Principal Investigator: Dr. Kavitha Sankaranarayanan

Kavitha obtained her PhD from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) – National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) (Advisor: Prof.M.K.Mathew). She has then undergone a Department of Biotechnology, Government of India- sponsored post doctoral training at NCBS -IISc (Advisors: Prof.K.S.Krishnan / Prof.P.Balram). After working with eminent Cardiothoracic surgeon Padmashree Dr.K.M.Cherian for about 2 years, she is currently heading the Ion Channel Biology Laboratory at the AU-KBC research centre. She has more than a decade of experience in the areas of electrophysiology, molecular biology and cell biology from leading labs across the globe. She has been trained in advanced techniques in Electrophysiology including the Cut-open Oocyte Vaseline Gap technique, different types of Patch recordings at UCLA, California, USA, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The Max-Planck Guest Laboratory, Institute Of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Shanghai, Max-Planck University, Heidelberg, Germany and other international labs. Her research interests revolve around the role of ion channels in health and disease in addition to its role in development. She aims to use a biophysical approach in understanding the basics of cellular function and the role of channels in the same.

Rajesh Vinnakota
Ph.D. Student (ICAR-SRF)

Research Interests: Guard cell signaling mechanisms in drought resistance in rice using electrophysiology.
Academic Profile: B.Sc in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology & M.Sc in Microbiology
Non Academic pursuits: Making new instruments, playing around with electrical circuits.
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R. Anantha Maharasi
Ph.D. Student (ACRF)

Research Interests: Neurobiology, Immunology, Stem Cell biology development biology.
Academic Profile: B.Sc in Biotechnology, M.Sc Biotechnology ; GATE 2011 (95.46 percentile), SLET 2012.
Non Academic pursuits: Listening to music and solving Sudoku.
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Bhuvaneshwari Sampath
Ph.D. Student (INSPIRE)

Research Interests: Role of ion channels in auto immune diseases, Evolutionary studies, Homology Modelling, Molecular docking, Computer aided drug designing.
Academic Profile: B.Sc Biotechnology, M.Sc Bioinformatics (University 1st Rank).
Non Academic pursuits: Reading novels, playing with pets, listening music, love solving sudokus.
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Priyadarshan K.
Ph.D. Student (Lady Tata Memorial Trust)

Research Interests: Stem cells, Cancer, MicroRNA, Biological pacemaking.
Academic Profile: B.Sc Microbiology, M.Sc Industrial Microbiology, M.Phil. Microbiology.
Non Academic pursuits: Cooking, Painting.
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Zubin Abdul Zaheer (ACRF)
Ph.D. Student

Research Interests: Apoptosis, Cell Cycle, Cellular Signalling, Molecular Biology and Cancer.
Academic Profile: B.Sc Biomedical Sciences (Bioinformatics), M.Sc Biotechnology.
Non Academic pursuits: Computing, Puzzle solving.
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Sandhya Sreedharan K.V.

Research Interests: Electrophysiology of invertebrate ion channels and aquaporins, Molecular Biology and Immunology
Academic Profile: B.Sc Biotechnology, M.Sc in Medical Biochemistry (University 1st Rank)
Non Academic pursuits: Gardening, reading novels and drawing cartoons
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M. Anitha
Ph.D. Student (ACRF)

Research Interests: Heavy metal uptake in plants, Molecular biology
Academic Profile: B.Sc (Biotechnology), M.Sc (Microbial Gene Technology); GATE (2009, 2012), CSIR Lectureship (NET) [2010 Dec, 2011 June]
Non Academic pursuits:painting, arts and crafts
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