his bachelors he worked on Biogas technologies which earned him two internships with IIT Delhi. He also presented his work at the 3rd IWA Asia Pacific Young Water Professionals Conference -“Achieving Sustainable Development in the New Era”, Singapore. Pratham loves adventure sports and is an ardent traveller. Reading spiritual books and practicing meditation are some of his leisure.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0221(A)


Raveen R Menon
Raveen R Menon, completed his masters in Manufacturing Systems Management from Gov’t Engg College, Thrissur in 2014. His master thesis titled “Traceability of Public Distribution System in India” was based on a food supply chain project he did in Food Corporation of India (FCI). He has made a consistent performance in his course works during his Bachelors and Masters. He qualified GATE 2011 with an All India Rank of 582 and also has a score of 309 in Graduate record Examination (GRE), 2014. Raveen is now a research scholar in Department of School of Management (IITB) and Mechanical and Aerospace Department (Monash University). He is guided by Dr. Mohan Krishnamoorthy and Prof. T T Niranjan. Apart from studies he was regular member of college cricket teams during his under graduation and post graduation studies. He is also a music enthusiast and an avid traveler.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0437

Rahul Raj
Rahul Raj is basically an electronics engineer. After completing his B.E. from University of Pune he chose to go for interdisciplinary study and joined IIT Bombay to do his M.Tech in “Technology and Development”. During his M.Tech, he intensively worked on Remote sensing using drone and precision agriculture. His M.Tech Thesis is on “Evaluation of UAV-based high resolution and satellite-based medium resolution canopy images with ground based measurement to estimate LAI”. In the Academy, he is working on “A system approach model for Citrus crop growth prediction using ground and remote sensing based information and data assimilation techniques”. He has a unique experience of 10-week village stay (Karsul, Pimpalgaon, Nashik) for a project on agricultural feeder loss analysis. He also likes to write blogs and poems. He involves himself in social work and has a passion for teaching.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0603

Rahul Mishra
Rahul Mishra obtained his BTech in Mechanical Engineering from College of Technology, Pantnagar (Uttarakhand ) in 2008 and MTech in Fluid and Thermal Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 2010. During M Tech he worked in the area of Bio-Fluid Mechanics under the supervision of Prof. K Muralidhar and Prof. P.K.Panigrahi .After his MTech, he worked as a Guest Faculty in Motilal Nehru NIT, Allahabad. To gain industrial exposure he joined3DPLM software solution ltd. (Jv. of Geometric Ltd, India and Dassault Systemes, France) Pune. He worked there as Software developer in CAD domain for one year. He also worked in Siemens PLM software ltd. as Software developer in CAE Post processing for 2.5 years. Being interested in academics and research he joined the Academy where he is working on the project An Immersed-Boundary method based fluid-structure interaction (FSI) solver with application in biomedical flows under the supervision of Prof. Rajneesh Bhardwaj, Prof.Salil S.Kulkarni (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Mark Thompson (Monash University)

Link to student’s project: IMURA0505

Ranjeet Kumar Singh
Ranjeet Kumar Singh completed his B.Sc from Banaras Hindu University (U.P). Soon after he joined IITB and completed his Master degree with the specialization in Petroleum Geoscience. He has joined IITB-Monash Research Academy for his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Kumar Hemant Singh (IIT Bombay), Prof.TrilokNath Singh (IIT Bombay), Dr.Jian Zhao (Monash University) and Dr Qianbing Zhang (Monash University). His research topic is “The geomechanics of reservoir due to the extraction of fluids or oil/gas”.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0492

Rajeshwara chary Sriramadasu
S Rajeshwara Chary has finishedB.Tech. in civil engineering from IIT Roorkee in 2010. After graduating from IIT Rooorkee he joined BHEL-Industrial Systems Group, Bangalore and worked for 4Years. In BHEL he has worked on coal handling plant and Raw material handling plant projects and gained valuable experience in design of buildings and, in supervision of civil & structural works. His enthusiasm and zeal to be part of novel techniques in engineering has drawn him to pursue PhD at IIT-B Monash research academy. He is currently working on the project ” Integrity Evaluation of Reinforced Concrete Structures Using Ultrasonic Guided Waves” under the guidance of Dr.Sauvik Banerjee (IIT Bombay) and Dr Ye Lu (Monash University).

Link to student’s project: IMURA0383

Rakhi Singh
Rakhi Singh completed her Masters in Applied Statistics and Informatics from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2010. Following her passion for statistics, she then worked with pioneers like EXL Services and American Express in the field of predictive analytics for a little more than 4 years. Handling large datasets and designing experiments using state-of-the-art technologies as an integral part of the core research team at American Express fuelled her pre-existent zeal to pursue high end research in statistics. Rakhi is joining PhD programme at the IITB-Monash academy starting Jan’15 under the supervision of Prof. Ashish Das and Dr. Daniel Horsley. She would be working on Fractional Factorial Designs and related combinatorics at the Academy. In the long term, she plans to teach statistics in synchronized fashion with a blend of industry and research. Her hobbies include playing Squash and Badminton, sketching and visiting new places.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0451

Ramkrishna Singh
I completed my graduation from SVBCP, Mumbai University in 2011 and successfully cleared Graduate Aptitude Test for Pharmacy (GPAT) and NIPER-JEE with AIR of 220 and 81 respectively. I completed my post graduation in M. S. Pharm Pharmaceutics from National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Ahmedabad, in 2013. As part of dissertation work, I carried out research work on lipids derived from bovine origin for their potential as penetration enhancer across the blood brain barrier, for effective delivery of drug to treat brain disorders. I also have a year of research experience as research assistant at IIT- Bombay. At IITB- Monash Research Academy, I would be working on Development of health foods from xylan rich sources ? under the supervision of Prof. Amit Arora and Prof. Jane Muir.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0444

Rihab Abdul Razak
Rihab has completed his B.Tech degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Government Engineering College Thrissur (University of Calicut) in 2006. After that he has worked in Accenture Services Pvt Ltd, Chennai and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Bangalore before joining IIT Bombay for M.Tech in Control and Computing (Electrical Engg). After completing M.Tech in 2012, he was a part of TCS Innovation Lab, Mumbai as a researcher where he worked on High Performance Computing and Parallel Programming technologies. He joined the IITB-Monash Research Academy in January, 2015 to pursue doctoral studies and will be working on new models and algorithms for decentralized and adaptive coverage control in multi-robot systems.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0411

Rohit Saluja
Rohit Saluja completed his B.Tech in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS PILANI GOA CAMPUS in 2010. He had two months training at CEERI, PILANI on Microwaves In Communication during his B.Tech, wherein he published a paper entitled Analysis of Bluetooth patch antenna with different feeding techniques using simulation and optimization ? in the proceedings of International Conference on Microwave-08, held in Jaipur 2008. He also had six months training at LSI Logic (now Avagotech) in Pune in 2010. Later he joined BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd.) at Power Engineering Management, Noida wherein he gained four years of experience in system design studies, control systems and cable routing in power plant. He was selected as a model for the hoarding in BHEL Noida, as well as for the advertisement related to BHEL 2013 recruitment in Times Of India. With the interest in image processing and machine learning, Rohit got enrolled in the Academy in December 2014 and is working on “Learning System for Document Imaging: Data and Pattern Discovery from OCR Extracted Data” under Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharya, Prof. Ganesh Ramakrishnan and Prof. Mark James Carman. Rohit has great interest in sports and poetry. He plays basketball and badminton and is a National level player of Tae-Kwondo and Judo.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0455

Raghavendra
Raghavendra completed his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. After graduating, he worked as Process Engineer with Reliance Industries Limited (a Fortune 500 Company) for 3 years. Later on, he worked as Sr. Process Design Engineer with SRF Ltd., designing chemical batch process plants to produce specialty chemicals. He joined The IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project “Investigations on CCP-enhanced carbon dioxide uptake in aqueous media during flue gas scrubbing”. His guides are Prof. A.K Suresh, Prof. Sankar Bhattacharya. His hobbies include Photography and playing Football.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0301

Ruchi Pal

Ruchi has completed her B.Sc. in Polymer Science from University of Delhi followed by M.Sc. in Plastics Technology from Sardar Patel University, Gujarat. She then studied M.Tech.Rubber technology at IIT Kharagpur. She was granted the IIT Master Sandwich Scholarship by DAAD to carry out her thesis work at IPF, Dresden. Under the guidance of Prof.Gert Heinrich, her work was based around the study of liquid sensing properties of elastomer-carbon nanocomposites. Apart from academics, she is interested in sports, painting and organizational activities. At IITB-Monash, she will work on the study of nano-structured interphases to understand structure property correlation using chemical microscopy under the guidance of Prof.Jayesh Bellare, Prof.Alison Funston and Prof. Kei Sato.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0406

Rajiv Kumar
Rajiv completed his B.Tech in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from NIT Durgapur (West Bengal). He then completed his M.Tech in Materials Science and Engineering from IIT Kanpur specializing in powder metallurgy. During his M.Tech., he has presented a paper in Euro PM 2011 held at Barcelona (Spain). He has published two papers in international journals. Just after his post graduation, he joined Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering department of MANIT Bhopal (M.P.) and worked as Assistant Professor for six months. At the Academy, he works on “Nanostructure Alloys for Corrosion Resistance” under the supervision of Dr. V S Raja & Dr. Smrutiranjan Parida (IIT Bombay) and Dr. RamanSingh (Monash University).

