Veena Jagannathan


College / University

Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science (Honors)

Major Subjects

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Immunology, Membrane Biology and Bioenergetics, Genetics



India / USA

Lab Experience

Basic molecular biology techniques. Protein purification techniques such as gel filtration chromatography, ion exchange chromatography. Protein analysis techniques such as Western Blotting, SDS PAGE.

Projects / Research

05/2008 – 06/2008: Growth kinetics and GPL profile of Mycobacterium smegmatis as a function of different media. In vivo characterization of dps2 promoter Molecular Biophysics Unit (Prof. Dipankar Chatterji), Indian Institute of Science, Bangaluru, India

Scholarships / Awards

2009 – 2010: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2008 – 2009: Medal for securing third rank at University of Delhi, India
2008: Summer Research Fellowship sponsored by Indian Academy of Sciences (Bangaluru), Indian National Science Academy (New Delhi), and National Academy of Sciences (Allahabad)
2007 – 2008: Certificate of Merit for securing third position at UDSC (University of Delhi - South Campus, India)


Biology has always intrigued me right from my school days. From the anatomy of the human body to the components that are responsible for the formation of these distinct structures, I was always fascinated at how a complex organism, such as a human being, was ultimately composed of nothing but tiny cells. How beautifully these tiny cells are able to perform such complex functions and also coordinate them with so much ease, urged me to explore this mysterious world of genes and proteins and made my interest in Molecular Biology grow profound. How the breakdown of such a beautifully organised and well structured system affects the human body and leads to cancer is my current area of interest. I am keen to learn, explore and gain knowledge about the molecular and biochemical mechanisms involved in the development and growth of cancer, which can give insights not only on the normal functioning of the cell, but at the same time, can also help us devise new strategies for the problems faced in the treatment of cancer.