Mandira Choppella


College / University

University of Hyderabad

Highest Degree

Master of Science

Major Subjects

Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Systems Biology




Lab Experience

Molecular cloning, site-directed mutagenesis, fluorescence microscopy, electrophoresis (agarose, SDS-PAGE), PCR, UV-Vis spectrophotometry and protein estimation, Drosophila melanogaster husbandry and RNAi experiments, immunohistochemistry, Python programming.

Projects / Research

  • 2020 – 2021: “Identification of novel regulators of mitochondrial biogenesis in Drosophila melanogaster”, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Hyderabad
  • 2019: “Role of novel epoxylipids in the heart and their effect on mitochondrial function”, University of Alberta
  • 2018: “Genetic screen in Drosophila melanogaster for the identification of pathways involved in stress-induced mitochondrial biogenesis”, TIFR Hyderabad
  • 2017: “Cloning and site-directed mutagenesis of the coiled-coil domains of Hematopoietic PBX-Interacting Protein (HPIP)”, University of Hyderabad

Scholarships / Awards

2021 – 2022: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2019: University of Alberta Research Experience (UARE) Fellowship
2018: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Visiting Students Research Program (VSRP) Fellowship


The intricacies of processes and communication within cells have always fascinated me. Over the years I’ve gained a particular interest in the happenings within the nucleus and the mitochondria of a cell, as well as the crosstalk between the two organelles. Throughout my research work, I hope to understand the molecular basis of cell survival and death through the lens of mitochondrial biology, epigenetics, and gene regulation.