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Vidyalakshmi Muthukumar


My name is Vidyalakshmi. I started my PhD program at the University of Warwick in September 2013. I love doing research in science and engineering. I am familiar with and will be using both experimental and computational tools to study the organization of divisome components, primarily FtsZ which is a key conserved protein mediating bacterial cell division. With this project I want to go further in the direction of solving the jigsaw puzzle biological systems present at cellular and molecular level, as there in lies the present and the future of our healthcare systems.

Academic Background


B.Tech Biotechnology, SASTRA University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu CGPA 9.41/10

Worked under the guidance of Prof. Ponnusami V, on Synthesis of Activated Carbon from plant leaves (team project).


MS Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey CGPA 3.68/4

MS Thesis

Worked under guidance of Prof. Meenakshi Dutt, Rutgers University, on Designing Soft Nanomaterials via the Self Assembly of Functionalized Icosahedral Viral Capsid Nanoparticles

Worked with Prof. Paul Takhistov and Prof. Meenakshi Dutt, on Computational study of drying and dissolution of polymer films (team project).

2013 - Present:

PhD (pursuing), Analytical Science, MOAC DTC, University of Warwick

Working under guidance of Prof. Alison Rodger, Dr. Syma Khalid on 'Organization of the divisome complex components'