Laboratory for NanoBiology

Our understanding of most biological processes comes from ensemble studies of the molecules carried out in a tube or using reporters in cells and organisms. Such mechanistic understanding of biological phenomena is complicated by

  • the heterogeneity among biomolecules (due to modifications or conformational dynamics) ,

  • the transient nature of interactions (activating action of molecule maybe limited to a fraction of its lifetime) and

  • the limits on detection of small number of molecules.

How do events taking place at the level of single molecule translate to biologically significant phenomena?

Our lab leads an interdisciplinary research program that aims to innovate and engineer technologies to help understand this basic question. We primarily focus on long-standing questions in infectious diseases caused by positive strand RNA viruses and pathogenic bacteria using single molecule detection, quantitative genomics and high-resolution imaging.

Such understanding of pathogen biology and host-pathogen interactions will help us design new drugs, vaccines and intervention strategies against several infectious diseases including Dengue.

To learn more, please read our research interests.

Our laboratory is located in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. We are also associated with the Centre for BioSystems Science and Engineering at IISc. Directions to the lab can be found here.

Latest Lab News

  • Congratulations to Kavya Shetty for getting selected to the PhD program at the Vienna BioCenter, Austria (01/2022)

  • Sree Priyanka joins the Master's program in Life Sciences at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (12/2021)

  • Congratulations to Saranya M from Molecular Biophysics Unit for successfully defending her PhD thesis! (12/2021)

  • Aditya Upasani is selected for the CII-SERB Prime Minister's Fellowship for Doctoral Research 2021. (11/2021)

Latest Publications and Preprints

  • A new DNA dengue vaccine designed and developed!! Check out our joint work published in Molecular Therapy with NCBS and other institutes (01/2022)

  • Preprint of our joint work with Ganapathy Ayappa's lab on PFT conformational flexibility is now online (10/2021)

  • Our SARS-CoV2 serology assay is now published in the Journal of Virological Methods (07/2021) Congratulations to the team!!

  • Harsh's preprint on viral life cycle dynamics of positive sense RNA viruses is online: BioRxiv (09/2020); now published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface (10/2021)

Last Major Updated: 17th March 2019