Link to student’s project: IMURA0299

Raghu Ram Gudipati
Raghu Ram Gudipati completed his B.Tech in Information & Communication Technology from the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute Of Information And Communication Technology(DA-IICT), Gandhinagar,Gujurat. Soon after graduating, he joined Accenture Pvt Ltd. India at Hyderabad as a developer. Over the next 3 year period, he worked on various technologies and has been a part of many successful project endeavours. He then completed his M.Sc in GeoInformatics and did various research projects at NIO, Goa and Space Applications Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad before joining IIT Bombay as a JRF in CSRE division.He joined The IITB-Monash Research Academy for studying the Structure and Deformation of Lithosphere along the Java-Sumatra-Andaman Subduction Zone. His guides are Dr. M.RadhaKrishna and Dr. Fabio Antonio Capitanio. He is interested in earthquake studies. His hobbies include sketching and playing football.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0214

Rupesh S Bobade
Rupesh S Bobade has completed ME from BITS Pilani and BE from Amravati University in Mechanical Engineering. Soon after jis Masters, he has joined Knorr-Bremse of Tata Autocomps Group in Pune. He has worked there in R&D for almost one & half years. Due to research background and work, he has got motivated towards PhD. Here at IITB-Monash Research Academy, he will be working on Project Titled “Dynamics and Control of Parallel Robotic Manipulator with End Effector Constrains” under the guidance of Prof. P S Gandhi (IIT Bombay) and Prof Chen Chao (Monash University).

Link to student’s project: IMURA0106

Rajesh Deka
Rajesh Deka has completed his Bachelors degree with honours in chemistry in the year 2010 from B. Borooah College, Guwahati. Soon after that, he completed his MSc. degree from the University of Gauhati in 2012 with specialization in organic chemistry. During his MSc, he worked on a master project entitled ‘Synthesis and Characterization of Nicotinamide Based Amphiphiles’. While studying in the undergraduate and post graduate courses he got acquainted with the practical aspects of the subject and got motivated to pursue his PhD in chemistry. At the IITB-Monash Research Academy, he will pursue his research on the topic ‘Low-Coordinate Monomeric Lanthanoid Chalcogenolates’ under the guidance of Dr. H.B.Singh (IITB), Dr. Glen Deacon and Dr. David Turner (Monash Academy). His hobbies include playing cricket, listening to music.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0242

Ramakrishna B Bairi
Ramakrishna B Bairi has done his B.E. in Computer Science from MIT Manipal and M.S. in Software Engineering from BITS Pilani. He has worked for IBM for 10 years before joining IITB-Monash Research Academy. He has architected, designed and developed many scalable, high performance software systems at IBM in the fields of databases, web, 4G and intelligent systems. He has contributed many articles, posters and reusable components to various technical forums at IBM. His research interest includes developing intelligent systems, AI and data mining. His AI program won the first place in the all India level programming contest held in IBM.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0255

Sachin Talekar
Sachin Talekar completed his BE in Biotechnology Engineering and M.E. in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology from Kolhapur Institute of Technology’s college of engineering, Kolhapur. Before joining the IITB-Monash academy, he was working in Department of Biotechnology Engineering at Kolhapur Institute of Technology’s College of Engineering, Kolhapur as an assistant professor for 7.5 years and had undertaken the responsibility of R & D coordinator, AICTE portal coordinator, budget coordinator, alumni coordinator, MOODLE coordinator, etc. He has wide teaching experience, taught many subjects and guided many undergraduate project students. He has published 12 research papers in international journals of high impact published by Elsevier, RSC publishing, etc. He has been invited to write review article by RSC Advances journal published by Royal society of Chemistry, Cambridge which is published and selected as HOT article by Royal society of Chemistry, Cambridge. He secure h-index- 8 and i-10 index- 7 with total citations 192 till 6th Jan, 2016 according to Google scholar report. He has received Sane Guruji Young Scientist award given by Anti Dowry Movement, Bombay. He has currently joined IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project “Integrated Biorefinery Concept from Pomegranate Processing Waste” with Prof. Amit Arora from IIT Bombay and Prof. Antonio Patti from Monash University.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0509

Shihabuddin Khan
Shihab completed his B.E. in Civil Engineering from Rajiv Gandhi Technological University at Bhopal. He graduated with honours in 2012. After securing 99 percentile in G.A.T.E. 2013, he pursued M.Tech. in Engineering Structures from N.I.T. Warangal. He graduated with honours and was awarded Erasmus Mundus Heritage scholarship for the year 2014-15 to Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France. As a part of his Master’s thesis, he developed a stochastic algorithm for E.G.I.S. Industries Paris, which simulated the transverse cracking phenomenon in Reinforced Concrete members, under the guidance of Prof Panagiotis Kotronis. He has been enrolled in the Academy for the project titled “Management of Corroded RC infrastructure using monitored data”, under the supervision of Prof Siddhardha Ghosh (IIT Bombay) and Prof Colin Caprani (Monash University). His research interests lie primarily in building more efficient and smart models that learn and incorporate uncertainties for structural management, analysis, design and degradation.

Sreenidhi K.S
Sreenidhi completed her Masters in Marine Geophysics from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kerala, in 2016 with University first rank and Bachelor’s degree in Physics from MES Ponnani college, Kerala, (affiliated to University of Calicut). She has undergone her master’s dissertation on ‘Crustal Thickness Estimation of Indian Ocean Ridges around Rodriguez Triple Junction using RMBA and Direct Inversion’ at National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa under the guidance of Dr. John Kurian P. She has qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2016 in Geophysics during her Masters. She has also participated in several National Seminars, Symposia etc. Immediately after Masters, she has joined Ph.D. Program full steam ahead at IITB-Monash Research academy. At the academy , she is working on the project entitled ‘A Thermo-mechanical Study of the southern Red Sea – Afar Triple Junction region: Implications on the Rift Evolution ‘ (IMURA0484 (5)) under the supervision of Prof. M Radhakrishna (IITB) and Prof. Peter Betts (Monash).

Link to student’s project: IMURA0484 (5)

Sourabh Mehta
Sourabh Mehta completed his M.Phil. in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology, from National Centre for Nanosciences and Nanotechnology, University of Mumbai and Masters in Biotechnology from Modern College, Shivaji Nagar,Pune affiliated to University of Pune. During M.Phil, he worked on the biosynthesis of metallic nanoparticles and paper based microfluidic device fabrication. As an outcome of M.Phil research project, he has obtained two patents and published research articles in international peer reviewed journals. Sourabh has one year experience being research assistant at National Centre for Nanosciences and Nanotechnology funded by Pharmaceutical Company. Additionally, he had worked as an Associate Engineer (Biotechnology) at Symphony-teleca corp. Pvt.Ltd. from 2011-2013. Apart from academics, Sourabh is a mobile short film maker. His short films were screened at different short film international festivals and also have won first prize for few productions. He has keen interest in writing short stories, drama plays as well in his free time.
At the academy he will be working on the project entitled “Smart nanoparticles for detection of vulnerable Atherosclerotic plaques and their therapeutic stabilization” under the guidance of Prof. Rinti Banerjee (IIT-Bombay), and Prof. Karlheinz Peter, Prof. Alex Bobik (Monash University).
Link to student’s project: IMURA0678 (6)

Sreejata Paul

Sreejata Paul completed her Bachelor’s (in 2012) and Master’s (in 2014) in English Literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She went on to earn an M. Phil. degree in English from Christ University, Bengaluru in 2016. Her M. Phil. dissertation was aimed at examining urban Indian women’s changing relationship with arranged marriage, as portrayed in Indian chick lit. Her research interests include Gender Studies and Queer Studies. She has presented a paper entitled “Gender-Sexuality as Performance in Post-Television Era Kitsch” at the National Queer Conference, 2013. At present she is enrolled in the PhD program at the IITB-Monash Research Academy and is set to work broadly in the area of Gender & Public Sphere under the guidance of Paulomi Chakraborty (IITB) and Mridula Nath Chakraborty (Monash). She is also a foodie, an avid traveller and an amateur singer.


Link to student’s project: HSS0505


Somnath Buriuly
Somnath completed his B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from NIT Durgapur in the year 2013. He joined GAIL (India) Ltd as a senior engineer in the same year. Soon after, he left GAIL and started perusing his passion in Robotics through M.Tech in Control Systems Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. He completed his M.Tech in the year 2016 by submitting a thesis on interval type-2 fuzzy PI/PD controllers. He is currently working on a project titled: “Coordinated inspection of railway tracks using multiple robots” under the supervision of Prof. Leena Vachhani (IIT Bombay), Prof. Arpita Sinha (IIT Bombay), Prof. Sunita Chauhan (Monash University), and Prof. Ravi Ravitharan (Monash University). His interests include automation in robotics, table tennis, etc.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0638

Soumyajit Mojumder
Soumyajit Mojumder completed his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from West Bengal University of Technology in the year 2014 and M.Tech in Mechanical Engineering (specialization in Maintenance Engineering and Tribology) from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad in the year 2016. His M.Tech thesis work is titled “Experimental study of wear for Implant materials under lubricated sliding conditions”. He has two journal papers to his credit as part of M.Tech thesis work, published in Journal of Material Science and Mechanical Engineering along with two manuscripts currently under advanced stage of revision in Journal of Industrial Lubrication and Tribology and Journal of Engineering Tribology respectively. His interest in the field of Tribology led him to apply for the Joint PhD program at IITB-Monash Research Academy. His doctoral research is broadly classified as “Effect of microstructure on rail/wheel interaction and defects”. He will be working under the guidance of Prof. Aparna Singh (IIT Bombay), Prof. Wenyi Yan (Monash University), Prof. Cong Qiu (Monash University), Prof. Peter Mutton (Monash University) during his Phd.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0648

Sagar Agnihotri
I completed my B-Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Government College of Engineering, Amravati in 2011.After completing my graduation I worked with Thermax Ltd Pune in field of heat recovery units and later took admission in Heat Power Engineering (Thermal) in Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur (VNIT). During M-tech, for completing a project I worked as Intern for 1 year in Thermax ltd Pune R & D Division, where I worked on a project for heat transfer enhancement using CFD tool. The exposure to the industry and academia urged me to take up PhD at IITB-Monash Research Academy. I will be working on ‘A finite-element solver for internal fluid dynamics during particle-laden droplet impact and evaporation on a solid surface’ under guidance of Prof. Rajneesh Bhardwaj (IITB), Prof. Adrian Neild and Prof. Tuncay Alan (MONASH University). Apart from studies I am very much interested in chess and cricket.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0465

Shivali Banerjee

I am Shivali Banerjee, currently a final year student pursuing MSc. Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, since 2014.

