I hail from Chandigarh which is also called as city beautiful in India. I did my M.S. at Panjab University, India. After securing a CSIR/UGC fellowship, I completed my Ph.D. at IMTECH Chandigarh in India. During my PhD studies, I investigated the structural, functional and kinetic details of mycobacterial polyphosphate kinase (PPK) 1, an enzyme required for mycobacteria survival under stress conditions and thus, could serve as a promising therapeutic target. I was always fascinated by the world of immunology and therefore, I joined the labs of Dr. Adam J. Adler and Dr. Anthony T. Vella at UConn for my postdoctoral studies. During my postdoc, I studied the mechanistic details on how dual costimulation (DCo) involving agonistic monoclonal antibodies against OX40 and 41BB provided tumor immunity. Additionally, I also explored the ways to further augment anti-tumor efficacy of DCO by engaging the tumor unrelated CD4 T cell help. Currently, I am working as a postdoctoral Scientist on a collaborative project between a pharma company GSK and Dr. Wayne Hancock’s lab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I am interested in studying the role of chemokine signaling in tumor immunity by utilizing small molecule based modalities.
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
916B Abramson Research Center
3615 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104