Graduate students

Dr. Simran Kaur

Simran Kaur

Simran is from Chandigarh. She obtained her Master’s degree in Biotechnology from Panjab University before joining IISER Mohali in 2013, January. Her research works involved deciphering the roles played by Hedgehog signalling in regulating a wide variety of transcription factors such as Ascl1a, Zic2b and Foxn4, and enzymes such as Mmp9. These findings are published in the journal Cell Reports in 2018. She graduated from IISER Mohali in May 2018.

She worked as a Post-doctoral Fellow with Dr. Yang Hu at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA, and now has transitioned to Applied StemCell Inc., CA, USA.

Soumitra Mitra

Soumitra Mitra

Native to West Bengal, Soumitra completed his integrated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from St. Xaviers’ College, Kolkata before joining IISER Mohali in 2012 for his Ph.D. His work in the lab involved understanding the regulation of Her4.1/Lin28a/let-7 regulatory axis by pluripotency factor c-Myc and epigenetic regulator Histone deacetylases in zebrafish retina regeneration. His observations are published in iScience in 2018 and Journal of Cell Biology in 2019. He graduated from IISER Mohali in May 2019.

Currently, he is working as a Post-doctoral Fellow with Dr. Daniel Goldman at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

Mohammad Anwar Khursheed



Belonging to Giridih, Jharkhand, Anwar obtained his Master’s in Medical Biotechnology from AIIMS New Delhi. He joined IISER Mohali in August 2012. He was working to elucidate the roles of pluripotency factors in retina, fin and heart regeneration in zebrafish.

Shivangi Gupta


Shivangi Gupta

Shivangi, native to Delhi, obtained her B.Tech degree in Biotechnology from USBT, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU), New Delhi. She joined IISER Mohali in January 2015. Her research work highlighted the role of tumor suppressor Pten and its interplay with Mmp9/Notch signalling during zebrafish retina regeneration. She graduated from IISER Mohali in February 2021.

Undergraduate students

Year 2013-14

Sapna Meena (MS)

Year 2014-15

Kranti Karande
Kranti Karande (MS)

Currently Kranti is working as Scientist ‘B’ in Science Communication at NCMR in NCCS, Pune, India.

Sukanya VS
Sukanya VS (MS)

Year 2015-16

Priyanka Jamadagni
Priyanka Jamadagni (MS)

Currently Priyanka is pursuing Ph.D. at INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier in Quebec, Canada.

Evelyn Abraham
Evelyn Abraham (MS)

Currently Evelyn is pursuing Ph.D. at Center for Regenerative Therapies TU Dresden, Germany.

Year 2016-17

Riya Ahuja
Riya Ahuja (MS)

Riya just completed MBA (HR) from MDI, Gurgaon.

Yengkhom Roja
Yengkhom Roja (MS)
Vijithkumar Vijayan BK
Vijithkumar Vijayan BK (MS)

Currently Vijith is pursuing Ph.D. from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University in Tamil Nadu, India.

Year 2017-18

Praveen V. Kumar (MS)

Currently Praveen is doing Ph.D. at University of Cote d’Azur, Nice, France.

Akshai J Kurup
Akshai J. Kurup (Kanju) (MS)

Currently Akshai is doing Ph.D. at University of Cote d’Azur, Nice, France.

Pratibha Songara
Pratibha Songara(Pratifa) (MS)

Pratibha is working as a Teaching Assistant at Ashoka University, Sonipat, Haryana.

Swathi Jayaram
Swathi Jayaram (Swats Kitty) (MS)

Swathi is currently pursuing Ph.D. at MFPL-Vienna BioCenter, Vienna, Austria.

Year 2018-19

lab 19 20 (1 of 1)

Sushmita Nahar (MS)

lab 19 17 (1 of 1)

Kemdina Christina (MS)

lab 19 18 (1 of 1)

Komal Meena (MS)

Navnoor Kaur Saran (MS)

Year 2019-20


Ajay Akarnia (MS)

WhatsApp Image 2019-11-22 at 19.25.29

Athul (MS)

He is pursuing Ph.D. from Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.


Jaskaran Singh (MS)

He is pursuing Ph.D. at McGill University, Canada.


Jithin (MS)


Sapna Meena (MS)

She is doing Ph.D. in Max-Plank-Institute for Heart and Lung Research, Germany.


Trirupa Chakraborty (MS)

She is pursuing Ph.D. in University of Florida, USA


Ziyaurrahman (MS)

He is doing Ph.D. at NCBS, India

Year 2020-21


Kshitiz (MS)

WhatsApp Image 2021-07-31 at 10.37.54

Nikhil C. (MS)

WhatsApp Image 2021-07-31 at 10.38.33

Pallavi Joshi (MS)

Year 2021-22


Omkar Desai (MS)


Shrishti (MS)

Anisha Pahuja (MS)

Spatika (MS)