Current PhD Students

Aakash Gupta

PhD Candidate, Genetics (School of Biosciences)

Aakash is a PhD student at the School of Biosciences, The University of Melbourne, under the supervision of Prof Alex Andrianopoulos (University of Melbourne) and Prof Rintu Banerjee (IIT Kharagpur). His research is focussed on human pathogen Taloromyces Marneffei and Aspergillus Nidulans. The research deals with the gene expression of both the species under different conditions and making a comparative analysis between them. The cell-wall composition of the species and their properties will be explored in detail.

Aakash completed his B. Tech. in Biotechnology from Amity University in 2013 and Master’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) in 2015. His Master’s thesis was focussed on Biodiesel production using lipid extracted from Aspergillus Niger.

Bosirul Hoque

PhD Candidate, School of Chemistry

Bosir completed his Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from Krishnath College, University of Kalyani in 2013 and Master’s degree in Chemistry from IIT Kanpur in 2015. His master’s thesis was focused on ‘Microscopic morphology study of gel based on customised design tetra-peptide’.

Bosir is now pursuing full-time PhD at the School of Chemistry. His research is about ‘Development of passive sampler and microfluidic paper based analytical devices for environmental monitoring of heavy metals’. He is working under supervision of Prof Spas Kolev (Unimelb) and Dr T. G. Gopakumar (IIT Kanpur).

Chinchu Mohan

PhD Candidate, Department of Infrastructure Engineering

Chinchu pursued her Master’s Degree in Land and Water Resource Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering from Kerala Agricultural University.

She is currently a PhD student in the Environmental group of the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne. Her research is supervised by Dr Yongping Wei, Prof Andrew Western ( University of Melbourne) and Dr Madan Kumar Jha (IIT Kharagpur).

Her research focuses on evaluation of impact of water allocation practices on groundwater systems. She is developing an optimal water allocation plan, which ensures long term water yield without tampering natural processes.

Debajit Dutta

PhD Candidate, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Debajit is a PhD student at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Melbourne. He is being supervised by Prof Aurore Delaigle (Unimelb).  His research topic is titled "Theoretical and Numerical aspects of Functional Data Analysis".

Debajit completed his Master of Science (M. Sc.) in Statistics from IIT Kanpur in June 2015. His final year project involved developing the asymptotic distribution of a quantile estimator of the location parameter in stochastic volatility models. It was done under the supervision of Dr Subhra Sankar Dhar and Dr Amit Mitra of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, IIT Kanpur.

Dileep Chandran

PhD Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dileep is a PhD student in the Fluid Mechanics group of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, supervised by Prof Ivan Marusic and Dr Jason Monty.

He is studying the near wall turbulence in high Reynolds number. He is primarily interested in fundamental and applied research in fluid mechanics and heat transfer with an aim to improve the efficiency of aero-thermal systems.

Dileep received B.Tech (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calicut in 2010 and M.S (by Research) in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 2014.

Gokul Siva Sankar

PhD Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Gokul is a PhD student in the Dynamics and Control Research group of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is being supervised by Dr Chris Manzie (University of Melbourne) and Dr Sridharakumar Narasimhan (IIT Madras).

His research focus is on developing economics-based robust model predictive controller for diesel engines, with an objective to meet desired performance metrics whilst minimising fuel consumption and confining emissions to legislated limits.

Prior to joining The University of Melbourne, he was a Research Associate at the Department of Manufacturing, Science & Technology, Hospira Healthcare India. He was involved in providing technical support focussed on optimization and operational improvement, technology selection and troubleshooting.

Gokul completed his M.S. (by Research) from IIT Madras in 2013 and received his Bachelor’s degree from Anna University in Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering in 2010.

Himanshu Mishra

PhD Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Himanshu completed his B. Tech. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Babu Banarasi Das National Institute of Technology and Management (BBTNITM) Lucknow in 2012 and a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 2015. His M. Tech. thesis was focused on study of axial interaction of compressible vortex ring with cylinder.

Himanshu is now pursuing full-time PhD at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research is related to ‘entrainment in buoyant jets applied to clouds and volcanoes’. He is working under supervision of Prof Jimmy Philip and Jason Monty (Unimelb) and Prof Debopam Das (IIT Kanpur).

Jithin George

PhD Candidate, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Jithin is a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne. His work is supervised by Prof Brian Krongold and Dr Phee Yeoh.

