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Bhavana Muralidharan


Principal Investigator

DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance, Intermediate Fellow


Bhavana did her PhD from NCCS, Pune in RNA biology. She then did her postdoc at TIFR Mumbai in Prof Shubha Tole’s lab, where she studied chromatin/epigenetic mechanisms of cell fate specification in the cerebral cortex. After this, she was a postdoc at the UK- Dementia Research Institute, UCL, London in Prof. Adrian Isaacs lab, probing the disease mechanisms of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) using iPSC derived neurons as a human in vitro disease model system, before starting her lab at inStem.

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Postdoctoral fellow


Kruttika did her PhD from NCBS in Dr. Deepa Agashe's lab where she worked on the diversity and fitness impacts of butterfly gut microbes. She has joined Muralidharan lab to follow her long-time fascination for neurobiology. She works on understanding the cellular and molecular basis of neuropsychiatric disorders using patient-derived iPSCs. She has been recently awarded The DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance Early Career fellowship to pursue her postdoctoral research project in the Muralidharan lab

Kruttika Phalnikar

Postdoctoral fellow

Dhanya did her PhD in Prof Gaiti Hasan's lab at NCBS deciphering the role of calcium sensor STIM1 in regulating gene expression and synaptic connectivity of mouse Purkinje neurons. In Muralidharan lab, she focuses on investigating the role of chromatin modifiers in neurogenesis and understanding the dysregulation of chromatin control molecular mechanism underlying the pathogenesis of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dhanya S K


Graduate student


Asha completed her post-graduation in Biochemistry from the Central University of Hyderabad. She has worked as a project assistant in Dr Yogita’s lab at NBRC, Manesar, where she studied the role of microRNA in human neural stem cell fate regulation. Currently, her work focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of chromatinopathies leading to intellectual disability using mouse models.

Asha S Channakkar

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Parvathi Satheesh

Graduate student


Parvathi completed her bachelor’s in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Delhi and her master’s in Human and Molecular Genetics from Banaras Hindu University. She has previously worked as a JRF in Prof. Sharad Gupta’s Lab at IIT Gandhinagar. In Muralidharan lab, she is currently working on understanding the molecular mechanism underlying the pathogenesis of neuropsychiatric diseases using cerebral organoids and human iPSCs as model systems. Apart from science, she loves to sing, cook, and travel, and also she loves animals.


Graduate student


Srishti completed her Integrated BS-MS in Cell and Molecular Biology from the Biochemistry department at MS University, Vadodara. She has previously worked as an exchange student in the systems neuroscience lab of Dr. Kay Tye at Salk Institute, San Diego where she was part of the team studying the neural basis of social hierarchy. In the lab she is interested in studying how grafted -cerebral organoids integrate and mature in mouse brain ultimately affecting behaviour. In her free time, Srishti likes to swim, read and play frisbee. 

Srishti Mishra

Project Associate


Kishan graduated with a master's degree in Bioinformatics and Biotechnology from IBAB, Bangalore. At IBAB he worked on a variety of Bioinformatics projects including genomic data analysis of the SARS-CoV-2. Currently his project involves performing "Omics” analysis to understand dynamic chromatin regulation of neocortical development.

Kishan Kalia

Project Associate


Aparajita did her master’s degree in Neuroscience at King’s College London, UK. Having completed a master’s elective on neural stem cells, she grew interested in how patient-derived iPSCs could be used to model and treat neurological diseases. In Muralidharan lab, she works on culturing neural stem cells and cerebral organoids from neuropsychiatric patients.

Aparajita Kumar

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Project Associate


Tulaib did his BSc-MSc in Biotechnology from Central University of Kashmir. He worked in Dr Rakesh Mishra's lab at CCMB, Hyderabad studying the role of SSRs in gene regulation. His present work is to elucidate the spatio-temporal expression of  epigenetically regulated genes in corticogenesis.  Besides science, he is  interested in playing cricket, writing couplet poetry and nature photography. 

Tulaib Azam

Lab alumni

  • Leora D'Souza- Project Associate from Jan 2020- July 2022

  • Shafeeque CM- Postdoc from Feb 2021-May 2022

  • Pooja Sharma - Project associate from Feb 2021 - July 2022, presently incoming grad student in the lab of Dr Melanie Samuel, Baylor College of Medicine, USA 

  • Anusha Mysore Keerthi- Research intern in the lab from Feb-June 2021, presently HHMI research technician in Prof Stephen Bell's lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (MIT), USA