RAHUL SIDDHARTHAN

The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai 600113, India


Current interests: mainly, computational biology. Specifically:

  • Regulatory genomics
  • Sequence alignment
  • Evolutionary biology
Current and recent projects (see also publications page):
  • Development of mesoderm in fruitfly (with K VijayRaghavan lab in NCBS, Bangalore)
  • 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If you're easily amused, you can also see my separate (and very out-of-date) personal webpage here.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, contact me.
  • 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 needed.
  • 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 in OCaml and Haskell. If you aren't already comfortable in another language (or even if you are), I highly recommend python.