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Ph. D. Students

Principal Investigator


Dr. Pooja Kumari

 Ph. D. (2015-2022)

Pooja Kumari completed B.S M.S degree from IISER Bhopal. She enrolled in the PhD programme of IISER Pune in 2015. She graduated with a PhD in May 2022. Her research project was focused on DEVELOPMENT OF IODONIUM-BASED GRAM-NEGATIVE ANTIBACTERIAL COMPOUNDS AND TARGET IDENTIFICATION USING A CHEMOPROTEOMICS APPROACH.

Email:  pooja.kumari[a]students.iiserpune.ac.in

Principal Investigator


Dr. Prerona Bora

 Ph. D. (2016-2022)

Prerona Bora completed B.Sc. in Chemistry from Hindu College,  University of Delhi. She enrolled in the PhD programme of IISER Pune in August 2016. She graduated with a PhD in January 2022. Her research project was focused on Design, Synthesis and Evaluation of Stimuli-responsive small molecule persulfidating agents


Current Position: 

Postdoctoral Researcher, Luke Wiseman Lab, Scripps Research Institute. 

Email:  prerona.bora[a]students.iiserpune.ac.in

Principal Investigator


Dr. Amogh Kulkarni

Integrated Ph. D. (2012-2020)

Amogh Kulkarni completed B.Sc. in Chemistry from DES Fergusson College, Pune. He enrolled in the Integrated PhD programme of IISER Pune in August 2012. He graduated with a PhD in January 2020. His research project was focused on Design, Synthesis and Evaluation of Thiol-reactive small molecule probes for profiling the proteome of pathogenic bacteria. 

He did his Postdoc in EPFL, Switzerland with  Prof. Yimon Aye.

Current Position: 

Postdoctoral Researcher,  Prof. Milton Group, University De Geneva, Switzerland.

Email:  kamogh.21[a]gmail.com

Principal Investigator


Dr. Preeti Chauhan

Ph. D. (2014-2019)

BSc (2009-2012) & MSc (2012-2014) Hindu College, University of Delhi; PhD (2014-2019) IISER Pune; worked on targeting and tuning the release of Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S). 

Current position:

Postdoctoral Researcher, Prof. Vishal Rai Group, IISER Bhopal, India.

Email: preetichauhan93[a]gmail.com

Principal Investigator


Dr. Ajay Kumar Sharma

Ph. D. (2014-2019)

Ajay Kumar Sharma obtained B.Sc. degree from Kota University, Rajasthan, India and M.Sc Chemistry from Central university of Rajasthan, India. He Completed his Ph.D from IISER Pune, India during 2014-2019. During Ph.D., he worked on the generation of the reactive species using light as a stimulus. 

Current Position: 

Post-doctoral fellow in the Johns Hopkins school of medicine, on alteration of immunogenic responses to target and image cancer tissues.

Email: shajay0412[a]gmail.com

Principal Investigator


Dr. Ravikumar Govindan

Ph. D. (2013-2019)

Ravikumar received his Bachelor’s and Master´s degree in Chemistry from Government Arts College, Salem (2007-10) and Madurai Kamaraj University (2010-12), respectively. Then he worked short term at SRF Private Limited, India, on the synthesis of aliphatic fluorochemicals. Then he moved to IISER Pune to pursue his doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Harinath Chakrapani (2013-19) with CSIR fellowship, where he worked on the development of small organic molecules for controlled generation and monitoring of short-lived biological species such as reactive nitrogen (NO), oxygen (ROS) and sulfur (H2S, SO2) species. In June 2019, he joined the GBernardes group at iMM as a Postdoctoral Researcher with FCT fellowship.

Current Position: 

Dr. Ravikumar Govindan is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Researcher in the GBernardes group (https://gbernardeslab.com) at Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes (iMM) Lisboa (Apr 2020-present).

Email: ravi12504[a]gmail.com

Principal Investigator

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Dr. Kundansingh Pardeshi

Ph. D. (2011-2018)

Kundansingh has completed his Bachelors (2005–2008) and Masters (2008–2010) in Chemistry from Dr Babaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, Maharashtra. He obtained his PhD in Medicinal chemistry at IISER Pune (2011-2018). His research work was focussed on design, synthesis and evaluation of bioactivable organic donors of Sulfur dioxide (SO2).

Current Position: 

Pursuing postdoctoral research in University of Caifornia Berkeley

Email:  kundan.singhrajput[a]gmail.com

Principal Investigator


Dr. Kavitha Sharma

Ph. D. (2010-2016)

Research Associate (Feb’2020-) in the HC lab. Completed post graduation in Drug Chemistry from Ahmednagar college, Ahmednagar (2009). Joined IISER pune for doctoral research (2010) and worked on synthesis and evaluation of bioactivable nitric oxide donors. PhD degree was awarded in May 2016. Worked in JNCASR, Bengaluru (Nov’2018-Dec’2019) as research associate and was involved in synthesis of structural variants of a neuroprotective agent. 

Email:  to be added

Principal Investigator


Dr. Vinayak Khodade

Ph. D. (2010-2016)

Vinayak obtained Ph.D. in the field of chemistry and biology of reactive species at IISER Pune in October 2016. Since then,

Current Position: 

He has joined the Toscano Group at Johns Hopkins University as a postdoctoral fellow, where he is studying the fundamental chemistry and biology of signaling molecules including nitroxyl (HNO), hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and related species. 

Email: to be added

Principal Investigator


Dr. Dharmaja Allimuthu

Ph. D. (2010-2015)

Dharmaraja Allimuthu, Ph.D., 2015. Presently at Case Western Researve University as a Postdoctoral Research Associate working with Dr. Drew Adams

Current Position: 

Faculty at IIT Kanpur

Email: to atdharma[a]iitk.ac.in

Principal Investigator


Dr. Satish Malwal

Ph. D. (2010-2015)

Satish Malwal, Ph.D., 2015.

