Welcome to Miten's Website

About Me

I am an Assistant Research Scientist in the UCSC Nanopore Group led by Dr. Mark Akeson.

I am currently working on multiple projects that include: optimizing sequencing methods and developing software for MinION and PromethION nanopore devices; analyzing sequence data from bacterial and human epigenomes; developing novel methods to detect regions of interest as well as base modifications in genomic DNA and native RNA.

I did my undergraduate engineering degree in Biotechnology Enginering from the University of Rajasthan, India (2006); and then finished an MS in Biotechnology from department of Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences at State University of New York at Buffalo (2008). I worked for two and a half years post that at Nanoprobes Inc., a nanotechnology company, where I worked with research and development of metal nanoparticles for biomedical imaging and therapeutic applications. I finished my Ph.D. in Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics from the department of Biomolecular Engineering at UCSC, and then continued as a postdoctoral researcher within the group. In 2018, I started my position as an Assistant Research Scientist at UCSC.

As part of gaining more research experience during graduate school, and to fulfill the curriculum's research requirements, I rotated with Dr. Nader Pourmand in his Biotechnology & Biosensor Group during my first quarter. My project involved optimizing and using Nanopipettes to perform Single-Cell Biopsy.

For my research in Winter 2011, I worked in the Nanopore Group with Dr. Mark Akeson and Dr. David Bernick. Along with my project partner, Nick Hahner, I developed various strategies and a pipeline to help with assembling, and analyzing metagenomes.

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