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Introducing Prof. Shobhna Kapoor

We are delighted to welcome, Prof. Shobhna Kapoor to the IITB Community. She joined the Department of Chemistry at IIT Bombay this year. 

Prof. Kapoor did her Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in Chemistry from St. Stephens College, Delhi University in 2006. After which she pursued her Master’s in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2009. In 2012, she completed her Doctor of Natural Sciences (PhD) in Biophysics from Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany.

Prof. Shobhna Kapoor has done a lot of research work in her academic and professional career. She was a part of research team which studied ‘Small Molecule Mediated Modulation of Cellular Signaling Pathways’ during her Postdoctoral Research at Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology, Germany. She also studied Astro-Biophysical Chemistry under which her topic of focus was ‘Behavior of Biomolecules under Extreme Environmental Conditions’ as a part of her Postdoctoral Research at Technische Universität Dortmund.

Apart from her research work mentioned above her current research interests are mainly in the field of Molecular Biophysics and Chemical Biology with focus on lipids and lipid-induced signaling pathways. One aspect of her work is to investigate the biophysical properties of unusual lipids from bacterial origin with emphasis on disease management and biotechnological applications. Use of high-pressure perturbation approaches to understand the structure and function of such lipid membrane systems, also interests her a lot. Prof.Kapoor is also interested in exploring lipid molecules as chemical biology tools to study cellular signaling pathways involved in infectious diseases.