Chaitanya Athale

M.Sc. Zoology, Pune Univ. 1998

Ph.D. (Dok. rer. nat.), Univ. of Heidelberg, 2003

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 and reaction-diffusion systems.

Anushree Chaphalkar

M.Sc. Biotechnology, Pune University

PhD 2019, 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

M.Sc. Microbiology, MSU Baroda

PhD student 2013, IISER Pune

Motors moving microtubule filaments and organelles. Her latest work published in SoftMatter (Jain et al. 2019) at the interface of physics and biology demonstrates the principle of “team-work” of S. cerevisiae dynein motors in gliding assays. 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 KhetanB.E. Biotechnology, RV College, VTU University

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 (2017), IISER Pune

Project Assistant

Currently working as project assistant on a DBT project. Former member the 2015-iGEM IISER Pune team (The Visualizer Module) and co-supervisor of the IISER Pune  iGEM2017 team. Excited by molecular motors, microtubules and the art of Cytosim. The first author on the 3D printed modification to the Foldscope. Preferred programming language – Anaconda-Jupyter (iPython).

Ankur Biswas

Masters Dissertation Project Student, 5th year BS-MS, IISER Pune


Summer trainee, 4th year BS-MS, IISER Pune

Badeer Hassan

Summer trainee, 4th year BS-MS, IISER Pune

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 Current status Nature of work
Aug-2018 to Apr 2019 Megha Roy Summer trainee, Humboldt Univ., Berlin, Germany Working on tubulin purification from plant sources using affinity chromatography.
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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