I got my Bachelors in Biotechnology from Mumbai University, India. After that, I came to the US and did my Masters in Biotechnology at Northwestern University, Illinois. Here, I investigated the biofilm characteristics of the pathogenic bacterium Legionella pneumophila, in bench-scale bioreactors.
I then got my PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at Iowa State University. In my research, I performed comparative analysis of animal mitochondrial proteomes and developed two tools (MMPdb and MitoPredictor) to facilitate further comparative analysis of animal mitochondrial proteins. Here, I got fascinated with non-bilaterian animals (sponges, jellyfish, ctenophores and more). MMPdb is available at http://mmpdb.eeob.iastate.edu/
I am currently analyzing the evolution of the DNA mismatch repair protein MutS in octocoral mitochondrial genomes.
I am also really interested in science communication. I am a science communication fellow at Reimann Gardens (2018), and a mentor for the same fellowship (2020). I participate in several Meet-a-scientist events at Reimann Gardens.