Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore, India
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Nature and living organisms have intrigued me from ever since I can remember. I used to spend time amidst nature by taking photgraphs of insects and it gradually developed as an interest towards biology. It was this passion that motivated me to choose undergraduate studies in Animal Sciences at Kannur University, Kerala, India. To achieve a firm grounding on the topic, I enrolled for a Master’s Degree in Biotechnology at the same University. My research career started when I joined the Immunochemistry laboratory at the National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi to carry out a project work attached to the Master’s degree.
The insight I gained in research landed me in a doctoral program at Prof. Vijay Kumar Sharma’s Laboratory at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore, India. This laboratory provided me a platform to pose questions and develop research strategies to answer the questions. I was interested to explore how in the absence of a wall clock, organisms perform their routines on time and how they conduct their daily lives and obtain resources from their surroundings as and when needed? This question led me to explore the the evolutionary aspects of circadian rhythms and the results motivated me to study further about the molecular mechanism of circadian clocks. With this aim in mind, I joined Prof. Kenji Tomioka’s laboratory at Okayama University, Japan as a Postdoctoral fellow and my studies were focused towards elucidating molecular mechanism of thermal entrainment of the circadian clocks. I joined IISER Thiruvananthapuram in September 2015 and applied for India Alliance Early career fellowship. This project is aimed towards elucidating the post-trancriptional regulation of circadian rhyhtms in Drosophila.