Main Focus

I study Lagria villosa beetles and their defensive Burkholderia symbionts. My work is to identify symbiont molecular mechanisms that aid in colonization and understand how the host responds to symbiont presence over developmental time. I am interested in using molecular and microbiological techniques to determine the factors that mediate partner specificity symbiotic interactions.

Curriculum Vitae


  • 2012 - 2016: Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Biotechnology - SASTRA University, Tanjore, India.

Research experience:

  • Nov 2016 - June 2017 - Research associate - MPI CE, Jena, Germany
  • Jan - June 2016 - B.Tech thesis - MPI CE, Jena, Germany
  • May - July 2015 - Indian Academy of Sciences summer research fellowship - M S University, Baroda, India


2023: IMPRS presentation award for best poster at the 22nd IMPRS Symposium: "Dynamics and mechanisms aiding symbiont colonization in a darkling beetle"

2023: Award for the best poster: investigating the “Mechanistic details of symbioses” - GRC – Animal microbe symbioses

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