Associate Professor
Chemical Engineering
Phone: (079) 23952523

Office: Academic Block 4, Office 407
Address: IIT Gandhinagar, Palaj Campus,
Palaj, Near GIFT City,
Gandhinagar 382355


Welcome to my homepage at IIT Gandhinagar!
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Gandhinagar since December 2016.

My group is interested in the study of soft-matter systems (proteins, polymers and a number of biological materials) using the principles of Statistical Mechanics and Polymer Physics. We use a combination of theory and molecular Simulations (Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics) to draw insights into the interactions that take place at the nano-scale.
We adopt a multi-scale approach for our simulations. We focus on coarse-grained lattice/bead-spring models to get a qualitative understanding of the system and use this information to set up Molecular Dynamics simulations.

Prior to joining here, I obtained my Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University under the supervision of Prof Sanat K Kumar. During my Ph.D., I focussed on understanding protein-surface interactions and the effect of surface curvature on protein stability using simple lattice models through Monte Carlo simulations.
Prior to joining IIT Gandhinagar, I worked as a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under Prof Charles Sing. I worked on charged polymer systems and tried to understand charge correlations and their effect on the phase behavior and morphologies of these systems using a combination of mean-field theories and Gibbs Ensemble Monte Carlo simulations.

While pursuing my PhD at Columbia University, I developed a keen interest in utilizing stochastic methods for financial modelling. This interest has stayed with me, and I continue to explore the application of techniques such as Monte Carlo simulations to areas such as option pricing, portfolio management, and financial modelling. I enjoy dabbling in these topics and would be delighted to offer my expertise to any student seeking short-term summer or winter internships