My journey with chemistry started from simple high school experiments which were limited to Bunsen burners, pH stripes or a few test tubes. Now that I am about to finish my masters with much more knowledge about the world of chemistry, I still feel the same excitement that I felt back then. The subject has never failed to amaze me, right from my days of high school to even today.
In 2011, I passed class 12th with 94.33 marks and was among the top 1% students of ISC (Indian School Certificate) Board. I received the prestigious INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) Scholarship. To pursue a career in basic sciences, I joined three year BSc. (Hons.) Chemistry programme at Miranda House College of University of Delhi, one of the most prestigious institutions in India for undergraduate studies and research in pure sciences.

In 2012, during my second year in BSc. Hons Chemistry course, I joined my first one year long research project “Computational Modelling of Phytoregulatory Profile of some Nanoparticles (May,2012 to May,2013) under Dr. Sushma Moitra (Principal Investigator). The project was sponsored by the University of Delhi under the Innovation Project Scheme.

I joined Prof. T Pradeep as a summer research fellow (May-July 2013) at DST Unit of Nanoscience, IIT Madras. This summer fellowship was sponsored by the Indian Academy of Sciences. During the internship I worked on synthesis and characterizing of thiol protected palladium nano-clusters. The project gave me more insight into various characterization techniques like Electrospray Ionisation Mass Spectrometry (ESI MS) , Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionisation (MALDI), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC).

I also earned a gold medal at the end of BSc. (Hons.) Chemistry course for securing highest marks in the three years of this course. I am an awardee of the URH (University Rank Holder) Fellowship sponsored by University Grants Commision. I qualified the Joint Admission test for MSc (JAM) and joined Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi for masters in 2014. I have been among the top three students in the MSc Chemistry course at IIT Delhi.

I completed my master’s thesis project under the supervision of Prof. Ashok K Ganguli, Solid State and Nanomaterial Research Lab, IIT Delhi. My research project involves synthesizing a series of nanocatalysts for hydrogen-evolution by water splitting. While working on this project, I learnt to operate powder X-Ray Diffractometer, Thermogravimetric instrument, Infrared Spectrophotometer, Electrochemical set-up of a three-electrode system, etc. I also learnt the analysis of the electrochemical data, such as LSV Curves, Cyclic Voltammograms, Tafel plots, Nyquist plots etc.

I presented a poster on my work at MNIT Jaipur(2015), Rajasthan and another at the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Meeting(2015) held at IISER Mohali, Chandigarh, India.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0453


Shivani Agarwal
Shivani Agarwal completed her B.Tech. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Engineering College Bikaner affiliated by Rajasthan Technical University in 2011. She has done her M.Tech. in Solid State Technology from Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology in 2015. During Masters she worked on Fabrication and Characterisation of Organic, Inorganic and Hybrid Resistive Random Access Memory Devices under supervision of Dr. K.B. Jinesh. Soon after the completion of M.Tech. program she joined IIT Jodhpur as Senior Research Fellow on the project “Ion Beam Synthesis and Characterisation of Gallium nitride based nanocrystals embedded in Si matrices for New Generation Photodetector and Light Emitter Application ” under Dr. Mahesh Kumar. At IITB- Monash Research Academy she is working on Project- Quantum Dot Spin Qubit in Graphene under guidance of Dr. Sudhasatta Mahapatra (IIT Bombay), Dr Bent Weber (Monash University), Dr Michael S. Fuhrer (Monash University) and Dr. Changxi Zheng (Monash University).
Link to student’s project: IMURA0622

Siddharth Gupta
Siddharth completed his B.E in Mechanical Engineering from BIT Durg in 2011 and his M.Tech in Engineering mechanics from IIT Delhi in 2013. He numerically investigates the behavior of liquid steel flow inside a tundish under the guidance of Prof. Anupam Dewan (IIT Delhi). He published two papers from this project. After completing Master’s Degree, he joined G D Rungta college of Engineering & Technology & gained an experience of 34 months. He would be working on a project titled: “CFD Study on Hydrodynamics of Fish like Locomotion using Level Set based Immersed Boundary Method” under the supervision of Prof. Atul Sharma (IIT Bombay), Prof. Amit Agrawal (IIT Bombay) & Prof. Kerry Hourigan (Monash University). He enjoys outdoor activities like cricket and travelling.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0413

Subramoni Hariharan
Subramoni completed his Masters in Biotechnology from V G Vaze College (Mumbai University) in 2012. He later joined the Animal Biotechnology and Biochemistry department at KET’s Scientific Research Centre (SRC) as a toxicologist, where his primary responsibilities were to assess the safety and efficacy of cosmetics, API’s and therapeutic molecules from plant origin. Over the past 4 years, he has been involved in projects focused on isolation and characterization of bioactive molecules from plants, formulations and their validation through clinical trials. He has also presented his research in various national level seminars and conferences.
After clearing the GATE (AIR 60) and CSIR-LS (AIR 34), he recently joined the IITB-Monash academy as a research scholar, under the supervision of Dr. Amit Arora (IITB) and Dr. Antonio Patti (Monash University). His project revolves around the extraction of high quality protein from plant based sources.
When not in lab, subramoni loves to catch up on his reading and playing cricket, and idly enjoying nature.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0666 (6)

Sukritee Bhaskar
Sukritee Bhaskar did her Msc in Genetics and Bsc in Microbiology from University of Calcutta. She has worked on identifying novel pigmentation genes for 6months before joining Research Academy. Some of her academic achievements are: GATE qualified, NET CSIR-JRF qualified and also qualified for Inspire Fellowship in Master Degree in Genetics 2014.She is also eligible for Dr. J Mandal Award 2014 of University of Calcutta. Sukritee has joined the IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project, “Structural characterization of enzymes for biotechnological application in microbial degradation of water pollutants” under the guidance of Prof. RuchiAnand, Prof. Mattewwilce, prof. SantoshPanjikar.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0449

Rituparn Singh Somvanshi
Rituparn Singh Somvanshi completed his bachelors from Symbiosis Institute of Technology, Pune in 2014. Thereafter, he joined National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh in 2016. His Bachelors thesis was in the area of systems design and analysis of pressure vessels, and masters thesis was based on numerical analysis of cardiac cycle using Immersed Boundary Methods. His PhD work shall continue in the area of numerical analysis of microfluidic flows. Apart from academic work, he has a number of hobbies that he loves to spend time in, such as reading, cycling, and music. His major reading interests are general physics, metaphysics with relation to philosophy. The mind-body problem is one of his favorites.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0624

Sangita Kumari
Sangita is B.Tech in Information Technology from Bhilai Institute of Technology, Durg (C.G.). After that She did her M.Tech in Geomatics Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. She is also DAAD scholar under DAAD master sandwich program (2013-14) and continued her Master thesis partially at Institute of Cartography, TU Dresden, Germany. Her research interest is in Glaciology, applications of Remote Sensing and image processing and study of climate models. She has research experience in Remote Sensing based data assimilation in Hydro-meteorological models while working as Junior Research Fellow at Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, ISRO. Apart from this she has nine months’ work experience in Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

Link to student’s project: IMURA0351(A)

Sheeba Sekharan
Sheeba Sekharan earned her Master’s degree in Applied Statistics & Informatics from IIT Bombay after Bachelors in Statistics from Sri Venkateswara College in University of Delhi. Her masters project work was bio-statistical in nature wherein few protein databanks were statistically explored and a novel probabilistic approach was developed for the same, and subsequently published. She worked under Executive Chairman of the conglomerate giant, Jaypee Group (Noida) for close to 5 years in department of corporate strategy and communication for assisting in their diversification plans. The nature of her corporate experience was collaborative and strictly managerial. Her keenness to explore her career interest in Statistics and Research led her to be a ‘corporate drop-out’ and take up an NGT-directed and MPCB-sponsored project in CESE, IITB under 6 faculty members. The research work headed by Prof. Subhankar Karmakar was titled ‘Pollution assessment of Ulhas/Waldhuni river and preparation of action plan for its control’. She was also involved in another study related to spatio-temporal analysis of Mumbai rainfall. She shall start her PhD work from July’ 16, with Prof. Siuli Mukhopadhyay and Prof. Jonathan Keith as supervisors, on the research topic titled ‘Spatio-temporal Modeling for Disease Mapping’. Apart from research work, her passion includes writing, speaking, and being a nature-lover and a healer.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0611

Sohan Suvarna
Sohan is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK), Surathkal. After graduation, he worked as a Design Engineer at MECON Limited, a frontrunner consultancy firm in the Mettalurgical sector. Apart from engineering and design, he has been actively involved in developing regression models to determine the performance of the company. During his study at NITK, he was the member of NITK UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) team and SOLVE (Students Online Learning through Virtual Experimentation) team. He was the Joint Convenor of Robotics Club and Technical Coordinator of CSI Student Chapter at NITK, Surathkal. His keen interest in aerial vehicles and automation has led him to pursue his doctorate in ‘Design and Development of Autonomus Airships’ under the guidance of Prof. Rajkumar Pant (IIT-B), Prof. Arpita Sinha (IIT-B) and Prof. Hoam Chung (Monash University). Sohan aims to be one of the leading researchers in the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. In his leisure time, he is an explorer, a star gazer and an artist.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0370

Souvik Banerjee
Souvik Banerjee has completed his B.Sc. in Statistics from Ramakrishna Mission Residential College, Narendrapur in 2012. He received his M.Sc. degree in Statistics-OR from University of Hyderabad in 2014 with gold medal for securing 1st rank. He qualified GATE 2014 with All India Rank of 49 in Mathematics. He is working on a project titled “Designs for Spatial and Temporo-spatial Models” in IITB-Monash Research Academy under Prof. Siuli Mukhopadhyay and Prof. Jonathan M Keith. Apart from research, he is passionate about playing football. He is also interested in music, painting, sports and video games.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0467

Shashibhushan Biliangadi
Shashibhushan completed his M.Tech from IIT Guwahati in Environmental Engg. And B.E from BVBCET Hubli. During M.Tech, he worked on adsorption process, wherein issues related to uptake potential of absorbent for repeated exposures and displacement of adsorbed metals were studied. During B.E, in his work was focused on Analysis and Design of Unsymmetrical Multi-storied building by considering lateral load. For his PhD, he is working on Building Artificial Soils from Industrial Waste Products for Mine Rehabilitation ? under the supervision of Prof. A.K. Dikshit (IITB), Prof. Mohan Yellishetty (Monash University), and Prof. Vanessa Wong (Monash University).

