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Research Graduate

New York, New York, 11416, United States
March 28, 2011

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* Seeking a full-time position in the field of biotechnology, that will utilize my strong research experience in cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry.


* M.S., Masters Degree in Biotechnology, Polytechnic Institute of NYU, NY, January 2011. CGPA: 3.9/4.0

* B. Tech., Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Biotechnology, Anna University, Chennai, India, June 2008 CGPA: 8.3/10



* Research Assistant, NYU College of Dentistry, NYU - September 2009 to December 2010.

* Studied the interaction between apoptotic and anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family proteins in mammalian cell lines, which resulted in identifying the key steps in the interaction between the Bcl-2 family proteins.

* Cell tissue culture maintenance of FL5.12 cell lines.

* Developed an immuno-detection assay for BAX with flow cytometry to complement immuno-detection assay by Western blotting.

* Developed an ELISA assay for detection of BAX in mammalian cells which detects the conformational change in BAX.

* Research Assistant and Lab Manager, Chemical & Biological Sciences Department, Polytechnic Institute of NYU - February 2009 to August 2009.

* Studied the incorporation of unnatural amino acids in phosphotriesterase enzyme and investigated their activity and stability.

* Managed orders in the laboratory, storage, cataloging and handling of the chemicals that helped run the experiments in the laboratory smoothly and effectively.

* Maintained accounts and expenses of the laboratory that helped the professor keep track of the monthly expenses.

* Research Assistant, Centre for Biotechnology, Anna University, Chennai, India - December 2007 to May 2008.

Undergraduate Senior Research Thesis titled "A Comparative Study of Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacterium tuberculosis"

* Analyzed the genome of M. tuberculosis and M. leprae using Standalone BLAST.

* Identified two previously non-annotated leprae-specific proteins ML0576 and ML1275, having a role in phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase activity and prolipoprotein diacylglyceryl transferase activity in M. leprae.

* Research Internship, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata, India - May 2007 to July 2007 "Regulation of differentiation associated events by cyclic-AMP response regulatory proteins in Leishmania donovani"

* Identified and characterized LdPDEA1, a low-Km, cAMP-specific phopshodiesterase enzyme of the protozoan parasite, Leishmania donavani. The enzyme is involved in regulation of cellular processes by controlling cAMP levels.

* Determined the role of cAMP and phosphodiesterase A in the differentiation processes and polyamine biosynthesis in the life cycle of L. donovani.

* Research Internship, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad, India - May 2006 to July 2006.

* NusG is an important part of the transcription termination complex in Escherichia coli. It interacts with RNA polymerase and Rho factor in regulating the transcription of proteins in E. coli.

* In order to identify the site of interaction of NusG with Rho factor, cysteine derivatives of NusG was cloned using site directed mutagenesis (SDM), which could eventually be made to form a complex with Fe-BABE (p-Bromoacetamidobenzyl-EDTA, iron (III) chelate) used in protein foot-printing and labeling.


* Molecular Biology: Gel Electrophoresis, DNA and RNA handling and isolation, PCR, RT-PCR, mutagenesis, bacterial (E. coli) transformation, molecular DNA subcloning, protein expression and purification, Immobilized Metal Affinity Chromatography, FPLC (AKTA) and HPLC.

* Immunology/Cell-based Techniques: SDS-PAGE, Western blotting, flow cytometry (FACS), ELISA (96-well plates), Immunocytochemistry, Immunoprecipitation.

* Cell tissue culture: Culturing and maintaining sterile FL5.12 (mammalian) cell lines, an interleukin (IL)-3-dependent murine prolymphocytic cell line.

* Microbiological Techniques: Sterilization, aseptic preparation of LB agar media, media preparation, streaking and inoculation of bacteria.

* Programming Languages: C, R (for microarray data analysis), Perl, Basic bioinformatics tools, Computational analysis, Genomics, comparative genomics using Standalone BLAST, MS Office (Excel, Power point, Word), HTML (Website Maintenance) and Visual Basics.

* Maintenance and calibration of equipments, waste management and chemical inventories.


* Co-authored a paper for the EMBO report, entitled "Bcl-xL increases abundance of BAX at the level of mitochondria" - In progress, to be completed by March 2011.

* Co-authored a paper for the Laboratory Investigation journal, entitled "A specific quantification of mitochondrial BAX by ELISA" - In progress, to be completed by June 2011.

* Poster Presentation on "Engineering of Phosphotriesterase to Detoxify Organophosphates in Extreme Environments" at the 3rd Annual Advances in Biomolecular Engineering: Protein Design Symposium, The New York Academy of Sciences, New York, 2009.

* Poster Presentation on "An ELISA for rapid quantification of the tumor-suppresor BAX" at the International Association for Dental Research - 89th General Session and Exhibition (March 16-19, 2011) to be held in San Diego, CA.

* Co-Author for the Poster Presentation on "Interactions between BCL-2, BCL-xL, and BAX at the Mitochondria: Keep Your Friends close, but your Enemies Closer" at the 55th Biophysical Society Annual Meeting (March 5 -9, 2011) to be held in Baltimore, Maryland.

* Indian Academy Of Sciences Fellowship 2006 and 2007.


* Teaching Assistant, Department of Basic Sciences, NYU College of Dentistry from April 2010 to July 2010.

* An active organizer and a member of the scientific committee of "Biotechcellence 2007", a National level Biotechnology Symposium organized at Anna University, Chennai, India, 2007.

* An active Organizer of The National Science Day held at Anna University, Chennai, India, 2006.


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