MEMBERS

Achintya Srivastava

PhD

Joined 2021


Born and brought up in Prayagraj, I have done my B.Sc. in Zoology from BHU, Varanasi, and M.Sc. in Life sciences from JNU, New Delhi. With an obsession with neuroscience since time immemorial, I joined this lab and am currently interested in development and functioning of upper-layer cortical neurons. My hobbies include consuming media and exploring places.


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Dr. Archana Iyer

PostDoc

Joined 2017


How we perceive the world and react is a result of how our brain is wired. I am fascinated by how the developing brain achieves immense complexity capable of performing diverse functions. This interest led me to pursue a Master’s degree in Neuroscience from Sophia College (Mumbai) where I learnt different aspects of neuroscience with model systems ranging from drosophila to cell lines to zebrafish. I then did my PhD at the University of Trento (Italy) examining how microRNAs regulate neuronal wiring in the frog visual system. I returned back to India and joined Tole lab where I examine cortical neuron and glial development currently as a DST INSPIRE fellow.


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Arpan Parichha

Integrated MSc-PhD

Joined 2016


I was born and brought up in Kolkata. I did my BSc (Life Sciences) from Presidency University. I joined STole lab as an Integrated PhD student. My work involves understanding the role of Wnt signaling in the telencephalic midline. I am examining the development of several midline structures arising from the cortical hem like choroid plexus, Cajal Retzius cells and fimbrial scaffold. Apart from science and microscopy, I am interested in teaching and fine arts.


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Amrita Singh

Integrated MSc-PhD

Joined 2019


Armed with a BSc in Zoology from Kolkata and some undergrad experience in field biology, I followed my love for animals, the brain and behaviour to join STole lab as an Integrated MSc-PhD student in 2019. In the lab, I’m currently engaged in studying patterning and cell lineages at the dorsal midline. After work hours, if I'm not out stargazing at the TIFR seaface, you'll likely find me engrossed in my sketchbook or the latest sci-fi novel.


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Binita Vedak

JRF

Joined 2021


Having earned a Masters degree in Life Sciences (maj. Neurobiology) from Sophia College, Mumbai, I started my career as a Neuro-scientist at a startup in 2021, while being a guest lecturer for UG students and interning at the STole lab. After a years experience in the corporate field my interests toward neuroscience grew ardently and is now steadfast.

Having tried the top down approach to study the brain my current aim is to dissect this empirical field "one neuron at a time" while building all the way up to Systems and Behaviors.

Debarpita Datta

MSc

Joined 2021


I am a master's student at TIFR and I graduated in microbiology(Hons) from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata. My area of research is genetics in the field of neurodevelopmental biology. Apart from my field, I am especially interested in epigenetics, molecular biology, immunology, and other interdisciplinary areas of biology. Research experience includes internships during BSc years. Besides academics, I am in love with recitation, dance, and arts & crafts.


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Ishita Talwar

MSc

Joined 2021


I completed my bachelors in Zoology from Gargi College, University of Delhi. I have also been a part of a research project as an undergraduate which further made me enthusiastic about various aspects of research. I am able to combine current academic knowledge and theoretical training with practical experience. In the lab, I am interested in studying early neurogenesis. Outside of the lab, I enjoy cooking, dancing, reading, hanging out with friends and trying new cuisines.


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Mahima Bose

Integrated MSc-PhD

Joined 2017


Born and brought up in New Delhi, I have had a fascination with science since childhood. I graduated with a Bachelors in Biomedical Science from the University of Delhi, where I had my first exposure to scientific thinking and research. My deep interests in understanding the brain, its formation and functioning led me to be a PhD scholar at Prof. Shubha Tole’s lab at TIFR. Here I am studying how the brain produces a precisely balanced population ratio of neurons and glia (support cells of the brain) and how do these neurons develop further to form complex short-range and long-range connections.


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Prachi Bhatia

PhD

Joined 2021


Having earned a bachelor's degree in zoology and a master's degree in human genetics, I have dived into the world of neuroscience. I am fascinated and intrigued by the fate switch of progenitors for gliogenesis once neurons are formed in early development.

One can always find me dancing around within and outside my work space.


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Reanne Fronteiro

JRF

Joined 2021


I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Life Science from St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous) Mumbai. I work as a JRF in the lab and am interested in all things neuroscience but particularly neurodevelopment and also the neurobiological basis of anxiety and related disorders. Apart from biology I enjoy music, painting and reading.


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Dr. Sreenath Ravindran

PostDoc

Joined 2020


Born and brought up in a small town in Kerala I was trained as a clinician. Later realizing my call in basic sciences, I switched careers and did my PhD from Institute for Stem cell science and Regenerative Medicine in Bangalore, where I studied dendrite development in neurons growing in a Petri dish. Still captivated by the beauty of these gorgeous cells, I joined STole lab in 2020 and started exploring in vivo dendrite development in mouse brain.

When not in the company of mouse neurons, I like to engage my neurons in reading, travel, movies and music.


