Dr. Chaitanya Athale Ph.D.

Principal Investigator Chaitanya Athale


Currently working on modelling microtubule-motor interactions and integrating them with gradients of regulators. Attempting to find rules of SelfOrganization in cellular patterns. Currently most interested in the transport of microtubule (MT) filaments and asters by motors and their interplay with cell shape. Wandering towards a picture of integrating actin with MTs with some (lingering) interest in cellular automata, reaction-diffusion systems and anomalous diffusion.

Dhruv Khatri

MSc Biotehcnology (2018), Goa University

Currently: PhD student, IISER Pune (Theoretical and Computational Biology)

Dhruv has joined the IISER Pune PhD programme and will work on image analysis. With a particular interest in Machine-Learning and Deep-Learning (ML-DL), he is currently building on code developed in the lab by Anushree. As a certified Scuba-Diver, he is a welcome addition to the lab. Also he has a good badminton arm.

Shivani Yadav

MSc Biotechnology (2019), Pune University

Currently: PhD-student, IISER Pune (Molecular Cell Biology)

Shivani has joined the IISER Pune PhD programme and will work on molecular motors, dynein in particular. Her badminton makes her a good member of the team  for inter-lab sports.

Jashaswi Basu

M.Sc. Biotechnology, IIT Roorkee, India

Currently: PhD-student, IISER Pune (Molecular Cell Biology)

Intersted in motor proteins.

Tanvi Kale

MSc Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, IBAB Bangalore, India

Currently: PhD-student, IISER Pune (Molecular Cell Biology)

Intersted in synthetic biology.

Aman Soni

MSc, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) New Delhi, India

Currently: PhD-student, IISER Pune (Theoretical and Computational Biology)

Interests: Computer simulations of self-organization.

Prachi N

MSc Biotechnology, Garhwal University, Srinagar, India

Currently: PhD-student, IISER Pune (Theoretical and Computational Biology)

Interests: Computer simulations of spindle dynamics.

Saba Noor

MSc, Biotechnology, Aligarh Muslim University, India

Currently: PhD-student, IISER Pune (Theoretical and Computational Biology)

Interests: Computer simulations of motor-microtubule interactions.

Mayur Kadu

MSc, Physics, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), Pune, India

Currently: PhD-student, IISER Pune (Molecular and Cell Biology)

Interests: In vitro microtubule-motor reconstitution and mechanics.

