Biography of Lab Members

Abyson Joseph

  Abyson completed bachelor’s degree in Botany and Chemistry from C.S.J.M.U Kanpur. He obtained his Master’s degree in Biotechnology from VIT University in 2010. His Master’s thesis focused on structure determination of phospholipase A2 from cobra venom in complex with anisic acid using X-ray crystallography. He is interested in structural biochemistry of proteins. He joined Natesh’s lab in 2011. His current work is focused on the structural and functional characterisation of secondary channel binding proteins of M.tuberculosis and M.smegmatis RNA polymerase. He has a passion for teaching, loves reading non-fiction, and enjoys playing cricket.  (Submitted thesis in July 2018)

Sivasankar Putta

Sivasankar Putta earned his B.Sc. in Biochemistry from Silver Jubilee Government College, A.P. and M.Sc. degree in Biotechnology at Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai.  While pursuing my M.Sc. degree, He did project on membrane proteins under the able guidance of Dr. S. Krishnaswamy. Currently, he is pursuing  Ph.D. in Natesh Structural Molecular Biology (NSMB) lab, where he aims to understand the mechanism of transcription regulators in prokaryotes.  He has extensive training in multidisciplinary approaches including molecular biology, biochemistry, bio-physical and biochemical characterisation and X-ray crystallography.  He also has experience in preparing -ve stain specimen for single particle EM studies.  He has attended the 1st cryoEM practical course conducted by his current supervisor in the year 2016, and has gained insight into single particle cryoEM image processing through hands-on sessions in the course.    He is ambitious to expand his horizon to cryoEM . (Submitted thesis in July 2018)

Johnson  Wahengbam Luwang

I completed my Bachelor degree in Agriculture from Assam Agricultural University. I was the recipient of ICAR’s National Talent Scholarship (2005-09). After my graduation, I moved to University of Agricultural Science, Dharwad for my Master degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology with DBT, Govt. of India fellowship (2009-11). My MSc thesis was on Molecular Characterization of cry genes from the native Bacillus thuringiensis isolates, jointly supervised by Prof. P.U. Krishnaraj and Dr. Narayan Moger of UAS Dharwad. During my Master’s programme, I developed keen interest into the field of Structural Biology and Biophysics for which, I moved to IISER Thiruvananthapuram for my PhD in 2012 to work under the versatile guidance of Dr. Natesh. Here I am working on mechanism underlying structural and functional destabilization of human p53 and the fate of p53 protein upon oligomerization.  (Submitted thesis in July 2018)

Eswar Reddy Maddi

I am Eswar Reddy Maddi, completed bachelor’s degree from Maharajah College, Vizianagaram, Andhra University (India). Pursued Master’s in Animal Biotechnology specialization from the University of Hyderabad (India) during which I gained much attention to the central dogma concepts of transcription and translation. Did a year Master’s Degree dissertation on “Determination of organophosphate hydrolase (OPH) topology in the inner membrane of Brevundimonas diminuta,” under the supervision of Prof. Dayananda Siddavattam, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Hyderabad, employing a range of molecular biology techniques and biochemical techniques. With interest in developing further expertise in structural biology mainly protein crystallography, I went on to do doctoral studies in Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram under the supervision of Dr. Ramanathan Natesh. My Ph.D. work mainly focuses on the structural and biophysical characterization of NHEJ repair proteins. During my Ph.D. work, I have gained extensive experience in various advanced biochemical techniques (FPLC, SPR, ITC, CD, DLS & SEC-MALS) and crystallography techniques and structure solution methods. Further paved the path towards advanced structural biology techniques to gain better knowledge and utility for the betterment of science.

I believe in my saying “Jack of all trades and aspiring some” so always I try to adopt every possible compatible act into my bucket list. In my spare time, I enjoy to play badminton and cricket and has a keen interest in both the teaching and adopting creative techniques. Calligraphy and drawing are one of the very leisure companions for me.

Monica P

Shiji LV

Shiji holds a 5-year integrated master’s degree in Biology from IISER Mohali.  Her final year master’s thesis work was on understanding the role of Multidrug resistant proteins in Caenorhobditis elegans nervous system. She joined NSMB lab in August 2018. She is interested in studying the underlying molecular mechanism of transcription regulators and her work will be focused on determining the structure and mechanism of these regulators upon binding to different ligands.  She is very keen in gaining expertise into various structural biology techniques, which she intends to utilize in her research project to solve the structures of important proteins, that will lead to understand their mechanism and function.