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Chaitanya Athale

Principal Investigator Chaitanya Athale

Publications

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 and reaction-diffusion systems.

Anushree Chaphalkar

PhD student 2012, IISER Pune

Our image analysis expert. Anushree has developed a powerful automated quantitative tool for kymography (Chaphalkar et al. (2016)). Since then, she has moved to also expand on our old work on DIC segmentation to combine it with a tracking module. In collaboration with P. Gayathri’s lab, she has found interesting properties in bacterial cytoskeletal proteins- in particular ParM filaments. Now beginning to also join the simulation fun with Cytosim.

Anushree Chaphalkar

Kunalika Jain

PhD student 2013, IISER Pune

Motors moving microtubule filaments and organelles. And all else. After preparing goat brain tubulin for a while, she is now exploring alternative sources of tubulin. The person with magic hands for polymer preps. UGs will attest to it. Also very quick with MATLAB scripts.

Neha Khetan

Neha Khetan

Int-PhD, IISER Pune

“Stop and go” movements fascinate her at the moment- as does pattern formation and Dictyostelium. Her skills with MATLAB, Python and Cytosim, make her the go-to person for simulations in the lab.

Yash Jawale

BS-MS graduate, IISER Pune

Former member the 2015-iGEM IISER Pune team (The Visualizer Module) and co-supervisor of the 2017 iGEM team. He is learning to work with molecular motors, after doing some fun work on the Foldscope. Also learning to master the art of Cytosim. Preferred weapon of choice- Anaconda-Jupyter (iPython).

Snehal Kadam

BS-MS graduate, IISER Pune

Former member the 2015-iGEM IISER Pune team (Oscillator Module), co-supervisor of the 2017 iGEM team. She is working to wrap up some results from synthetic gene circuit problems.

2018 Masters thesis project students

Three Masters of Science and their supervisor (2018)

Hat and scarf for new masters of science: lab grads


Period Name Capacity Nature of work
May 2017 to Jul 2018 Abhishek Das 5th year BS-MS thesis, IISER Pune (collab. project with Dr. Jerome Solon, CRG Barcelona) “Analyzing spindle assembly in nematode embryos”.
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 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 Summer trainee, B.Tech. student “Simulating DNA polymer dynamics: towards modeling restriction enzyme diffusion”.
Jan 2012 to May 2018 Manasi Gangan PhD student “Cell Growth in Escherichia coli: Study of Fluctuations and Asymmetry in Cell Extension”.
Aug 2016 to Dec 2016 Kaveri Vaidya integrated PhD rotation student Tubulin biochemistry
Feb 2013 to Jan 2016 Prangya Mishra Proj. Assistant Image analysis of cell shape and dynamics
Feb 2013 to Jan 2016 Kiran Nilangekar Proj. Assistant Cell culture of PC12 cells, microinjection and microscopy
Aug-Dec 2016 Aniket Ravan Intern Simulations of cell shape using a cellular potts model
Jun-Sep 2015 Ruediger Busche Summer trainee- DAAD RISE 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
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 5th year project BS-MS 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 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 integrated PhD rotation student Microtubules in Aspergillus sp.
2013 Dhriti Nagar integrated PhD rotation student Microfluidics for bacterial growth
2013-14 Shagun Maheshwari Intern Flow chamber for mechanics of Hydra detachment
2012-13 Saurabh Mahajan Intern Simulating microtubule-motor mechanics in neuronal growth cones
2011-12 Shraddha Shitut Intern Bacterial growth and morphology through image analysis
2011 Vinay Nair MSc project student Modeling the mechanics of nuclear deformation in cells
2009-11 Hemangi Chaudhari Intern and MSc Project student Quantification of growth phase and strains in bacterial morphology through image analysis
2009-10 Sneha Jadhav Intern Mathematical modeling of two-state systems
2009 Ankita Jha Intern Aspergillus microtubule microscopy
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