Our People

We have a team of dedicated researchers who are working on cutting edge research in the field of genome engineering.

Dr. Sivaprakash Ramalingam

Principal Investigator

Siva received his doctorate in Biotechnology from University of Madras, Chennai, India. After a brief stint at Pharma Company, Orchid Pharma Ltd, Chennai, as a Research Scientist, he pursued his post-doctoral studies in the laboratory of gene-editing pioneer and inventor of zinc finger nucleases Prof. Chandra at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA, with research focus on pluripotent stem cell engineering. During his post-doctoral research, he received MSCRF exploratory grant award from Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund in 2012 and then worked as a Junior Faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He then returned to India with Ramalingaswami Fellowship Award from Department of Biotechnology and joined CSIR-IGIB in 2017 as a Senior Scientist.


Dr. Neelam Lohani

Postdoctoral Fellow

Neelam completed her PhD in Biochemistry from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India in 2016. Presently she is pursuing her National Post-Doctoral fellowship awarded by SERB-Department of Science and Technology (Govt. of India). Her research in the lab focuses on reactivating fetal hemoglobin through CRISPR/Cas9 technology and develop a promising approach for treating β-hemoglobinopathies.


Sangam Giri Goswami

PhD Student

Sangam joined Dr. Sivaprakash Ramalingam’s Laboratory after completing his Masters in Biotechnology (M.Sc.) degree from Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh. His interest lies in the area of targeted genome editing to alleviate the symptoms in Sickle Cell Anemia patients. When not in lab, he focuses on his fitness training and likes to travel whenever possible.


Nupur Bhargava

Research Fellow

Nupur finished her undergraduate studies at Miranda House, University of Delhi. She then went onto pursue her post-graduation in Biomedical Sciences at King’s College, London. Since early 2017, she has been working with Dr. Sivaprakash Ramlingam. In Siva’s lab she is currently working on generation, characterization and genetic correction disease-specific iPSCs. She likes to read in her free time.


Nitin Khatri

Research Fellow

Nitin joined Dr. Sivaprakash Ramalingam’s Laboratory after completing his Master’s in Biotechnology (M.Tech) degree from Anna University, Chennai. His research interests lies in area of Stem Cell Biology and Targeted genome engineering in order to understand the mechanisms underlying their functioning. Outside the lab, he likes to spend time playing cricket and football.