Department of Zoology, University of Pune
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
Mahendra Sonawane obtained his M. Sc. (Zoology) in 1994 and Ph.D. (Developmental Biology) in 2000 from the University of Pune, Pune, India. During his Ph.D. Mahendra analysed the dynamics of cell population growth during development and differentiation using two systems- developing chick embryo and chick lens. After post-doctoral research at the Max-Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany, Mahendra joined the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai in December 2007 as a Ramanujan fellow where he is currently appointed as Reader-F. During his post-doctoral tenure he became interested in regulatory mechanisms involved in the maintenance of epidermal integrity. He has developed a research programme at TIFR to unravel these mechanisms using zebrafish as a model.