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vsoppina@iitgn.ac.in
vsoppina@gmail.com

Virupakshi Soppina, Ph.D

DBT - Ramalingaswami Fellow

Block-5/353

Biological Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar

Palaj, Gandhinagar - 382355.

Tel       : + 91 79 2395 2485 (Office)

            : + 91 79 2395 2242 (Lab)

mobile : + 91 90 9908 9386

Awards & Honors

  • Guest editor for ‘Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology’.

  • Affiliate member of the ‘The Royal Society of Chemistry’, March 2021.

  • Academic recognition as an ‘Outstanding Instructor’ for the course BE 613: Biochemistry during Semester I of the academic year 2019-2020.

  • Awarded ‘Ramalingaswami Re-entry fellowship’ (BT/HRD/35/02/2006; dated: 20/10/2016) by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, New Delhi, India.

  • Awarded ‘Ramanujan fellowship’ (SB/S2/RJN-113/2015; dated: 23/11/2015) by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, India (Not availed).

  • Award of ‘Excellence in Research Fellowship’ (2015-2017), IIT Gandhinagar.

  • Travel award’ by the Center for Organogenesis, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA to attend the Young Investigator Meeting (YIM) held in Lonavala, MH, India, from January 7-12, 2012.

  • Foreign Travel award’ by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT), New Delhi, India, for presenting a poster at the 48th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Cell Biology (ASCB), San Francisco, CA, USA from December 13-17, 2008

  • Award of ‘Senior Research Fellow (SRF),' Dept. of Biotechnology, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga from 2003 to 2006 in a CSIR funded project ‘Pilot scale production of alkaline protease and cellulase free xylanase from Bacillus sp. JB-99’.

  • Secured ‘Merit Scholarship’ to pursue Doctor of Philosophy at the Department of Biotechnology, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga (2000-2003).              

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor

                    Understanding the molecular mechanisms of intracellular transport and their implications in human                         diseases 

                       

                    The discipline of Biological Engineering, 

                    Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN), Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.                  

                        

Research Specialist Intermediate

                     Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence (TIRF) microscope-based Single-Molecule Analysis of                                    Kinesin-3 family Motors 

                     

                      Cell and Departmental Biology, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.                      

                      With Prof. Kristen Verhey

 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

                     Understanding the in vitro and in vivo motility and regulation properties of Kinesin motors.

                     Cell and Departmental Biology                     

                     

                     University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.

                     With Prof. Kristen Verhey

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

                     Understanding the Mechanism of Bidirectional Transport Mechanism using

                     Dictyostelium  discoideum as a model system

                     

                     Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, India.

                     With Dr. Roop Mallik

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D)

                     Studies on Chloroplast and Mitochondrial DNA polymorphism in Sugarcane

                     Department of Biotechnology

                     

                     Gulbarga University, Gulbarga, India.

                     With Prof. G.R. Naik

Master of Science (M.Sc)

                     Biotechnology

                     Department of Biotechnology

                     Gulbarga University, Gulbarga, India.