Lab Address

Room No. 105, 1st Floor, ISSH Building
CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB)
South Campus, Mathura Road,
Opposite Sukhdev Vihar Bus Depot
New Delhi - 110020
PhD Candidates

Rohit Vashisht
Systems level analysis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis genome: Implications for Drug-Target Identification
Rohit completed his Engineering from Acharya Institute of Technology, Bangalore. He is currently working on Mathematical modeling, computational simulation of metabolic pathway for drug-target identification in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis by developing a novel System Biology Spindle Map (SBSM )of metabolism.

Nisha Chandran
Open Source Drug Discovery as an Alternative Business Model Towards Affordable Healthcare.
Nisha has a Masters in Biotechnology from Amity University. She has also complemented the OSDD programme in the area of Machine Learning and Data Mining.

Akshara Pandey
Understanding Structure and Function of Biological Networks
Akshara has a Masters degree in Masters in Computer Science from JK Institute of Applied Physics & Technology, University of Allahabad. She also has research experience in the field of software engineering (design pattern detection using graph matching techniques.

Harpreet Singh
Image analytics Big Data Platform for Tuberculosis Diagnosis
Harpreet holds a Bachelor degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology following, which he attended University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA for his post graduation degree in Biomedical & Electrical Engineering. He has handled several Software Positions across Design, Development and QA related fields in USA, Europe and India.

 Post Doctoral Candidates
Dr. Divneet Kaur
Designing of non-toxic ligands for targets identified based on systems-level analysis of metabolism in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. 

Divneet completed her Ph.D from the Department of Chemistry, University of Delhi in 2014. She is currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in an OSDD project on the designing of non-toxic ligands for targets identified based on systems-level analysis of metabolism in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. 


Dr Tanjore S. Balganesh
Dr. T.S. Balganesh is the Project Head of OSDD Unit. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, University of Calcutta, India and subsequently spent post-doctoral years with Dr. Sanford Lacks at Brookhaven National Laboratories Brookhaven (NY, USA). Later he was associated with Professor Thomas Trautner at the Max Plank Institute for Molecular Genetics at Berlin (Germany). He joined Astra Research Centre India as a Senior Scientist in 1987. He took over as Head of Research at AstraZeneca R&D India in 2000 focusing the unit on discovering novel drugs for the treatment of Tuberculosis. Further as a VP Discovery Research AZ, he handled all the research activities of this R&D unit. Acknowledging his extraordinary endeavors in boosting Indian R&D, Dr Balganesh has been joined CSIR as a ‘Distinguished Scientist’. Since, 2011 he is actively mentoring the OSDD project as Project Head.

Dr Sarala Balachandran
Dr Sarala Balachandran is the Project Director of OSDD Unit. She obtained a PhD in Organic Chemistry while working at CIMAP and CDRI, Lucknow. Carried out post doctoral work at University of Cambridge, England. Returned to India to work with Ranbaxy Research Lab in 1994. Took sabbatical from Ranbaxy to work with Institute Armand Frappier, Quebec, Canada and also worked at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, US. Left Ranbaxy in 2005, and joined Piramal Life Scinces at Mumbai. Working with two major pharmaceutical companies in India obtained extensive experience in all areas of drug discovery and development. Currently working with OSDD and spearheading the clinical trials activity in this unit.

Dr Geetha Vani Rayasam
Ph.D in Moleculcar Biology from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Have post doctoral experience of more than 6 years, from IGBMC, Strasbourg, France and NCI, National Institutes of Health, USA. Have pharma experience of 5.5 years having worked in New Drug Discovery Research at Ranbaxy and for a year at pharmaceutical consultancy (Smart Analyst). Currently leading experimental biology activities of OSDD.

Dr Haridas B. Rode
Haridas B. Rode completed his Bachelor and Master studies in Pharmacy at the University of Pune and Mumbai (Bombay) from 1993 to 1999. He obtained his PhD in 2006 from the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Greifswald under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Hans-Hartwig Otto. During his PhD project, he focused on the synthesis and evaluation of pseudosaccharinamine derivatives as elastase inhibitors. Thereafter he moved to the Chemical Genomics Centre of the Max-Planck Society in Dortmund as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Rauh. During the postdoctoral studies, his research interests included design and synthesis of kinase inhibitors, and functional probes to dissect oncogenic signaling pathway dependencies in cellular systems. He joined CSIR Head Quarter in 2011 and is currently leading the Medicinal Chemistry activities of OSDD.

Dr Anshu Bhardwaj
Dr. Anshu Bhardwaj did her Ph.D. in 2008 from the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India. During her Ph.D. she developed algorithms for prioritizing single nucleotide markers for disease association studies. Right after her Ph.D., she joined the CSIR‘s Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD) Project and worked towards designing and implementing community collaborative platforms and was a key player in community building. She has developed several databases and applications involving large number of students and researchers through online virtual collaboration. One of the major highlights of her contribution to the OSDD project is the conceptual design and implementation of the Connect to Decode Project where a large number of researchers worked together to develop a systems biology map of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative organism of Tuberculosis. As part of the community building, she has presented the concept of the OSDD approach at various national and international platforms. She is also on the editorial board of Frontiers of Systems Physiology and have published articles in several international journals.

Mr. Nitin Gupta
Nitin Gupta, completed his M.Tech. in Information Technology from Karnataka State Open University and M.Sc. In Information Technology from University of Madras. He is currently working as Technical Officer in the OSDD Unit & DGTC and assisting Chief Mentor, OSDD Unit and Project Director, OSDD Unit on Information Technology related matters. 

Dr Harleen Kaur
Harleen completed her Phd in Molecular Biophysics from CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology in 2010. After a brief Postdoctoral research at the University of Brussels , Belgium, she returned to India to join as a Quick Hire Fellow (QHF) in the OSDD unit of CSIR. As a Scientific Associate of Prof. Brahmachari, she assists and manages the scientific activities of Prof. Brahmachrai to ensure his vision and commitments are met in timliness. She handles portfolio of scientific projects under Prof. Brahmachari, facilitates his international visits and correspondences, beside assisting him in his editorial functions of Journals and other scientific activities.

Ms. Geetha Sugumaran
Geetha Sugumaran, completed M.Sc in Bioinformatics from Safi Institute of Advanced Study, Calicut Univeristy and B.Sc in Plant Biology & Biotechnology from Ethiraj College, Madras University. She is currently working as a Project Fellow in the OSDD Scientific Communication Wing, handling the newsletters, brochures, media kits, popular science articles and other communication aspects of the project.