Hello, I am Shrinath Narayanan.
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Kawecki lab.
For my doctoral thesis, I am working with populations of Drosophila melanogaster that are experimentally evolved (>250 generations) in a poor diet. These populations are adapted to the poor diet and I'm particularly working on understanding the role of the fat body in developing larvae, both morphological and functional adaptations. To study this, I am employing staining, RNAseq, and micro-CT scan methods.
My interests lie in the intersection of evolution and molecular biology. I am open to collaborations and like bringing different perspectives to answer a question.
2021 - current
Ph.D. in Quantitative Biology - University of Lausanne
Erasmus Mundus Masters in Evolutionary Biology (MEME) - Uppsala University and University of Montpellier
Thesis project - "A functional candidate gene approach and the role of insulin-like receptor genes in wing polyphenism in Gerris Buenoi " - Supervised by Arild Husby
Masters project - "Understanding quality-quantity trade-offs in reproduction through modeling" - Supervised by Hanna Kokko
First-step project - "Influence of trade-offs on the concurrent evolution of defence, foraging, and dispersal in a predator-prey metapopulation" - Supervised by Emanuel A Fronhofer
2017 - 2019
Associate Research Technologist, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, USA
Carlo Maley's lab: Worked on developing a model to quantify resistance by scaling up cell culture (Lung cancer cell lines) using Hyperflasks.
Athena Aktipis's lab: Worked on studying the potential of Kombucha to be used as a model to understand cooperation in micro-organisms
Masters in Molecular and Cell Biology - University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Graduate student researcher - Nikki Delk's lab: Worked on breast cancer cell lines to understand the effects of autophagy on the tumor microenvironment.
Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Biotechnology - Anna University, India