March 11, 2013


Principal Investigator:

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Dr. Aloke Kumar
(आलोक कुमार)
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering,
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Email: alokekumar AT

PI Background:

2000-2005 – B. Tech & M. Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

2005-2010 – PhD from Purdue University

Work experience:

  • Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Science, India Current
  • Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Science, India 05/2017-06/2021
  • Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, USA 02/2017-05/2017
  • Assistant Professor at University of Alberta, Canada 2013-2017
  • Staff Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA 2010-2013

Awards and Honors (Selected):

  • Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Microfluidics for Biological Systems, NSERC, Canada (2014-2017)
  • Eugene P. Wigner Fellowship, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA (2010-Present)
  • DeKármán Fellowship, Josephine DeKármán Fellowship Trust, California, USA (2009-2010)
  • Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, Purdue University, USA (2009-2010)
  • Adelberg Fellowship, Purdue University, USA (2007-2008)
  • Ross Fellowship, Purdue University, USA (2005-2006)

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Research Group at IISc:


Rashmi Dixit
I, Dr. Rashmi Dikshit have completed my graduation from Lucknow University and Masters in Zoology from Awadh University. Subsequently, I joined Ph.D. from Lucknow University which was discontinued after a year due to personal commitments. However in order to quench my academic research oriented thirst, I re-engineered myself and joined M Phil in microbiology after a gap of 6 long years. I successfully completed M. Phil. followed by Ph.D. in Microbiology from Jain University, Bangalore. I also worked as Research fellow on a project sponsored by Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India (SERB) for one year. I have experimented myself in fields varying from zoology to agricultural microbiology and food microbiology etc. I feel I have an everlasting passion for research. To continue my pursuit towards valuable research, currently I am working as a DBT BioCare Scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Indian institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.


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Debayan Dasgupta (Post-Doc)
I am Dr. Debayan Dasgupta, research associate at IISC, Bengaluru since June 2021. I have completed my PhD from NIT Silchar in March 2021. My PhD work involves modelling of atomization by disintegration of liquid sheet of inviscid, viscous and viscoelastic fluid. Currently I am working on the phenomenon of droplet coalescence in Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluid. I have also worked on augmentation of heat transfer by using rectangular variable height fin array during the course of my MTech (NERIST, Arunachal Pradesh). I have research interest in varied fields involving problems related to fluid mechanics and heat transfer.

Graduate Students at IISc (Current):

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Gannena Raghuram (PhD)
I completed my bachelors and masters from Central University of Chhattisgarh and Amrita university respectively. I am going to work on microscale flows.

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Divakar Badal (PhD)
I joined this lab in winter 2017 as a PhD student. I have completed integrated M.Tech in biomedical engineering from IIIT Allahabad in 2017. I am interested in exploring the interdisciplinary aspect of microfluidics and microbiology.

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V. Sarath Chandra Varma (PhD)
I V. Sarath Chandra Varma received my bachelor’s degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad and master’s from NIT Jamshedpur. My area of research is fluid flow at micro scales.

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Navin Kumar Chandra (PhD)
I, Navin Kumar Chandra have completed my B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from NIT Raipur (2014 Batch). After my graduation I have worked for 3 years in HSCC India Limited as an Executive where I used to design air conditioning system for hospitals and then I worked for 10 months in the Pipelines division of Indian Oil Corporation as an Operations & Maintenance engineer. To pursue my interest in research field I joined IISc Bangalore in the month of July 2018.

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Nitin Gupta (PhD)
Research interest: Mechanical characterization of soft materials; Manufacturing (formability) analysis of wood. Working Experience: Assistant Professor, DVR & HS MIC college of Technology, Kanchikacherla, A.P. (June-Oct 2018) Education:PhD pursuing: IISc Bangalore (Joined in Jan 2019); M Tech: Materials Science and Technology (Mechanical Engineering), National Institute of Technology Calicut (2016-2018); B Tech: Mechanical Engineering, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU) (2012-2016).

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Prabeen Pattnayak (PhD)
Research interest: I, Prabeen Kumar Pattnayak, have done my B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Centurion University of Technology and Management, Odisha and M.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Pune. I did my M.Tech dissertation work at Cryogenic Engineering Design Laboratory, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore. I have joined Department of Mechanical Engineering, IISc Bangalore in August 2019 as a doctoral student.

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Abhineet Singh Rajput (PhD)
I Abhineet Singh Rajput have received a Bachelor’s degree with majors in Mechanical Engineering and minors in Nuclear Power Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (2014-2018). I have worked as an Engineering Officer in Indian Oil Corporation Limited, India for one year. I am a Young Engineer and Scientist Awardee (Honda Foundations) for the year 2016 and have worked as a research intern at the Institute of Environmental Studies & Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tokyo. I have joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering, IISc Bangalore in August 2019 as a Prime Minister’s Research Fellow to pursue my doctoral studies. Anything that triggers my curiosity is my research interest and currently, I am working on Liquid Crystals and Active Nematic Systems. Along with research, I have an interest in Taekwondo, playing musical instruments, cooking and cricket.

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Shivangi Mishra (PhD)

I joined IISc Bangalore as a PhD student in Jan 2020. I am working on an interdisciplinary project that aims to decipher the effect of “microgravity” on bacterial physiology and behaviour. Educational backgroung: M.Tech in Biotechnology, BITS Pilani, Pilani campus, 2019; B.Tech in Biotechnology, Amity University, 2017. Previous employment: Worked as Junior research fellow for 6 months (Jun2019-Dec2019) at Translational Health Science and Technology Institue ( THSTI), Faridabad. Summer intern at Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (2017).