Jithin is focusing on the optimization problems of wireless Multi Input Multi Output (MIMO) and heterogeneous networks for 5th Generation (5G) Cellular systems.

He received the M. Tech. degree in Telecommunication Systems Engineering (with Institute Medal) from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) in 2015 and the B.Tech degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from TKM College of Engineering, Kollam in 2012.

Johnson Jacob

PhD Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Johnson completed his B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Kannur in 2007 and masters (MS by Research) in Metallurgy and materials engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) in 2015. Prior to joining the masters’ course, Johnson worked as senior engineer at ISPAT Industries Ltd., an integrated steel plant in India. He also worked as an assistant professor at mechanical engineering department of St. Joseph College of engineering and technology, Palai, Kerala. Johnson is currently pursuing his doctoral research at Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC), Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Melbourne under the guidance of Prof Kenong Xia and Dr Ranjit Bauri (IITM). His research is focused on the study of Laser additive manufacturing of metals and alloys.

Nandakishor Desai

PhD Candidate, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Nandakishor is a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne. His work is supervised by Prof Marimtuthu Palaniswami, Dr Jayavardhana Gubbi (Unimelb) and Prof Jayanta Mukhopadhyay (IIT Kharagpur). He is working in the area of Medical Image Processing. His research focuses mainly on analysing the progression of Parkinson’s disease based on the Laryngeal CT scan.

He received his M. Tech. degree in Visual Information and Embedded Systems Engineering (VIPES) from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) and the B. Tech degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE), Mysore, Karnataka.

Nature Poddar

PhD Candidate, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Nature has graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree in Biotechnology from P.E.S. Institute of Technology (Bangalore, India) in 2012. With All-India-Rank of 34 in GATE-2013 (Biotechnology), she pursued Master’s degree in Agricultural Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur).

Currently, she is a postgraduate researcher in the Algae Processing Group (APG) of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at The University of Melbourne. Her research is supervised by Dr Gregory Martin (University of Melbourne) and Prof Ramkrishna Sen (IIT Kharagpur).

Her research mainly focuses on the effect and utilization of glycerol as a carbon source for the mixotrophic growth of algae and lipid accumulation. The project aims to reduce the overall cost of algal-biodiesel production by using process’ by-product (glycerol) in growing algae.

Mukesh Soni

PhD Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mukesh’s PhD topic is in Big Data Analytics in Telemedicine. His supervisors include Prof Saman Halgamuge and Prof Clarence de Silva.

He completed Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from IIT Bombay in January 2001. His Master’s thesis is in telemedicine involved development of low cost module for ECG Acquisition via PC Soundcard and its analysis.

He obtained bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering (1999) and diploma in Industrial Electronics (1994).

Over last 14 years, Mukesh worked at various global multi-national companies like Tektronix, Wipro Technologies, Bosch and GE Global Research. His experience spans across research, hardware and software development, program management and product planning leading to few publications and patents to my credit. In his previous role as Product Manager at Tektronix, he was driving the product planning and marketing of low-and-mid-range Test & Measurement instruments in engineering education sector.

Nitheesh George

PhD Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Nitheesh is a PhD student in the Fluid Mechanics group of the mechanical engineering Department at The University of Melbourne. His research involves Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) of brushfires in order to understand and predict fire behaviour.

His research work is supervised by Dr Daniel Chung (Unimelb) and Prof M Govardhan (IIT Madras).

He completed Master’s Degree in mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 2014 and Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Aeronautical Society of India, New Delhi in 2011.

Prathap Chandran

PhD Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Prathap earned an M.Tech (2011) in Metallurgy from Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) and a B.Tech (2009) in Mechanical Engineering from TKM College of engineering, Kollam.

He worked as a visiting researcher at IFM, Deakin University, Australia for his master’s research and as a senior research fellow later at IITM. He is currently pursuing his doctoral research at Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC), Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Melbourne under the guidance of Prof Kenong Xia and Dr Srinivasa Rao Bakshi (IITM).

His research is focused on the development of high strength Al alloys by mechanical alloying and severe plastic deformation.

Rajesh Ranjan

PhD Candidate, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Rajesh Ranjan is a PhD student in the ISSNIP group at the department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Melbourne. He is working on Design and development of Participatory Health using Internet of Things. His research is supervised by Prof Marimuthu Palaniswami and Prof Ampalavanapillai Nirmalthas (Unimelb) and Dr Shantanu Bhattacharya (IIT Kanpur).

