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Postdoctoral Researchers

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Dr. Savera Aggarwal

Dr. Savera Aggarwal holds a PhD in Biomedical Science from the Institute of Liver and Biliary Science in Delhi, complemented by her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Biotechnology from Amity University, Noida. Over the years, she has received significant recognition for her work. She was honored with the prestigious DST-Women Scientist A fellowship for three years, which allowed her to delve deeper into her research from 2018 to 2021. Additionally, she had the privilege of being selected as a Young Investigator Awardee, where she presented her findings at the international APASL conference in Osaka, Japan, in 2021. Her commitment to advancing knowledge in biomedical science is reflected in her publications, with several articles featured in esteemed peer-reviewed journals, resulting in an h-index of 7. Recently, she has embarked on a new chapter in her career journey as an IPDF at IITH, where she continues to pursue her passion for research and contribute to the scientific community.

  Ph.D. Students  

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Sourbh Rankawat

Sourbh completed his B.Sc. in Life Sciences from Jai Narayan Vyas University, Jodhpur 2017, followed by an M.Sc. in Botany (Biotechnology) from Fergusson College, Pune, in 2019. During his M.Sc., he undertook internships at the Arid Forest Research Institute, Jodhpur, and completed a dissertation project at Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune. Sourbh secured GATE and DBT JRF (category I) fellowships and commenced his Ph.D. at IIT Hyderabad in 2020. His research focuses on the temporal regulation of host-parasite interactions in malaria, exploring diurnal variations in protein and metabolite levels. He is particularly interested in the circadian rhythms of Plasmodium parasites and their implications for malaria treatment strategies. Sourbh's expertise encompasses the circadian clock, malaria pathogenesis, and host immune responses.

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Apoorva Bhatnagar

Apoorva has an undergraduate degree in Life Science from IIS University, Jaipur, and a postgraduate degree in Cellular and Molecular Oncology from Amity University, Noida. With extensive training from Apollo Hospitals and The Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research, and Education in Cancer, she brought expertise to her role as a JRF at Amity Institute of Molecular Medicine and Stem Cell Research. She qualified for the ICMR-JRF and GATE examinations in 2021 and is now pursuing a joint doctoral program at IIT Hyderabad and Swinburne University of Technology. Her research focuses on the circadian regulation of prominent mood stabilizers for treating mood disorders, employing integrated multi-omics approaches, while she is eager to comprehend how several key mood stabilizers function at a molecular level and the alterations they induce in both the proteome and metabolome.

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Srishti Banerjee

Srishti graduated in Microbiology from Vijaygarh Jyotish Ray College, University of Calcutta, in 2017. She did her post-graduation from the Department of Microbiology, University of Calcutta, and worked as a summer trainee at CSIR-IICB, Kolkata. After her M.Sc., she continued at CSIR-IICB as a project fellow. She qualified GATE in 2019 and CSIR-UGC NET in 2020. Srishti started her Ph.D. at the Department of Biotechnology, IIT Hyderabad, in 2021. She was selected as a PMRF in 2022. She achieved 3 rd position in an institute-level competition (R.E.E.L). She also won 2 nd prize for oral presentation at the APT-2024 event held at IIT Bombay. Srishti’s primary research focuses on deducing the molecular pathways and markers of age-induced alterations in the circadian timekeeping system using multi-omics-based technology.

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Sandip Das

Sandip completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc., both in Zoology from the University of Calcutta, in 2017 and 2019, respectively. Sandip qualified for the GATE and CSIR-UGC NET in 2020. He entered the Ph.D. program of the Department of Biotechnology, IIT Hyderabad, in 2021. His primary research aims to explore circadian regulations in the expression and activity profiles of kinases, along with their associated signaling pathways and comprehend the individual and collective roles of the clock machinery in sustaining daily rhythmicity and their influence in disease progression. He secured the first prize in a poster presentation at the 2024 Advances in Proteomics Technologies (APT) organized by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Beyond his academic and research pursuits, he enjoys music, sports, and exploring nature.