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Urvi Mishra

MSc

Joined 2019


I am drawn to the field of neurodevelopment because it explores building a construction manual for the brain. So after my Bachelors in Biomedical Sciences I decided to join Tole lab as a Master's student. Here, I am currently involved in studying the genes responsible for the fate switch of cortical progenitors from neurogenesis to gliogenesis. When I'm not counting neurons and glia in the brain, I like climbing the trees at TIFR or spoiling my cat.


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Varun Suresh

PhD

Joined 2017


I was born in the outskirts of Mumbai (Bombay as it was called then), I completed all my schooling in the Island city and then started to work with Dr. Deepak Modi @NIRRH on sexual development of the mammalian gonads, and that is how falling in love with developmental biology began. I joined the STole lab in 2017 with a specific interest in the role of Wnt Signalling in the developing brain.
My journey here has been fruitful! In my spare time, I am a quizzer and a cricketer, and I love to play and watch many sports.


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Alumni

Former Post Doctoral researchers (came from; current position)


(F) Dr. Nidhi Saikhedkar (PhD CSIR National Chemical Laboratory, Pune; Science Writer at JoVE)

(F) Dr. Shiona Biswas (PhD U. Rochester, USA; DBS Visiting Fellow 2019-2021)

(F) Dr. Mallika Chatterjee (PhD U. Conn, USA; Wellcome-DBT Early Career Fellow 2013; faculty at Amity University, New Delhi, India)

(F) Dr. M. Bhavana (PhD- NCCS, India; Wellcome-DBT Early Career Fellow 2011; junior faculty, InStem, Bangalore, India)

(F) Dr. Geeta Godbole (PhD- NIRRH, India; Wellcome-DBT Early Career Fellow 2012; Scientist at CIPLA)

(F) Dr. Swetha Godavarthi (PhD- NBRC, India; post doc, Salk Institute; Project Scientist at UCSD)

(F) Dr. Nandini Gokulchandran (MD-Nagpur Medical College; Dep. Director, Neurogen, Mumbai)

(F) Dr. Vishakha Mangale (PhD- NIRR, Mumbai; COO and Co-Founder, Omix Research, Banglore)

(M) Dr. Alfredo Socorro (PhD- ULL, Spain)

(M) Dr. Ben Martynoga (PhD- U. Edinburgh, UK)

(F) Dr. Malini Sathanoori (Associate Director, Clinical Cytogenetics, PathGroup, Nashville, USA)


Former Students (current position)


PhD:

(F) PhD Suranjana Pal (PhD 2019; postdoc at IIT-Kharagpur)

(M) PhD Bhaskar Saha (PhD 2006; Faculty at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai)

(M) PhD Hari Padmanabhan (PhD 2008; postdoc with Jeff Macklis, Harvard Medical School; working with Biotech company)

(F) PhD Lakshmi Subramanian (PhD 2008; postdoc with Arnold Kreigstein, UCSF)

(F) PhD Anindita Sarkar (PhD 2012; postdoc with Fred Gage, Salk Institute)

(M) PhD Dhananjay Huilgol (PhD 2012; postdoc with Josh Huang, CSHL; Sr. Res. Assoc., Duke University)

(F) PhD Achira Roy (PhD 2013; postdoc with Kathy Millen, U. Washington; faculty position at JNCASR, Bangalore)

(M) PhD Ashwin Shetty (PhD 2013; postdoc with Paola Arlotta, Harvard University)


MSc:

(F) Tuli Pramanik (MSc 2020; PhD student at U. Texas)

(F) Zeba Khatri (MSc 2017; scientific writer and editor)

(F) Basabdatta Roy (MSc 2016)

(F) Upasana Maheshwari (MSc 2014; PhD student at FMI, Basel; postdoc at University Hospital Zurich)

(F) Neha Rajadhyaksha (MSc 2009)

(F) Dhananjay Chaturvedi (MSc 2008; PhD student at U. Texas, Dallas; postdoc at NCBS Bangalore)

(M) R.V. Satyaki (MSc 2007; PhD student in Cornell University; postdoc at Whitehead Institute)

(F) Aditi Falnikar (MSc 2006; PhD student in Drexel University; postdoc in Columbia University)

(F) Mugdha Deshpande (MSc 2006; PhD student in U. Texas, Austin)

(M) Ryan Remedios (MSc 2005; PhD MPI, Tuebingen; postdoc with David Anderson, Caltech; Faculty at Helmholtz Zentrum, Munich)

(F) Vanisha Lakhina (MSc 2004; PhD student in University of Pennsylvania; postdoc, Princeton University; Medical Director, ProHealth, New York)

(F) Lakshmi Subramanian (MSc 2004; PhD 2008, TIFR; post doc at UCSF)

(F) Aditee Vyas (MSc 2002; PhD 2006, IGBMC, France; Research Scientist at Nicholas Piramal, Mumbai)

(F) Sarada Bulchand (MSc 2002; PhD, postdoc at TLL, Singapore; Faculty at Duke-NUS Singapore)

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