Curriculum Vitae

Current Position 
Assistant Professor, Center for Ecological Sciences, (Sept 2011 – present)
Associate faculty, IISc Math. Initiative (Sept 2011 – present)
DBT Ramalingaswami Fellow (April 2012 – present).
Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, 560012,
Karnataka, India

Academic Background
Postdoctoral Research Associate June 2008-Aug 2011
Adviser: Prof. Iain Couzin
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University

Ph.D in Physics Oct 2003 – April 2008
Adviser: Prof. C. Jayaprakash, Department of Physics
Thesis title: “Applications of nonequilibrium statistical physics to ecological systems”
Minor in Statistics
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Integrated M.Sc. in Physics 1998-2003
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India

Professional Experience
Graduate Research Associate 2005-2007
Department of Physics, The Ohio State University

Graduate Teaching Associate 2003-2005
Department of Physics, The Ohio State University

Awards/Honors

Associate, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, 2013-2016.

DBT Ramalingaswami Fellowship, 2012-2017 (by the Dept of Biotechnology, Govt. of India)

Volterra Award, Ecological Society of America, 2008
Best student presentation in Theoretical Ecology at the annual meeting at Milwaukee

Presidential Fellowship, The Ohio State University 2007-08
Highest recognition for graduate students in the university

Indian Institute of Science Young Fellow
Undergraduate summer fellowship for 3 years 1998-2001

Professional Organizations
American Physical Society, and Ecological Society of America

Talks/Presentations

(a) Invited talks:

Regional conference of young scientists, Third World Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, March, 2014.
Teachers conference on active matter, KITP, Univ. California, Santa Barbara, US (declined).
Population genetics workshop and meeting, International workshop and meeting, Bangalore, Feb 2014.
International Conference on Mathematical Modeling and Applications,Nov 2013, Meiji University (Nakano, Tokyo, Japan)
Individuals and Groups, International Workshop and Discussion Meeting, Almora, May 2012 International conference on theoretical and mathematical biology, Pune, India, Jan 2012 Working group on “Practical methods for analysis of early-warnings for regime shifts”, Santa Fe Institute, NM, Oct 2011
Symposium at SIAM Conference on Applications of Dyn System s[declined] May 2011
University of Central Florida, Mathematical Biology Colloquium, Orlando, FL, Feb2011
Jornada 18th Annual Symposium, University of New Mexico, Las Cruces, USA,  June 2009
Ecological thresholds workshop, United States Geological Service, Duluth, MN,    May 2008.

(b) Invited summer schools/workshops

Nonlinear Dynamics in Biology” at National Mathematics Initiative, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, July, 2013
Ecology through numbers, Young Ecologists Talk and Interact, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, Dec 2012.
Mathematical modeling of Patterns and Diffusion Procession in Ecology, ISI-Kolkata, June 2012.
Ecology through numbers, Young Ecologists Talk and Interact, IIT-Guwahati, Dec 2011.

(c) Selected departmental seminars

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Dept of Physics, March 2013
Indian Institute of Science, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Bangalore, Feb 2012.
National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore,                                Nov 2010
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Theoretical Physics, Mumbai    Nov 2010
Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai,                                         Nov 2010
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Adv Sci Res, Theoretical Sciences         Oct 2010
Indian Institute of Science, Department of Physics                               Oct 2010
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune                   Dec 2009

(d) Contributed talks

Inclusive fitness and game theory, Arolla, Switzerland,                     June 2013
ICAM workshop on Soft active materials, Syracyse, NY                    May 2009
Ecological Society of America, Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI        Aug 2008
Probability summer school, Cornell University,                                   June 2008
British Ecological Society, Annual Meeting, Glasgow, UK                    Sept 2007
Ecological Society of America, Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA             Aug 2007
Ecological Society of America, Annual Meeting, Memphis, TN           Aug 2006
American Physical Society, March meeting, Baltimore, WA                March 2006

(e) Research workshops/schools on specialized topics
Insect self-organization, Mathematical Biosciences Institute, OSU                    Mar 2011
Cancer Modeling, Mathematical Biosciences Institute, OSU                               Sept 2010
DARPA “Fundamental Laws of Biology” meeting, Dana Point, CA                     Jan 2010
Probability theory in ecology, Cornell University, Ithaca                                     June 2008
Biology of decision making, Mathematical Biosciences Institute, OSU               June 2008
Theoretical Ecology and Evolution, Mathematical Biosciences Institute, OSU  July 2006
Spatial Ecology, Mathematical Biosciences Institute, OSU,                                 March 2006

Service to scientific community:
(a) Reviewer for grant proposals from international funding agencies.

(b) Reviewer for journal articles: Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences USA, Ecology Letters, American Naturalist, Ecological Monographs, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Theoretical Ecology, Ecosphere, Theoretical Population Biology, Phil. Transactions Roy Soc A, Ecological Modelling, Physica A and others.

(c) Co-organizer of student session “How to succeed in Ecology” in Ecological Society of America annual meeting, 2008, at San Jose.

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