About me

I’m a determined scientist in the field of Neuroscience. I expect to complete my doctoral degree in September 2017. Soon thereafter, I will be joining Melanie Woodin’s (Mawoodin) lab as a postdoctoral fellow.

I enjoy doing molecular and behavioral experiments and as a postdoc, I can contribute to the above mentioned area of research. During my postdoc, I would be receiving training in optogenetics, chemogenetics, and electrophysiology which will help me expand my skill set for understanding neural circuit mechanism of the brain. I’m an enthusiastic learner and would like to work in the research area of neurodegenerative disorders, stress or learning and memory and to unravel the neural circuit mysteries underlying them.

brainAfter a brief period of work at Alois Saria’s and Imre Vida’s lab, I started my Ph.D. at Philipps University, Marburg, Germany to study the role of Toll-like Receptors (TLRs) in epilepsy. The project was supported by  CURE foundation and BMBF.

I completed my masters from Uppsala University, Sweden in Cell and Molecular Biology and Neuroscience. My research work focused on Rainbow trouts, and I studied activation of immediate early genes (IEG): c-Fos and EGR-1 due to stress and aggressive behaviour and also contributed to the study of the behavioural difference between juvenile rainbow trouts. Swedish Foundation supported this project.

Research interest: Neurodegenerative, Neurological, and Psychiatric Disorders, Neural circuits underlying learning and memory and the disorders underlying them, the effect of stress on brain disorders and if it disrupts the neural circuits underlying them, addiction, and fear.

Scientific expertise:

  • Animal models and behavioural testing – Fish, rats, and mice.
  • Molecular Biology – DNA, RNA, and miRNA extraction, PCR, qPCR – SYBR and Taqman – chemistry, aortal perfusions (in fish, rats, and mice), genotyping, HPLC, Radioimmunoassay (RIA), ELISA, and Western blotting.
  • Histology – Cryosection and Vibratome slicing of the brain, Immunocytochemistry, Immunohistochemistry, In situ hybridization, Nissl staining (Cresyl Violet staining), DAB staining, Fluor-jade staining and Timm-staining, and a combination of In-situ Hybridization and Immunohistochemistry.
  • Genome editing/Gene therapy techniques– siRNA.
  • Epilepsy models: Kainate based (rats), electrical stimulation based, EEG recordings and analysis, and stereotaxic surgeries.
  • Tissue Clearing methods: 3DISCO and CLARITY.
  • Image analysis: Image J, Imaris, deconvolution using Huygens.
  • Microscopy: Confocal- & light microscopy, STED microscopy, 2-photon and STED microscopy (basics).
  • Statistics: Graphpad.

Languages: English, German (A1)

Awards and achievements:

  • Invited talk on brain tissue clearing by Johannes Gutenberg Mainz University, November 2016. (link to the talk in publications)
  • Reviewed an article for Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, August 2016.
  • Invited by qbase+, a software to measure gene expression changes & measuring stable reference genes, to write a blog review on their software.
  • Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) travel grant: July 2016.
  • Marburg University Research Academy (MARA) travel grant: July 2016.
  • Nomination for the best poster presentation at Rhine Main Neuroscience Network conference, Oberwesel: June 2016.
  • DAAD/ Marburg International Doctorate (MID) travel grant: June 2016.
  • FENS ambassador for the FENS Forum 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark: July 2016.
  • Company of Biologist (COB) travel grant: May 2013.

Apart from Science, my interest includes photography & traveling.

A sneak peak into my favourite and useful research tools. For details, see the “research tools for science” page.

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