Molecular Physiology

Vaibhvi

PhD student

R.807
Phone: +49 431 880-2581
Telefax: +49 431 880-4197
vvaibhvi@zoologie.uni-kiel.de

Short CV

  • since 2019
PhD student, Kiel University, Germany
  • 2013-2018            

Integrated Bachelor's and Master's of Science, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali, India

Master thesis: Role of cellular immune components in evolved immunity in Drosophila melanogaster

Research experience

2016/05-2016/07: Lab intern: Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India
                                 "Genetic analysis of a probable juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) causing gene in indian population"

2015/05-2015/07: Lab intern: Indian Insitute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneshwar, India
                                 "Molecular genetics of pseudoexfoliation syndrome and pseudoexfoliation glaucoma in indian population"

2014/05-2014/07: Lab intern: Indian Insitute of Science Education and Research, Mohali, India
                                 "Effect of dietary restriction on Drosophila melanogaster populations selected for differential rate of aging"

Research topic

I am highly fascinated by the effects of nutritional stress on the immunocompetence of animals. Using Drosophila melanogaster as a model, I work on deciphering the impact of different dietary compositions in terms of protein to carbohydrate ratios. Therefore, I examine various phenotypic and genotypic immune defense parameters, like survival ability on facing a pathogen, pathogen clearance and expression of genes involved in the immune system. Furthermore, I plan to extend my work to look for the existence of lifelong or trans-generational memory of nutritional stress and response to secondary stress encounters.