Rudra Nayan Das

Weizmann Institute of Science

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in Weizmann Institute of Science, in the lab of Prof. Karina Yaniv. I work on aspects of with endothelial cell specification, plasticity and regeneration in the juvenile and adult zebrafish. I extensively utilize imaging and lineage tracing methodologies, and keenly follow the different technological advancements in fluorescent microscopy, especially in the context of in vivo imaging.

During my PhD at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), mentored by Prof. K VijayRaghavan and (Late) Prof. Veronica Rodrigues, I combined developmental studies with behavioral analysis to understand the serotonergic modulatory system governing the Drosophila olfactory behavior. In the time between my PhD and postdoc, I spent an year exploring live imaging of muscle-tendon interactions in Drosophila flight muscles.

I grew up in Kolkata (Eastern India), where I did my studies till the master’s degree (in zoology), after which I moved to Bangalore (Southern India), for my PhD. Outside science and lab, I study and ponder about history. I enjoy cooking and traveling. I am also a big football (soccer) enthusiast.

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