I joined CES, IISc in August 2012. I chose the Molecular Phylogenetics lab to pursue my Doctoral research. My interests are in the field of molecular evolution, co-evolutionary mechanisms, and distribution patterns associated with speciation.
I got Masters in Genetics in 2009 and then was teaching Undergraduate students for 3 years before getting into research. Although I have never formally studied Ecology, I was interested in the molecular aspects of species interactions and their evolutionary mechanisms. For my Doctoral research, I am planning to elucidate the phylogenies of documented co-evolved systems and check for true phylogenetic co-evolution. Studying their distribution patterns would also provide information on how biogeography might play a role in co-evolving systems. Currently I am doing the year-long course work in Animal Behaviour, Evolutionary Ecology and Plant-Animal Interactions. My course projects are on Studying Olfaction in Millipedes, and Comparison of Tree Communities in Two Locations