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GRADUATE STUDENTS

  • Bhavyashree Suresh (2021)
  • I have done my Master of Science in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology from Royal Melbourne Institute of technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia. After which I joined Dr. Ferhan Ayaydin's lab as ITC Fellow in Biological Research Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Szeged, Hungary where I learnt High content screening. I wanted to do my PhD in more challenging problem, hence quit BRC and joined NCBS to Prof. Yamuna Krishnan's lab where initially I spent some time to learn TEM. My favourite hobbies being learning languages, trying to understand as many cultures as possible, exploring new places.
  • bhavya[at]uchicago.edu
  • Anand Saminathan (2020)
  • I obtained my B. Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. My research interests are in developing techniques to probe biochemical and biophysical properties of cell membrane. For my doctoral thesis, I have developed a DNA based voltage sensor that probes the membrane potential difference across organellar membranes. I think interdisciplinary research is the future of science. Outside of the lab, I like brainstorming ideas, listening to podcasts, and playing games.
  • anands1[at]uchicago.edu
  • Maulik S. Jani (2020)
  • maulikjani[at]gmail.com
  • Maulik is a postdoctoral fellow at California Institute of Technology
  • Kasturi Chakraborty (2019)
  • The Krishnan lab has pioneered the use of synthetic DNA-based molecular devices that can be targeted to specific endocytic compartments in C. elegans and function as reporters of the local ionic microenvironment in real time. My research involves improving on a chloride sensor and deploying it in various tissues in vivo to obtain a quantitative readout of chloride concentrations and its role in a specific cellular compartment. When not poking worms, I like playing badminton or swimming or just make people laugh.
  • kasturi[at]uchicago.edu
  • Kasturi is a Schmidt Science Fellow at The University of Chicago
  • Shareefa Thekkan (2019)
  • I have done my Bachelors in Chemistry from Unity Women's College, University of Calicut (2009) and Masters in Applied Chemistry from Cochin University of Science and Technology (2011). I have qualified the CSIR-LS (June 2011). My work involves developing nucleic acid based sensors for physiologically relevant oxygen derived species. I am interested in drawing and gardening.
  • shareefat[at]uchicago.edu
  • Ved Prakash (2018)
  • I have received an Integrated MSc degree in chemistry (2012) from National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar. I am currently working on advanced bio-imaging techniques using nucleic acid based sensors. I am fond of high speed roller skating, cycling and gymming.
  • vedprakash123[at]uchicago.edu
  • Ved is a research imaging specialist at The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Shabana Mehtab Shaik (2017)
  • Graduated in May 2017
  • shabana.ncbs[at]gmail.com
  • Shabana is a postdoctoral fellow at The University of Chicago
  • Sunaina Surana (2015)
  • Graduated in July 2015. Won Eli Lilly Asia Outstanding Thesis Award in 2014, and the Malhotra-Weikfield National Award for Nanoscience. Now a postdoc Prof. G. Schiavo lab in UCL
  • sunainas.ncbs[at]gmail.com
  • Sunaina is a Human Frontier Science Program Postdoctoral Fellow at University College London
  • Saheli Halder (2015)
  • Graduated in September 2015. Currently a post doc in Yaowen Wu lab, Chemical genomics society, Max Planck Institute, Dortmund, Germany.
  • saheli87[at]gmail.com
  • Saheli is a postdoctoral fellow at Max Planck Institute
    • Suruchi Sharma (2014)
    • Graduated June 2014. She was awarded Dr D S Kothari Fellowship and she is a post doctoral fellow at Prof. Sandhya Visweswariah's Lab at IISc-Bengaluru, India.
  • Suruchi is a postdoctoral fellow at IISc-Bengaluru
    • Dhiraj Bhatia (2013)
    • Graduated August 2013, obtaining the Charpak Fellowship and  the 1st prize for the 2013 Eli Lilly Asia Outstanding Thesis Award. Now is a Curie Postdoctoral student at Institut Curie with Prof. Ludger Johannes. Congratulations to Dhiraj who recently got HFSP long term postdoctoral fellowship.
    • dhirajbhatia1[at]gmail.com
  • Dhiraj is an Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Technology
    • Sonali Saha (2013)
    • Graduated December 2013, currently postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Thomas J. Jentsch lab. Best talk at FNANO-12 and the Zita Lobo Memorial Best Thesis Award.
  • saha[at]fmp-berlin.de
  • sonali.ncbs[at]gmail.com
    • Saikat Chakraborty (2013)
    • After his thesis submission in November 2013, he has spent a year as a bridging post doctoral fellow in the YKlab working on high resoultion structure determination of RNA complex. He visited Baylor College of Medicine and NIH as a short term researcher for Cryo-EM and SAXS studies, respectively. Now is a postdoctoral fellow wih Prof. Wolfgang Baumeister  in Max Planck Instititute of Biochemistry.
    • saikat.ncbs[at]gmail.com
    • Souvik Modi (2012)
    • Graduated April 2012, obtaining the 1st prize for the 2012 Eli Lilly Asia Outstanding Thesis Award. Won an EMBO Long Term Fellowship and now working in Dr. Josef Kittler's lab at University College London, UK. Congratulations to Souvik who just won the Marie Curie Fellowship (Nov 2013).
    • souvikmodi[at]gmail.com

