I’m a 4th year MD/PhD dual degree student, currently working towards my PhD in Epidemiology. My research interests are in the area of healthcare-associated infections, especially those related to antibiotic resistance and Clostridium difficile globally. Outside of work I enjoy cooking, photography, reading, and travel.
“I will be working under Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan on a project focusing on the role of a microtubule-mitochondria system in symmetric cell division. Research will center specifically on how a fused mitochondrial network affects the cell’s ability to accurately position the nucleus during fission.” Elsa’s internship is located at Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.
Noah went to the Tibetan Delek Hospital with the goal to develop a concrete plan that can be used as the Zero TB program expands it’s reach into other boarding schools, monasteries, and nunneries. The project focused on the physicians, nurses, and administration at Tibetan Delek Hospital, Zero TB staff, individuals identified as latent TB infected and who have undergone preventative treatment, their family, as well as the school nurses who administer INH therapy.
Host: The Institute of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology (TDU)
Michael from the Biology Department of University of Wisconsin Madison, is going to the Institute of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology to work with Dr. Ashwini Godbole. Michael is going to be working on neurological research with a hope that he might be able to gain some insight and experience into Ayurvedic medicine, for which India has the most notable and established universities and current research.
With my background in applied mathematics, and interest in the field of renewable energy, my research task as assigned by Dr. Dutta was to develop models that simulate and optimize renewable energy systems using mathematics.
Vimal, a medical student from the University of Wisconsin Madison who majored in Molecular and Cellular Biology is going to Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital in Daryaganj, Delhi to work with Sunita Arora. Vimal is going to too evaluate the impact of COP program on ophthalmic service delivery at SCEH and on quality of life of COP Graduates post one year of employment.
Bhagyashri is working with a team of pHD scholars under the guidance of Dr. Ramanan to clone sets of four sgRNAs into single lentiviral vectors utilizing Golden Gate assembly. Using multiplex CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing, these clones would be further used to create transgenic knockout mice, since the sgRNAs are specifically designed to complement genes that may be responsible for reactive astrocytes. This process will help identify the pathways, genes, and proteins responsible for neuroprotective astrogliosis.
Worked with Sharmila Bapat, the goals of her summer internship were to determine which E-box TCF21 preferentially binds to in the promoter region of Slug and OVOL2, as well as expand on previous research which has shown that preferred order of binding to E-boxes in vitro studies does not necessarily predict in situ behaviour.
I have been identifying shear zones (natural deformation features) in the Deccan Trap basaltic rocks on beaches in and around Kashid. These shear zones provide additional evidence of Madagascar and Seychelles islands separating from India 65 million years ago or still before.