B4 Science and Technology Fellowship Program is a collaborated initiative of IBAB and Harvard South Asia Institute, funded by Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India and Department of IT, BT and S&T, Govt of Karnataka.

Under this program, up to five Science and Technology Fellowships for 2016-17 were available in fields related to the biosciences at Harvard University and other institutions in the Boston area.

A selection committee of eminent scientists from India and Harvard University reviewed the large number of applications and selected the following five candidates.

Sl No Post Doc Educational Background Current/ PhD Work Current Faculty/ Lab Current Institution Faculty @ Harvard Department/ Lab
1 Dr. Premananda Kaidas PhD in Plant Biotechnology Map based cloning and characterisation of TARANI a global regulator of Arabidopsis development Prof. Utpal Nath/ MCBL Indian Institute Of Science (IISc), Bangalore Prof. Elena Kramer Dept of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
2 Dr. Paravathi Sreekumar Ph.D in Crop Physiology Multiplication and field evaluation of transgenic mulberry for abiotic stress tolerance and suitability for silkworm rearing Prof. Nataraja K N/ Dept of Crop Physiology University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS),GKVK, Bangalore Prof. Philippe Cluzel Dept of Molecular and Cellular Biology
3 Dr. Gayatri Ramakrishnan PhD in computational biology Recognition of structures, functions and interactions of proteins of pathogens: Implications in drug discovery Prof. N. Srinivasan and Prof. Nagasuma Chandra/ MBU Indian Institute Of Science (IISc), Bangalore Prof. Martha Bulyk Dept of Medicine/ Transcriptional regulation
4 Dr. Praveen Anand Integrated Phd at IISc, Large-scale structural analysis of protein-ligand interactions: Exploring new paradigms in anti-tubercular drug discovery Current research involves exploration of various post-transcriptional gene-regulatory mechanisms through development of novel computational workflows for
analysis of high-throughput next-gen sequencing datasets.
Campus Fellow at Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem), National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore Prof. Sean Eddy Dept of Molecular and Cellular Biology and of Applied Mathematics
5 Dr. Ramya Purkanti PhD in Evolutionary Biology Understanding the origins of compartments in eukaryotic cells using phylogenetic and experimental approaches. Dr Mukund Thattai National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore Prof. Michael Desai Dept of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology