Jayanta completed his studies in chemistry with organic chemistry specialization from University of Pune in 2004. During mid 2004 he moved to the laboratory of Prof. Horst Kessler in TU Munich, Germany and stayed there until mid 2008 working for his PhD while learning about “peptides”. After that he moved to Japan for a short stint and then came back to Germany in late 2009 for his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Maja Köhn at EMBL-Heidelberg. This training resulted in his long-term interest in “peptides as chemical tools” to perturb biological systems.
Hitesh joined the lab in 2013 for his doctoral studies. His work involves chemical modification of biologically relevant macrocyclic peptides to improve their pharmacological properties.
Priyanka joined the lab in 2014 for her doctoral studies. Her work involves stabilizing protein secondary structures in aquesous solution by incorporating unnatural amino acids at the reverse turns.
Bhavesh joined the lab in 2015 for his doctoral studies. He is utilizing thioamides to study non covalent interactions in proteins.
Venkat joined the lab in 2015 for his doctoral studies. He is studying methods to modulate the thermodynamic and kinetic stability of proteins.
Pritha joined the lab in 2016 for her doctoral studies. She is studying non covalent interactions to stabilize protein secondary structures.
Amrita has joined us as an integrated PhD student in 2017. Her work involves investigating the mechanism of action of antimicrobial peptides.
Ranu has joined the lab as a project assistant. She is designing novel antimicrobial peptides.