Link to student’s project: IMURA0350

Sandeep Y. Pimparkar
Sandeep completed his B.Sc in chemistry in 2009 from KTHM College (University of Pune) and M.Sc in Organic Chemistry in 2011 from HPT Arts & RYK Science College (University of Pune). Later he worked as a Trainee Officer at Lupin Ltd., for 5 months. Due to his research interests in organometallic chemistry he joined Dr. Jeganmohan’s Lab at IISER Pune as project assistant in Jan 2012. There he worked on transition metal (Ru&Pd) catalyzed C-H activation reactions for the synthesis of various organic heterocycles. His work is published in various international peer reviewed journals and also he has published a review article. His research interests is in Catalysis Chemistry for the development of sustainable and ecofriendly methodologies for synthesis of important class of bioactive motifs. He will be working on project entitled Synthesis of Bioactive Heterocycles through Multiple C-H Bond Activation under supervision of Prof. Debabrata Maiti (IIT Bombay) and Prof. David W. Lupton (Monash University). He likes to listen music, reading novels and riding bikes.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0414

Santanu Paul
Santanu Paul, born and brought up in Guwahati did his B Tech from NIT Surat in 2009 and M Tech from IIT Delhi in 2012. Currently he is working on a project titled “Laser Cladding to Repair Structures” under the guidance of Prof. Ramesh Singh from IIT Bombay and Dr. Wenyi Yan from Monash University, Australia. He likes playing and watching football, and draws sketches of people and things around him. His project involves numerical modeling as well as experimental analysis of laser cladding technology for thermo-mechanical and metallurgical stress analysis on structures subjected to repair.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0213

Sibimol Luke

Sibimol Luke has obtained her B.Tech degree in Electronics and Instrumentation and graduated with First Rank from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). Then she worked in Standard Chartered Scope International as Graduate Engineering Trainee for one year in Chennai. Later she moved on to pursue her M.Tech degree in Optoelectronics and Optical communication from University of Kerala and did her Master’s thesis in ‘Nanostructured Organic Solar Cell’ in Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. Because of her passion to do research in solar cell, she joined IITB – Monash Research Academy for her doctoral studies in the project titled ‘Photoelectrochemical water splitting using monolithic photoanode/high photovoltage perovskite solar cell tandem devices’ under the supervision of Prof. Aswani Yella (IIT Bombay), Prof. Akshat Tanksale (Monash University) and Prof. Xiwang Zhang (Monash University).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0642


Supriya Pratibanda
Supriya Pratibanda has completed Masters in Nano Science and Technology from University of Hyderabad in 2015. Her thesis work has been devoted to “Mechanical Behaviour of nanocrystalline Nickel-Cobalt prepared from Electrodeposition and High Energy Ball Milling”. She has consistently performed well in her studies right from childhood maintaining distinction throughout. She completed her B.Tech (Mechanical Engineering) from JNTUK, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh in 2013. Her B.Tech project work titled, “The Influence of Distractions on Driver Response Time: An ERP Pilot Study” resulted in a paper at an International conference on Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation, USA. She has now joined IITB Monash Research Academy for her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Krishna Jonnalagadda (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Raafat Ibrahim (Monash University). Her research topic is “Mechanics of Thin Film Coatings at High Temperatures”.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0442

Sumit Tripathi

Sumit completed his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from C.S.A. University, Kanpur and was awarded with Chancellor’s Gold Medal for securing first rank. He then completed his M.Tech with specialization in ‘Industrial Pollution Abatement’ from IIT Roorkee. He has two years of teaching and one year of industry experience in reputed organizations. He has published/presented several papers at national and international levels. He is a life member of ‘Indian Society for Technical Education’ and has attended two short term courses organized by IITs. Currently, in the IITB-Monash Research Academy, he is working on the project “Development of model to predict rheology/properties of high internal phase emulsions” under Dr. Amitabh Bhattacharya, Dr. Ramesh Singh and Dr. Rico Tabor.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0225

Sourav Sengupta
Sourav completed his MTech in Industrial Engineering & Management and BTech in Information Technology from West Bengal University of Technology. He was awarded his university rank medal by Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal, Shri M. K. Narayanan in November, 2011. His past research in the areas of cellular manufacturing and artificial neural network has been published in leading Journals such as Computers and Industrial Engineering (Elsevier) and, International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (Taylor & Francis). He won the Student Category Best Paper Award in the International Conference on Operational Excellence for Global Competitiveness held in Bangalore, India from 3-5 February, 2011. He had previously worked as a Project Research Fellow, in the area of Service Operations Management under Prof. T.T Niranjan in the SJM School of Management, IIT Bombay. Currently he is pursuing PhD in ‘Application of Decision Making Models in Practice: Opportunities and Challenges’, under Prof. TT Niranjan (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Mohan Krishnamoorthy (Monash University). He is enthusiastic about music and has earned his Sangeet Visharad (equivalent to Bachelor of Music) in Tabla, Abstract Art and Kyokushin Karate.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0346

Surendra Sasi Kumar
Surendra Sasi Kumar did his graduation from JNTU in chemical engineering stream and soon after this he joined IIT Kharagpur for his masters in the area of Chemical Engineering. His field of work during his masters was on Nano technology in which he studied “instability in thin films”, and has undertaken a six month project work on “Instability and Pattern Formation in Thin Polymer Bi-layers” as a junior research fellow. He is currently working under Prof A K Suresh and Prof Huanting Wang.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0107

Sivakumar Ganesan
Sivakumar Ganesan completed his BE in printing technology from Anna University, Chennai. Over the next 14 years he has worked in various printing and packaging companies before he joined the dual degree programme of Manipal University and Chemnitz University of technology, Germany in print and media technology. He is a recipient of DAAD full scholarship for higher studies in Germany. He has special interest for printing organic devices such as solar cells, thin film transistors, RFID antenna, batteries and sensors using mass printing technologies. He has joined the IITB Monash Research academy to work in the project “Inkjet printed organic electronic devices” under the guidance of Dr. Dipti Gupta (IIT Bombay) and Dr.Weishen( Monash University).

Link to student’s project: IMURA0387

Subhadeep Das
Subhadeep Das has done his graduation in Biochemistry (Calcutta University) and post-graduation in Biotechnology from Madurai Kamaraj University. Currently he is working in an area at the intersection of nanotechnology and stem cell research. The project title is “Engineering Amyloid Fibrils for Nanotechnology and Neuronal Cell Regeneration” under the supervision of Dr. Samir Maji (IIT Bombay) and Dr. John Forsythe (Monash University). His hobbies are painting and dancing. Subhadeep Das is supported by “Prime Minister’s Fellowship scheme for Doctooral Research”, a joint initiative of CII and Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), and Industry Partner Piramal.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0207

Subrahmanyam Boyapati
Subrahmanyam Boyapati did his B.Tech in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Vignan’s Engineering College, Vadlamudi, Guntur (A.P). After gaining two years of teaching experience he completed his M.Tech in Integrated Electronics and Circuits from IIT Delhi. His major project was on “Device Modelling and Simulation” and he published an International journal titled Low-dimensional Systems and Nanostructures. He has 8 years of teaching experience in Engg College. He is currently doing his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Maryam Shojaei Baghini (IIT Bombay) and Dr. Jean-Michel Redoute (Monash University). His hobbies are to cricket and listen to music. Subrahmanyam Boyapati is supported by “Prime Minister’s Fellowship scheme for Doctoral Research”, a joint initiative of CII and Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), and Industry Partner Intel.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0245

Sharu B K
Sharu B K obtained his B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calicut. Soon after graduation he did a Masters in Nanotechnology at the School of Nano Science and Technology, NIT Calicut and this course has enabled him to imbibe himself with the world of nanotechnology. After post graduation he worked as Assistant Professor in VIT Univesity, Vellore for one year. Then he decided to pursue research in the field of nanotechnology and joined in IITB-Monash Research Academy. Currently he is working in the project, “Thermal Conductivity Assessment of Carbon Nanotubes”, under the guidance of Prof. Arub Bhattacharyya (IIT Bombay), Prof. George Simon and Prof. Wenlong Cheng (Monash University).

