The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai 600113, India
Current interests: mainly, computational biology. Specifically:
Current and recent projects (see also publications page):
- Regulatory genomics
- Sequence alignment
- Evolutionary biology
- Development of mesoderm in fruitfly (with K VijayRaghavan lab in
- Characterisation and analysis of centromeres in Candida
yeast species, evolution of centromeres
(with Kaustuv Sanyal
lab in JNCASR, Bangalore)
- Developing techniques and algorithms for regulatory site detection
- Multiple sequence alignment
More details on my research
here. List of writings here.
IMSc colleagues who work on biology:
If you're easily amused, you can also
see my separate (and very out-of-date) personal
webpage here. (This page doesn't
get updated all that often either, but I'll try to be more regular now!).
If you want to work with me:
- If you're a researcher elsewhere who finds what I do interesting, and
wants to explore collaboration or just discuss stuff,
- If you're already at IMSc: drop in anytime.
- If you want to be a student with me: you first need to join IMSc, see
here. We presently
have no biology programme but people in the physics programme
can work with me. I may also be able to work with
computer science or math students, but not as the primary thesis
advisor: don't join those programmes with the goal of working with me.
- If you want to be a postdoc with me: you first need to join IMSc, see
here. You will
apply to the institute directly, but drop me a note about your application
and I will keep an eye on it.
- Students and postdocs need to have sound mathematical skills and
physical intuition (which most people who get in here do), and be
comfortable with computer programming (which many people aren't, but
if you can think clearly, programming is easy to pick up). Needless to
say, you should have an interest in biology, though prior training isn't
- If you want to do a short-term project: I have no paid positions at
the moment but may in the future. I am happy to give students short
projects to do as part of their course requirements, but I require
you to be a competent programmer already (I will verify this before
agreeing to take you on). Unfortunately many students come out of
so-called "bioinformatics" or "biotechnology" courses with almost no
programming skills. Above all, you should enjoy programming.
The principal languages I use are
C and python. I have dabbled
and Haskell. If you aren't
already comfortable in another language (or even if you are), I
highly recommend python.