About me

I am an Assistant Research Scientist in The Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center, College Station.  I received my Bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Science from India. Thereafter, I obtained my Master’s degree in Cheminformatics from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Manchester, U.K. My inclination towards computational drug design encouraged me to apply for Ph.D. training, and I joined the Kellogg Research Group at Institute for Structural Biology and Drug Discovery, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Throughout my academic experiences, I have developed a strong interest and firm commitment to scientific research.

My research focuses on design, development and application of new computational tools for Molecular Modeling and Drug Discovery. The opportunity for research in developing software tools complementing and supporting the experimental approach is a component of my training that particularly excites me. Development and application of ligand-based (QSAR) and structure-based techniques specific to the needs of a project, in just a matter of days, is a unique capability of my research group. Most of my research involves collaborative projects with different research groups that include pharmacologists, synthetic chemists and clinicians. As a result of these collaborations with multidisciplinary research groups, I have accumulated invaluable experience in interdisciplinary research and team dynamics. Currently, I am exploring ‘Infosphere’ and seeking for good collaborative projects.

AWARDS AND HONORS  

  • Published paper ‘PITPs as targets for Selectively Interfering with Phosphoinositide Signaling In Cells’ made it to the cover page of Nature Chemical Biology (January 2014 issue).
  • Recognized as Fellow of the Graduate Teaching Academy, Center of Teaching Excellence & Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, 2014.
  • Recognized as one of the ten best reviewers in 2013 for journal Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry.
  • VCU Invention Disclosure, (Patent Pending) “New Pyrrole Compounds with Colchicine Site Anti-tubulin Activity”, 2013.
  • Awarded Research Mentoring Certificate, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 2012
  • American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Graduate Student Symposium Award from the Drug Design and Discovery section sponsored by Bristol-Myers and Squibb, 2008. The program is designed to recognize excellence in graduate education in the field. 
  • J. Doyle Smith Award for achieving the greatest distinction in the areas of research, teaching, scholarship and service in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University, 2008 
  • Nominated for Rector/Rorrer Dean’s Award for excellence in scholarship, research, teaching, and service, 2008
  •  Recipient of 2005-06 Graduate and First Professional Student Technology Research Grant. Virginia Commonwealth University, 2005

MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS                                                

  • Sigma Xi   
  • American Chemical Society: Division of Medicinal Chemistry.
  • American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS).
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • International Society for Cancer Biology

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE 

Journal Reviewer –

  • Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
  • European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Current Medicinal Chemistry
  • PloS ONE
  • European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Journal Editorial Board –

  • BMC research Notes

Guest Editor – 

  • Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry

PROJECTS

PUBLICATIONS