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I am a graduate student working in the Cooke and Coppel laboratories. My joint PhD program is a part of a collaborative research project between Monash University and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. After joining the program in July 2008, I worked in IIT Bombay for 2 years, then came to Monash University in July, 2010. My project on apicomplexan tubulin is jointly overseen by Professor Brian Cooke and Professor Ross Coppel from Monash University and Professor Swati Patankar from IIT Bombay.
Current Research Focus
My area of interest is apicomplexan tubulin. Tubulin is highly conserved across apicomplexa, however, the number and structural arrangement of microtubules formed by polymerization of α-β tubulin heterodimers is very different among apicomplexan parasites. Microtubules in this group of parasites have been suggested to be involved in cellular integrity, cell division and invasion. Working with two prominent apicomplexans, Plasmodium falciparum and Babesia bovis, I am trying to understand the structural arrangement and functional activity of microtubules in different life cycle stages. This entails studying them under normal conditions and in altered states when anti-mitotic compounds are applied. The aim is to learn more about the role played by microtubules in the biology of these parasites and to use this knowledge in developing strategic interventions in form of novel drugs.