Link to student’s project: IMURA0218

Sourav Ray
Sourav has completed Dual Degree (B. Tech. (H) and M. Tech.) in Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. He has undertaken short-term projects at National Institute of Virology (Pune), Institute of Genetic Engineering (Kolkata) and, Indian Biosciences Research Institute (Noida). Currently he is working on the project Aggregation of frog peptides: a model for amyloidogeniesis under the guidance of Prof. Ajay Singh Panwar (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Lisandra Martin (Monash University). The aim of the project is to tackle human diseases characterised by aggregation of peptides or proteins by identification of new targets for therapeutic intervention. Apart from academics, he is interested in science fiction and criminal mysteries. He is also passionate about numismatics and travelling.

Link to student’s project:IMURA0420

Sushrut Bhanushali
Sushrut completed his MSc. in Chemistry with organic chemistry majors from the Department of Chemistry, University of Pune in 2008, along with a PG Diploma in Patents and Intellectual Property rights. Before joining the academy, he worked as a research associate for 3 years in Advanced Materials Division at the Tata Chemicals Innovation Centre, Pune. His work consisted of nanomaterial synthesis, characterization and application of nanomaterials for energy applications. He has filed 3 patents as an inventor in the field of applied nanomaterials along with oral presentations in 2 international conferences. Sushrut is an avid trekker, traveller and a nature enthusiast with astronomy as his forte. He has joined the IITB- Monash Research Academy for the project ‘Investigation of Thermal properties of Nanofluids’ under the guidance of Prof Anuradda Ganesh, Prof P C Ghosh and Prof Wenlong Cheng. Sushrut is supported by “Prime Minister’s Fellowship scheme for Doctoral Research”, a joint initiative of CII and Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), and Industry Partner Thermax.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0286

Sadhana Dwivedi
Sadhana did her M.Sc. in Biotechnology and M.Tech in Nanotechnology from Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Hissar (Haryana). She carried out her M. Tech dissertation work in the area of Biosensors at National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi. She has one international publication in Springer’s in area of biosensors. After completing M.Tech she worked as a Lecturer at SGI for two years. Her academic achievements are: GATE qualified, DBT scholarship during M.Sc. and GATE fellowship during M.Tech. She will be working on project Titled “Low Cost Affinity Biosensor for Cardiac Applications” under the guidance of Prof. V Ramgopal Rao (IIT Bombay) and Prof Gil Garnier (Monash University).

Link to student’s project: IMURA0294

Sarang Kulkarni
Sarang completed B.E from Shivaji University, Kolhapur and M.Tech in Industrial Engineering and Management from National Institute of Technology, Calicut. After the post graduation he worked as assistant system engineer with Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS). He later associated with Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay as research scholar in the field of operations management. He has worked as a software consultant for a project on capacity planning for Tandum servers with TCS. He later worked as senior business analyst in the analytics division of TCS, Bangalore in the field of optimization. Before joining the IITB-Monash academy, he was working with one of the leading engineering institute in western Maharashtra as an assistant professor and had undertook the responsibility of coordinator for the PG programme in the institute. He has currently joined IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project “Recreational vehicle scheduling: Flow routing problems on a time expanded network” with Prof Abhiram Ranade from IIT Bombay and Prof. Mohan Krishnamoorthy from Monash University.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0079

Srinivasan Narayanan
Srinivasan Narayanan completed Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from College of Engg, Guindy Anna University, Chennai. His constant quest for research motivated him to register for PhD. Currently he is investigating the Micro Yielding Phenomena in IITB-Monash Research Academy. This project is constantly monitored by three professors from IIT Bombay (Prof. Prita Pant, Prof. Indradev Samajdar, and Prof. K. Narasimhan) and Christopher Hutchinson from Monash University.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0051

Shamayeeta Ray
Shamayeeta did her B.Sc in Chemistry honours from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. After graduation, she did her Masters in Biotechnology from the Department of Biotechnology, Calcutta University. During her Masters, she did a summer internship from IISc, Bangalore and worked on protein structure and folding in the department of Molecular Biophysics Unit. This was a great learning experience and strengthened her desire to pursue research in this field. She has currently joined IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project “Structural Characterization of a Regulatory Protein useful in developing Biosensors for Water Purification System” under the guidance of Dr. Santosh Panjikar and Prof. Matthew Wilce (Monash University) and Dr. Ruchi Anand (IIT Bombay). Her hobbies include music and travelling. Shamayeeta Ray is supported by “Prime Minister’s Fellowship scheme for Doctooral Research”, a joint initiative of CII and Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), and Industry Partner Piramal.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0293

Sowmiya Thievaprakasam
Sowmiya did her BTech (Chemical and Electrochemical Engineering) at CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi. She has published two research papers in reputed publications like Elsevier and RSC publishing during the four year course. After graduation, she did her MS in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at SRM University, Kaatankulathur Campus where she was a gold medallist.. Besides her interest in research, it is her affinity to electrochemistry that had driven her to pursue doctoral research. Her area of interest is the subject of Electrochemical energy storage systems, Electrocatalysis in Nanomaterials and Electrochemical sensors. Her supervisors are Prof. Sagar Mitra (IIT Bombay) and Prof Doug MacFarlane (Monash University). She will be working on the project ‘High Energy Density Lithium – Ionic Liquids Batteries’. Her hobbies are playing the Veena, reading poems and listening to music.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0379

Tushar Gupta
Tushar Gupta completed his B. Tech. in Mining Engineering from IIT BHU (Varanasi). During his course of studies and as a part of final year project, he has worked on Geophysical modelling for stability analysis of dump slopes in open cast mines, for which he has also published a paper in Springer’s international journal. After graduation he has been working in underground mines of Coal India Limited reaching post of Assistant Manager in mining. Due to his interest in research and mining related experience, he applied to PhD programme of IITB-Monash academy where he got selected for project on topic “Fly ash utilisation in haul road design in open cast mines, a geo-environmental and hydro-geological investigation”. He will be working in guidance of Prof. T. N. Singh from IITB and Dr. Mohan Yellishetty from Monash University. His hobbies include Cooking, Playing music, Reading spiritual books, and electronic gadgets.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0348

Tanesh Dinesh
Tanesh did his M.Sc. in Materials Science from Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat. After completion of M.Sc. he had joined Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur as an M.Tech. student in Materials Science. During his M.Tech. thesis he has worked on graphene oxide – zinc oxide nanocomposites as channel in thin film transistor and published the results in ‘Langmuir’. Tanesh has joined IITB-Monash academy under the supervision of Prof. Arup Bhattacharya (IITB) and Dr. Mainak Majumdar (Monash) to work on ‘exploring surfactant like properties of graphene/graphene oxide for thermal engineering of emulsions’. Tanesh’s hobbies are to read story books and watch science programmes.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0295

Uma Chaduvula
Uma Chaduvula completed her B.Tech in Civil Engineering (2010) and M.Tech in Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering (2013, Institute Gold Medallist) from SVNIT, Surat. She has an industrial work experience of two years with Reliance Infrastructure, Mumbai and Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals, Vadodara. She got selected in prestigious Kishore Vigyanik Protsahan Yojana mentorship program and has worked as an intern in institutions like IIM Ahmedabad (2008), IIT Bombay (2008), IISc (2009), IIT Gandhinagar (2011) and SERC Chennai (2012) during her undergraduate and post graduate studies. Uma has joined IITB-Monash Research Academy under the supervision of Prof. B V S Viswanadham (IITB) and Prof. Jayanta Kodikara to work on “Studies on the response of synthetic fibre reinforced expansive soils”. In her free time she loves cooking, travelling and plays badminton. She bagged prizes in badminton tournaments at college and industry level.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0119

Uzma Bano Memon

Uzma completed her Bachelors in Electronics and Telecommunication from Chhattisgarh swami vivekanand technical university Bhilai in 2012 and M.Tech in Optoelectronics and LASER technology from Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University Raipur in 2014. She carried out her one year master’s dissertation in Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay on fabrication of ZnO photodetectors. During her dissertation she published one International conference paper with journal proceeding. After her Master she joined as a Research Assistant at IIT Bombay where she was working on wide band gap material and she published one international conference. She will be working on project titled “Artificial Leaf for Hydrogen Generation from Waste water” under the guidance of Siddhartha Prakash Duttagupta (IIT Bombay), Arindam Sarkar (IIT Bombay), Sanjay Mahajani (IIT Bombay), Professor Xiwang Zhang (Monash University ) and Gita Pendharkar (Monash University).

Link to student’s project: IMURA0468

Vishwajeet Kumar
Vishwajeet completed his B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from Vignan University in 2013. He worked as Research Assistant at IIT Bombay for 2 years and 6 months before Joining IITB-Monash PhD program. He would be working on a project titled : “Speeding up complex analytics and natural language processing tasks using the inverted index” under the supervision of Prof. Ganesh Ramakrishnan(IIT Bombay), Prof. Yuan Fang li (Monash University). His research interests are Machine Learning, Ontology, Natural Language Processing, Data Mining and Data Analysis.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0262

Vivek Garg
Vivek completed his B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering from College of Engineering Roorkee in 2011. He joined Mechanical Engineering at IIT Bombay after achieving an All India Rank 7 in GATE- 2011 (Production & Industrial Engineering) for his M.Tech. He worked as Department PG Sports Nominee and bagged several awards like Best Office Bearer, Department Sports Special Mention etc. during his tenure at IIT Bombay. He also authored a paper in International conference on Laser Micromachining. He has wide experience of industry & teaching to his credit, he worked as Engineer for Lafarge in Middle East and later on as Senior Assistant professor at Quantum Global Campus, Roorkee, a prestigious college in Uttrakhand. He joined PhD at IITB-Monash Research Academy due to his interests in teaching and research field. He will be working on ‘Focused Ion Beam (FIB) Fabrication of Novel 2D/3D Nanoscale Structures: Process Modeling and Applications’ under the guidance of Prof. Rakesh G. Mote (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Jing Fu (Monash University). His interests include playing games and travelling new places.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0463

