PhD, Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics, 2018, University of
California, Santa Cruz GPA: 3.91/4.0
M.S. Bioinformatics, 2013, University of
California, Santa Cruz GPA: 3.91/4.0
M.S. Biotechnology, 2008, University at Buffalo,
The State University of New York GPA: 3.77/4.0
B.E. Biotechnology Engineering, 2006, University
of Rajasthan, India GPA: 81% Honors
• Postdoctoral Scholar, Nanopore Group, UC
Santa Cruz, CA [August 2017 – present]
Current projects include: 1) developing analysis tools analyzing genomics data;
2) developing wet-lab methods for long read sequencing of DNA and RNA;
3) developing wet-lab methods and software for resolving homopolymers and
base modifications; 4) interfacing with collaborators, at UCSC and outside,
on nanopore sequencing applications.
PhD Candidate, Bioinformatics; Graduate
Researcher, Nanopore Group, UC Santa Cruz, CA [June 2012 – June 2017]
Projects include: developing bioinformatics software to perform
computational analysis nanopore data from the MinION nanopore sequencer;
developing novel experimental strategies for improving nanopore sequencing
performance; modeling nanopore data corresponding to biological polymers (DNA,
RNA, and protein) using hidden Markov models, and making predictions using
machine learning; analyzing bacterial and human epigenomes from nanopore and
Other projects: classification and pattern analysis of human
centromeric sequences; developing metagenome assembly pipelines.
Research Assistant at Nanoprobes Inc., Yaphank, NY [Jan. 2009 - July 2011]
Research and development of biomedical imaging and therapeutic applications of metal nanoparticles.
Teaching Assistant; Student Assistant, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Department of Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences [Aug. 2007 - May 2008]
Subjects: Clinical Chemistry, Methods of Analysis, Technical Communication for Scientific Professionals, Statistics Methods for Oral Science
Taught undergraduate and graduate labs; graded and corrected papers.
Center for Excellence in Data Analysis and Recognition (CEDAR) [May 2007 - Aug. 2007]
Project involved verifying machine read data from United States Postal Service.
Department of Physiology and Biophysics [Dec. 2006 - Aug. 2007]
Prepared food for Drosophila flies, maintained normal and mutant Drosophila lines, which are used in research for Huntington disease, and managed the laboratory. Also did purchasing inventory for the lab, and filing details into lab records for future reference.
Industrial Intern at Ranbaxy Research Laboratories Ltd. Gurgaon, India [Feb. 2006 - June 2006]
Research Project: Cloning of gene A and gene B using pGene/v5HisA and protein isolation, purification and expression analysis
Work involved gene cloning, transformation, transfection, protein expression, isolation, and purification.
Industrial Intern at Cadila Pharmaceuticals Limited, Ahmedabad, India [Summer 2005]
Produced a summary report on the company’s various divisions.
Research Intern at Birla Institute of Scientific Research, Jaipur, India [Summer 2004]
Research Project: Isolation, study, and biochemical characterization of proteases producing micro-organisms
Work involved isolating proteases producing bacterial cultures from various soil samples using microbiological techniques. The colonies were characterized using various biochemical assays.
Participated in modules on plant tissue culture (media preparation and culturing), fermentation technology (basic functioning of a batch fermenter), bioinformatics (basic analysis tools), and molecular biology.
Computer skills: Python, MATLAB, R, Bash, Cython, Mac OSX, Linux, Windows (all versions), MS Office, HTML, Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS), C, C++, DBMS (Oracle)
Life Sciences: Molecular and cell biology techniques, handling analytical instruments, microbiology techniques, Laboratory animals' certification program