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.
I joined TIFR Hyderabad in June 2015 as a Reader. Currently I am affiliated to this institute as an associate professor since July,2021.
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.
The details can be found in my CV.