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2007 Ph.D.: Macromolecular Structural Biology, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad

(Supervisor: Dr. Rajan Sankaranarayanan)

2001 M.Sc: Plant Pathology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi

1999 B.Sc: Agriculture, University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS-B), Bengaluru

Work Experience

2023-April-Present: HOD, Biotechnology Dep, IITH

2023-Present: Professor, Biotechnology Dept, IITH

2018-2023: Associate Professor, Biotechnology Dept, IITH

2014-2018: Assistant Professor, Biotechnology Dept, IITH

2012-2013:  Postdoctoral Fellow, FIRC Institute for Molecular Oncology Foundation (IFOM), Milano, Italy

2007-2011:  Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sloan-Kettering Institute (SKI), New York, NY, USA

Professional activities

Reviewer for Journal of Indian Institute of Science, Nature Scientific Reports, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, Plos One, Catalysts, ACS Omega, Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics, Journal of Structural Biology, Peer J, etc.

Administrative and other activities (present and past)

  • Biotechnology theme Convener for DST- Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) (, May 1 & 2, 2023.  

  • Biannual Hands-on lab training (HLT) program in Biotechnology/Bioinformatics conceptualization and implementation

  • Member of Institute’s space committee

  • Member of Institute Biosafety committee

  • DPGC convener and a member of SPGC committee

  • Member of faculty search committee

  • Faculty advisor for PhD and M. Tech students

  • As committee member involved in Student Orientation Program

  • Interview Panel Member for The Kishore Vaignanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) program

  • Committee member for ‘Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan’ and ‘Early Intervention Committee’ 

  • Organized work shop on ‘Molecular docking, Virtual Screening & Biologics Discovery’

  • Conducted seminars on ‘Structure based drug design’ by Sr. Application Scientists, Schrodinger  

  • Organized seminars by scientists from Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories related to ‘drug discovery process’ and ‘biosimilar development’

  • Organized seminar on ‘Intellectual Property Rights: Way to Industrial and Social Development’

  • Organized more than 17 seminars by invited speakers from abroad and India

Awards and Honors

  • Member of the Board of studies of the Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, School of Life Sciences of the University of Hyderabad. 2023-2025 

  • Member of Board of Studies (BOS), Department of Biotechnology, Woxsen University Hyderabad, 2023-2025

  • DAAD Scholarship, Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists, May-June 2019

  • Guest Professor in Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schwaneberg Group, Chair of Biotechnology, ABBt Institute of Biotechnology, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, May-June 2019

  • Technical expert to the review of BIRAC proposals for funding

  • Early Career Research Award, Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science & Technology (DST), 2016-2019

  • Ramalingaswami Re-entry fellowship, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India

  • Structured International Postdoc Program (SIPAD) fellowship sponsored European School of Molecular Medicine and, co-funded by European Commission in the context of "FP7 program Marie Curie Actions- people, 2012-2013

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Sloan-Kettering Institute, New York, USA, 2007- 2011

  • JRF and SRF, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India, 2002-2007

  • Junior Research Fellowship, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), India, 1999-2001

  • Secured 8th rank in All India Entrance Examination conducted by the ICAR for M.Sc admission and to award a fellowship

Conference attended and invited speaker (As PI)

  1. Invited talk, titled ‘Allosteric Cross-talk on tuning enzyme activities & drug design’ on the occasion of National Science Day Celebrations organized by National Science Convention, Department of Genetics and Biotechnology, Osmania University on ‘Impact of Genetics and Biotechnology Research on Society’, 4th March 2023

  2. Invited talk on ‘'Innovations in the characterization of ligand/Drugs-Receptor Interactions”, Department of Biotechnology, School of Technology, GITAM Visakhapatnam campus, 28th September, 2022

  3. Invited talk at 48th National Seminar on Crystallography, IIT Roorkee, 25th -27th of November 2021.

  4. Invited talk: International E-Conference on “Multidisciplinary approaches for plant disease management in achieving sustainability in agriculture”, University of Horticultural Sciences, College of Horticulture, Bengaluru, India, 6-9th October, 2020

  5. Invited talk at Department of Biological Sciences, BITS Hyderabad, 14th Feb 2020

  6. Invited talk at Center for Bioinformatics, Pondicherry University, 7th Feb 2020

  7. Invited talk at Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research Centre (CIMAP), Bangalore, 18th March 2019

  8. Invited talk at BMS College of Engineering, Bengaluru, 19th March 2019

  9. Invited speaker at Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schwaneberg Group, ABBt Institute of Biotechnology, RWTH Aachen University, 20th May 2019

  10. Invited speaker at Department of Biotechnology, NIT Warangal in association with Teaching Learning Centre, NIT Warangal, Workshop on "Teaching and Learning of Molecular Biology and Enzymology through Hands-on Experience (MBE-2018)" 18-23rd September 2018.

  11. Invited speaker at the work shop on ‘Protein Structure and Drug Discovery’ organized by School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, August 27-September 5, 2017

  12. Speaker at TEQIP Workshop on ‘Biotechnology and Bioengineering: Beyond the books in 21st century’ 8th-10th March 2017, Organized by IIT Hyderabad

  13. Participated in the ‘5th Meeting of the Asian Forum of Chromosome and Chromatin Biology; held at JNCASR, Bengaluru (January 15th-18th, 2015).

  14. Participated in the ‘4th, 5th and 6th conclave on Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship’ held in 2015 and 2016.

  15. Participated in MHRD Scheme on Global Initiative on Academic Network (GIAN) on “Cryo Electron Microscopy and 3D Image Processing of Macromolecular Assemblies and Cellular Tomography (CEM3DIP)” work shop held at IISER-TVM, Trivandrum. (2nd-13th July, 2016).

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