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Dr Abhinav Koyamangalath Vadakkepat

A Koyamangalath Vadakkepat

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Dr Abhinav Koyamangalath Vadakkepat

Scientific Inspiration

Late Dorothy Mary Crowfoot Hodgkin, University of Oxford is my scientific inspiration as she exemplified academic excellence and human pursuit of knowledge while ensuring her colleagues and lab members are mentored well so that they each of them become an original thinker and a future leader in science. I have personally benefited from her working style as my PhD supervisor received his scientific training in her lab and he inculcated many of these traits in his students.

Supervision Style

In a few words or phrases: Detail-oriented, mentoring-teaching, understanding, collaborative, and inclusive

Provision of Training

I prefer to take responsibility for your technical training at first, leading to more independence later.

Progression Monitoring and Management

I like to be kept up to date, and will expect to see evidence of method development/data generation results on a daily/weekly basis. Although I will set out my expectations of your progression on a weekly/monthly basis, if these progression criteria are not met, we will always discuss a plan of action together.


In addition to email, the team has a WhatsApp group chat with which we regularly communicate during the week and weekends. Whilst I expect you to keep up with my/ team communications I will expect you to manage your work/life balance.

PhD Students can expect scheduled meetings with me:

In a group meeting

At least once per week

In year 1 of PhD Study

At least once per week

In year 2 of PhD Study

At least once per week

In year 3 of PhD Study

At least once per fortnight

These one on one meetings will mainly be face to face, and I am usually contactable for an instant response on every working day.

Working Pattern

Work in my lab requires being present on site (be it in a laboratory or at a field site) during core hours.

Notice Period for Feedback

I need at least 1 week’s notice to provide feedback on written work of up to 5000 words