My undergraduate education was in Chemical Engineering in Dr. B. V. Raju Institute of Technology, affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad. I was awarded University Gold Medal for securing the first position among all the colleges in the university. My research carrier started in IISc through a 2 month Young Engineer Fellowship Programme (YEFP). I vividly remember writing a (first) proposal on Biotechnology, but obtained an opportunity to work in photo-catalysis, still grabbed the opportunity to test my temperament in research. The national level 3rd rank in GATE exam in the period paved way to pursue M.E. in Chemical Engineering in IISc and continue to work on the photocatalysis project that I started as a YEFP fellow. I was awarded Prof. Kuloor Memorial Award for my academic performance. Next, I moved to Ohio State University to pursue PhD in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department with a University Fellowship. My doctoral study was in the interface of Biology and Chemical Engineering wherein I carried out the molecular modeling of interactions in protein solution that drive protein crystallization. Later I did a short industrial postdoc in Dow Chemicals, Pune, which provided an opportunity to work in Carbohydrates. Then I joined the Department of Biotechnology in Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT Madras) as an Assistant professor to start my independent research career.
my research pertains to understanding the process of self-assembly and aggregation by elucidating the underlying biomolecular interactions, to understand disease pathogenesis, design ordered nanostructures for drug delivery and enhance the therapeutic stability.