Period Name Current status Nature of work
Rudvi Pednekar Jan-2022 to May-2023 MSc Thesis and project asst on a COVID sensor project (Indo-Canadian) PhD student, Germany
May-2023 to Dec 2023 Dwaipayan Giri - Summer trainee and semester project on quantifying microtubule-motor transport.
May-2022 to Apr 2023 Abdul Rishad - MS Thesis on mung tubulin purification and microtubule polymerisation dynamics.
May-2022 to Apr 2023 Siddharth Deogam - MS Thesis on image-analysis of Phallusia oocytes and machine learning for C. elegans embryo segmentation.
May-2021 to Nov 2022 Aasim Saifee Business MS Thesis “Design and calibration of a 3D printed magnetic tweezer combined with cellphone-based microscope for biomolecular force spectroscopy”. NPTEL Teching assistant for 6 months.
Jan-2019 to Jan 2021 Postdoc, 2012-2019 PhD student Dr. Neha Khetan Postdoctoral Fellow, Gladstone Institute, UCSF PhD, IISER Pune (1-Sep-2020) on stochastic simulations of microtubule-motor interactions and pattern formation. Worked as a postdoctoral fellow (CEFIPRA on evolutionary cell biology)
Jan-2019 to Jan 2021 Megha Roy PhD student, Switzerland Masters Thesis, IISER Pune on modelling spindle assembly. Tubulin purification using TOG affinity domains from plant sources.
Jan-2019 to Aug 2021 Badeer Hassan U. - Masters Thesis, IISER Pune on modelling the sorting of microtubules in neuronal axons.
Jan-2019 to Sep 2020 Ankur Biswas - Masters Thesis, IISER Pune on E. coli cell free extracts. Project Assistant on COVID detection development.
Jan-2019 to Dec 2019 Vishrut Patel Transition Masters Thesis, IISER Pune. Vishrut is working on a mathematical model of colony expansion using the Eden Model framework in python.
Jan-2013 to May 2019 PhD student, 2019-21 Postdoc Dr. Kunalika Jain Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Geneva, Switzerland. Dynein in vitro transport, image-analysis, microscopy, microtubule polymerization from goat brains and plant samples.
Jan-2020 to Jan-2021 Kajal Singh PhD student Chemical Biology, IISER Pune Rotation student
Aug-2012 to Aug-2019 PhD student, 2019-21 Postdoc Dr. Anushree Chaphalkar Medical/Scientific writing Image analysis tool development in MATLAB and simulating bacterial cytoskeletal dynamics.
June-2020 to Aug-2020 Neiky Wang Undergraduate MIT MIT India internship program trainee under MISTI.
May-2017 to Jan-2020 Yash Jawale PhD student, Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands Molecular motors in simulation and experiment, synthetic biology, gene-expression modeling and microscopy.
Apr-2018 to Dec 2018 Ankur Biswas IISER Pune Worked on molecular motor purification.
Aug-2018 to Nov 2018 Appu S. Project in Chemistry, IISER Pune Worked on S. cerevisiae microscopy.
May-Nov 2017, Jan-Apr 2019 Zakhiya P.C. Fifth year project, IISc Bangalore iGEM2017 bacterial transformations to express chromophores, diffusion measurements in vitro using microrheology
May 2017 to Apr 2019 Yash Joshi Fifth year project in computational physics, EPFL CH iGEM2017 modeling on genetic oscillators, continued work until Apr-2019
May 2015 to Apr 2016, May 2017 to Feb 2018 Snehal Kadam Employed in a startup lab, Pune iGEM2015 team leader , iGEM2017 student mentor, Lac-Ara hybrid promoter expression in E. coli
May 2017 to Jul 2018 Abhishek Das PhD student in Max Planck Institut for System Physiologie, Dortmund, Germany 5th year BS-MS thesis, IISER Pune (collab. project with Dr. Jerome Solon, CRG Barcelona), “Analysis and Modeling of Epithelial Tissue Organization During Head Involution Stage of Drosophila Embryogenesis”.
May 2017 to Jul 2018 Tanmaya Sethi - 5th year BS-MS thesis, IISER Pune (collab. project with Dr. Marie Delattre, ENS Lyon), “Analyzing spindle assembly in nematode embryos”.
May 2018 to Jul 2018 Bhavya Completing his BS-MS degree Summer trainee, 3rd year BS-MS IISER Mohali, “Image analysis of single cell expression from a genetic device”.
May 2018 to Jul 2018 Paresh Mahapatra Completing his B. Tech. degree Summer trainee, B.Tech. student, “Simulating DNA polymer dynamics: towards modeling restriction enzyme diffusion”.
Jan 2012 to May 2018 Manasi Gangan Postdoctoral researcher, Boedicker Lab, Univ. Southern California, USA PhD student 2011-2018, “Cell Growth in Escherichia coli: Study of Fluctuations and Asymmetry in Cell Extension”.
Aug 2016 to Dec 2016 Kaveri Vaidya PhD student, Kamat Lab, IISER Pune integrated PhD rotation student, Tubulin biochemistry
Feb 2013 to Jan 2016 Prangya Mishra Employee in IT/Engineering company, Pune Proj. Assistant, Image analysis of cell shape and dynamics
Feb 2013 to Jan 2016 Kiran Nilangekar PhD student, Agharkar Research Institute, Pune Project assistant 2013-2016, Cell culture of PC12 cells, microinjection and microscopy
Aug-Dec 2016 Aniket Ravan PhD student, Univ. Illinois UC, USA Intern, Simulations of cell shape using a cellular potts model
Jun-Sep 2015 Ruediger Busche Informatik (IT) DAAD-RISE summer trainee, Fitting bacterial growth kinetics and their inhibition
Jun-Sep 2015 Lea Ana Kutsch - Semester intern: IISER-Univ. Goettingen exchange, Microtubule polymerization dynamics in vitro and in theory
May 2014 to Apr 2015 P. Priyatham IT-ES employee, Hyderabad, India MS Masters Thesis “Cell size distribution in S. aureus characterized by image analysis of fixed populations”
May 2013 to Nov 2013 Karishma Bhagat - Summer trainee and semester project trainee
May 2013 to Nov 2013 Sonal Lagad - Summer trainee and semester project trainee “Quantifying bacterial colony patterns”
Aug to Sep 2013 Christian Niederauer PhD student, Germany Summer trainee- DAAD RISE “Modeling and building microfluidic devices for bacterial chemotaxis”
2013 Ajey Tiwari Intern “Order parameters for collective behaviour spatial simulations”
2013 Swati Sharma PhD student, Rikhy lab (developmental biology), IISER Pune iPhD rotation student “Analyzing microtubules in Aspergillus sp.”
2013 Dhriti Nagar PhD student, Ghose lab (neurobiology), IISER Pune iPhD rotation student “Microfluidics for bacterial growth”
2013-14 Shagun Maheshwari Intern “Flow chamber for mechanics of Hydra detachment”
2012-13 Saurabh Mahajan Postdoc and lecturer, Bangalore Intern “Simulating microtubule-motor mechanics in neuronal growth cones”
2011-12 Shraddha Shitut Intern “Bacterial growth and morphology through image analysis”
2011 Vinay Nair PhD student MSc project student “Modeling the mechanics of nuclear deformation in cells”
2009-11 Hemangi Chaudhari Postdoc employee, CRISPR, Boston, USA Intern and MSc Project student “Quantification of growth phase and strains in bacterial morphology through image analysis”
2009-10 Sneha Jadhav PhD student, USA Intern “Mathematical modeling of two-state protein systems”
2009 Ankita Jha Postdoc, NIH, USA Intern “Aspergillus microtubule microscopy”

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