Biophysics of the Cytoskeleton

I am a biophysicist who is interested in understanding how living organisms control size and shape. I consider living cells to be excellent biochemists and they exert intricately controlled regulation of size and shape via simple molecular reactions occuring at the level of individual protein molecules.

My initial training is in Physics following which I moved to Cell Biophysics and Biochemistry during my doctoral and postdoctoral training. I use a range of high-resolution biophysical methods to perturb and image biogical systems. I am particulary interested in the mechanistic role of cytoskeleton across scales, ranging from single molecules and cytoskeletal filament networks, reconstituted systems, all the way to single-celled organisms.

I am currently a senior postdoctoral fellow jointly in the labs of Prof. Jeff Gelles and Prof. Bruce Goode at Brandeis University in Waltham (USA). My work also gains from extensive interactions with Prof. Jané Kondev and his group. Prior to this, I trained under Prof. Marie-France Carlier in Paris, France and Prof. Vinod Subramaniam as well as Dr. Hans Kanger at University of Twente in The Netherlands.

Video describing my work

(Best research-video prize by NSF-MRSEC at Brandeis University)

Opening cell video Courtesy of Lorna Young (Dartmouth College)