I am a computational chemist by training who frequently leans heavily on various ideas of classical mechanics and statistical mechanics and uses computer simulations to develop physics-based or chemically-motivated model and perform computer simulations to provide key mechanistic insights on biochemical and biophysical problems of interest.
Currently I am affiliated to TIFR center for interdisciplinary sciences (TCIS), Hyderabad as an assistant professor since July,2015.
Prior to my current independent position, I worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the department of chemistry in Columbia University in the research group of Bruce J. Berne for 3.9 years ( October 2011-June 2015). In Berne group I honed my skills on computer simulation of free-energetics of diverse biophysically relevant systems including protein-drug binding, polymer-osmolyte interactions and hydrophobically driven dewetting transitions.
I had received my PhD under the guidance of Prof. Arun Yethiraj in the department of chemistry in the University of Wisconsin Madison in september,2011. During my tenure as a PhD student in the Yethiraj group ( September 2006-September 2011), I developed physics-based coarse-grained models and applied Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics simulation techniques to understand the self-assembly of wide range of bio-inspired amphiphilic macromolecules. My research was majorly supported by Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) and in doing so, I had the opportunity of close collaboration with various experimental groups and theoreticians.
I received my M.Sc. from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur in 2006. During my M.Sc. project under the supervision of Prof. N. Sathyamurthy, I worked on understanding photo-dissociation dynamics of CO2. My Master’s thesis culminated in a publication and motivated me further to pursue research as a career.
Previously, I received my B. Sc. in Chemistry (Hons.) from Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, under Calcutta University in 2004 with first rank in first class among all the colleges of the university.