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Prof. Sanjeev Galande

Dr. Galande obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Science in 1996. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA from 1996-2001, he studied the role of MAR-binding proteins in tumorigenesis. Dr. Galande joined the National Centre for Cell Science in Pune, India in 2001 as a senior scientist. Research in Galande laboratory is focused on studying how the dynamic changes in higher-order chromatin assembly govern gene expression in a spatial and temporal manner. Important contributions from his group at NCCS elucidated how cellular signaling pathways eventually exert their effect at the level of chromatin to orchestrate cell-type specific patterns of gene expression. In 2010, Dr. Galande was recruited as a Professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER-Pune). At IISER-Pune he leads the Centre of Excellence in Epigenetics (CoEE) and has assembled a team of scientists to study the evolution of epigenetic mechanisms using multiple model systems. The CoE in Epigenetics focuses on epigenetic modifications underlying variety of biologically important phenomena and their role in gene expression, regeneration, cancer, behavior, aging and evolution. To fulfill these goals Dr. Galande has established a multidisciplinary program engaged at the interface of biochemistry, molecular biology, bioinformatics, cell biology, proteomics and genomics.


Meet The Team


Dr. Dipika Yadav

Post Doctoral Fellow

After completing my doctoral research work in eukaryotic transcriptional regulation, I
decided to change the field since I was always fascinated by neurobiology. I wondered how dynamic gene expression can manipulate brain function. With this inquisitiveness in mind, I got a chance to explore this aspect in Sanjeev’s Lab where I have joined as a DBT-RA. I am interested in studying the role of ncRNA mediated epigenomic regulation during neurogenesis. Apart from this I like to explore spirituality. I like cooking, listening to music, yoga and meditation.

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Dr. Sushma Vishwakarma

Post Doctoral Fellow

I am from Uttar Pradesh. I obtained my doctoral degree in Molecular genetics from LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad. During my PhD, I developed keen interest to work further in the field of Epigenetics. Driven by my curiosity and to learn more, I joined Sanjeev’s lab in June 2023. Here, my research is focused at deciphering the functional regulation of chromatin organizer SATB1 in tumor microenvironment. Apart from research, I love to cook, listen to music, do handicraft and gardening.

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Ankita Sharma

PhD Fellow

I hail from Delhi. I completed my honors degree in Bio-medical sciences from University of Delhi and joined the same for a masters degree in Genetics. I joined Sanjeev's lab as a doctoral student in August 2015. My work primarily focuses on understanding transcriptional regulation of colorectal cancer and progression. Apart from research, I like reading books and sketching.

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Ayush Madhok

PhD Fellow

I am a resident of Delhi. I completed by Bachelor of technology degree from Indraprastha University, Delhi in 2016. In the same year, l started working with Sanjeev at IISER. I'm primarily interested in the molecular mechanisms by which the chromatin organiser SATB1 directs T Cell development and selection. Its interaction partners upon T Cell activation is of key importance to my work. Besides, I like guitaring, singing and dramatics.

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Sneha Tripathi

PhD Fellow

I have completed my B.Sc.(Hons) in Microbiology from University of Delhi. Presently, I am an Integrated PhD student at IISER, Pune. I am pursuing my PhD in the field of cancer biology at Sanjeev’s lab. My project is focused on studying the molecular mechanism of the regulation imposed by Statin family of drugs on β catenin and SATB1. By this investigation we can elucidate the anti-tumour mode of action of Statins. Apart from the Lab, I like reading Indian fiction in the genre of mythology and ancient History. Music is an integral part of my life!

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Anirudh Pillai

PhD Fellow

I graduated from the UM-DAE CEBS, Mumbai in 2017 and then, after a brief stint in cancer biology at ACTREC, I joined Sanjeev's group in 2018 as a graduate student. I am studying the role of post-transcriptional gene regulation in the pre-bilaterian Hydra, which may yield epigenetic insights into the evolution of tissue homeostasis. I play badminton and sometimes volleyball to unwind.

