Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics
2004: Ph. D, Genetics, Osmania University/ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India
2002 - 2005: Visiting Scholar, Fungal Genomics, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA
2005 – 2008: PostDoc, Plant-Bacterial Genomics, University of California, Davis, USDA/ARS, Parlier, California, USA
Awards and honors
1996-2002 National CSIR-UGC Research Fellowship, India
I have a broad background in molecular biology and genomics, with specific training and expertise in key research areas of NGS sample preparation and management of large scale sample preparation operations. Since joining the BCM-HGSC in 2012, I have directed the front-end procedures of sample intake, DNA and RNA library construction for next-gen platforms and exome capture. My team has built automated library preparation pipelines for HiSeq and NovaSeq platforms, and developed multiple protocols for DNA and RNA sequencing from challenging samples. I also have considerable experience in evaluation of emerging technologies in the genomics space. I am currently leading long read sequencing effort for large scale sequencing programs and also providing technical support to the HGSC-Clinical Laboratory for sample preparation and sequencing.
Before joining HGSC, I served as the director for Carver Center for Genomics (CCG) at the University of Iowa (2008-2012), where I oversaw genomics projects and managed the center’s ‘Certified Service Provider’ program for Roche NimbleGen microarray applications.