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    Current Vanasiri members

Check out the Openings page if you are interested in joining. See here for a list of current and past interns.
Vanasiri Group Photo April 2014

From bottom row to top. First file from Right: Ullasa, Freerk, Harshad, Gopal. Second file: Ravi, Mruganka (red), Sridhar, Srikanta Third File: Sora (blue), Sumayya, Avantika, Ranjit. May 2016.

Ullasa Kodandaramaiah
Ullasa Kodandaramaiah
Assistant Professor (Jan 2013 - )

Ullasa did his BSc (Forestry) from the University of Agricultural Sciences (Bangalore), PhD from Stockholm University and joined IISER-TVM in 2013 after two postdocs - in Stockholm University and University of Cambridge. Personal webpage.

Balu Murali GS
Balamurali GS
Postdoctoral Fellow (April 2017 - )

Balu did his PhD at IISER-TVM on colour preferences and learning in honeybees. He is currently working on evolution of colour preferences in butterflies.

Ranjit Kumar Sahoo
Ranjit Kumar Sahoo
PhD student (Jan 2013 - )

Ranjit submitted his thesis in May 2018. He worked on butterfly-hostplant coevolution and Wolbachia-insect interactions. Before that, he did his Masters from Pondicherry University on elephants of Dandeli National Park.

Harshad Vijay Mayekar
Harshad Vijay Mayekar
PhD student (Jan 2013 - )

Harshad is interested in understanding the factors that determine pupal colour pattern in butterflies, especially Mycalesis mineus. Before this, he did his Masters in Neurobiology from Sophia College, Mumbai on morphological structures associated with mosquito oviposition behaviour.

Sumayya Abdul Rahim
Sumayya Abdul Rahim
PhD student (Aug 2013 - )

Sumayya is working on diversification of balsams (Impatiens) and other plant groups in the Western Ghats in relation to geographic barriers. She did her Masters in Botany from MG University, Kottayam.

Vivek Philip Cyriac
Vivek Philip Cyriac
PhD student (Aug 2014 - )

Vivek is interested in understanding the evolution and diversification of fossorial reptiles, with shieldtail snakes (Family Uropeltidae) being the main focus. He did his Masters in Wildlife Science form the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University where he worked on the population ecology of Hemidactylus prashadi (Bombay leaf-toed Gecko).

Gopal Murali
Gopal Murali
PhD student (Aug 2015 - )

Gopal is an Integrated-PhD student who has joined our lab for his PhD. His primary interests are to understand how animals use colour patterns against predation, especially when in motion. He has worked on a wide range of studies encompassing lab experiments, field experiments, simulations and comparative analyses.

Sneha Sadanand Joshi
Sneha Sadanand Joshi
PhD student (Aug 2017 - )

Sneha did her Masters in Biodiversity from Pune University. She is interested in studying evolutionary trade-offs in plant reproductive strategies.

Birupaksha
Birupaksha Banerjee
PhD student (Jan 2018 - )

Birupaksha did his masters in Zoology from Sidho-Kanho-Birsha University, West Bengal. He is interested in understanding the genetics and environmental basis of pupal colors in butterflies.

Sraman Dasgupta
Sraman Dasgupta
PhD student (Aug 2018 - )

Sraman did his masters from Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. He is interested in phenotypic plasticity.

Tarunkishwor Yumnam
Tarunkishwor Yumnam
PhD student (Aug 2018 - )

Tarunkishwor did his BS-MS from IISER Mohali. He is interested in evolution of lepidopteran wing patterns.

Jose Mathew
Jose Mathew
Masters student (June 2018 - )

Jose works on the environmental factors in relation to the seed-size number trade-off in plants.

Nawaf Abdul Majeed
Masters student (June 2018 - )

Nawaf is interested in understand the ecological factors that affecting grouping in fish.

Nadi Dixit
Nadi Dixit
Masters student (Aug 2018 - )

Nadi is interested in understanding how personality traits in lizards vary across an rural-urban gradient.

Manas Sharma
Masters student (Aug 2018 - )

Manas has just joined our lab, and is looking for research questions.

Vedant Dixit
Research Assistant (Nov 2017 - )

Vedant has done his masters in Biodiversity from Abasaheb Garware College, Pune. He works on a project on the phylogeography of Indian bees.

Vanasiri Group Photo April 2014

Ranjit, Sumayya, Ullasa, Ritwika and Harshad.
Kovalam, April 2014.