    POSTDOCS

    • Aneesh T. Veetil
    • At the Krishnan lab, I am broadly interested in the biological applications of DNA-based synthetic probes. Currently, I am developing DNA-based tools for targeted sensing and quantification of signaling molecules.
    • atv[at]uchicago.edu
    • KaHo Leung
    • Ka Ho Leung received his B.S. degree in Chemistry at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2011. He then pursued his graduate studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. Working in the laboratory of Dr. Dik-Lung Ma, he employed transition metal complexes for the development of G-quadruplex based sensors and the screening of structure-based inhibitors of therapeutic targets. After receiving his PhD degree in November 2015, Ka Ho joined Prof. Yamuna Krishnan’s group at the University of Chicago for postdoctoral research. His research interest lies in the development of nanodevices for quantitative imaging and the application in cell physiology studies.
    • kaholeung[at]uchicago.edu
    • Krishna Dan
    • I have done my M.Sc (2006-2008) from Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur, Howrah. I qualified NET-CSIR exam in 2008. I got my Ph.D (2009-2014) on Polymer Chemistry from Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science under the supervision of Dr Suhrit Ghosh. During my Ph.D, I worked on stimuli responsive amphiphilic polymer (mainly pH and temperature) and studied the effect of structure dependent self-assembly behavior, guest encapsulation ability, as well as disassembly of the polymer and release of the encapsulated guest molecule in water in presence of specific stimuli. I joined as a post-doctoral scholar in Yamuna's group from Jun 2014.
    • kdan19[at]gmail.com
    • Nagarjun Narayanaswamy
    • I have completed my M.Sc chemistry (2008-2010) from University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, Telangana. I qualified CSIR-NET exam in 2009 (All India 26th rank). I got my Ph.D (2010-2015) on bioorganic chemistry from JNCASR under the supervision of Prof. T. Govindaraju on development of a new small-molecular fluorescence probes for diagnosis and therapeutic applications. Present, I am interested in development of small-molecule conjugated DNA nanodevices to study ion homeostasis in cellular organelles. I like music, play cricket and badminton.
    • nagarjunn6[at]uchicago.edu
    • Syed Masood Husain
    • Worked as a post doc from February, 2013 to March 2014. Currently is an Assistant Professor at Centre of Biomedical Research (cbmr.res.in) in Lucknow
    • smhusain[at]ncbs.res.in
  • Syed is an Associate Professor at Centre of Biomedical Research
  • Interns/Trainees

    • Leena Lim
    • I am a fourth year in the College working towards a BS in Chemistry and Biochemistry and joined the Krishnan group in January 2019. My research interests focus on the application of biochemistry to the development of molecular sensors and their connection to a broader medical and systemic relevance. Outside of lab, I enjoy reading and traveling/exploring new places.
    • leenalim[at]]uchicago.edu
    • John Devany
    • I completed my bachelors in physics at UCSB in 2016. During my undergrad I spent several years researching the assembly and properties of DNA nanostructures. My research interests are in DNA nanotechnology, biophysics, and data analysis methods. Outside of lab I enjoy going to the gym, reading, and basketball.
    • jdevany[at]uchicago.edu
    • Anusuya Bannerjee
    • I did my B.Sc in Biomedical Sciences from University of Delhi (2009) and M.Sc by Research in Biology from NCBS (2012). Post my M.Sc, I worked as a junior research fellow in Dr. Krishnan's lab at NCBS (2013). I am currently pursuing my PhD at ESPCI (Paris) jointly in collaboration with her laboratory. For quite sometime, I have been interested in nucleic acids in different forms and contexts. In my PhD I wish to devise novel bioimaging tools using fluorescent nanoparticles and DNA bioconjugates.
    • anusuya.banerjee09[at]gmail.com

    Masters/Rotation/Visiting Students

    • Jessica Morgan
    • In 2017, I obtained my bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Smith College. As an undergraduate, I used DNA origami to create different molecular cargoes to investigate cargo transport by motor protein ensembles. My research interests include biophysics, nanotechnology, and molecular and cellular biology. When I am not in the lab, I enjoy running, reading, exploring the great outdoors, and traveling to new places.
    • jmorgan2[at]uchicago.edu

    Undergraduate students

    • Elizabeth Zeichner
    • I am undergraduate student in the Class of 2018 majoring in biological chemistry and I joined the lab in January 2016. I have worked on projects involving the development of a DNA-based sensor for measurements in living systems. In my free time, I love running and spending time outside, cooking, and photography.
    • ezeichner[at]uchicago.edu
    • Anjana Kammath
    • I am currently pursuing my Bachelors in Chemistry, at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali. I joined the lab in May 2018 and I have worked on a project involving the use of bioinformatics tools to address some interesting biological questions. Outside of the lab, I enjoy trying new things, travelling, theatre and having lots of fun!
    • akamath97@gmail.com
    • Abhinanda Kar
    • I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Biotechnology from University of Hyderabad, India. I was part of the Yamuna Krishnan lab during the summer of 2018 as a Khorana Scholar. I was assigned a project on developing a novel C.elegans strain using the knowledge of genetics. I also learnt confocal microscopy imaging in this lab. Apart from science I enjoy traveling to new places, socializing with people and am interested in writing, music and dance.
    • abhinanda.kar@gmail.com
    • Shiksha Sharma
    • I am pursuing a Master’s of Science in Microbiology degree from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. I was selected as a Khorana scholar and joined Krishnan lab during summer, 2018. I worked on a project to do metabolic labeling to study host-pathogen interactions. Besides science, I enjoy playing guitar, dancing and exploring new places.
    • shikshahsharma@gmail.com

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