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    Current Vanasiri members

Check out the Join Us page if you are interested in joining. See here for a list of current and past interns.
Vanasiri Group Photo Dec 2018

From left: Balu, Jose, Ullasa, Sumayya, Manas, Sraman, Birupaksha, Harshad, Tarun and Vedant. Lab trip to Vagamon, Dec 2018.

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.

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.

Tarunkishwor Yumnam
Tarunkishwor Yumnam
PhD student (Aug 2018 - )

Tarunkishwor did his BS-MS from IISER Mohali. He is working on the evolution of lepidopteran colour patterns.

Indukala K
Indukala K
PhD student (April 2019 - )

Indukala is an Integrated-PhD student. She has joined our lab for her PhD and will be working on life-history traits in butterflies.

Abhinandita Gupta
Abhinandita Abhijit Gupta
PhD student (Aug 2019 - )

Abhinandita did her masters from Tripura University and joined our lab in August 2019. She is working on butterfly hostplant interactions.

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.

Gopal Murali
Gopal Murali
PhD student (Aug 2015 - )

Gopal is an Integrated-PhD student who 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. He submitted his thesis in Sept 2019, 5 years after starting his PhD (and with 5 publications!).

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

Harshad worked on the factors that determine pupal colour pattern in butterflies, especially Mycalesis mineus. He submitted his thesis in April 2019.

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

Vivek worked on the evolution and diversification of fossorial reptiles, with shieldtail snakes (Family Uropeltidae) being the focal group. He submitted his thesis in July 2019.

Pawar Omkar Eknath
Pawar Omkar Eknath
Masters student (May 2019 - )

Omkar is working on evolution of colour preferences in satyrine butterflies.

Amanda Ben
Amanda Ben
Masters student (May 2019 - )

Amanda is working on butterfly-host plant interactions.

Manas Sharma
Masters student (Aug 2018 - )

Manas does some simulation work trying to understand the performance of different molecular dating methods in phylogenetics.

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.

Vanasiri Group Photo April 2014

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