Vinod Vijay Kumar
Vinod did his B.Tech from Govt. Engineering College, Thrissur(University of Calicut) followed by M.Tech from NIT, Warangal, both in Chemical Engineering. He has presented one review paper in an international conference and has submitted a review paper to an international journal. He has cracked several competitive examinations including GATE, GRE and TOEFL. Prior to joining the Academy, he worked as adhoc faculty at NIT, Calicut for 3 months and has done summer research intern at the Dept. of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman. Currently, he is pursuing PhD under the joint supervision of Dr. Yogendra Shastri (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Andrew Hoadley (Monash University).His research project is Agent-based modeling of multi-scale systems for sustainability assessment evaluating resource depletion

Link to student’s project: IMURA0504

Vibhuti Chhabra
Vibhuti completed her MS in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology from EPFL, Switzerland and B.Tech in chemical Engineering from Indian institute of Technology Roorkee, India. Being a Chemical engineer she have worked on several research projects including plant design, catalytic reacting systems and solvent recovery units. Vibhuti scontribution to the field of science continues by learning and offering solutions in making chemical products efficiently and environmental friendly. She will work on the project of Robust design and operation of thermochemical processing of municipal solid waste for her PhD at IITB-Monash Academy.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0364

Vamshi Krishna Kammadanam
Vamshi is currently working on Wireless Secret Communications under the supervision of Prof VR Sule (IITB) and Prof Yi Hong (Monash). He completed his Bachelors of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering. After that, he joined Research and Development division of Nissan. Vamshi’s research interests lies in Communication and Networking. In his free /leisure time, he learns to play the guitar, and is actively involved in sports like badminton, cricket including extreme ones like bungee jumping, paragliding, hiking etc.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0339

Vivek Francis
Vivek completed his B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore. This was followed by a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College London (UCL). Vivek has joined the IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project, ‘Wave Impact on Protective Coastal Structures’, with Prof. Balaji Ramakrishnan (IIT Bombay), Prof. Murray Rudman (Monash University) and Dr. Mahesh Prakash (CSIRO). Reading is his favorite pastime and he supports Arsenal F.C.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0357

Vrinda Yadav
Vrinda Yadav – I obtained my BTech degree in Computer Science from University Institute of Engineering and Technology, CSJM University, Kanpur in 2012. Thereafter, I joined MTech in Information Technology at International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore. I am working with Accenture Technology Labs Bangalore as an Intern. At IITB-Monash Research Academy, I will be working on the project “Realizing design decisions and traceability thereof” under the guidance of Prof Rushikesh K Josh (IIT Bombay), Prof Chris Ling (Monash University) and an external supervisor from Infosys. In my leisure time, I like listening to music and playing badminton.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0097

Vasudevan Vallabh
Vallabh completed his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from National Institute of Technology Tiruchirapalli in 2012 and his M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2016. As part of his Master’s thesis, Vallabh worked on the molecular modeling of glucose dissolution in different solvents and to characterize the possible role of solvents on the conversion chemistry under the guidance of Prof. Samir H. Mushrif at Mushrif Research Group, NTU. Presently at the IIT-Bombay Monash Research Academy he would be working on the project “Simulation of interfacial properties of gas hydrates for clean energy applications” under the guidance of Prof Ajay Singh Panwar (IIT-B) and Prof Nikhil Medhekar (Monash University). His interests include quizzing and debating and he is an avid sports fan
Link to student’s project: IMURA0650

Vasudha Kotia
Vasudha’s portfolio is a combination of a good academic background and diverse industry experience. She is a Rajasthan University graduate with a major in Biotechnology, and masters from IIT Bombay. Excellent performances in IIT-JAM, CSIR-NET,GATE, ICAR, JNU -CEE are amongst some of her accolades. She was also offered a position as a scientist at prestigious institutes like Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and National Brain Research Centre. Vasudha has worked at IIT Bombay under the guidance of Prof. Samir Maji on ?-Synuclein protein aggregation which was published in ACS – Chemical Neuroscience journal recently. She headed the Biosciences department at AP-IIIT Hyderabad (Nuzvid Campus) and taught her students Biochemistry, Industrial Biotechnology and related research techniques. She also has Industrial research experience in the biopharmaceuticals industry in method development, optimization techniques and biomolecule production. Along with Prof. Santosh Noronha (IIT Bombay), Prof. Douglas McFarlane and Antonio Patti (Monash University), she is working on Cellulose Depolymerization at IITB Monash Research Academy. Besides being a badminton player, Vasudha is a tech enthusiast and has organized various events at IIT Bombay.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0381

Vinutha K. B.
Ms. Vinutha K. B. has done her Masters in Biotechnology from the Kerala Agricultural University and was the university topper in 2014. She has qualified the JOINT CSIR UGC NET for JRF and ARS NET (Prelims) in 2014 and was also the school topper in 2009. She has presented papers in National Seminars and had bagged the second place for the Best Oral Paper Presentation at a UGC sponsored National Seminar in 2014. Her hobbies include reading, writing articles and tutoring students. She has won the first prize for CSR Super Brain essay contest and has published several popular science articles. Ms Vinutha was working as Associate Biomodeling Scientist in a biotech firm and is currently enrolled for PhD in the academy under Dr. Santanu K. Ghosh from IIT-B and Dr. Oded Kleifeld from Monash University to work under the project “Elucidating the mechanism of functions of chromatin remodeler in Candida albicans”.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0477

Viswanath Sudarshan
Viswanath obtained his B.Tech degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from NIT Surathkal, Karnataka. His bachelor thesis on energy aware routing in Wireless Sensor Networks was supervised by Prof. Dr. Ashvini Chaturvedi. Later, he worked at Philips Innovation Campus, Bangalore in the area of Magnetic Resonance Imaging reconstruction, for a couple of years. He resumed his academics by pursuing Master of Science degree in Biomedical Computing, from TU Munich (TUM), Germany. His thesis titled “Artefact reduction in optoacoustic tomography using multi-modal priors”, was conducted under the supervision Prof. Dr. Daniel Razansky at the Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging, Helmholtz Zentrum, Munich and Prof. Dr. Bjoern Menze (TUM). At the IITB-Monash academy his PhD research topic is “Attenuation correction in simultaneous MR-PET” under Prof. Dr. Suyash Awate (IITB) and Dr. Zhaolin Chen, Prof. Dr. Jon Shah and Prof. Dr. Gary Egan (Monash University).
Link to student’s project: IMURA0627

Vivek Ramachandran
Vivek did his B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering from SCT College of Engineering, Trivandrum. After the completion of B. Tech, he worked as a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering Dept. of Muslim Association College, Trivandrum for one and a half years. After that he did his M. Tech in materials science and technology from NIT, Calicut. He was the college topper both at the B. Tech and the M. Tech level. His M. Tech project work was in the field of polymer nanocomposites and after that he was motivated to continue his research in the same field. His research topic is ternary polymer blends involving self-reinforcing liquid crystalline polymer fibrils containing carbon nanotube reinforcement. His project guides are Prof. Arup R bhattacharya at IIT Bombay and George P Simon at Monash University. .

Link to student’s project: IMURA0065

Akanksha Adaval

I completed my bachelor’s (B.Tech) in Chemical Engineering from Banasthali University, Rajasthan in 2012. I also gained both industrial and research experience during internships, as a part of the curriculum. After clearing All India Exam, GATE, in 2012 I got admission to pursue Master’s from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Hyderabad. Here I worked on the project titled ‘Block Copolymer Derived Electrospun Nanofibers: Synthesis,Characterization and Application’ under the supervision of Dr. Chandra Shekhar Sharma. After securing 9.13 CGPA during my curriculum, I was selected as a Project Engineer at Non-Ferrous Materials Technology Development centre, Hyderabad. Here I worked on energy related projects (Fuel Cell and Solar Cell). Now to continue my passion of research I am continuing my PhD studies at IITB-Monash Research Academy on the project ‘Nanofiller Incorporated Co-continuous Binary Polymer Blends:
Rheological and Morphological Investigation’. Apart from research my interests also lies in music, dancing and reading novels.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0674


Ami Mehta
Ami Mehta has completed her B.Tech Biotechnology from SRM University, Chennai and Masters (By Research) in Biotechnology degree from The Australian National University, Australia. With a combined five years of research experience at CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute and Right Hospital Skin Bank, Chennai, she has seven SCI publications and one Indian patent to her credit. At IITB-Monash Research Academy, her doctoral research is based on developing 3D model of blood brain barrier (BBB) on a chip, which would serve as a model for screening chemotherapeutics against brain tumour. Her doctoral research will be carried out under the guidance of Prof. Prasanna S Gandhi, Dr. Prakriti Tayalia and Prof Nicolas Voelcker. Her interests include reading fiction and non-fiction, writing short stories and travelling.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0689

Balu Raveendran
Mr. Balu Raveendran obtained his Masters in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Industrial Power and Automation from National Institute Technology Calicut, Kozhikode, Kerala in 2012, and Bachelors in Applied Electronics and Instrumentation engineering from Government Engineering College Calicut, Calicut University. He has worked for three years in Ispat Industries Ltd, Maharashtra (now JSW Ispat Steel Ltd.), and was the Junior Manager and Shift-in-charge of Instrumentation, Central Maintenance Department. He has also worked for over five years as Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering at Rajagiri School of Engineering & Technology, Kochi, Kerala. His areas of interests include control theory, embedded standalone systems and robotic devices for biomedical applications. He enjoys playing violin and also likes photography and playing badminton.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0702

