Research Interests: Host-pathogen interactions, Virology, Innate Immunity, Epitranscriptomics
I was born and raised in the city of Pune in the Western part of India. I moved to the United States in 2009 to go to college at The Ohio State University where I majored in Microbiology. At OSU, I spent more than three years in the laboratory of Dr. Joanne Turner at the Center for Microbial Interface Biology studying the role that age-related inflammation plays in the innate immunity toMycobacterium tuberculosis. I also spent a summer at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland, in Dr. Melanie Blokesch’s lab, studying the regulation of an extracellular nuclease by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae and basically having a great time (as seen in the picture). Due to my undergraduate research experiences, I became interested in infection biology and pathogenesis, and decided to pursue my studies in this fields.
I joined the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke because of the emphasis that the department puts on infection biology, the small, tight-knit, collaborative nature of the department and the vast diversity of scientific models employed to tackle various questions. As a student in Dr. Stacy Horner’s lab, I am currently studying the role of post-transcriptional RNA modifications in the regulation of the antiviral response and viral replication.
Outside of lab, I am a raging soccer fanatic – whether it be playing, talking about or watching my favorite team Arsenal. I also enjoy hiking, reading, good food, long discussions about history, and bad bad puns.