Shreyayukta Chakraborty

Shreyayukta, holding a B.Tech in Biotechnology from Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, pursued her M.Tech at NIT Durgapur after an internship at IIsc Bangalore. With successes in GATE BT (2020) and DBT JRF category 1 (2021), she commenced her Ph.D. at IIT Hyderabad in 2022. Honored with the Prime Minister Research Fellowship in cycle 10, 2023, her research focuses on circadian rhythm's impact on cardiovascular health, employing advanced multi-omics techniques. Noteworthy accolades include the Best Student Award at the InSC School in Chronobiology (2023) and the Research Excellence Award (2024).

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Suman Kalyan Das
Suman Kalyan completed his B.Sc. (Honours) in Biotechnology from Adamas University, West Bengal in 2021 with First Class First (Silver Medal). During his tenure of B.Sc., he pursued an internship from Dr. KPC Life Sciences Private Limited, West Bengal. He completed M.Sc. in Biotechnology from The University of Burdwan, West Bengal in 2023. Suman Kalyan qualified for JAM (BT) in 2021, GAT-B in 2021, Joint CSIR-UGC NET (UGC JRF) in 2023 and DBT JRF (Category 1) in 2023. He joined the Ph.D. program at the Department of Biotechnology in IIT Hyderabad as a full-time research scholar in the year 2024. His research is based on Circadian Rhythm and Cognition.

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K B Yashwanth

K B Yashwanth completed his B.Sc. in Biotechnology, Microbiology, and Chemistry from Sri
Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur. Later, he completed his M.Sc. in Biochemistry from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. He secured a junior research fellowship through the Joint CSIR-UGC NET exam and qualified in GATE Life Sciences. He joined the IIT Hyderabad as a PhD student in January 2024. He is interested in understanding the intricate link between circadian rhythms and cancer biology. The circadian clock regulates physiological processes, and disruptions are linked to cancer. Understanding how circadian rhythms influence cancer at the molecular level could inform therapeutic interventions. Outside the lab, He has a keen interest in wildlife and spirituality and finds joy in exploring the wonders of nature. He is committed to growth and inner peace.

  Master's  Students  

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Nabamita Halder

Nabamita completed her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from T.H.K. Jain College Kolkata in 2019. During her B.Sc., she pursued an internship at the Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine. She has qualified for JAM 2020 and joined NIT Rourkela, pursuing her M.Sc. in Life Sciences in 2020. During her M.Sc, she worked as a SIRE intern at NIT Rourkela for 3 months. She has qualified for GATE BT and XL (2022) and then joined for M.Tech. in Biotechnology at IIT Hyderabad in 2022.  Currently, she is primarily focused on understanding the intricate workings of the circadian clock and its overall impact on behavior. To achieve this, she is working diligently with the model organism Drosophila melanogaster, meticulously observing its behavioral changes in response to the circadian rhythm.

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Rajashree Ghana

Rajashree completed her Bachelor of Science in Zoology  honours from M.P.C. Autonomous College, Baripada, in 2020. She has qualified for CUCET 2020 and completed her Master of Science in Life Sciences with a specialization in Zoology from the Central University of Jharkhand, in 2022. Rajashree qualified for  joint CSIR-UGC NET (JRF) in June 2023 and GATE (Life Sciences) in 2023. She joined IIT Hyderabad as a Junior  Research Fellow in March 2024. Her primary research focuses on the interplay between circadian aberration, sleep deficiency, aging and DNA damage to understand their impact on health and potential therapeutic interventions. Outside of academia, Rajashree has a fervent passion for photography and traveling. Showcasing her creative side, curiosity and desire to explore new horizons beyond the academic realm.

Lab Interns

Sweta Das

BS-MS dual degree student

IISER-Berhampur

Saibal Saha

Master of Science (Botany)

University of Kalyani

Atharva Mahale

BS-MS dual degree student

IISER-Kolkata

Fatima Sarwar

(BTech-MTechDual Degree  student

Integral University-Lucknow

Nikita Chakraborty

MSc Genome Studies, University of Kalyani

Arkaprava Paul

BTech CSE UG student, Institute of Engineering and Management, Kolkata 

Sunidhi Bisht

Postgraduate Diploma in Molecular Diagnostic, Jamia Milia Islamia University

Dorothy Junia

BSc, St Francis College for Women

Alumni

Puppala Alekhya (M.Tech Student)

Current position: The University of Alabama, Alabama, United States

Arpita Kannihalli (M.Tech Student)

Saibal Saha (JRF Student)

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