Vibha Kumari completed her B.Sc. with honours in Biotechnology from College of Commerce, Magadh University (Patna, Bihar) in 2015. Later, she received her M.Sc. degree from School of Biotechnology, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) in 2017. In her master’s dissertation, she worked on “expression and purification of Influenza A virus matrix protein (M1) for raising polyclonal sera”. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. from IITB-Monash Research Academy, IIT Bombay and working on project “identification of human host factors required for human influenza virus assembly and budding”. She has qualified DBT-JRF and GATE (Biotechnology) in 2017. Apart from research work, she is passionate about Hindi literature, poem writing and Madhubani painting (folk art).
Link to student’s project: IMURA0684
Naman obtained his Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electronics and Communication from CTAE, MPUAT govt. university Udaipur, Rajasthan and qualified GATE with 99 percentile in ECE stream. He completed post graduation in Information and Communication Technology from IIT Jodhpur and consequently started working in Airtel, Gurgaon. Later, he joined NIT Delhi and worked as an Assistant Professor. During his tenure in Academia, he developed strong interest in wireless mobile communication technologies (5th generation). Naman published some research papers in IEEE Journal and Conferences, on the topic of Performance Evaluation of FSO (Free Space Optical) communication systems. At IITB-Monash Research Academy, he is currently working on the project titled “Communication over wireless channels under secrecy constraints” under the supervision of Prof. Bikash K. Dey (IITB), Prof. Yi Hong and Prof. Emanuele Viterbo (Monash). In leisure time, Naman learns to play piano.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0443
Ananya Dasgupta holds a Masters degree in English Literature from Jadavpur University. Her M.A dissertation charted the significance of the railways as markers of modernity and mobility in Indian cinema. At IITB-Monash, her work largely deals with the generation of emotional consent in sustaining democracies. She is interested in working on women vigilantes and interrogating the limits of the law in determining popular conceptions of violence and justice. She enjoys fantasy and horror fiction, good conversation, and train rides.
Link to student’s project: HSS0489
Kunal completed his M.Tech in Bioinformatics from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal. He had worked on comparative analysis of RNA-Seq tools analysis as a part of his Master thesis work with Dr. C. K. Verma, Department of Mathematics. He completed his Bachelor’s from Nagpur University. Post his M.Tech studies, He joined as bioinformatician at NIPGR, New Delhi. During his tenure at IITB-Monash Research Academy, Kunal will be researching the role of AI and ML to improve Diagnosis and health care quality. His project is titled “Application of Artificial Intelligence in human genomics”. He will be guided by Prof. Mithun Mitra from IIT Bombay as well as by Dr. Sonika Tyagi from Monash University.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0885
Ankit Dodla believes in applying the scientific knowledge and research aptitudes to create solutions for various scientific and day to day problems. He has completed his M.Tech in biological engineering from IIT Gandhinagar and B.Tech in Biotechnology from NIT Raipur. His interest lies in Nanotechnology and Biotechnology. Apart from studies, he is passionate about football and all other sports. He likes to brainstorm and participate in entrepreneurship challenges. He is an ardent traveller who loves to trek and keen in adventure sports. In the Academy, he is working on “Graphene based composite sensors for real time heavy metal monitoring in water environment” in supervision of Prof. Sumit Saxena , Prof. Shobha Shukla from IIT Bombay and Dr. Tanveer Adyel from Monash University.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0874
Chirra Hepsibha is from Hyderabad, located in Telangana state of Southern India. From her young age, she shown much interest in the field of science which eventually brought her to the domain of chemistry. She completed her bachelor’s from Jawaharlal Nehru technological university Hyderabad and pursued Master’s from Osmania University. She was graduated with a specialization in Pharmaceutical chemistry and won Gold medal for securing the highest CGPA. Her Master’s thesis was the “Synthesis and characterization of some novel thiazole incorporated imidazo(1,2-a) pyridine derivatives and their anxiolytic and anti-inflammatory activities and has two research papers in renowned international journals”. She worked as Chemist at NIPER Hyderabad in the department of Medicinal Chemistry and done research in DBT project “Design and Development of Novel anti-tubercular agents targeting shikimate kinase protein which included the synthesis of 2-chloro-3-formyl quinoline and carried out many reactions on it & also worked with the University of Hyderabad as part of her project. During her research, she did insilico studies in computational chemistry by molecular docking using maestro (schrödinger). With this work, she was able to design and synthesize various heterocycles in chemistry. Her craving for knowledge has brought her to the exciting area of chemistry. During her tenure at IITB-Monash Research Academy, Hepsibha will be researching the role of flow chemistry in synthesis. “She is currently enrolled in PhD at IITB-Monash research academy. Her project is titled “Biopolymers: Design, Synthesis and Process intensification via Continuous Flow” guided by Prof. Anil Kumar(IIT Bombay ) and Prof. Tanja Junkers (Monash University). Apart from her research and studies, she would like to spend quality time with family and friends, and exploring new things is her first choice in times of leisure.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0755
