I joined the Virdee lab in September 2020. I received my PhD from the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi India in 2017. During my PhD, I focused on the functional characterization of key novel parasite ligands that mediate erythrocyte invasion of Plasmodium falciparum/Plasmodium vivax and validating their potential as malaria vaccine candidates. I then started my postdoctoral studies at ICGEB/Multi Vaccines Development Program (MVDP)/ Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. There I studied malaria parasite biology and vaccine development with a special emphasis on understanding and targeting the molecular mechanisms involved in erythrocyte invasion by the malaria parasites, P. falciparum/P. vivax. I wanted transition into a lab involved in application based research, which brought me to the Virdee Lab. In the Virdee Lab, I am developing a high throughput biomarker platform based on chemical probe technology that agnostically measures Parkin E3 ligase activity. This technology will have great potential for addressing unmet clinical needs relating to the assessment of Parkinson’s disease risk and patient stratification. Other than research, I am interested in poetry, philosophy, history and music.
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