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Nishith Gupta

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Group Leader

Professor, Head of the Department of Biological Sciences, Wellcome Trust - DBT Senior Fellow


Geethanjali Jarugumalli

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Lab Manager

Master of Science in Microbiology


Ratnesh Kumar Srivastav

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Research Coordinator

I'm responsible for coordinating different research activities of the group. We are an international team that uses Toxoplasma gondii as a model organism to study various facets of host-pathogen interactions.


Our research facility includes all kinds of cutting-edge imaging technologies, optogenetics, high-throughput screening, parasite culture, genetic manipulations etc. Research scholars of our group get extensive training within iPEARL and labs of collaborators placed in India or abroad. We would love to share our scientific skills with you. Please write to me at if you are interested in our group.


Dinesh Kumar

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Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Kumar earned his Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Gujarat University, with research conducted at the Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre. He now works as a Postdoctoral Fellow on a DST-Core Research Grant Project. His research focuses on AMR, infection biology, genomics, and computational biology to address global health challenges.

Ph.D. Scholars

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Keith Henderson

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M.Sc. Biochemistry, The Oxford College of Science, Bangalore


Keith wants to investigate the factors involved in the development of neuronal cells and how it is affected in the wake of Toxoplasma infection. Outside of the lab, he enjoys playing football and listening to music.


Namita Pandey

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M.Sc. Biotechnology, Guru Jambeshwar University, Haryana

She is interested in studying the making and breaking of lipids in Toxoplasma gondii. She finds the complexity of lipid molecules fascinating and her current projects focus on simplifying their signaling networks. In her spare time, she likes to paint and make crafty décor.


Swaroop Peddiraju

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M.Sc. in Forensic Science- DNA Fingerprinting, Amity University, Noida

He was trained in molecular biology at the Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad.

His aim is to understand the molecular pathways inside Toxoplasma gondii which are governed by small molecules called Inositol Phosphates. He is also trying to understand how these pathways are involved in the host-parasite crosstalk during infection. Outside of lab, he likes discussing movies, playing badminton, photography, and learning chess.


Mohammad Mustafa

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M.Sc. in Human Disease Genetics, Centre for Human Genetics (CHG), Bengaluru


His academic interests include Molecular Biology, extensively, the aspects of communication and signaling, and Bioinformatics. He previously worked as a JRF on Tumor Microenvironment at CHG before joining iPEARL in March 2021. Currently, he has been exploring the molecular mechanisms and the functional relevance of non-coding RNAs (specifically miRNAs) in skeletal muscle infection by the Toxoplasma gondii.


Priyanka Chakravarti

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M.Sc. Biotechnology, Sanskriti University, Mathura


Parasites exhibit a peculiar property called metabolic plasticity which enables them to switch between various kinds of food sources depending on their availability. Drawing from her research experience at the renowned THSTI in Faridabad, she is interested in finding the interplay between metabolic plasticity and epigenetic rewiring which makes Toxoplasma one of the most successful pathogens.

Her hobbies are travelling, exploring new things, music and reading novels.


Rolly Kumari

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M.Sc. in Animal Biotechnology, Hyderabad Central University (HCU)

She is interested in throwing light on the metabolic flexibility of the Toxoplasma gondii which enables it to harness energy from different carbon sources. She uses fluorescence-based tools to study the molecular levels of regulation involved in the process. She likes to explore places and food.


Aditi Dey

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M.Sc. Biotechnology, Symbiosis School of Biological Sciences, Pune

Sphingolipids are a class of complex lipids that are essential components of the plasma membrane of a cell. Her work involves studying the sphingolipid synthesis pathway and understanding its physiological significance in Toxoplasma gondii. She spends her leisure time reading books, listening to music and taking care of her plants.


Shivashish Mund

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M.Sc. Microbiology, KIIT Bhubaneswar, Orissa

His previous research work on Plasmodium sparked his interest in parasitology. His project focuses on elucidating various aspects of cyclic nucleotide signaling in the reversible stage differentiation of Toxoplasma gondii. He likes to watch movies, cricket, cooking and playing badminton.


Lakesh Kumar Sahoo

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M.Sc. in Molecular Microbiology, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore

He is fascinated by the enigmas of genome organization inside a cell and the changes it brings about in the metabolism. He aims to decode the metabolic control of the host-parasite interface. For fun, he likes to read fiction, playing cricket and stock marketing.


Ramya Sri Poosla

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M.Sc. Biotechnology, Sri Padmavathi Women’s University, Tirupati

Ramya is working on cAMP-mediated acute-chronic stage conversion in Toxoplasma gondii. Her work focuses on understanding the regulatory network of cAMP signaling including PKA phosphorylation events responsible for stress-mediated stage conversion of tachyzoite to bradyzoite using one of the most promising optogenetics tools. She enjoys working on handmade crafts and doing DIY projects.


Devika P

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M.Sc. Biochemistry, Hyderabad Central University (HCU)


She is interested in unravelling the molecular intricacies of blood-brain barrier dysfunction upon Toxoplasma infection. Apart from science, she finds solace in sketching mandalas and listening to music.


Vaibhav Jain

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M.S. by Research, M.Phill. in Neuroscience, NIMHANS Bangalore

Vaibhav has a background in bioengineering and neuroscience. Currently, he is immersed in the realm of Toxoplasma-induced neurovascular alteration, focusing keenly on the neuroimmune axis and inflammation.

When he's not peering through microscopes or analyzing data, he enjoys testing his strategic prowess in speed chess, achieving his standing in the 96th percentile globally. Besides, he is deeply passionate about teaching and science communication, aiming to inspire others with the wonders of scientific exploration.

International Scholars

Alumni Scholars

  • Venkateshwarlu Bandi (Postdoctoral Fellow)

  • Rosalba Cruz Miron (Postdoctoral Fellow)

  • Vartika Singh (Junior Research Fellow)

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