Vishnu graduated from Monash University with Master of Advanced Engineering, specialization in Energy & Sustainability and Bachelor’s in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad. After his bachelor’s, he worked with Fujitsu General as an Engineer Trainee – Projects where he dealt with HVAC designing techniques, multi-split inverter-based AC, etc. for a short period, after which he qualified his GRE, IELTS and decided to go for higher studies. During his master’s at Monash he got into projects which include Integration of Renewables with Smart Grids, OGPV design for food trucks, Building Energy Audit, PCM Optimization, Green Buildings optimal solutions etc. His areas of interests include Sustainable Energy Technologies, Smart Grids and Energy Policies. For pursuing the IITB-Monash joint PhD program, he would be working on the topic “India’s Renewable Energy Policy” under the Supervision of Prof. Anand B. Rao (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Robert Thomson (Monash University). Apart from studies, he is an avid squash player and a badminton enthusiast.
Link to student’s project: HSS0771
Lovy is from the near capital region of India. From a young age, she had a great interest in Mathematics. Her interest and excellence in Mathematics paved her path to her further studies in the same field. She completed her Bachelor’s from Maharshi Dayanand University and went on to pursue a Master’s degree from South Asian University, Delhi. She graduated with a specialization in Applied Mathematics and related programming. Her Master’s thesis was in the “Numerical Methods for Solving Elliptic and Parabolic Partial Differential Equations”. She used particularly Finite Element Method and some weighted residual methods in this and wrote a program in MATLAB for the same. With this work, she got deep knowledge of using Finite Element Method over a variety of equations. Her indulgence and craving to do more in some of the related topics have brought her to the exciting area of numerical PDEs. During her tenure at IITB-Monash Research Academy, Lovy will be researching the use of Hybrid Higher-Order Methods. Her project is titled “Pushing the limits of hybrid high-order schemes in case of non-regular models”. She will be guided by Prof. Neela Natraj from IIT Bombay as well as by Prof. Jerome Droniou from Monash University. Apart from research, she endeavours upon writing short stories and poems. Also, she is interested in understanding and guiding psychology.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0860
Nikita Chitre has completed her Master’s degree in Science with specialization in Chemistry from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. Her interest lies in analytical instruments and their applicability in the field of chemistry. Which lead to her master’s thesis titled “Detection of biologically important compounds using Voltammetric sensors”. She has also worked on research and development of analytical methods for Mumbai based Pharmaceutical company as Junior research associate, where she was awarded “Rising Star Award” by the organization. Apart from her scientific curiosity, she often likes to indulge in the literary world. She is an aspiring poet and storyteller.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0791
Since childhood, I was amazed by the living system and the science behind it. So, to view different fields of Life Sciences I joined St Xaviers College, Ranchi and completed my under graduation in Biotechnology. To delve deeper into the chemical aspect of biology I chose to study Masters in Biochemistry from the University of Hyderabad. I worked on “Parameters influencing the stability and activity of HNLs from Baliospermum montanum”. With this work, I was able to understand and perform Protein chemistry, assays and Characterisation. Post studies I worked in Syngene International as a Research Associate where I developed performed and validated studies and methods related to drug interactions, assays for Biosimilars. My experience in Protein chemistry and desire to understand and contribute to Drug chemistry and Physics has brought me to the project “Probing structure and recognition dynamics of proteins from SCF complex ubiquitin ligase”. During the tenure, I will be working with Prof Ashutosh Kumar at IIT Bombay and Dr. Santosh Panjikar at Monash University, Australia. Apart from studies I love doing Art and Craftworks and Dancing. Sightseeing and nature walks are always on my weekly to-do lists.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0728