Rajesh completed his Masters in Design (2014) from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and Bachelors of Technology in Electronics and Instrumentation from Vellore Institute of Technology (2010).

He has been researching on the concept of the wearable device, remote patient monitoring and drug control system from his undergrads till date.

Salil Goel

PhD Candidate, Department of Infrastructure Engineering

Salil is enrolled as a PhD student in the Department of Civil Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) and as a MIPP (Melbourne India Postgraduate Program) Mode-II candidate in Department of Infrastructure Engineering at University of Melbourne. He is supervised by Dr Bharat Lohani (IIT Kanpur) and Dr Allison Kealy (University of Melbourne).

He received B.Tech in Civil Engineering and M.Tech in Geoinformatics, both under B.Tech-M.Tech Dual Degree Program in 2011 from IIT Kanpur. His PhD research project focuses on cooperative localization of UAVs.

He is attempting to develop a system where UAVs collectively share information among themselves and localise each of the UAVs in the team, even the ones which do not have a GNSS receiver onboard or have lost their GNSS signal.

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Santa Maiti

PhD Candidate, Department of Infrastructure Engineering

Santa completed her Master’s degree at School of Information Technology from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur in 2013. Her master’s thesis was focused on ‘Icon-based Interface to Internet for Language Illiterate People.’

Santa is now pursuing full-time PhD in the Geomatics group of the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne. Her research is about ‘Simulation of vehicle platoons in order to study their behaviour and impact on traffic’. She is working under supervision of Professor Stephan Winter, Dr Nicole Ronald (Unimelb) and Dr Amitabha Mukerjee (IIT Kanpur).

Shitanshu Kusmakar

PhD Candidate, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Shitanshu is a PhD Student at University of Melbourne supervised by Prof Marimtuthu Palaniswami, Prof M Ramanathan and Dr Jayavardhana Gubbi.

He is working on ubiquitous health monitoring devices and his area of learning is Biomedical signal processing. His research focuses on the development of innovative solutions to healthcare issues by adopting information and communication technology in healthcare, to have a significant and immediate impact in improving patients' quality of life.

He is investigating the use of wearable sensors in the detection of neurological disorders like epilepsy and stroke, with a focus on developing an automated easy to wear ambulatory monitoring device.

Shitnshu completed Masters in Clinical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Bachelors of Engineering in Biotechnology from Thapar University Punjab. Before, joining University of Melbourne for PhD, he worked as a Clinical Applications Engineer at R&D Centre HTIC, set up by IITM and Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India.

Vishnu A V

PhD Candidate, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Vishnu is a PhD student in the Future Grid group of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, supervised by Prof Iven Mareels and Prof Robin Evans. His research work is focused on the Smart grid and Battery management.

Vishnu received his M. Tech. (2013) in Machine Drives and Power Electronics (MDPE) from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and B. Tech. (2010) in Electrical and Electronics engineering from Government Engineering College Thrissur.

After completing his M. Tech. from IIT Kharagpur, he worked as an Engineer in Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. for 2 years. He was a system operator in the control room of Western Regional Load despatch centre, Mumbai. He was involved in the Grid Management, Energy Scheduling and Outage Management of the Western Regional grid of India.

Partha De

PhD Candidate,  Department of Computing and Information Systems

Partha De’s research involves design of side channel attack resistant cryptographic ASIC systems. His work is supervised by Prof Udaya Parampalli (Unimelb) and Prof Chittaranjan Mandal (IIT Kharagpur).

Partha holds Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science and Engineering from West Bengal University of Technology (2005). He completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology (2007) and Masters in Computer Science and Engineering (2015) from IIT Kharagpur.

