Group Members

Principal Investigator

Dr. Rajesh Ramachandran
Associate Professor
Phone: +91 172 2293
Fax: +91 172 2240266

Dr. Rajesh Ramachandran

Native to Kerala, India, Rajesh obtained his Masters’s degree in Marine Biology from School of Marine Sciences, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). Subsequently, in 1999, he joined Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India to obtain his Ph.D. He received two Post Doctoral Fellowships: one from Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India and another from Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, University of Michigan, the USA, which was funded by NIH. In 2012, he joined Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (Mohali) as an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences.
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Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Poonam Sharma
Post-doctoral Fellow


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Born and brought up in Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, Poonam obtained her Master’s in Microbiology from Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar, Uttarakhand. Afterward, she joined the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh for her Ph.D. She joined IISER Mohali in September 2014 and is continuing research in the lab to study the roles of pluripotency factors in retina regeneration and optic nerve regeneration. Her observations on regulation of Muller glia cell reprogramimg by the pluripotency factor Oct4  and Tgf-β signaling pathway are published in Life Science Alliance in 2019 and iScience in 2020.

Graduate Students

Mansi Chaudhary

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A native to Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, Mansi completed her B.Tech in Biotechnology from USBT, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU), New Delhi. She joined IISER Mohali in 2016, August. Currently, she is working on genome-wide architecture of transcription factors essential for retina regeneration.

Bindia Chawla


Belonging to Sangrur, Punjab, Bindia obtained her integrated BS/MS dual degree from IISER Mohali before joining the same institute for her Ph.D. in 2017. Currently, she is working on Genome architecture dynamics during development and regeneration.

Sharanya Premraj

Sharanya, belonging to Kerala, obtained her B.Sc. in Biochemistry from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University in 2016 before joining IISER Mohali as an Int. Ph.D. student. Currently, she is trying to decipher the roles of non-coding RNAs in zebrafish retina regeneration.

Ashish Sethi


Ashish belongs to Haryana. He obtained B.Sc. in Zoology from Ramjas College, University of Delhi. He joined IISER Mohali in 2016 as an Int. Ph.D. student who currently is trying to decipher the roles of various epigenetic regulators in zebrafish retina regeneration.

Pooja Shukla


Pooja Shukla, from Madhya Pradesh, obtained her M.Sc. in zoology from Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya. She joined IISER Mohali in August 2018 and currently working on elucidating the multi-faceted roles of epigenetics in retina regeneration.

Undergraduate Students


Aditya Biswas (MS)

Year 2022-23


Hammad (MS)

Aditi (MS)

Anfas (MS)

Diksha (MS)

Himanshi (MS)

Jashan (MS)

Mahima (MS)

Munish (MS)

Rajat (MS)

Raunak (MS)

Ritvik (MS)