Minnikanti Venkata Mehar Sai Kartheek


Minnikanti Venkata Mehar Sai Kartheek

Kartheek completed his M.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Manufacturing Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 2018 and B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University in 2016. His master’s thesis work is ‘Numerical Simulation of Particle Dispersion During Solidification of Metal Matrix Composites’. After graduation, he worked with ‘Boston Scientific’ for 2 years in product development (medical devices). At IIT Bombay – Monash research academy, he is working on a project ‘Computational Multi-scale and multiphase modelling of metal additive manufacturing’ under the supervision of ‘Dr. Shyamprasad Karagadde’(IITB) and ‘Dr Wenyi Yan’ (Monash University).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0896


Smriti Subir Mukherjee


Smriti Subir Mukherjee

After completing my 12th exam from CBSE board, I pursued an Integrated M.Tech programme in Biotechnology at School of Biotechnology, KIIT Deemed to be University. As I’ve always been motivated to work in an interdisciplinary field, I decided to venture into Biotechnology. During this 5 year journey, I remained associated with a diverse work profile. Having received the JNCASR Summer Research Fellowships in 2017 and 2018, I worked with Jayanta Haldar (Associate Professor, New Chemistry Unit, JNCASR Bengaluru) where I developed an understanding and appreciation of small molecules. With a profound interest in translatable research work, I started working with Dr. Priti Sundar Mohanty (Associate Professor, School of Chemical Technology, KIIT) on developing and characterizing microgels for drug delivery. For the M.Tech dissertation, I worked at Enzene Biosciences Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of Alkem Laboratories Ltd. where I was exposed to protein-based large molecules, otherwise known as Biologics.

My past experiences in academic and corporate internships have taught me that Science and Engineering goes hand in hand. Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology must come together to cater the needs of society. In order to develop platforms that enhances quality as well as affordability of therapies and thereby ameliorate the overall financial burden due to healthcare incurred costs, I decided to understand the fundamental science governing the biological entities. It was this reason that drove me to be associated with the IITB-Monash Research Academy. Currently, I am a 1st year PhD student at IITB Monash Research Academy under the joint supervision of Nandita Madhavan (Associate Professor, IIT Bombay) and Tanja Junkers (Professor, Monash University) working at the interface of chemistry and biology. Apart from research activities and studies, I enjoy painting, dancing, swimming. My love for painting and dancing has always helped me to stay enthusiastic and hopeful.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0796


Anjani Mittal


Anjani Mittal

Anjani obtained her Bachelor’s in Biochemistry from Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi. She proceeded with Master’s in Medical Biochemistry from AIIMS, New Delhi. There, she worked in Molecular Biology lab and did her dissertation on the project ‘Human Heterogeneous Nuclear Ribonucleoprotein D mediated post-transcriptional regulation of PTEN in oral cancer’ under the guidance of Prof. S. S. Chauhan. Curiosity for understanding how things function and wanting to elucidate more mechanisms drove her to join IITB-Monash for the project ‘Investigation of qualitative and quantitative composition of kinetochore complex in mitosis and meiosis using yeast as eukaryotic model’ under the guidance of Prof. Santanu K. Ghosh and Prof. Ralf Schittenhelm. She spends her leisure time in reading and watching fiction and history.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0907


Pallavi Sengupta


Pallavi Sengupta

I completed my BSc (triple majors) in Biotechnology, Chemistry and Botany and MSc in Biotechnology from CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore. During my BSc, I have done an internship at Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology where I helped the lab technicians in assessing the oncological blood samples. My research project in Biotechnology and Chemistry was “Screening and Optimization of PHB from Soil Bacteria” and “Biodegradable Plastics from Limonene and Starch: A Way towards a Safe Future” respectively. In MSc, my research project was, “Extraction and Purification of Bromelain from Pineapple Fruit and Stem and a Comparative Analysis of its Anti-Browning effect and Meat Tenderization” and I have also done an internship on Bioanalytical Tools from CHRIST (Deemed to be University) where I learnt various techniques like GC-MS, HPLC, FTIR spectroscopy etc. At IITB-Monash Research Academy, I will be working on the project- “Production of Functional Biopolymers using Continuous Flow” under the supervision of Dr. Anil Kumar (IITB) and Dr. Neil Cameron (Monash). My hobbies include reading books, playing the piano and listening to music.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0659


Debarshi Nath


Debarshi Nath

Debarshi hails from Guwahati, Assam. He received his Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Delhi Technological University (Formerly Delhi College of Engineering) and his Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Engineering from National Institute of Technology Silchar. During his Masters, he worked in the field of EEG-based Emotion Recognition and Stress Detection at Samsung Digital Academy Research Lab at Delhi Technological University. In this period, he developed his interests towards the applications of Machine Learning in Cognitive Science and Learning. At the IITB-Monash Research Academy, he will work on the project titled, “Modelling Self-Regulated Learning using Learning Analytics” under the supervision of Prof. Ramkumar Rajendran (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Dragan Gasevic (Monash University). He enjoys reading books and watching movies
and football at leisure.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0864