I am a PhD in genetics from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Pilani. My expertise is on the analysis, interpretation and validation of big data from Next generation sequencing technology (NGS) platforms – Targeted and whole exome sequencing, for molecular diagnosis of diseases. I have experience in genetic counselling, in training students for short term projects, hands on workshops and has lectured undergraduate students on the basics of genetics and upcoming technologies in molecular biology.
My research focus is on the genetics of inherited retinal degenerative (IRD) diseases (IRD). I am currently working on Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA) where we have performed targeted resequencing of LCA cohort, to identify the prevalence of mutation in known candidate genes of LCA. We presented the first mutation spectrum report from India by screening larger LCA cohort (100 cases). In continuation, we are also performing whole exome sequencing of IRD, data analysis and validation to find novel candidate gene involved in IRDs. I am interested in performing characterization studies and genome editing techniques that might help in future gene therapy trials in IRDs.
Travel grant for Indian Eye Research Group conference 2010, Hyderabad, India.
Second best poster award for the poster titled “Screening of LCA9 locus gene, NMNAT1, in LCA cases of Indian cohort” in ASIA ARVO conference 2013, New Delhi, India.
Swarnalatha Punshi Award for Best Research in Basic Science 2015 in vision research foundation.
Travel fellowship for NextGen Genomics, Biology, Bioinformatics and Technologies (NGBT) Conference 2016, Cochin, India.
Travel grant for Indian Eye Research Group conference-ARVO India chapter 2018, Hyderabad, India.
Gyan scholarship award to attend NextGen Genomics, Biology, Bioinformatics and Technologies (NGBT) Conference 2018, Jaipur, India.
Recipient of 2018 SGRF Genomics Project Grant Award
Recipient of ICMR-Research associate 2019 fellowship.
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