We currently have two research scientists, Dr. Anjali Ganjiwale and Dr. Damayanti Tammana, who take theory classes and run laboratory sessions also.
Dr. Anjali Ganjiwale
Dr. Anjali Ganjiwale did her PhD in structural biophysics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi with Prof Sudha M Cowsik. Subsequently she had a stint with Prof. William DeGrado at the University of Pennsylvania for her post-doctoral work. Her specialization is Biophysical characterization and purification of proteins and peptides, and structure elucidation using high resolution NMR. Currently her research focus is on E2 glycoprotein of Chikungunya virus: a molecular drug target.
Dr. Damayanti Tammana
Dr. Damayanti Tammana did her post graduation in Biotechnology from the University of North Bengal, West Bengal and subsequently her Ph.D in the area of microbial biopesticides from the same University. During her doctoral studies she identified various novel entomopathogenic microbials (Bacillus thuringiensis and Baculoviruses) from insect tea pests and characterized their potential as microbial biopesticides. After her Ph.D, she worked as a Post Doctoral Associate in the Department of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology, Yale University, USA. At Yale, she worked on the identification of ciliary tip proteins using green alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and human retinal pigment epithelial cells as models. Along with this project, she also collaborated on characterizing novel proteins of Ciliary transition zone. In view of the growing list of congenital cilia related human disorders “ciliopathies” which often affect multiple organs, her post doctoral work on ciliogenesis related proteins in vertebrates could provide new insights in understanding the molecular aspects of these human disorders which help in designing novel therapies. Recently she joined IBAB as a DST-Young Scientist awardee. She is working on identifying nuclear and nucleic acid binding proteins present in eukaryotic cilia and understanding their role in ciliogenesis, cell division and signaling.