Swati Patankar received her Ph.D. degree from the Department of Molecular Microbiology at the Sackler School, Tufts University, USA. After postdoctoral research at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, she moved back to Mumbai, India, and spent a year with the Drug Discovery and Genomics groups, Nicholas Piramal India Ltd., a leading Indian pharmaceutical company. She then moved to the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, as a Faculty Member where she has been working since 2003. Her research interests are in regulation of gene expression in the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. This includes splicing and translation initiation site choice resulting in alternate isoforms of proteins. This research on translation initiation has led to study of trafficking of proteins to multiple compartments in the parasite. Since the organism under study is a human pathogen, her laboratory is also interested in drug delivery, tubulin as a drug target, and bioinformatics prediction of variation in drug targets. Her laboratory uses a combination of approaches to study P. falciparum, including molecular biology, cell biology, and bioinformatics.
Biography Updated on 15 August 2012