Current Members

Amrita Mahesh

Amrita Mahesh (Dual degree student)

I am currently working on microbial communities and understanding the interactions between microbes in a community.

Debomita Chakraborty

Debomita Chakraborty (PhD student, jointly with Prof. Raghunathan Rengaswamy)

I am working in the field of computational methods for reliable biological circuit design. My study includes investigation of topological features that make circuit components such as genetic oscillators, repressilators, etc., robust to retroactivity when incorporated in a biological circuit.
Indumathi P

Indumathi P (PhD student & Prime Minister's Research Fellow, jointly with Dr. Himanshu Sinha)

I have completed my B.Tech from KCT, Coimbatore. I pursued my masters from IIT Guwahati, wherein I worked in the production of ovine angiotensinogen in Pichia pastoris. I am currently working in collaboration with Dr. Karthik Raman and Dr. Himanshu Sinha. My work focuses on modeling the gut microbiota of infants and investigating interaction between the microbes in the gut. 

Lavanya Raajaraam

Lavanya Raajaraam (PhD student)

I completed my B.Tech in Industrial Biotechnology from SASTRA University in 2017. I am doing my MS + PhD in Computational Systems Biology. I am currently working on simultaneous overproduction of multiple metabolites.

Maziya Ibrahim

Maziya Ibrahim (Institute Post-doctoral Fellow)

I completed my Ph.D. in Computational Biology at Centre for Biotechnology, Anna University, Chennai. My work here focuses on constraint-based modelling approaches for the production of industrially relevant metabolites such as Lactic Acid by microbial communities.
Pratyay Sengupta

Pratyay Sengupta (PhD student & Prime Minister's Research Fellow)

I am Pratyay from the 'city of joy' Kolkata. I completed my B.Tech in Biotechnology from NIT Durgapur in 2020. I was also selected for INSA Summer Fellow 2019. Currently, I am pursuing my PhD in Computational Systems Biology. My research interests lie primarily in integrated multi-omics analysis to find potential therapeutic targets in disease types. Apart from research, I have a keen interest in drawing, photography and travelling.

Prem Jagadeesh

Prem Jagadeesh (PhD student, jointly with Prof. Arun Tangirala)

I work on 'Parameter Estimation and Greybox Modelling of Biological Processes'. I am also interested in Mathematical System's theory, Dynamical Systems and Control Theory.

Priyan Bhattacharya

Priyan Bhattacharya (PhD student, jointly with Prof. Arun Tangirala)

I am currently trying to develop a control theoretic approach towards Biological Networks Design.

Samyugdha V

Samyugdha V (MS student)

Alumni (post-docs)

Aswathy Raghu

Aswathy Raghu (IBSE Post-doctoral Fellow)

My PhD is in computational chemical reaction engineering from the Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Madras. Currently, I am working on constraint based modelling of gut microbiome and its perturbation analysis.
Devika N T

Devika N T (Institute Post-doctoral Fellow)

I work on Genome Scale Metabolic Models of Gut Microbes that can provide insights into the role of metabolic modelling towards human health and disease.

Alumni (graduate students)

Dinesh Kumar K B

Dinesh Kumar K B (MS student)

As a budding researcher in the field of systems biology, I do model microbial communities and their interactions. Microbes are an interesting lot to work with indeed.
Malvika Sudhakar

Malvika Sudhakar (PhD student, jointly with Prof. Raghunathan Rengaswamy)

I completed my B.Tech Bioinformatics from DY Patil University, Mumbai followed by a M.Tech Biotechnology from BITS Pilani, Goa. I am currently working on multi-omic data analysis to understand neoplastic evolution. I am a self proclaimed foodaholic who likes to travel and read fiction.

Shayantan Banerjee

Shayantan Banerjee (MS student, jointly with Dr. B Ravindran)

I am an MS student here and my research work focuses on implementing  machine learning models to understand biological networks.

Gayathri S

Gayathri S (PhD Student)

Gayathri did her B.Tech(Hons.) in Biotechnology from SASTRA University, then worked as systems engineer in TCS for 3 years. She then pursued her studies with an M.Tech in Biopharmaceutical Technology from Anna University. Her research work mainly focuses on understanding the influence of regulation on metabolism. Her PhD (awarded in 2021) was titled "Understanding the design principles of metabolic networks".  Gayathri was the first PhD scholar at IIT Madras to be awarded the IIT Madras Institute Blues Award.  She was also the recipient of the Institute Research Award (2019).