Charu Lakshmi
Charu did her B. Sc. in Physics from St.Xavier’s college . She worked as a science communicator in science express. And after that she went on to have double masters, one in materials science from sardar patel university and one in solid state technology from IIT Kharagpur.After completion of her master degree, she joined as project associate in IIT Kanpur for three months and worked on “Polymer based foams used as substrates for flexible supercapacitors”. This motivated her to join in IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project “Evaluation of organic-inorganic hybrid nanocomposites for applications in electrodes for supercapacitors” under the supervision of Professor Sumit Saxena (IIT Bombay) and Professor Jie Zhang(Monash University). In her leisure time she likes to play table tennis, badminton and enjoys listening to Music.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0669

Jayant Barode
Jayant has completed his B.Tech in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (MME) from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) Nagpur in 2013 and M.S (By Research) in MME from IIT Madras in 2017. His Masters work was on developing blowing agent (gas source) to produce uniform pores in a metal (Aluminium) foam. His keen interest in research which got developed further during his stay at IIT Madras drove him to consider research as a career. He will be working on “The relationship between substructure evolution and the nucleation of recrystallization in metals” supervised by Prof. P J Guruprasad and Prof. Indradev Samajdar (IITB) and Prof. Christopher Hutchinson (Monash University). He likes listening to music and lately experimenting in cooking.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0613

Ketan Khamgaonkar
Ketan completed his B.Tech from College of Engineering, Pune in Metallurgy and Material Science in the year 2014. He did his masters from IIT Roorkee in Materials Engineering in 2017. He has worked on “Polymer based composites for structural application” as his M.Tech thesis. He is investigating the Micro-mechanisms of plasticity and fracture in alloys produced by additive manufacturing under the guidance of Prof. J B Nagamani, Prof. Indradev Samajdar (IIT Bombay) & Prof. Chris Davies(Monash University). Apart from studies he is interested in tennis, swimming & cooking.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0721

Pallavi Goswami
Pallavi has done her B.Tech (2014) from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, with a major in Civil Engineering. After completing her undergraduate studies, she worked as a civil engineer at HPCL Mittal Energy Limited, Bathinda refinery. Here at IIT-Bombay Monash Research Academy, her doctoral studies are based on the project ‘Droughts in a changing climate: an integrated multivariate approach’ which aims to improve drought predictions and aid real-time drought monitoring and mitigation through an improved water resource management. In this, she is being supervised by Dr. Arpita Mondal (IIT Bombay) and Dr. Christoph Rudiger (Monash). Apart from this, Pallavi is also concerned about the current environmental issues and strongly looks forward to working out solutions for these. She is interested in topics related to climate change, sustainable development and global environmental management. Through the process of gaining more knowledge and developing appropriate skills, she aspires to make contributions in improving environmental health and resilience. On a personal front, she is fond of travelling and enjoys knowledge sharing sessions with friends. She loves volunteering for social work and is motivated by the spirit to work for a cause. Her hobbies include photography, reading and playing the guitar.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0665

Parvathy Nair
Parvathy completed her B.Tech in Electrical and Electronics engineering from Mahatma Gandhi University (Kerala) and M.Tech in Embedded Systems from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Coimbatore). For her Masters thesis, she designed an FPGA based wireless data acquisition system for space applications at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), ISRO. This work was published in IJSER journal and IEEE conference proceedings. She has a teaching experience of three years including a one year term at NIT Calicut. For the IITB-Monash PhD program, she will be working towards developing a novel wireless health monitoring system for patients with mental disorders.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0672

Preetham Permude
Preetham Permude completed his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum in 2013 and his M.Tech in Nanotechnology from Amrita Centre for Nanoscience and Molecular Medicine, Kochi in 2016. As part of his Master’s thesis, he investigated the application of transition metal oxide nanoparticles and nanofibres for Lithium-ion battery application and the results were published in an International Journal. This motivated him to continue research in the field of energy storage. He later worked as a Junior Research Fellow in IIT-Bombay on ‘Anodic Protection for High energy Lithium-Sulfur batteries’. At the academy, he is working under the supervision of Professor Sagar Mitra (IIT Bombay) and Professor Doug MacFarlane (Monash University) on the project titled ‘Solid-State Lithium-Sulfur Battery operating at low temperature based on polymer-solid ion conductor composite electrolyte and sulfur cathode’. He has keen interest in renaissance art, chess and badminton.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0749

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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


Subhadip Bhattacharya

Subhadip Bhattacharya holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering (EEE) from the West Bengal University of Technology (WBUT), Kolkata in 2015. He is also the recipient of the University Gold Medal for securing the highest CGPA in EEE department among all the affiliated colleges under WBUT. During B.Tech 2011-15, he had undertaken internships at various state and central government-owned organizations like West Bengal State Electricity and Transmission Company Limited (WBSETCL) and Indian Railways. In spite of being hired by several reputed MNCs, his intense strive to acquire knowledge led him to pursue M.Tech in Power & Control Systems from the National Institute Institute of Technology Manipur in 2017. He obtained 98.50 percentile in GATE-2016 (EE). He secured the highest overall CPI among all disciplines at NITM during this tenure. Consequently, he joined Jadavpur University, Kolkata as a Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering and worked on DST-SERB funded project related to condition monitoring of high voltage equipment. With a zeal to contribute towards nation building and secure a sustainable future he joined IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project titled “Modelling Energy Transitions in India and Australia” under Prof. Rangan Banerjee (IITB), Prof. Ariel Liebman (Monash University) and Prof. Roger Dargaville (Monash University).
Tunes of Tagore and the cinematic artistry of Satyajit Ray enchants him. He draws inspiration from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna and the preaching of Swami Vivekananda. He is not only a fervent quizzer but also holds a distinction in Fine Arts and loves painting during leisure.Project Title – Modelling Energy Transitions in India and Australia


Link to student’s project: IMURA0751


Suvardhan Jonnalagadda

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: IMURA0720


Vikas Yadav

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: IMURA0703


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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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


Subhadip Bhattacharya

Subhadip Bhattacharya holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering (EEE) from the West Bengal University of Technology (WBUT), Kolkata in 2015. He is also the recipient of the University Gold Medal for securing the highest CGPA in EEE department among all the affiliated colleges under WBUT. During B.Tech 2011-15, he had undertaken internships at various state and central government-owned organizations like West Bengal State Electricity and Transmission Company Limited (WBSETCL) and Indian Railways. In spite of being hired by several reputed MNCs, his intense strive to acquire knowledge led him to pursue M.Tech in Power & Control Systems from the National Institute Institute of Technology Manipur in 2017. He obtained 98.50 percentile in GATE-2016 (EE). He secured the highest overall CPI among all disciplines at NITM during this tenure. Consequently, he joined Jadavpur University, Kolkata as a Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering and worked on DST-SERB funded project related to condition monitoring of high voltage equipment. With a zeal to contribute towards nation building and secure a sustainable future he joined IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project titled “Modelling Energy Transitions in India and Australia” under Prof. Rangan Banerjee (IITB), Prof. Ariel Liebman (Monash University) and Prof. Roger Dargaville (Monash University).
Tunes of Tagore and the cinematic artistry of Satyajit Ray enchants him. He draws inspiration from the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna and the preaching of Swami Vivekananda. He is not only a fervent quizzer but also holds a distinction in Fine Arts and loves painting during leisure.Project Title – Modelling Energy Transitions in India and Australia


Link to student’s project: IMURA0751


Suvardhan Jonnalagadda

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: IMURA0720


Vikas Yadav

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: IMURA0703


Ashish Sharma
I completed my B.Sc-Physics from IGNOU, New Delhi and masters in Physics from Dept. of Physics, University of Pune, Pune, India with specialization in Lasers in December-2015. I carried out my masters project on Synthesis and Characterization of TiO2 Nanoparticles by Sol-Gel Method and Pulsed Laser Ablation in Liquid. I also worked on a short-term project in nanoscience dealing with “Radial growth of silver nanowires on colloidal template of silica” at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, India under the supervision of Dr. Sulabha Kulkarni. My research interest is in lasers, nanomaterials, metamaterials, smart materials, photonics. I will be joining the IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project, “Patterning of Photoresponsive Smart Materials” under the guidance of Prof. Shobha Shukla(IITB) and Prof. Rico Tabor(Monash University). Apart from academic work, I love to spend time on reading and enjoying instrumental trance music. My major reading interests are cosmology, particle physics, technological developments in different areas of science, metaphysics, theories on existence. I love to travel to natural and pristine locations.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0667

Amit Jena

Amit completed his Integrated M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from Central University of Jharkhand in 2009-2014. Post this he completed M.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from IIIT Bhubaneswar in 2015-17. As part of his master’s thesis he worked on Query Optimization for Hindi-English Code-Mixed query. To demonstrate his thesis work, he developed a semantic Desktop Search application which accepts Code-Mixed query and also takes into consideration user’s intention while searching. His work has been published in IEEE Xplore and Scopus indexed journal. Apart from academics, he is associated with various social initiatives. To name a few, I Lead India Youth Brigade: An initiative of ToI and Maruti Suzuki and UNNAYAN: An Educational Social Responsibility of CUJ. Nature and its beautiful creations always fascinates him. He goes out for trekking to the wild and tries out local cuisines wherever he go. He maintains a blog of his own where he shares his experiences from trekking and local food and ideas related to education and social issues.


Link to student’s project: ID00729


Anirudh Tagat

Anirudh Tagat holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Warwick and completed his undergraduate education in economics and statistics from Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai. At the IIT Bombay – Monash Research Academy, he is working on an econometric model to estimate the demand for cash, as well as study the life of currency notes in India. Previously, Anirudh was Research Author at the Department of Economics at Monk Prayogshala, a not-for-profit academic research organization based in Mumbai, India, where he led research projects in the fields of behavioural and experimental economics. He has also consulted with the World Resources Institute (WRI) India and Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). His other research interests include cross-cultural differences in decision-making, intra-household bargaining, and experimental economics.


