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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 - one each in Stockholm University and University of Cambridge.

Balu Murali GS
FREERK MOLLEMAN
Postdoctoral Fellow (Sept 2015 - )

Freerk did his PhD from Leiden University, Netherlands followed by postdocs at University of Rennes (France), University of Tartu (Estonia) and University of California Davis (USA). He is a broadly trained biologist with expertise in community ecology and life history evolution, and integrates field and laboratory experiments in his work.

Balu Murali GS
BALAMURALI G.S.
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 did his Masters from Pondicherry University on elephants of Dandeli National Park. He is interested in butterfly-hostplant coevolution and Wolbachia-insect interactions.

Harshad Vijay Mayekar
HARSHAD VIJAY MAYEKAR
PhD student (Jan 2013 - )

Harshad did his Masters in Neurobiology from Sophia College, Mumbai on morphological structures associated with mosquito oviposition behaviour. For his PhD, he works on aspects related to phenotypic plasticity in butterflies.

Sumayya Abdul Rahim
SUMAYYA ABDUL RAHIM
PhD student (Aug 2013 - )

Sumayya did her Masters in Botany from MG University, Kottayam. She is working on diversification of balsams (Impatiens) in the Western Ghats.

Vivek Philip Cyriac
VIVEK PHILIP CYRIAC
PhD student (Aug 2014 - )

Vivek 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). He is presently interested in the diversification and evolution of fossorial reptiles in peninsular India.

Gopal M
GOPAL M
PhD student (Aug 2015 - )

Gopal is an Integrated-PhD student who has joined our lab for his PhD. He works on the evolution of antipredatory colouration using reptiles and lizards as models.

Sora S
RAVI UMADI
Junior Research Fellow (August 2015 -)

Ravi did his postgraudation in Genetic Engineering from SRM University, Chennai. He is a project fellow in a DBT funded project on the taxonomy and biogeography of Indian bees. He is interested in speciation & divresification, insect taxonomy and several areas of evolution biology.

Gopal M
ASHISH NITIN NERLEKAR
Research Assistant (Dec 2016 - )

Ashish has done his masters in Biodiversity from Abasaheb Garware College, Pune. He works on a project on the biogeography of plants of the Western Ghats. He is keenly interested in studying the ecology and evolution of plants.

Vanasiri Group Photo April 2014

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