I am a Research Assistant Professor at Florida International University’s Center for Translational Science.
I have Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Fergusson College, and Master’s degree in Medical Biochemistry from B. J. Medical College, University of Pune in India. I accepted the Victoria University of Wellington Doctoral Scholarship and completed my PhD degree in Cell and Molecular Biosciences from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. My PhD research under Prof. Anne Camille LaFlamme focused on Diagnostic Markers for Schistosome-mediated Liver Disease using Two-Dimensional Differential In-Gel Electrophoresis and proteomics mass spectrometry. For my first postdoctoral fellowship, I worked on bovine lactation proteomics, under Associate Prof. Bill Jordan at the Center for Biodiscovery Victoria University of Wellington Proteomics Laboratory. Later, I held three postdoctoral fellowships in USA. First, I worked with Prof. Rolf Halden at the Arizona State University and founded the Mass Spectrometry Recharge Facility. I used LC-MS/MS, GC-MS/MS and MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometry methods to identify organ-specific human body burdens of persistent, bioaccumulative and environmental pollutants/toxicants that may be risk factors for Alzheimer’s Disease. Another study identified environmental pollutants/toxicants using Manatee blood from Florida coasts. Further, I joined the College of Science, University of Arizona as a postdoctoral research associate and worked with Assistant Prof. Martha Bhattacharya and optimized BONCAT and TurboID methods to identify newly synthesized proteins in brain secretome. Next, I worked in pain medicine and established a molecular biology neuron culture laboratory for Prof. Frank Porreca at College of Medicine, University of Arizona. In 2022, I joined the Center for Translational Science at Florida International University as Research Assistant Professor. Currently, I work in two research areas:
- Microparticle/Nanoparticle spray-dried powder formulations and drug delivery systems
- Gut bacterial metabolomics and its association with pulmonary diseases