Link to student’s project: HSS0731


Anusha Gavankar
Anusha completed her B.A. in Economics at Sophia College (University of Mumbai) in 2001 and then a Post-Graduate Diploma in Social Communication Media at the Sophia Polytechnic (Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education) in 2002. In 2015, Anusha received her M.A. degree in Sociology at the University of Mumbai. She also holds a number of postgraduate diplomas: Diploma in Comparative Mythology (2014), Advanced Diploma in Comparative Mythology (2015), Diploma in Sanskrit (2017) and has completed the Certificate Course on Bhakti Literature (2017), all from the Department of Sanskrit, University of Mumbai. In 2015, she wrote a thesis on ‘Shirdi Sai Baba: Understanding the socio-cultural, political and mythical aspects of a phenomenal devotion movement’. She has been a Visiting Faculty Member and Course Coordinator for the courses on Comparative Mythology at the University of Mumbai and has presented research papers at the International Association for Comparative Mythology, Harvard University, for two consecutive years.
Since March 2015, Anusha has been working closely with Professor Emerita Marika Vicziany (Monash University) on the Koli villages of Mumbai. As a member of Professor Vicziany’s team, Anusha has been studying how Koli religious beliefs and practices are changing in response to the reconfiguration of Mumbai’s urban and ecological environment. A forthcoming paper on the ‘People of The Water: The Sat Asaras (Seven Water Spirits), The Kolis and Mumbai’s Development’ involves Anusha as the co-author after Professor Vicziany and Dr. Jayant Bapat, both from Monash University in Melbourne. This background inspired Anusha to apply to the Ph.D. program at the IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project called – ‘Lives, Livelihoods and Aspirations of the Kolis in Mumbai: Urban Transformation, Space, Habitat and Coastal Contestations’. She looks forward to working on this project under the supervision of Professor D. Parthasarathy (IIT Bombay), Dr. Samanthi Gunawardana (Monash University) and Professor Emerita Marika Vicziany (Monash University).
Link to student’s project: HSS0707a

Dhairya R. Vyas

Dhairya R. Vyas is a Ph.D. student at IITB-Monash research academy, where he is analyzing the methodology to model wear in industrial multi-phase flow applications under the guidance of Prof. Devang Khakkar (IIT-Bombay), Prof. Murray Rudman (Monash University), Dr. Sharen Cummins (CSIRO) and Dr. Gary Delaney (CSIRO). He has obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (2015) in mechanical from the G. H. Patel College of Engineering and Technology followed by his Master of Technology (2017) in thermal science from the National Institute of Technology, Calicut.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0724


Kailash Tandel

Kailash Tandel completed his BA in Sociology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai in 2007. Two years later, he completed his Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, and then went on to complete his MPhil from the same institution in 2016. While studying for his MPhil, he also worked as a coordinator at the M K Tata Learning Centre for the Visually Challenged at TISS between 2010 and 2014. During this period, he also enrolled for a degree in law at the Government Law College, Mumbai and successfully completed two years of the three-year course. During his MSW, he undertook research on his own community, the Kolis of Mumbai, in a project titled ‘Globalisation and its impact on the fishing community in South Mumbai (Colaba)’. One of the outcomes of his MSW research was that he was able to design and run personality development classes for the youth at the Machchimar Nagar fishing community, Mumbai, which enabled these youth to continue with their education and seek attractive alternate careers as well. While studying for his MPhil, Kailash continued his research on the Koli community, this time from a theoretical perspective, and published a paper titled “Reflection of contemporary geopolitics — special reference to eminent domain in the Koli community”. His research during MSW and MPhil motivated him to continue research in the same field at the IITB-Monash Research Academy, and his broad research project for his PhD programme at the Academy is titled, ‘Lives, livelihoods and aspirations of the Kolis in Mumbai: urban transformation, space, habitat, and coastal contestations’ under the guidance of Prof. Dharma Arunachalam, Prof. Marika Vicziany, and Prof. D. Parthasarathy.


Link to student’s project: HSS0707b


Mashrur Imtiaz

Mashrur Imtiaz completed his Bachelor and Masters degree in Linguistics from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. At 2013, he joined as a faculty member at the same department. He also worked as a Research Fellow for the ‘Ethno-Linguistic Survey of Bangladesh’ by International Mother Language Institute (IMLI), which is a UNESCO category II research institute. He is keen researcher in diverse aspects of Language and Linguistics. He has numbers of publication on language situation, language technology, language disorders etc. Besides these, he has written numerous articles about different aspects of Linguistics on the web. His area of interest includes phonetics, syntax, applied linguistics, culture & ethnicity, language technology and field linguistics. Hereafter, he will be pursuing research under Prof. Vaijayanthi Sarma (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Alice Gaby (Monash University); the main concentration of this research would be documentation of the endangered languages of South Asia. He is actively involved in voluntary social works and youth management activities. He is also as an online activist in different contemporary issues regarding in Bangladesh.


Link to student’s project: HSS0705


Shailendra Kumar Sharma

Shailendra Kumar Sharma completed his integrated dual degree course (BTech and MTech) in chemical engineering from IIT Roorkee in 2016, with his master’s dissertation on “engineering nanostructures for enhanced photocatalytic activity”. He has a keen interest in working with energy devices and nanomaterials and had ample experience of working in these fields. Currently, he is pursuing his doctor of philosophy (PhD) from IITB-Monash Research Academy, IIT Bombay. At the academy, he is working on “Development of graphene-based composite materials for supercapacitors” project under the supervision of Dr. Sumit Saxena (IITB) and Dr. Raman Singh (Monash University). Before joining IITB-Monash research academy, he had worked on various projects, the fabrication of stable perovskite solar cells at University of Bayreuth Germany, design of the common effluent treatment plant in SIDCUL Haridwar at IIT Roorkee, and source apportionment of ambient particulate matter during winter season in Delhi City at IIT Madras, to name a few. His other interests include reading, writing, and cricket.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0668


Subhadra Dasgupta
Subhadra completed her B.Sc. with honours in Mathematics from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata and M.Sc. in Mathematics from IIT Bombay. She received Institute Silver Medal at IIT Bombay for securing first rank in her class. She worked in industry for about three years in different data analytics and statistical modelling roles. She joined Phd programme at IITB-Monash academy to pursue further studies in Statistics and Mathematics.
She is pursuing PhD in ‘Designs for spatial and temporo-spatial models’ under guidance of Prof. Siuli Mukhopadhyay (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Jonathan M Keith (Monash University).
Apart from studies she pursues swimming, yoga, painting and singing.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0467

Sukanya Dikshit

Sukanya Dikshit has completed her B.Sc. degree from SBSPGI, Dehradun (under HNB Garhwal university) with biotechnology, botany, zoology and chemistry as the major disciplines in 2015 . She was the third overall topper at undergraduate level in her college. Later, she received her M.Sc degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee in 2017 with a specialization in Biotechnology. She has qualified GATE in 2017. Her M.Sc. Dissertation topic was “Optimization of polyhydroxyalkanoate production in bacteria and charecterization of the enzyme involved in PHA synthesis”. Sukanya has joined the IITB- Monash Research Academy to work on the project, ”Probing structure and recognition dynamics of proteins from SCF complex ubiquitin ligase”, under the guidance of Prof. Ashutosh Kumar (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Santosh Panjikar (Monash University).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0728


Sumit Kumar Maurya

Sumit is a Graduate in Metallurgical Engineering from NIT Raipur (2014) and has a Masters degree in Materials Science & Engineering from IIT Kanpur (2016). He has good hands on experience in different computing tools like Rough Set, Fuzzy Set, and Genetic Algorithm. As a part of his M.Tech dissertation, he has worked on an interdisciplinary project entitled “Computational study on thermal transport properties of solids using molecular dynamic simulation.” where he investigated the effect of temperature and thickness on lattice thermal conductivity of a model solid, with atoms interacting via Lennard-Jones potential. Sumit has uncovered the connection between phonon lifetime and lattice thermal conductivity. He has worked as a Project Engineer on a DST sponsored project for a month in Materials Science & Engineering Department, IIT Kanpur. In July 2016, he joined Sterlite Technologies Ltd. as Associate Manager (R&D) and contributed for almost a year under the umbrella of New Product Development team. In his short tenure at Sterlite, he has done multiple engineering changes and submitted two patents which are being reviewed internally. His insightful fractographic analysis and other contributions developed a reliable and repeatable draw process leading to yield improvement. Having desirable knowledge, experience, skills, and being an avid learner he decided to pursue his core research interest and joined IITB-Monash Research Academy as a research scholar. At present, he is working with Prof Alankar Alankar (IITB) and Prof. Jian-Feng Nie (Monash) on the project entitled “Understanding the mechanical behavior of Al-Ti nanolayered metal composites.” He has a strong research orientation in the field of materials modeling, simulation, physical metallurgy, mechanical metallurgy, robotics, automation, scripting, programming. He is a voracious novel reader and an ardent poet.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0685


Urvashi Bothra

I completed my B.Tech in Polymer Science & Chemical Technology from Delhi Technological University in 2014. In the same year, I secured All India Rank 1in GATE (XE) examination. Subsequently, I joined IISc, Bangalore to pursue Masters in Materials Engineering. I worked under the supervision of Prof. Praveen C. Ramamurthy on “Fabrication of Organic Solar Cells on Flexible Glasses”. After my master’s, I gained industrial experience of 11 months by working in Process Technology Group of Tata Steel, Jamshedpur. To continue my interest in Solar Cell Technology which was my focus in Master’s too, I am joining IITB-Monash Research Academy on the project “Micro-spectroscopic and Micro-structural investigation of Bulk-heterojunction Organic Solar Cells” under the guidance of Prof. Dinesh Kabra(IITB) and Prof. Christopher McNeil (Monash University). My other interest includes dancing, drawing and working with NGO’s.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0696