"A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales." - Marie Curie
Research Summary : I completed my doctoral research in 2010 from the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai (Madras) India. I grew up in the city of Puducherry, a former french colony (for movie buffs the hint is "Life of Pi"). As a researcher passionate about the environment and evolution I focus on micro-habitat patterns within Eubacteria, Archaea and microbial Eukaryotes. I am interested in ecological monitoring questions that can be answered using species assemblages "microbiomes" in select niche environments. Urban environments are in my special interest zone due to the magnitude of potential game changing disturbance outcomes like flooding, disease spread and access to potable water.
I am currently involved with the MetaSUB global consortium to investigate microbes that colonize subway systems. Specifically my current focus is on Hyderabad, India. I continue to volunteer at the Mason lab, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, USA.
During my post doc research experience at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Inc., I used metagenomics to deduce patterns in this quest. With my basic training as a microbiologist I have acquired research skills on the functional basis of microbial dynamics. My overall experience includes handling large scale datasets from next generation sequencing studies on agricultural soils, soil crusts in arid lands, fresh / waste water, indoor air, fungi and plants.
In Colorado: As a post-doctoral research associate in the University of Colorado, Boulder, I worked in the area of microbial genomics with specific emphasis on analyzing large scale data sets on air samples. In the laboratory of Prof. Mark Hernandez, my research involved handling large scale sequences data sets from diverse ecological data sets including indoor environments. I was a part of the research group that was funded to organize the Annual Sloan Conference on the Microbiology of the Built Environment. My interests include outdoor algal raceway ponds Biofuel research to improve the efficiency of strain specificity. Also, I have contributed to work done in South Asia on the culturable endophytes_ colonizing the biodiesel plant Jatropha curcas.
Research with Rob Knight: In the Knight lab previously at University of Colorado, Boulder my job responsibilities included analyses of large scale genomic data on 16S rRNA Illumina data in order to deduce Bacterial and Eukaryotic soil communities that exhibit a correlated recovery from disturbance concomitant with river water regulation in the Glen Canyon region. Pivotal roles included practicing and developing biogeographic tools for bioinformatic analyses of 16S and 18S rRNA and sequence data besides development of protocols for metagenomic analyses. I am familiar with QIIME and MGRAST for microbial community analysis using high throughput sequencing datasets. /uploads/9/5/3/1/9531177/biogeo_poster.pdf