I am an Assistant Research Scientist in the
UCSC Nanopore Group led by
Dr. Mark Akeson.
I am currently working on multiple projects that include: optimizing sequencing methods and developing software for MinION and PromethION nanopore devices; analyzing sequence data from bacterial and human epigenomes; developing novel methods to detect regions of interest as well as base modifications in genomic DNA and native RNA.
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. I finished my Ph.D. in Biomolecular Engineering and
Bioinformatics from the
department of Biomolecular
Engineering at UCSC, and then
continued as a postdoctoral researcher within the group. In 2018, I
started my position as an Assistant Research Scientist at
As part of gaining more research experience during graduate school,
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.