Ph.D /MS(Engg.) /MS(Research)
Admissions 2020
  1. Molecular Biology and Genetics
Fee: Rs.500/- paid
App. No. PH861241
Program Ph.D /MS(Engg.) /MS(Research)
E-mail Address
Date of Birth 06/03/1997
Gender Female
Nationality Indian
State of Domicile Tamil Nadu
Aadhaar Number 887694395994
Place of Birth Tirunelveli Tamil Nadu
Category Scheduled Caste
OBC - Sub-Classification
Subcategory None
Address Line 1 E 2 TTRS QUARTERS
State Tamil Nadu
Pincode 600043
Phone Number 044-22641059
Mobile Number +91-9791271292
Are you Currently Employed? No
Qualifying Degree
Qualifying Degree Status Year of Passing
M.Sc. (Life Sciences) Passed 2019

National Examination
National Entrance Test Year and Month Roll Number Rank Score
JOINT CSIR UGC NET for JRF 2019 - 12 KL1716201231 86 91.04
Gate Paper: Life Sciences
2019 XL19S27055041 8266 147

Academic Details
10 std / SSLC
Institution and PlaceKendriya Vidyalaya CLRI Adyar Chennai
Year of Passing2012
Aggregate Percentage87.40
Any Specific Comments
Marks in core subjects
Subject Percentage
Mathematics 95.00
Science 85.50
Social Science 85.50
English 85.50
Sanskrit 85.50
12 std / PUC
Institution and PlaceKendriya Vidyalaya CLRI Adyar Chennai
Year of Passing2014
Aggregate Percentage72.00
Any Specific Comments
Marks in core subjects
Subject Percentage
Mathematics 61.00
Physics 59.00
Chemistry 61.00
Biology 85.00
English 94.00
Integrated M.Sc.
Mode of Admission
Admission Registration Number
Year wise/Semester wiseSemester
UniversityIISER Thiruvananthapuram
Institution and PlaceIISER Thiruvananthapuram
Major SubjectBiological Sciences
Year of Passing2019
Aggregate Percentage57.80
Any Specific Comments
Year/Semester wise performance
1 4.74
2 5.37
3 5.37
4 5.89
5 5.86
6 6.86
7 6.63
8 7.60
9 8.00
10 8.00

1 Dr.S.Rajagunalan (, Phone:7200677110, Address:Department of Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology,Veterinary College and Research Institute,Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Science University(TANUVAS),Tirunelveli,Tamil Nadu-627458.) - As a project Guide
Academic background to conduct research5
Comes up with innovative ideas4
Ability to work independently or problem solving5
Clarity of comprehension of concepts5
Communication skill4
Can work in company of others5
Emotional maturity3
The candidate worked in my research project as JRF, she is were sincere and hardworking completes the work on time and keeps records and things properly. She has good scientific temper. With her strong basic knowledge in molecular biology she can complete the assigned work successfully. She is very social so she can easily mingle with any research group within no time I strongly recommend her for PhD programme in your institute, I feel she will be a valuable asset to your research group.

2 Dr.R Thangathurai (, Phone:6380226290, Address:Department of Veterinary Pathology,Veterinary College and Research Institute,Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Science University(TANUVAS),Tirunelveli,Tamil Nadu-627358.) - Response awaited.

Question 1
What is it about research as a career that interests you the most? In which subject area(s) would you like to pursue research? What led you to choose this area of research?

Response to Question 1
Nothing has been enigmatic to me as the cancer, infectious diseases and regeneration in organisms. It all began in my childhood, when I accidently noticed a very peculiar organism which could regenerate itself when cut in pieces. Out of my curiosity, I started to search what these organisms are and why they are able to regenerate and came to know its name as planarians. My curiosities arouse more, when I linked human beings and these organisms which can regenerate. There were questions revolving in my mind about why when our hand is cut we are not able to regenerate new hands, why can’t we regenerate normal cells which can compete cancer cells and why we cannot cure many infectious diseases.

