Name : Minal Ayachit

Designation : Junior research Fellow

Brief Background :

After completing my graduation and post-graduation studies in Biotechnology, I was interested in working in a research lab to understand mechanisms of cell biology. The resourceful atmosphere and well equipped lab under the guidance of Dr. Shravage was conducive for my interests.

Contact Details :

  • B.Sc. in Biotechnology

  • M.Sc. in Biotechnology

Autophagy is a process where constituents of the cell such as proteins and organelles that are damaged  or not required anymoreare sequestered within a double membrane structure called the Autophagosome, which then fuses with the lysosome.

The lysosomal enzymes degrade the cargo and recycle the raw materials. It is a cytoprotective mechanism that increases the lifespan of the cell by maintaining homeostasis.

My research interest includes understanding the role of autophagy and specifically, mitophagy i.e degradation of the damaged mitochondria, in the maintenance of germline stem cellsthat reside within the Drosophila melanogaster ovary.