Shanker Panchapakesan, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
I am a PhD student in the Unrau Lab, MBB. I am currently working on how RNA regulate global transcription in Bacteria. Transcription is the process of copying or 'transcribing' RNA from the DNA genome. The RNA made, would is then typically used by the ribosome as a message to translate into protein. Some RNAs can act by themselves without being involved in protein synthesis. I am working on one such RNA called the 6S RNA, that binds to the polymerase that produces 6S RNA and inhibits it thereby regulating the process of RNA transcription.
Apart from research, I spend most of my time listening to carnatic music (Indian classical music), reading Indian philosophies.