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Greg Dsilva

PhD Fellow

After completing a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology from SLS, Manipal. I worked on autophagy and its role in neurodegenerative disorders at JNCASR. I later pursued my Masters in Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology from IBAB, Bengaluru.  Following the completion of my degree, I joined Sanjeev’s lab in September 2019. I am interested in studying various aspects of neurodevelopment, specifically the role of SATB2 a chromatin organizer using zebrafish as a model organism. When I'm not working, I enjoy listening to music and photography.  

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Ekta Gupta

PhD Fellow

I hail from Kolkata and have obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from the Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata in 2018. Thereafter, I did my post-graduation from IIT Ropar in Biomedical engineering where I worked in the non-coding RNAs lab. My M.Tech project was focused on finding the role of miRNAs in the regulation of RNA polymerase I that can be exploited for therapeutics in cancer. As a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship, I have joined Sanjeev’s laboratory in July 2020 for pursuing Doctoral studies in the field of cancer biology. My research interest is focused on unravelling the role of epigenetic regulation in colorectal cancer, which can pave novel options for therapeutic interventions targeting tumor development and metastasis. Besides research, I like playing badminton and enjoy cooking.

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Shagnik Saha

PhD Fellow

I am from Kolkata, and I completed my Integrated M.Sc in Biotechnology from St. Xavier’s College. I started working in Sanjeev’s group ‘virtually’ during my for my M.Sc dissertation project in 2020. The project involved bioinformatic approaches to analyse genome-wide datasets and predict putative enhancer RNAs in the context of regeneration. Driven by the urge to pursue research along this line, subsequently I joined as a PhD scholar in Sanjeev’s group at Shiv Nadar University, Delhi NCR. My key areas of interest involve the modulation of three-dimensional chromatin architecture, the role of non-coding RNA in epigenetic regulation, and environmental influence on gene expression and developmental biology. Other than research, I have keen interest in music and cooking.

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Mansi Srivastava

PhD Fellow

I obtained my bachelor's degree in Life Science from the University of Delhi in 2020. I received a DBT Masters' fellowship, which led me to join Banasthali Vidyapeeth, where I specialized in biotechnology. I developed a deep fascination for neuroscience over the period, which prompted me to pursue it further. After my masters, I enrolled in the PhD program at Shiv Nadar University where I joined Sanjeev's lab. My doctoral research focuses on investigating the epigenetic mechanisms of adult neurogenesis. In addition to my scientific pursuits, I enjoy dancing, traveling, and photography

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Project Students & Trainees




Originally a resident of Bengaluru, I completed my Bachelors in Engineering in Biotechnology from BMS College of Engineering in 2021. Later, I graduated from IIT Guwahati in 2023 with a Masters in Technology in Biotechnology. Following that, I joined Sanjeev's lab as a Junior Research Fellow in the Cancer Biology group, where I am involved in studying the potential of  the chromatin organizer SATB1 as a
target for cancer therapy using statins. While I am not working, you can find me listening to classic rock or metal, reading books, and exploring places. 


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Anju Babu


I am from Kerala. Currently, I am in the 5th year of my integrated BS-MS programme
at IISER Bhopal. I joined the SG lab in August 2023 for pursuing my Master's thesis project. My interest is in understanding the role of genetics and epigenetics in health
sciences. My current project involves studying the pathways involved in regeneration
of the fresh-water polyp Hydra. For recreational purposes, I like reading fiction and



Tejas Kaundinya

OUR and 4th Year project, SNU

I am a resident of Chennai. I am pursuing my fourth year dissertation of the BSc Biotechnology program at the Shiv Nadar Institute of Eminence. I developed an interest in the field of developmental biology, which prompted me to pursue it further. I joined Sanjeev's lab in the summer of 2021. My project focuses on understanding how epigenetic changes affect the crosstalk between multiple signaling pathways using Hydra vulgaris as a model organism. When I am not working, I enjoy listening to music and playing football. 


Shreya Doijad


I am currently in my 4th year of BS-MS, pursuing a Biology major at IISER Pune. I am drawn to the fascinating field of Neurodevelopment and have been passionately exploring it for the past two years. In Sanjeev's lab, I’m involved in studying the epigenetic regulation of lncRNA during early neurogenesis. Outside the academic sphere, I find joy in classical dance, music, and travel.


