Tell us about yourself

Iam a Post Doctoral Research Scientist at Max Planck Institute for lung and heart research. Iam Exploring the involvement of mechanical force in heart development


What do you do?
There are quite a lot of basic science research is going on in biology, the main problem is most of this research work is not reaching to the application level. So the scientist in the University of Giessen, Goethe University Frankfurt and the Max-Planck-Institute (MPI) for Heart and Lung Research in Bad Nauheim come together and formed ECCPS.  One of the primary aim of our institute is to combine cutting edge basic sciences with preclinical and clinical studies in the field of vascular and parenchymal heart and lung diseases. Research in the ECCPS is trying to understand the complex nature of heart and lungs function and further use this knowledge to unravel different diseases in heart and lung.
What did you study?

I did my Bachelor’s degree (Physics) from Mahatma Gandhi University and Master’s in Electronics from Bharathidasan University. I completed my PhD at Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München in Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology.

How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and unusual career?

I was trained as an engineer before coming to the life science. During my masters, I got a chance to study biology. Because of my training in physics and electronics, I started to consider the living organism like a machine. I am really amazed at the complexity of the living organism. Soon I realized physics and mathematics are the basic tools needed to uncover the secrets of life science. One of the main problems in our universities is if your background is physics, it is very difficult to study biology because most of the biological courses need biology background. After my masters, I joined in National Center for Biological Science (NCBS), Bengaluru. Scientist in NCBS think differently, they tried to combine physics, biology, and mathematics. From there I got a chance do PhD in Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Germany. At present, I am studying the involvement of mechanical force in the development of organs like heart and lungs.