I’m a hybrid between an engineer and a biologist, with research interests centered on disease ecology across scales. I want to study human immunity from the combined perspectives of systems biology and distributed robotics. In my current work, by combining experimental tools and techniques with computational models, I aim to dissect how NF-kB and other transcriptional factors control the evolution of highly specific, robust, and diverse antibody responses by B-lymphocytes in the germinal centres of lymph nodes, starting from a randomized pool of non-specific naive cells.
I love learning about the biology of wonderfully weird creatures, and I’m also passionate about global development and improving health outcomes among vulnerable populations through my work. I initiated and still contribute towards a web/mobile-based citizen science effort to crowdsource mosquito ecological data for monitoring and predicting mosquito-borne disease outbreaks.
As hobbies, I love hiking, cooking, playing racquet sports, Indian classical and epic music, reading comics from various countries and drawing my own, and reading sci-fi, fantasy, and non-fiction books.
2019-2021: James S McDonnell Foundation (JSMF) 21st Century Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in Understanding Dynamic and Multi-scale Systems
2013-2016 : Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Graduate Student Research Fellowship
2015 : DARPA Rising Stars Award
2011 : IIT Bombay Technical Activities Citation
2008 & 2009 : IIT Bombay Institute Academic Prize
2008 : IIT Bombay Heritage Fund Shantilal H Goradia Memorial Scholarship
2003 : Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) Fellowship (Government of India & Indian Institute of Science)
2003 : National Talent Search Scholarship (Government of India)