Members

'There is a very special place in science for women who support other women'

~ The Wound Infection Lab.

Annual Diwali Party, October 2019

DR. Karishma S Kaushik

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR / RAMALINGASWAMI RE-ENTRY FELLOW

Ph.D. Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, UT Austin, USA

M.D. Clinical Microbiology, AFMC, Pune, INDIA

M.B.B.S. Maharashtra University of Health Sciences

Email: karishmaskaushik@gmail.com

Twitter: @KaushikLab

Snehal Kadam

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Master of Science, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune

Bachelor of Science, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune

My interests in microbes cultured after my participation in the iGEM 2015 competition, studying a bacterial synthetic genetic AND gate system. My Masters Thesis project led me further into the world of microbes studying a genetic regulatory network in Salmonella Typhimurium pathogenesis at the National University of Singapore. Fascinated by all things bacterial, I am particularly interested in studying bacterial pathogens and understanding host-pathogen interactions. I am also part of the PreLights community , where we highlight interesting preprints in biology. When I'm not in the lab, I'm either reading, dancing or finding new places and food to explore!

Email: snehalgkad@gmail.com

Twitter: @sne_kad

Vandana m

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

B.Sc. Microbiology, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kerala

M.Sc. Microbiology, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kerala

Graduated as a Microbiologist, I am always interested in understanding the microorganism to its depth. I'm also curious about parasitology and cancer biology. Other hobbies include drawing, gardening and preparing new recipes. Above all I find traveling most refreshing!

Email: kvandanas003@gmail.com

Twitter: @vanduz95

Interns

Wound Fluid Project:

Devyani Bhide

2nd Year, MSc Microbiology, Abasaheb Garware College, Pune.

My scientific interests mainly include immunology, genetics and medical microbiology. I am an avid reader love to travel. My love for dance comes from learning Bharatnatyam for the past eight years.

Anushree Kelkar

1st Year, BSc Microbiology, Abasaheb Garware College, Pune.

I am interested in neuroscience, immunology, medical microbiology. I like sketching, travelling and have been learning German for the last 5 years.


Rutuja Ugale

3rd Year, Integrated M.Sc. Biotechnology, Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, SPPU,Pune.

Microbial world intrigues me. I am also interested in plant insect interaction,bioinformatics, molecular biology. I like to play with numbers; more interested in statistical analysis. I am a vagrant traveller of curiosity and like to explore new places

Utkarsha Tikhole

3rd Year, Integrated M.Sc. Biotechnology, Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, SPPU,Pune.

My scientific interests include subjects like microbiology, cell biology and molecular biology. I like reading, dancing and drawing.

Rutuja and Utkarsha represented our lab at the 5th International Conference for Translational Research at NCCS, Pune.

We are proud of our undergraduate students!

Developing a biocompatible device for wound infection studies:

Niharika Jadeja

3rd year, BA Molecular and Cellular Biology (Neurobiology), BA Integrative Biology (Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Diversity), UC Berkeley.

My passion for biology stems from how much we have yet to learn about it; my specific research interests include neurobiology of the order Carnivora (especially otters!) When I'm not studying, I love spending time outdoors and go on spontaneous field trips, searching for birds and herptiles. I also work at the UC Botanical Gardens and help prep specimens in the Prep Lab of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.

Jay Panchpor

Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), MIT College of Engineering, Pune.

My passion for engineering stems from my curiosity to learn how the world around me works, and trying to rebuild it to be more efficient. I am particularly interested in the field of Robotics and it's application in Biomedical Engineering. I have created an affordable 3D printed Prosthetic Arm for my Bachelor's Project and I hope to make it available on a commercial scale soon. When I'm not working, you'll find me binge watching Masterchef Australia or roaming around the fields and forests looking for birds!

Jay recently won a two-day Medical Device Hackathon (MEDHA) organized by IIT-Bombay and will be proceeding to the next step of the competition.

Congratulations!

Previous Members:

Janhavi Lele

2nd Year, BSc Microbiology, Abasaheb Garware College, Pune.

Savani Sakhalkar

2nd Year, BSc Microbiology, Abasaheb Garware College, Pune.

Janhavi, Savani, Shivani and Pratiksha worked as interns in the lab. They did a literature review of wound infection model systems, to understand current model systems and their advantages and disadvantages in capturing the infected wound microenvironment.

Stay tuned for this publication!

Pratiksha Mokashi

2nd Year, BSc Microbiology, Abasaheb Garware College, Pune.

Shivani Nadkarni

2nd Year, BSc Microbiology, Abasaheb Garware College, Pune.

Saptarsi Shai

3rd year, Bachelor of Pharmacy, Bharati Vidyapeeth, Poona College of Pharmacy, Pune.

Aditi Shahane

3rd year, Bachelor of Pharmacy, Bharati Vidyapeeth, Poona College of Pharmacy, Pune.

Take a look at our work with Saptarsi and Aditi, where they looked at understanding current advances in wound therapies, in our recent review paper!

Thanks for the work Saptarsi and Aditi, we enjoyed working with you!