Lab Members

Asim Biswas, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow


Asim obtained his doctorate degree from the University of Calcutta, India in 2019. His PhD research focused on HIV viral infections as well as host response to HIV and other nucleic acid viruses. After joining Dr. Chakravarti’s lab he has started working on the role of small leucine-rich proteoglycans in regulating immune cells in viral infections.

Mackenzie Charter, MS

Research Technician and Lab Manager

2020 – Present

Mackenzie received her MS from the University of Guelph in 2017 where she studied the role of carbon dioxide in active hyperaemia. Recently, she has joined the Chakravarti lab to begin studying the genetics behind complex human diseases. She is in charge of recruiting and consenting patients for the Keratoconus project.

Nan Hu, MS

Bioinformatics Technologist


After obtaining an MS in Bioinformatics from Georgetown University, Nan joined Dr. Chakravarti’s lab as a Research Assistant. Her responsibilities include the management of the next generation sequencing data and the development of an analysis pipeline. She is interested in using genomic data to understand the biological mechanism of human disease.

George, Maiti, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow


George obtained his doctorate degree from University of Calcutta, India in 2014. His Ph.D. work involved understanding the role of Wnt5a signaling in macrophage functions. He joined Dr. Chakravarti’s lab at Johns Hopkins University to study the role of small leucine-rich proteoglycans (SLRPs) in TLR4/TLR9 responses in macrophages and dendritic cells during ocular infection. He relocated with her group to NYU Langone Health to continue working on these projects.

Nidhi Patel, BS

Masters Student

Biomedical Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
2019 – Present

Nidhi completed an undergraduate degree in biochemistry with minors in biology and mathematics at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is interested in tissue-engineering related research in Ophthalmology. Nidhi will be focusing on 3D cell-culture based approaches to understanding biologically relevant signals in keratoconus.

Vishal Shinde, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr. Shinde received his PhD in 2015 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During his PhD, he investigated the role of calcium dysregulation in the pathophysiology of Retinitis Pigmentosa associated with the expression of misfolded rhodopsin proteins. He is deeply interested in vision sciences, corneal dystrophies and cellular signaling in ocular diseases. He is currently investigating candidate genes and signaling pathways in the pathophysiology of Keratoconus using cell biology, pharmacology and genetic tools.