Dr. Deepak Kumar
Deepak is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher in Prof. Mysorekar lab at Washington University in St. Louis. He along with Nitin were the first students of the lab in 2015 and helped in shaping the lab. In his PhD, Deepak has worked on Helicase protein of Zika virus and explored its potential for druggability through protein folding experiments and approaches like structure-based inhibitor designing. Apart from Zika virus studies, Deepak was involved in several other studies such as Rotavirus and its Intriniscally Disordered Proteins. He belongs to Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh, India.
Dr. Nitin Sharma
Nitin is now carrying out his post-doctoral research in Prof. Amarasinghe lab at Washington University in St. Louis. After completing his masters, Nitin joined the lab in 2015 and worked on Envelope protein of Zika virus. He investigated the folding dynamics, aggregating behavior, and druggable potential of Envelope protein and its isolated domains. In 2018, he was awarded the prestigious Newton-Bhabha fellowship to carry out an important part of his PhD for four months, in which he worked in Dr. Andrew Tuplin's lab at the University of Leeds, UK. He belongs to Una district of Himachal Pradesh, India.
Dr. Kundlik Bhagwan Gadhave
Kundlik is currently a Post-doctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. He obtained his Ph.D. from IIT Mandi (December 2020). During his Ph.D., he worked on understanding the unstructured biology of proteins from various signaling pathways associated with Alzheimer’s disease and amyloid formation by signal peptide of amyloid precursor protein. He led the work of Protein Aggregation studies in the lab. In 2016, he received his M.S. in pharmacology and toxicology from NIPER Guwahati, India. During M.S., he worked on drug development against mental disorder ‘Depression’ and Alzheimer’s disease-like complications of diabetes using animal models. His current research at JHU is focusing on identifying neuronal receptors for alpha-Synuclein mediated pathology in Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. Ankur Kumar
Ankur has done his Ph.D. (August 2017-Septmeber 2023) in Giri lab. He has worked on Zika virus NS2B-NS3 Protease. He has also worked on inhibition of protease activity using drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). Currently, Ankur has worked in Prof. Indira Mysorekar lab at Washington university in St. Louis and Baylor College of Medicine, Texas under the Nehru-Fulbright fellowship for doctoral research. He is very passionate about his research.
Dr. Amit Kumar
Amit is originally from Himachal Pradesh, India, and received his M.Sc. from Shoolini University, Solan. After his M.Sc., he worked at Maharshi Dayanand University, India, as a researcher and graduated from Gautam Buddha University, India. He has worked on various aspects of molecular and protein/enzyme biology relevant projects in the laboratory of Drs. Singhal and Sharma. These projects have included: molecular screening of white-rot fungi for the presence of laccase isozymes (oxidoreductase) gene family. The different oxidation-reduction properties of fungal laccase and bacterial laccase have been determined for their impact on the micro-organism life cycle and combat stress conditions. After his Graduation, Amit has joined the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mandi as a senior project scientist in the laboratory of Dr. Giri. He worked on the Biophysical aspect of Zika Capsid protein and other Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) (SARS-CoV-2 NSP1 C-terminal region and p53 C-terminal region). He will be joining Prof. Partho Ghosh lab at University of California San Diego as a Post-Doctoral researcher in June 2021. Outside the lab, he loves traveling, driving, watching movies, and sports.
Dr. Bhaskar is currently working as a Technical Services Specialist at Merck Group in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. He joined the lab as a post-doctoral researcher in 2017 and worked tirelessly for six months. He worked on assembly of ZIKA virus capsid protein. He was also involved in supervising graduate students, reviewing ongoing projects in laboratory, and ongoing research trends and troubleshooting.
Dr. Chandrabose Selvaraj
After competing his post-doctoral studies at Food and Drug Administration in Jefferson, USA, he joined the lab as a senior project scientist and worked on several projects for eight months. Currently, he is a senior researcher in department of Bioinformatics at Alagappa University, Tamilnadu, India.
Bhuvaneshwari R. Gehi
Bhuvaneshwari did her master's dissertation work in the lab in 2019. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. at IISc Banglore.
Ms. Shobha has worked on protein folding and dynamics. She joined Giri lab in Aug 2019 and worked for one year as a Junior Research Fellow. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. at BITS Pilani, Rajasthan.
Namyashree joined the Giri lab in February 2021 as a project associate. She investigated the behavior of viral protein aggregates in cells. Now, she is working on an industry-supported project in Banglore, India.