Originally from India, I received my Bachelorís degree in human physiology from Presidency College, University of Calcutta. In 2006, I completed my Masters in Life Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, where I studied transcription factors of yeast in the lab of Dr. K. Natarajan. As I progressed through my career, I became interested in the workings of even smaller microbial entities, namely viruses. Subsequently, I joined the lab of Prof. Robert Lamb for my graduate studies at Northwestern University, Evanston to study paramyxoviruses. Here I focused on investigating the structural and functional changes that occur within viral surface glycoproteins during entry. I joined the Whelan lab in December 2013 in order to switch over to the other side of virus-host interactions, and am currently interested in studying host cell proteins critical for entry of enveloped viruses. Outside the lab, my training in biochemistry helps me pursue my passion for cooking.