After completing my high school education at La
Martiniere in Calcutta,
India, I moved to New Jersey in 2004. I graduated from Amherst
Massachusetts, in 2008 with majors in physics, chemistry and biology.
At Amherst I conducted research with David Hansen in materials chemistry.
I also had the opportunity to work with Tirupati Sridharan at the
Center for Astrophysics in massive star formation, and with Peer Fischer at
the Rowland Institute at
Harvard in optics.
While pursuing my undergraduate career I increasing came to realize the promise
single molecule biophysics holds in delivering new science. Thereafter I enrolled
in the PhD program in applied physics at Stanford in 2008, and joined the Block
lab in March 2009.
In lab I am currently working with Dan Koslover on examining the single-molecule
motion of E. coli RNA polymerase in transcription and intrinsic termination
under different salt conditions.