I am thrilled to be a part of this very international consortium and looking forward to collaborating with many people from different backgrounds- scientifically and culturally!

I’m Vaishnavi and I’m from Bangalore, India. I have a master’s degree in Stem Cell Technology and Regenerative Biology. I decided to specialize on and work with induced Pluripotent Stem Cells and other stem cells after they captured my attention in one of my Bachelor modules. I have been part of a few projects in India and Germany that used iPSCs for 2D and 3D modelling of human diseases. I am now looking forward to tackling retinitis pigmentosa (RP) using retinal organoid model systems in my PhD!

The primary reason I wanted to be a part of this project is because I am intrigued by 3D human disease modelling and translational science. Over the next few years, I will be working on improving the efficiency of gene augmentation therapy for RP with the assistance of RNA tools. I believe these patient-specific 3D models are the closest we have at this point to personalised medicine and I will work for my project to progress and yield an impact in the clinics as well!


Interests and hobbies ofVaishnavi Karthikeyan

Swimming, biking, bouldering and any form of fitness in general. I also like exploring different cities and blending in with the locals!