I am presently working on the Behavioural and Microbial Interactions between the Birds and a community of bacteria present on the feathers of the birds.
It is supposed that in the wide diversity of the microorganisms that inhabit the bird's plumage either in attached forms or as plain denizens, some microorganisms would be able to degrade the keratin of the plumage of birds, which may lead to the evolution of strategies with the bird to clean up their feathers.
It would also be interesting to investigate, whether the load of such bacteria creates a situation for sexual selection and mate choice amongst birds, as it may be argued, that parasite loads could be inversely related to the fitness of individuals.
Born on October 19, 1978, in Ghaziabad, U.P., India.
Ph.D. supervised and guided by Prof. P. Heeb, IE-ZEA, UNIL.
2001 - 2002
Junior Research Fellow under the guidance of Dr. Milind Watve, on the Estimation of total microbial diversity of a fresh water niche using the 16S rRNA sequencing.
1999 - 2001
Masters in Science in Biomedical Research from Dr. B R Ambedkar Center for Biomedical Research, Delhi University, with Dissertation project under the guidance of Prof. Vani Brahmachari, on the topic, Unique and Sex specific chromatin organization with respect to Genomic Imprinting in the mealybug, Maconellicoccus hirsutus.
1996 - 1999
Bachelors in Science in Microbiology from Abasaheb Garware College, Pune University, Pune.