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Sankaranarayanan Meenakshi-Sundaram

Sankaranarayanan Meenakshi-Sundaram

PhD Student

Office Phone: 01223 (3)36631


I graduated with a B.Tech in Biotechnology from SASTRA University, India in 2015. I carried out my Bachelor’s thesis in Professor K.VijayRaghavan’s lab at the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, India jointly guided by Professor Mani Ramaswami. 

Research Interests

My broader research interest is to understand fundamental cell biological processes occurring during development and how they can be used to better study disease biology.

For my PhD, I am exploring the question of what mechanisms and factors facilitate mRNA entry into translation. Understanding translational activation is central to resolving the fundamental question of how cells regulate protein production spatially and temporally. I am using Drosophila as a model system to study this process, exploiting its advantages for sophisticated genetics and live imaging.