Being a native of Palakkad, Kerala, and having close proximity to the Western Ghats, I always had an appreciation for its rich and diverse flora and fauna. I have been passionate about wildlife, biodiversity, ecological interactions and animal behavior. It fanned the flame of my passion for pursuing a career in ecology-based research. I have worked as an Indian Academy of Sciences Summer Research Fellow in Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE), as part of a team studying the diversity of ants in northeastern Indian forests. It also involved a small study on the behaviour of Solenopsis geminata ants. The interdisciplinary nature of my Master's degree in Systems Biology led me to explore questions in computational biology as well. My final year project aimed at investigating the role of RNA modifiers in intra and inter RNA-RNA interactions. Later on, I briefly worked as an intern in ATREE as a part of a restoration project where I mainly looked at the insect diversity in the restored area.
Currently, I am working with Ashwin on the Avian Malaria project, assisting in mist netting, bird capture, and blood sample collection, as well as in lab work to screen for parasites present. I am also exploring possible research questions in disease ecology as well as at the intersection of biogeography and informatics. I plan to see if the malaria infection have a sex bias in some abundantly found birds in Western Ghats.
Projects Involved: Avian Malaria
PERSONAL AND OTHER INTERESTS
Hailing from Kalpathy, a place famous for its culture and Carnatic music, I am an ardent enthusiast of classical music, dance and traditional art forms. I love travelling, especially to historically important places. I take out some time for reading fictional novels.