Aparajitha Srinivasan

Aparajitha Srinivasan (PhD student, jointly with Dr. Smita Srivastava)

Aparajitha's PhD (awarded in 2020) was in the area of plant metabolic engineering. Her thesis, entitled "Strategies for enhanced production of alpha-tocopherol in cell culture of Helianthus annuus l." encompasses metabolic modeling, genetic engineering, plant tissue culture and various optimization strategies for enhancement of α-tocopherol (Vitamin E) in Helianthus annuus (Sunflower).

Aarthi Ravikrishnan

Aarthi Ravikrishnan (PhD student, jointly with Dr. Smita Srivastava)

Aarthi completed her B. Tech (hons.) in Industrial Biotechnology from SASTRA University in 2011 and M. Tech in Biotechnology from Anna University in 2013. Aarthi's PhD thesis (awarded in 2019) was titled "Understanding microbial interactions in communities through an integrated computational and experimental framework". Aarthi's thesis was awarded the "Best PhD Thesis in Data Sciences".

Beethika Tripathi

Beethika Tripathi (MS student, jointly with Dr. B Ravindran)

My work revolves around machine learning applications to biological data. One of the problem is to predict the efficacy of the combination of drugs given the genomic data of human cancer cell-lines. The other problem is to predict disease relevant modules from biological network by studying the topological structure of the network.

Karthik Azhagesan

Karthik Azhagesan (MS Student, jointly with Dr. B Ravindran)

Karthik Azhagesan's MS thesis (awarded in 2018) was titled " Machine Learning Approaches to Predict Essential Genes Across Organisms".

Abinaya Badri

Abinaya Badri (MS student, jointly with Prof. Guhan Jayaraman)

Abinaya's MS thesis (awarded in 2017) was titled "Investigation of Metabolic Capabilities of Recombinant Lactococcus lactis for Hyaluronan Production Using a Genome-scale Metabolic Model".

Aditya Pratapa

Aditya Pratapa (MS student, jointly with Dr. Shankar Balachandran)

Aditya worked on applying high-performance computing techniques to the analysis of complex metabolic networks. Aditya's MS thesis (awarded in 2015) was titled "Design of Efficient Algorithms to Identify Synthetic Lethals in Metabolic Networks".

Alumni (major projects)

Alumni (short-term projects)

  • Vakula Venkatesh, Vaishnave K V (School students, under the Research Science Initiative (Chennai) Programme 2019)
  • Madhuvanthi Muliya (SASTRA, summer project, 2019)
  • Vasudha Balaji (SASTRA, summer project, 2019)
  • Arinjoy Dutta (Anna University, summer project, 2019)
  • Aditya G (BITS, IITM Summer Fellowship, 2019)
  • Sachita Nishal (BITS Pilani, Goa, summer project, 2018)
  • Himanshu Aggarwal (IISER Mohali, IITM Summer Fellowship, 2018)
  • S. V. Shanmugha Balan, Arjun Swaminathan, Yoseph Daniel, G. Namasivayam (School students, under the Research Science Initiative (Chennai) Programme 2018)
  • Balaji Ganesh (NITT, summer project, 2017)
  • Deshmaa R T (PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, IITM Summer Fellowship, 2017)
  • Harshavardhini Balakrishnan & Pranav Subramaniam (School students, under the Research Science Initiative (Chennai) Programme 2017)
  • Anna Cherian (IISER Bhopal, Short summer project, 2016)
  • Rakshitha Arun & Keerthanya R (School students, under the Research Science Initiative (Chennai) Programme 2016)
  • Anjul Tyagi (IIIT Vadodara, NNMCB Summer Fellow, 2016)
  • Rakshitha Arun & Keerthanya R (School students, under the Research Science Initiative (Chennai) Programme 2016)
  • Vasudha Balaji & Apoorva (School students of Vidya Mandir, Summer 2016)
  • Garima Chuphal & Vishhvak Srinivasan (School students, under the Research Science Initiative (Chennai) Programme 2015)
  • Srikar Srinivas & Ritwik Senapati (School students of Vidya Mandir, Summer 2014)
  • Hari Prasanna (SVCE, IITM Summer Fellowship, 2013)
  • Abhishek V (NITK, summer project, 2013)
  • Nitish Rath (NITR, summer project, 2013)
  • Kumar Gaurav (IITM Summer Fellowship, 2012)
  • Aiswarya Jayaprakash (IITM Summer Fellowship, 2012)
Group Photo, 2017 August. Standing L-R: Shayantan, Saransh, Prem, Aparajitha, Karthik Raman, Devika, Aarthi, Saket, Pradeep. Squatting L-R: Priyan, Muthu, Omkar, Malvika, Gayathri, Samyugdha, Karthik Azhagesan.

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