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EMBL Australia Group Leader

Vaishnavi is in-charge of making sure that everybody in the lab has everything necessary to carry out their research and in general, making sure they are happy! When she is not (trying to) carry out experiments, teaching or writing, she enjoys binge-watching TV shows, playing tennis and the piano.

Email: vaish @

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PhD Student

Ayan is interested in exploring the novel players involve in regulating mitochondria-MT interaction, and how disruption in their interactions further leads to the pathological condition of AD. His cravings for using advance microscopy with robust biophysical analyses pipeline and alongside with CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing, constitutes the core of his investigative approach. Outside the realm of academia, his leisure activities involve frequent visits to the gym and occasional retreats to the countryside, where he indulge himself  in capturing the breathtaking landscapes it has to offer.

Email: ayan.das @




PhD Student

David is interested in cancer. He studies interactions of EGFR and its various ligands. He particularly interested in how they are transported to and from the microtubules. If you need to find him, he will either be in the gym or the lab.

Email: @




Postdoctoral Fellow

Greg is the endosome whisperer of the lab. He's passionate about understanding how stuff enters and exits cells via membrane-bound compartments. To do this, he tinkers with high-end microscopes and takes beautiful images. Another of his passions is cricket - if you aren't already a fan, he will try to convert you. When you meet him, do ask him about Invercargill, New Zealand.

Email: g.redpath @

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PhD student (jointly with IISc)

Harsh is the Physics guy who turned to the dark side of Cell Biology. He has readily taken on the complex question of how pore-forming toxins (PFTs) assemble and how cells infected with PFTs respond to the assault. The first rule of asking Harsh questions about his free time is to not ask questions about what he does in his free time.

Email: kharsh @




PhD Student

Jack is on a quest to unravel the inner workings of hallucinogens - particularly how they affect the cellular trafficking and regulation of serotonin receptors. His work aims to advance the development of hallucinogen-derived medications that can more effectively treat depression and anxiety. Outside the lab, he enjoys following the latest spaceflight news. learning new recipes and some casual badminton.

Email: hejie.zhang @

Postdoctoral Fellow




PhD student 

Leeba is pombe-phile who dabbles in projects involving microtubules, mitochondria and a yeast mother machine! When not in the lab, she enjoys watching TV shows, playing squash and drawing pictures of cats .

Email: l.chacko @




Postdoctoral Fellow

Nida is an expert in the other cool model system - C. elegans. She is interested in understanding how microtubules and mitochondria interact in neurodegeneration and the third TV show binge-watcher in the lab (we're sensing a pattern here...).

Email: n.nida_ul_fatima @

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PhD Student

Raful is a mitochondria afissionado. He loves mitochondrial dynamics and tries to understand their importance during meiosis. Board game nights and sports discussions may take all his free time. The occasional binge-watch is on the menu too.

Email: r.navarro_espindola @

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Honors Student

Shreya is passionate about the fascinating and wide world of science, with a special interest in molecular science. Her current research involves looking at cancer cells and the trafficking processes that happen within, especially with EGFR. Outside the lab, she'll either be teaching kids math or exploring a new restaurant.  

Email: s.boby @

Postdoctoral Fellow




Research Officer

Zeenat is experienced in cell culture and molecular biology techniques. She is interested in identifying the molecular links between microtubules and mitochondria. She is also passionate about developing protocols in cell-based assays and CRISPR-based gene editing. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and baking with her daughter. 

Email: z.jahan @


PhD Students

  • Joel Joseph (Dec 2019 – Nov 2020*, now: PhD BSSE, IISc Bangalore)

  • Mitali Shah (Aug 2018 – Nov 2020*, now: PhD BSSE, IISc Bangalore)

  • Nireekshit Addanki Tirumala (July 2015 – Nov 2020, now: Research Engineer at Pandorum Technologies, Bangalore)

(*due to move to ​UNSW)


Master’s Students

  • Leeba Ann Chacko (Junior Research Fellow, Dec 2017 – Nov 2020)

  • Rishabh Singh (Project Assistant, now: MS Boston Univ., USA, July 2017 – June 2018)

  • Kritika Mehta (Junior Research Fellow, now: PhD UIUC, USA, July 2017 – July 2018)

  • Tirthankar Sengupta (Research Associate, Sept 2016 – Nov 2017)

  • Stephen Nuthalapati (Junior Research Fellow, now: PhD GLU Geisen, Germany, July 2016 – July 2017)

  • Ashwini Ravi (Project Assistant, now: PhD Bangalore Univ., India, July 2015 – July 2017)

  • Jerrin Mathew Thankachan (Junior Research Fellow, now: PhD IISc, India, July 2015 – June 2016)

Undergraduate Students

  • Sarah Skerhut (UNSW Honors Student, Feb 2022 - Nov 2022)

  • Lauren Raasch (SN Bose Summer Research Fellow from U. Michigan, USA, Jun 2019 – Aug 2019)

  • Ananya Rajagopal (Research Intern, May 2019 – July 2019)

  • Anand Sankar (Project Assistant, Aug 2018 – Sept 2018)

  • Reshma Raj (Research Intern, Aug 2017 – Aug 2018)

  • Elsa Barron (SN Bose Summer Research Fellow from U. Notre Dame, USA, July 2018 – Aug 2018)

  • Aditya Jeevannavar (Research Intern, May 2018 – July 2018)

  • Keval Pandya (MBBS Research Intern, May 2018)

  • Manish Ayushman (Research Intern, now: PhD Stanford Univ., USA, May 2017 – July 2017)

  • Parth Sharma (MBBS Research Intern, May 2017)

  • Amoolya Girish (Research Intern, now: MS U. Florida, USA, Sept 2016 – Dec 2016)

  • Milind Singh (Research Intern, now: PhD Yale Univ., USA, May 2015 – July  2015)

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