- Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan, PhD student
- Iva Tolic-Norrelykke Group
- Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
- Dresden, Germany
- Email me through OpenWetWare
I was an intern at Micrsoft Research India, Bangalore where I helped develop a high-level programming language called BioCoder for expressing and automating biology protocols. Currently, I'm at the MPI in Dresden, pursuing a PhD in Biophysics. Details on BioCoder can be found in our publication in the Journal of Biological Engineering: http://www.jbioleng.org/content/4/1/13
BioCoder is now available for download here.
- 2010-Ongoing, PhD (Biophysics), Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany
- 2004-2009, MS (Biological Sciences), Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (Goa Campus)
- 2004-2009, BE (Computer Science), Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (Goa Campus)
- Automation of Biology Protocols
- Cancer Biology
- Cell and molecular biology
- A two-month internship at Cancer Institute, Chennai where I learnt the techniques involved in the detection and diagnosis of cancer.(May - July 2006)
- Received the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research Summer Research Fellowship 2007 to work at the Indian Institute of Science for a period of 2 months (May-July 2007)
- This was pursued under Dr.Utpal Nath at the department of Microbiology and Cell Biology, IISc. Project title - "Identifying the amino acids of TCP4 protein responsible for DNA binding".
- This project earned me the title of Rajiv Gandhi National Talent Science Research Fellow 2007.
- Following this, I was invited to work at IISc for a second term as a part of JNCASR Summer Felowship 2008.
- A six-month long project at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore under Dr.Veronica Rodrigues. Project title - “Role of Activity in the Maintenance of Larval Olfactory Receptor Neurons in Drosophila”. (July - December 2008).
- Internship at Microsoft Research India under Dr. Bill Thies. Project title - "Towards a High-Level Programming Language for the Description and Automation of Biology Protocols". (Jan 2009 - present)
Major Projects Undertaken
- Towards a High-level Programming Language for the Description and Automation of Biology Protocols - Current project(Microsoft Research India).
- Role of activity in the maintenance of larval Olfactory Receptor Neurons (ORNs) in Drosophila(NCBS).
- Techniques involved in the diagnosis and detection of cancer (Cancer Institute).
- Identifying the amino acids of TCP4 protein responsible for DNA binding (IISc).
- Metabolomics – a tool for metabolic engineering of alkaloid biosynthetic pathway(BITS, Goa).
- The entrapment of proteins and bacteria in silica gel (BITS, Goa).
- Genetic control of cell cycle and the spindle assembly checkpoint in budding yeast (BITS, Goa).
- Isolation and purification of antibiotics from Antarctic microorganisms (BITS, Goa).
- Post-translational splicing in Mycobacterium, Yeast and Pyrococcus (as a part of the course Microbiology).
- Stem Cell Therapy for the treatment of Sickle Cell Disease (as a part of the course Biochemistry).