Thanks to my parents for guiding me in a right way to choose my career and helping me in introducing me into the field of science. With a strong belief in the power of interdisciplinary science as a path to chase the truth of universe, I found myself in one of the foremost research institutes for basic research, Indian Institute of Science and Education Research (IISER) Thiruvananthapuram, India. During my majors in IISER TVM, I got opportunities in reading research papers. These papers were very interesting, and I felt to go more deep into research areas. When I had developmental biology, animal physiology and immunology course, I got interested in these courses and came to learn about stem cells, how organisms develop, how cells divide, how it organises itself, how cells regenerate, how signalling between cells happen, how diseases arise and how vaccination helps in preventing diseases, etc. These courses were so fascinating that I was able to link my interests in regeneration, cancer and infectious diseases with these courses.

I had the golden opportunity to work under scientists as part of my summer and winter research projects. My first summer project in IIT Madras under Prof. Nitish R Mahapatra developed my interest in learning basic techniques such as PCR, SDS-PAGE, western blotting and Bradford assay, etc. Further, I did my winter project under Prof. S. Murty Srinivasula, and learnt about signalling mechanism such as autophagy and apoptosis. Currently, I am pursuing my undergraduate thesis under Dr. V. Stalin Raj at IISER TVM. My research focusses on producing a viral like nanoparticle which can be used for producing vaccines against infectious diseases. These nanoparticles can be used in various research fields including cancer, virology and immunology, etc. Being trained in basic scientific principles, I have learned the efficiency of teamwork and experienced the ecstasy of scientific advancements.

As a graduate student I would like to learn advanced research methods including microscopy, CRISPR, apoptosis, Micro RNA’s and genetics, etc. that will help me to analyze more about regeneration, cancer and infectious diseases.

Question 2
Describe any project, or laboratory experiment, or research-oriented training programme that you have been involved in. Please highlight the aspects that you particularly enjoyed.

Response to Question 2
It was always my dream to learn and do research in the field of cancer, stem cells, tissue regeneration, immunology, and infectious diseases. These topics always fascinate me and make me feel more curious. My main interest lies in the cancer research area because, despite improved advancement in biology and decades of research, the treatment for cancer disease has always been a big question mark. These made me more curious and look deeper about cancer disease. I understood that cancer cells are very much intelligent and it has evolved well to survive. It has its ways of escaping our immune system, frequently mutating, becoming resistant to drugs, and metastasizing, which makes it very complex for treatment. There are many causes of cancer which include mutations, genetic alterations, and epigenetic changes, etc. Therefore, I would like to work and understand the regulation and mechanism of how these cancer cells get mutated by various conditions and to look at the receptor or protein factors involved in interacting with the neighbouring normal cells and the ability to metastasize nearby cells.
My main idea is to find the mutated gene and receptors involved in cancer cells using whole-genome sequencing. By knowing the mutated gene, I would like to do knockdown experiments and find the proteins or receptors involved in altering the normal cell to a cancerous cell. Further by developing recombinant nanoparticles carrying drugs or proteins that can target specific genes and block the transition of normal cells to cancer cells, which can be used for the treatment of cancer cells. I would also like to use the characteristic features of stem cells, regenerative tissues, and immunological response to find a solution to treat cancer cells

Question 3
State the reasons on why you want to opt for JNCASR for your advanced research / academic studies.

Response to Question 3
From childhood I used to dream about doing research in IISc,IIT,IISER,JNCASR,NCCS,NCBS,NIBMG,NISER,BARC.This was mainly due to my father who is working as Senior Principal Scientist in CSIR-SERC and my mother who is working in IIT Madras in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Apart from my parents my own elder brother who is working as Engineering Officer in CPRI Bangalore( BTech from NIT Trichy and MTech from IIT Delhi) mesmerise me into doing research only from the above institutes

I declare that all the information and entries of marks are correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. If admitted, I shall obey all the rules and regulations of the Centre.
Date of submission : 24-11-2020
Date of printing : 17-01-2021
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