He has 4 publications to his credits:

  1. Partha De, Kunal Banerjee, Chittaranjan Mandal, Debdeep Mukhopadhyay. Circuits and synthesis mechanism for hardware design to counter power analysis attacks. Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design (DSD), Verona, Italy, 2014, pages: 520–527. DOI: 10.1109/DSD.2014.61
  2. Partha De, Kunal Banerjee, Chittaranjan Mandal. A BDD based secure hardware design method to guard against power analysis attacks. International Symposium on VLSI Design and Test (VDAT), Coimbatore, India, 2014, pages: 1–2. DOI: 10.1109/ISVDAT.2014.6881088
  3. Partha De, Chittaranjan Mandal, Kunal Banerjee, “A BDD based circuit synthesis approach to counter power analysis attacks,” 27th IEEE International Conference on VLSI Design, Mumbai, India, 2014
  4. Partha De, Kunal Banerjee, Chittaranjan Mandal, Debdeep Mukhopadhyay. Designing DPA resistant circuits using BDD architecture and bottom pre-charge logic. Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design (DSD), Santander, Spain, 2013, pages: 641–644. DOI: 10.1109/DSD.2013.128

Sanjay Kumar Patil

PhD Candidate, School of Physics

Sanjay is currently pursuing PhD in school of physics, University of Melbourne. His research area includes “clustering likelihood analysis” which will eventually involve analysing data from South Pole Telescope. His research is supervised by Dr Christian Reichardt’s (Unimelb) and Dr Somnth Bharadwaj (IIT Kharagpur).

Sanjay worked with Dr Somnth Bharadwaj on “Mass discrepancy in the Galaxy Clusters” and completed Integrated Masters course in Physics from IIT Kharagpur in 2015.

His research interests are Observational Cosmology, Larger scale structure formation and Cosmic Microwave Background.

Shivansh Shrivastava

PhD Candidate, Department of Infrastructure Engineering

Shivansh is a PhD candidate at Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources Group in the department of infrastructure engineering, The University of Melbourne. His research involves elucidating the role of temperature in driving biochemical reactions (nitrogenous transformations) within hyporheic zone. Thermal regime of hyporheic zone is dynamic and can alter the reaction rates and final products of reactions affecting the river water quality in downstream areas significantly.

His research work is supervised by Dr Michael Stewardson and Dr Meenakshi Arora (Unimelb) and Dr Vinod Tare (IIT Kanpur).

Shivansh completed his Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering at Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore (2013). He obtained his Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from IIT Kanpur (2015).

Apart from academia, Shivansh is keenly interested in athletics.

Surabhi Gupta

PhD Candidate, Department of Infrastructure Engineering

Surabhi is a PhD student in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at University of Melbourne supervised by Dr Stephan Winter (University of Melbourne) and co-supervised by Dr Allison Kealy (University of Melbourne) & Dr Bharat Lohani (IIT Kanpur). Her topic of research is human interaction with (semi) autonomous vehicles with focus on forklifts autonomous systems.

She completed her Masters from IIT Kanpur (2014) under Dr Bharat Lohani where her master thesis work was based on augmented reality system for extraction of dimensional information of objects in mobile phone images using LiDAR point cloud data.

Before starting her doctoral studies she was working for Trimble Navigation in Chennai as a software engineer where she worked for computer vision and photogrammetry R&D group.

She has a conference paper published:

S. Gupta, B. Lohani (2014) "Augmented Reality system for displaying dimensional information of objects in mobile phones", ISPRS Annals of Photogrammetry, ISPRS Technical Symposium V, Riva Del Garda, Italy

Pavan Harika

PhD Candidate, School of Earth Sciences

Pavan Harika is currently pursuing Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne. She is being supervised by Prof Kevin Walsh (Unimelb) and Prof Prasad Kumar Bhaskaran (Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur). Her topic of research is “The relationship between climate and mechanisms of Tropical cyclone formation.”

Pavan Harika completed her Master of Technology (M.Tech) in Earth System Science and Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and Bachelor's degree (B.E.) in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Andhra University, Viskhapatnam.

Sushma Reddy Chenreddy

PhD Candidate

Sushma’s topic of research is “Investigation of air sea gas exchange from laboratory and ship based observations”. She is supervised by Dr Robyn Schofield, School of Earth Sciences (Unimelb); Assoc Prof Jason Monty, Department of Mechanical Engineering (Unimelb); and A.N.V Satyanarayana, Centre for Oceans, Rivers, Atmosphere and Land sciences (CORAL) (IIT Kgp).

Sushma has completed a Bachelor of Tech Aeronautical Engineering from JNTU Hyderabad, 2012 and Master of Tech Earth System Science and Technology IIT Kharagpur, 2014.

She has worked as a Senior Research Fellow in IIT Kharagpur in the project “Observational & Modeling of Atmospheric Boundary Layer over different Land Surface conditions in the CTCZ domain during different epochs of Indian Summer Monsoon (OMA)”.