Dhrisaj Ray

Project Trainee

I completed my integrated Master's in Biotechnology from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. I joined Sanjeev's lab in August 2023 as a project intern. My project involves studying the chromatin organizer SATB1 and it’s role in T cell development. In my free time I like reading and listening to music. 


Ishani Laha

Project Trainee

I completed my MSc. In Biotechnology recently from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. While traversing through my coursework, I was deeply fascinated with the epigenetic aspect of molecular biology and how one can go above and beyond genetics. In this context, my primary interests lie in Neuroscience and Immunology both of which are pursued in Sanjeev’s lab which prompted me to start my internship here. My project focuses on studying the epigenetic regulation by chromatin organizer SATB2 during mammalian brain development. My hobbies are reading, dancing and listening to music.


Sara Sainani

4th year project, SNU

I am from Mumbai, and I am about to complete my BS (Research) degree in Biotechnology from Shiv Nadar Institution of Eminence, Delhi NCR. I have previously worked on short projects in the fields of cancer drug synthesis and cancer immunology, where I developed a passion for cancer research. I joined the cancer epigenetics group in Sanjeev’s lab to explore my interest in this field as part of my 4th year thesis project. My project involves exploring the role of SATB family chromatin organizer proteins in regulating cancer stem cells in colorectal cancer. Outside the lab, you will find me listening to music and working out in the gym to unwind.


Vasundhara Verma

4th year project, SNU

I am currently a 4th year undergrad pursuing a BSc. degree in Biotechnology at Shiv Nadar Institute Of Eminence, Delhi NCR. I joined Sanjeev’s lab in August 2023 for my final-year thesis. I work on mouse model to understand how the members of the SATB protein family affect the progression of colorectal cancer. My hobbies include running, cycling and listening to music.


Former Lab Members

Post Doctoral Fellows

Dr. Rahul Agrawal

Dr. Mohd Tayyab

Dr. Akanksha Khandelwal

Dr. P. Chandramouli Reddy

Dr. Ajay Kumar Saw

Dr. Shruti Pokharkar

Dr. Amit Karole

Dr. Jasmine Kaur Dhall

Dr. Sapana Jalnapurkar

Dr. Ashwin Kelkar

Dr. Ameya Sathe

Dr. Rutika Naik

Dr. Satyajeet Khare

Dr. Ram Kulkarni

Dr. Vijaykumar Muley

Dr. Poornima Chandran

Dr. Shiny Titus

Dr. Suman Prasad

Dr. Madhujit Damle


Dr. Anjali De Souza

Dr. Sneha Sagarkar

Dr. Smitha Sreedharan

Dr. Sonam Mehrotra

Dr. Krishnapal Karmodiya

Dr. Manjunath G P

Dr. Farhat Habib

Project Students & Trainees

Isha Desai

M Sarath

Meghna joon

Sudiksha Mishra

Harshada Jadhav

Meghana Oak

Keshav Jha

Jitesh Seth

Devika Mahimkar

Gunjan Misri

Rahul Biradar

Charvee Ravichandran

Prateek Yadav

Swati Chaudhary

Mrinmoy Pal

Amruta Swaminathan

Samarpita Sen

Ameya Pore
​Arkojyoti Goshal

Sudipta Sonar

Vishakha Kulkarni

Sudeshna Saha

Aditya Eklare

Manmita Shah

Prachi Wele

Juhi Arora

Project Students & Trainees

Sonali Pinge

Neha Oli

Priyanka Bansal

Suyog Ubhe​

Suyash Naik

Rachel Paul

Progya Mukherjee

Pavana Lakshmi

Dipeshwari Shewale

Soumitra Athavale

Tejas Valke

Aditi Gavande

Nethra Tantrigoda 

Rahul Sharma

Neha Sirwani 

Mithila Burute

Geeta Palsule 

Trupti Bhankhede

Rasika Lohokare

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