Akanksha Adaval


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
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


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 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

Ketan Khamgaonkar


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 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 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

Suvardhan Jonnalagadda


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


Sujata Walunj


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

Link to student’s project: IMURA0716

Suma Bhanu Battula


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

Link to student’s project: IMURA0746