About Fellow

Christian Medical College, Vellore

University of Florida, Gainesville,
Christian Medical College, Vellore
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

With unbridled curiosity driven by the little things moving under the microscope, I forayed into the field of microbiology, to complete my Master’s degree. Subsequently, I pursued my PhD in the field of molecular biology and human genetics. During this period, as part of my service responsibilities, I was closer to patient-care in the form of providing genetic diagnosis to families suffering from bleeding disorders. The realization that we are a long way from a permanent cure for these genetic disorders combined with a desire to pursue an avenue of research with translational impact, led to my postdoctoral stint in the field of gene therapy. This was supported by DBT through their overseas associate fellowship program to introduce cutting-edge technologies into India. Eventually, I started my laboratory in 2010 and the thrust was to inch towards unmet needs in our field, i.e., minimize host-immune complications and to improve the efficiency of viral gene transfer. We thus started dissecting out the biology of adeno-associated virus (AAV) and its host cellular interactions so as to further use this knowledge to develop optimal strategies for gene therapy of a variety of disease states.