I am a PhD candidate in Bioinformatics, and work in the
UCSC Nanopore Group with
Dr. Mark Akeson
as my advisor.
I am in my fifth year, and am currently working on multiple projects that include: developing software to analyze data from MinION nanopore sequencer; analyzing sequence data from bacterial and human epigenomes; developing novel methods to detect regions of interest as well as base modifications in genomic DNA.
I did my undergraduate engineering degree in Biotechnology Enginering
from the University of
Rajasthan, India (2006); and then finished an MS in Biotechnology
from department of
Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences at
State University of New York at
Buffalo (2008). I worked for two and a half years post that at
Nanoprobes Inc., a
nanotechnology company, where I worked with research and development
of metal nanoparticles for biomedical imaging and therapeutic
applications. In Fall 2011, I joined the Ph.D. program in the
department of Biomolecular
Engineering and Bioinformatics at UCSC.
As part of gaining more research experience, and to fulfill the
curriculum's research requirements, I rotated with
Dr. Nader Pourmand
in his Biotechnology
& Biosensor Group during my first quarter. My project involved
optimizing and using Nanopipettes to perform Single-Cell Biopsy.
For my research in Winter 2011, I worked in the Nanopore Group with Dr. Mark Akeson and Dr. David Bernick. Along with my project partner, Nick Hahner, I developed various strategies and a pipeline to help with assembling, and analyzing metagenomes.