M.Sc in Biotechnology
2. Research & Interest
I am a cell biologist at TATA Translational Cancer Research Centre (TTCRC) and also a biotech enthusiast at heart. My current research focus is directed towards understating the impact of extracellular matrix stiffness on disease progression during gallbladder cancer. Additionally, I am working with a group of clinicians and scientists to develop a robust and reproducible biomaterial-based 3D systems that can be used for phenotypic drug assays using high-throughput imaging platform. I pursued my master’s degree in Biotechnology from Vellore Institute of Technology, India. My hard work during my masters was rewarded with a scholarship and a review paper entitled “Quantum Dots and Their Clinical Applications” which got published in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology-Asia; 2013. I opted to work as a Scientific Officer for nine months at Department of Biotechnology (DBT) funded project at DBT-Interdisciplinary Programme of Life Sciences (IPLS) core facility at the University of Calcutta (CU) where I was responsible for operating a Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope. My next stint was at a pre-clinical research lab at Syngene International, Bangalore, India which helped me broaden my skillset and introduced me to animal models of inflammatory disorders. At the In vivo Pharmacology department, in Syngene I learnt to perform drug efficacy studies and animal breeding techniques for about 2.5 years. I feel I was fortunate enough to get a flavour of academic, industrial and translational research in a quick period of time which will help me immensely in all my future research endeavours.