Current Position: 

Presently at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign as a Postdoctoral Research Associate working with Prof. Eric Oldfield

Email: to be added

BS MS Students

Principal Investigator

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Sharath Chandra

BS MS, 2015

PhD, University of Georgia, Wheeler group (2017-2019). PhD, Texas A&M University, Wheeler group (2015-2017). BSMS, IISER-Pune (2010-2015).

Current Position: 

Post doctoral fellow, Vetticatt and Hirschi groups, Binghamton University (2020-Present).

Email: sharathc[a]binghamton.edu

Principal Investigator


Charu Jain

BS MS, 2016

Current Position: Ph.D. Student at Ohio State University, Magliery Group (Protein Engineering)

Email:  jain.464[a]osu.edu

Principal Investigator


Sushma Sappa

BS MS,  2016

Completed BS-MS Dual Degree course from IISER-Pune, in 2012. Research project invoves the design of bi-phenyl molecules to release H2S in-situ.

Current Position: 

Graduate student at Univeristy of PIttsburgh, USA, with Dr. Kabirul Islam 

Email:  sushmasappa95[a]gmail.com

Principal Investigator


Ashwin PK

BS MS, 2018

Presenty working as lab facilities manager at Atal incubation center at iiser (AIC IISER Pune SEED Foundation). He has completed BS-MS dual degree from IISER Pune in 2018. His MS research project involved 'synthesis of green light activated BODIPY based hydrogen sulfide donors'.

Principal Investigator


Swetha Jos

BS MS, 2018

Completed BS-MS dual degree from IISER Pune in 2018, MS thesis is entitled "Oxidative Stress Triggered Tunable Hydrogen Sulfide Donors".

Current Position: 

Graduate student at Virginia tech, USA with Dr. Webster Santos.

Email:  swethajos16[a]vt.edu

Principal Investigator

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Suraj Sharma

BS MS, 2019

Suraj Sharma completed his BS-MS Dual Degree Course from IISER - Pune, in 2019. His research project involved the Synthesis and evaluation of hypervalent iodine compounds as a antibacterials.

Email: Suraj.sharma[a]students.iiserpune.ac.in

Principal Investigator


Mrutyunjay Nair

BS MS, 2019

Mrutyunjay completed BS-MS Dual Degree Course from IISER - Pune, in 2019. His research project involved the mechanistic investigation of enzymatic production of hydrogen sulfide in bacteria.

Current Position: 

Graduate student at The Pennsylvania State University, USA, with Prof. J. Martin Bollinger Jr. and Prof. Carsten Krebs

Email:  man5578[a]psu.edu

Principal Investigator

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Amal S Kumar

BS MS, 2020

Completed my BS-MS Dual Degree Course from IISER  Pune in 2020. My research project involves generation of new persufide donors.

Email:  amal.kumar[a]students.iiserpune.ac.in

Principal Investigator


Jishnu CV

BS MS, 2021

He is presently working on Reactive Nitrogen Species. Beside research he is interested in photography and travel.

Current position:- Graduate student at University of Texas, Arlington

Email: jishnu.cv[a]students.iiserpune.ac.in

Principal Investigator


Manjima BS

BS MS, 2021

She is Currently working on reactive sulfur species Beside research she is interested in music and travel.

Current position:- Graduate student at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich in Dr. David Konrald's lab. 

Email: manjima.b[a]students.iiserpune.ac.in

Principal Investigator


Vruta Gupte

BS MS, 2022

She is Currently working on reactive sulfur species. Besides lab she likes writing, listening music and reading fiction.

 Email: vruta.gupte[a]students.iiserpune.ac.in

MS Student


Subhayan Chakraborty

I-PhD MS project Student (Jan-Apr, 2020)

B.Sc (2015-2018) S.A Jaipuria College,University Of Calcutta.

Current Position: PhD student in Hao Xu Lab, Brandeis University, USA.

Email: schakraborty[a]brandeis.edu


Harshit Singh

I-PhD MS (2021)

B.Sc.(H) Chemistry (2014-2017) Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi.

Current Position: PhD student in Prof. Nicolas Wissinger lab, University of Geneva, Switzerland 

Email: singh.harshit[a]students.iiserpune.ac.in


Gaurav Beniwal

I-PhD MS (2022)

B.Sc.(H) Chemistry (2013-2016) Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi. 

Current Position : PhD student in University of Dundee, Scotland, UK.

Email: gaurav.beniwal[a]students.iiserpune.ac.in

Research Assistant

Principal Investigator


Sankar Rathinam

BS MS, 2019

Sankar has completed his M.Sc Chemistry from Madurai Vivekananda college, Tamil Nadu, India. He has industrial work experience in Sai life sciences ltd (2015 to 2017) Pune India.

Current Position: 

He is pursuing Ph.D at faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Iceland, under the supervision of

Prof. Már Másson (June-2017 to present). He was project assistant in HC lab (2012-2015) in IISER Pune.

Email:  sankar87rks[a]gmail.com

Project Students

Other Members

Komal Labade (Project student for 6 months)

Dr. Viraj Gala (Post doc for 1 year)

Dr. Ritu Mamgain (Post doc for 1 year)

Abhishek kumar (BSMS for more than 1 year)

Anjana Sathyan (BSMS for around 6 months)

Mb Harsha (BSMS for more than 1 year)

Bandana Kumari (i-PhD)

Shreyas Malpathak

Farhan Amin (I-PhD for more than 1 year)