PhD | Post-doc

Balamurali G S

Balamurali G S

PhD student

Balu joined the lab in 2011. He completed his Masters in Microbiology from MG University, Kerala. His research interests encompass visual ecology of insects in the context of foraging. For his PhD he used a comparative approach to understand spontaneous and learned colour preferences in tropical and temperate bees (in collaboration with Dr Natalie Hempel de Ibarra). He also looked at adaptive significance of floral colour change from a pollinator’s perspective. He worked as a post-doc with Dr Ullasa Kodandaramaiah (IISER TVM) on evolution of colour preferences in butterflies. Balu currently (2022) has joined Newcastle university as a research associate.

Shivani Krishna

Shivani Krishna

PhD student

Shivani joined the lab in 2011. She completed her Masters in biodiversity and conservation from the University of Leeds, UK. Her research interests include plant-animal interactions and foraging behaviour of pollinators and seed dispersers. For her PhD, she worked on the reproductive ecology of Myristica swamp forests, which are akin to terrestrial habitat-islands in the Southern Western Ghats. She continued in the lab as a bridging postdoc examining the significance of touch-sensitive stigmas and followed it up with a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Haifa with Dr Tamar Keasar examining how bumblebees learn to handle complex flowers. Shivani joined Ashoka University as Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology in August 2019.

Bharat Parthasarathy

Bharat Parthasarathy

PhD student

Bharat joined the lab in 2012. He completed his Masters in Genetics from University of Cologne, Germany. His research interest lies in the evolution of sociality. To address this, he used the social spider Stegodyphus sarasinorum as the model organism to study personality-driven task partitioning and how contexts (intrinsic and extrinsic) shape specific behavioural responses. Bharat joined Prof Raghavendra Gadagkar’s lab at IISc Bangalore as a post-doctoral fellow in 2019. He will be joining the group of Prof. Jutta Scheider in the University of Hamburg as a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow.

Divya Bellur Uma

Divya Bellur Uma

Post-doc

Divya joined the lab as a post-doc in 2012. Divya is broadly interested in predator-prey interactions, evolution and maintenance of deception and camouflage in arthropods, and monitoring biodiversity of Indian spiders and insects. She obtained her PhD from Georgetown University, followed by a post-doc in neuroscience from University of Maryland. During her time here, she studied the presence of personalities in social spiders; and ant mimicry in insects and spiders.She is currently an assistant professor in Azim Premji University.

Baheerathan M

Baheerathan M

PhD student

Bahee did his Bachelor’s in Biotechnology and moved to the School of Biological Sciences, Madurai Kamaraj University for his Masters’s degree in Genomics. During his masters, he looked at the use of olfaction in the social communication of the greater short-nosed fruit bat Cynopterus sphinx. For his Ph.D. he focused on the visual ecology of fruit-feeding bats in southern India. Bahee successfully defended his thesis on 16th of Dec 2022.

Asmi Jezeera M

Asmi Jezeera M

PhD student

Asmi did her BS-MS from IISER Pune. For her masters’ dissertation, she worked on a project aimed at partitioning the contribution of intraspecific and interspecific variation in community weighted mean and functional diversity of leaf functional traits in three habitats in a community which are in a gradient of light and water. For her PhD she worked on the visual ecology of Indian stingless bee, Tetragonula iridipennis, she successfully defended her thesis on the 3rd of July 2023

Reshma Basak

Reshma Basak

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Reshma joined the lab in 2021 as a SERB-NPDF fellow. She is interested in exploring the sensory ecology of stingless bees, especially from the perspective of their foraging strategies and the underlying neuronal mechanisms. She did her PhD from IISc Bangalore on the neurophysiology of hippocampal place cells through modelling studies, followed by a brief stint as a bridging post-doc there, where she studied rodent behaviour using in-vivo electrophysiology. Here, she worked on the neuronal basis of caste systems and vision in Tetragonula iridipennis. She is currently working as a DST-Postdoctoral fellow in NCBS.

Dr. Aditya Ghoshal

Dr. Aditya Ghoshal

My primary research interest lies in understanding sexual conflict and the scope and extent of sexual selection in animals. My PhD was on understanding the mating system of zebrafish, a sexually monomorphic species. Here, he worked on the mating system and colony dynamics of the Indian social spider Stegodyphus sarasinorum.  He is currently a senior research co-ordinator at Holemathi Nature Foundation.