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Dhanashri Desai
I, Dhanashri Desai, received my Bachelor’s degree from Govt. College of Engineering, Pune (2013-2017). I worked as Summer Intern in Central Quality Dept., Electric and Automation Unit, L&T, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra (2016). After graduation, I worked for one year in Ashok Leyland as Graduate Engineer Trainee in Product Quality Dept. (2017-2018). I received Outstanding Project award for Advanced Problem-Solving project during GET training program (2018). I took a break for preparation after working. I joined Dr. Kumar’s lab in October 2020 as MTech Research student. My Research interests are Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Solid Mechanics and Finite Element Analysis. I am working on development of Ceramic Cellular Structures using Rapid Prototyping technique. Along with studies I enjoy Rowing (especially Sculling), Trekking, playing roadside Badminton and Cooking.

Lab Manager:

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Chaitra Arakesha
I am Chaitra Arakesha, Master of Science (Gold Medal) in Computer Science (2014) from Bangalore University. I joined Kumar’s lab in August 2018 as Project Assistant. I have prior experience at IISc for 4yrs from October 2014 as Data modeller and Data Analyst.

Research Assistants (Current):

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I am Nayanashree and I joined Kumar’s lab on march 12 2021 as Project assistant. I have completed my post graduation MSc in Microbiology from M.S Ramaiah college for arts, science and commerce and have worked at Azyme Bioscience Pvt.Ltd on a project “OPTIMIZATION FOR THE PRODUCTION OF PEPTIDE ANTIBIOTICS FROM SOIL MICROBES”.

UG/PG Project/Thesis students (Current):


Graduate students:

  • Dibyendu Mandal (MTech(R); Defended successfully at Indian Institute of Science in May 2021; Thesis title – Brownian motion in complex fluids
  • Nandini Debnath (PhD; Defended successfully at University of Alberta in Spring 2020; Thesis title – Colloidal fouling in a microfluidic membrane mimic device
  • Rajorshi Paul (MSc; Defended successfully at University of Alberta in Spring 2018; Thesis title – Rivalry in Sibling Bacillus subtilis colonies: Enemy or Family?; Will be joining Stanford Univ. for PhD)
  • Behnam Gheshlaghi (MSc; Defended successfully at University of Alberta in Spring 2016; Thesis title – Rotation Effects on Dyanmics of Fluid Flow through Microchannels)
  • Mahtab Hassanpourfard (PhD; Defended successfully at University of Alberta in Spring 2017; Dissertation title – Bacterial Streamer formation in Porous Media)
  • Swayamdipta Bhaduri (PhD; Defended successfully at University of Alberta in December 2017; Dissertation title – Microbillay Induced Calcite Precipitation mediated by Sporosarcina pasteurii)
  • Ishita Biswas (PhD; Defended successfully at University of Alberta in April 2018; Dissertation title – Dynamics of bacterial streamers and its impact on biofouling of microfluidic filtration system

Project Assistants

  • Ms. Vainavi Alva (UG Project work)
  • Mr. Animesh Jain (JRF; Will be joining Cambridge Univ. for PhD)
  • Mr. Arjav Vashi (Will be joining UCSD for MS)
  • Mr. Shanthan K. Padisala (Will be joining Ohio State Univ. for MS)

Long Term Interns

  • Ms. Vainavi Alva (UG Project work)
  • Ms. Aahana Prakash (UG Project work)
  • Ms. Pooja M Raju (UG Project work)
  • Ms. Harshita Jain (MTech Project work)
  • Mr. Sreeram Rajesh (UG Project work)

Undergraduate Researchers

  • Zahra Nikakhtari (Undergraduate researcher from U. of Alberta; Currently pursuing Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at University of Alberta)
  • Sophie Shi (Undergraduate researcher from U. of Alberta)


  • Diwakar Swaroop from IIT (Winter Intern 2018)
  • Deepthi Vinod from VIT (Summer Intern 2018)
  • Sreekar from IIT Kharagpur (Summer Intern 2018)
  • Ronit Banerjea from IIT Kharagpur (Summer Intern 2018)
  • Sabyasachi Sen from IIT Kharagpur (Summer Intern 2018)
  • Bhaibhab Pattnaik from IIT Kharagpur (Winter Intern 2017)
  • Srishti Samadder from IIT Kharagpur (Winter Intern 2018)
  • Pranav C.M. from RMIT (Spring 2018)
  • Kaustubh Desai from RMIT (Spring 2018)
  • Linton D’Souza from RMIT (Spring 2018)
  • Joshua Sebastian from RMIT (Spring 2018)
  • Sourav Kundu from IIT Kharagpur (Winter Intern 2017)
  • Debonil Maity from IIT Kharagpur (Summer Intern 2013)
  • Nikhil Gupta from IIT Bombay (Summer Intern 2013)


Closed Positions:
July 2018: Open Project Assistant Position: Applicants with a good knowledge of Mechanical Engineering and good communication skills may apply. Interested applications should send a 2-page CV in PDF to the PI before 13th July, 2018.

November 2017: Open Postdoctoral Research Associate Position @ Indian Institute of Science. Apply through [link disabled]

March 2017: Open Junior Research Fellow Position: Applicants with a good knowledge of Mechanical Engineering and good communication skills may apply. Applicants should send in their complete CV, along with names of at least two referees to the PI.