Dr Vaishnavi   Ananthanarayanan
Senior Lecturer

Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan

  • Ph.D. Biophysics                                                                                                                              July 2010- Jan 2014

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany

  • B.E. (Hons.) Computer Science and M.Sc. (Hons.) Biological Sciences (dual degree)                    Aug 2004- Aug 2009

Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India (CGPA: 9.28/10)

medicine-health
Single Molecule Science Lab

Dr. Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan is an EMBL Australia Group Leader at Single Molecule Science, School of Medical Sciences.

She graduated with a Ph.D. in Biophysics from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany in 2014. Prior to this, Vaishnavi pursued a dual degree - M.Sc. Biological Sciences and B.E. Computer Science at BITS, Pilani, India. She started her independent group in 2014 at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore with her Dept. of Science and Technology (India) INSPIRE Faculty Award. She transitioned to an Assistant Professor position in the same institute in 2017. She was awarded the Dept. of Biotechnology (DBT, India) Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award in 2015, Science and Engineering Research Board (India) Early Career Research Award in 2016, and was elected Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 2018. In 2019, she was inducted to the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) as a Young Investigator and was granted the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Intermediate Fellowship. Most recently, her work was recognised with the Indian National Science Academy’s Medal for Young Scientists 2020. In June 2020, she co-founded BiasWatchIndia, an initiative to document representation of women, and to combat gender-biased panels at Indian science conferences.

Phone
+62-2-9065 4811
Location
Single Molecule Science C25, Level 3 Lowy Cancer Research Centre

Publications

  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Ananthanarayanan V, 2021, 'Cytoskeletal Mechanics', Journal of the Indian Institute of Science, vol. 101, pp. 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s41745-020-00222-0
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Kumar H; Ananthanarayanan V, 2021, 'Friend or Foe? The Role of the Host Cytoskeleton in Cellular Responses to Bacterial Pore Forming Toxins', Journal of the Indian Institute of Science, vol. 101, pp. 63 - 71, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s41745-020-00218-w
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Shah M; Chacko LA; Joseph JP; Ananthanarayanan V, 2021, 'Mitochondrial dynamics, positioning and function mediated by cytoskeletal interactions', Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, vol. 78, pp. 3969 - 3986, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00018-021-03762-5
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Ananthanarayanan V; Chattopadhyay K; Chen L; Cheng L; Edgington-Mitchell L; Eswarappa S; Hussain T; Kambe T; Kim S; Lee J-S; Lee M; Li X; Lim MH; Lim SM; Lin S; Liu T; Mahalakshmi R; Maji SK; Naganathan AN; Nomura W; Passioura T; Rao Y; Reddy G; Rhee H-W; Sekhar A; Seo J; Shukla AK; Singh M; Song WJ; Sun H; Tamura T; Tang C; Tsukiji S; Yang C-G; Yi C; Zou P; Schepartz A, 2020, 'Introducing "Future of Biochemistry 2020: The Asia-Pacific Issue"', BIOCHEMISTRY, vol. 59, pp. 1 - 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.biochem.9b01113
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Tirumala NA; Ananthanarayanan V, 2020, 'Role of Dynactin in the Intracellular Localization and Activation of Cytoplasmic Dynein', Biochemistry, vol. 59, pp. 156 - 162, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.biochem.9b00772
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Ananthanarayanan V; Mylavarapu SVS, 2020, 'Meeting report - The Microtubules, Motors, Transport and Trafficking (M2T2) 2019 meeting', Journal of Cell Science, vol. 133, http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jcs.245928
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Ananthanarayanan V, 2020, 'Voices of the new generation: mentorship as a junior PI', Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology, vol. 21, pp. 562, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41580-020-0256-6
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Ananthanarayanan V, 2019, 'Cell scientist to watch - Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan', JOURNAL OF CELL SCIENCE, vol. 132, http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jcs.234088
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Chacko LA; Mehta K; Ananthanarayanan V, 2019, 'Cortical tethering of mitochondria by the anchor protein Mcp5 enables uniparental inheritance', Journal of Cell Biology, vol. 218, pp. 3560 - 3571, http://dx.doi.org/10.1083/jcb.201901108
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Mehta K; Chacko LA; Chug MK; Jhunjhunwala S; Ananthanarayanan V, 2019, 'Association of mitochondria with microtubules inhibits mitochondrial fission by precluding assembly of the fission protein Dnm1', Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol. 294, pp. 3385 - 3396, http://dx.doi.org/10.1074/jbc.RA118.006799
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Chacko LA; Ananthanarayanan V, 2019, 'Quantification of Mitochondrial Dynamics in Fission Yeast Leeba Ann Chacko and Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan', BIO-PROTOCOL, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.21769/BioProtoc.3450
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Meka SRK; Chacko LA; Ravi A; Chatterjee K; Ananthanarayanan V, 2017, 'Role of Microtubules in Osteogenic Differentiation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells on 3D Nanofibrous Scaffolds', ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, vol. 3, pp. 551 - 559, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsbiomaterials.6b00725
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Thankachan JM; Nuthalapati SS; Tirumala NA; Ananthanarayanan V, 2017, 'Fission yeast myosin i facilitates PI(4,5)P2-mediated anchoring of cytoplasmic dynein to the cortex', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 114, pp. E2672 - E2681, http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1615883114
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Ananthanarayanan V, 2016, 'Activation of the motor protein upon attachment: Anchors weigh in on cytoplasmic dynein regulation', BioEssays, vol. 38, pp. 514 - 525, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bies.201600002
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Ananthanarayanan V; Tolić IM, 2015, 'Single-molecule imaging of cytoplasmic dynein invivo', Methods in Cell Biology, vol. 125, pp. 1 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/bs.mcb.2014.10.001
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Krull A; Steinborn A; Ananthanarayanan V; Ramunno-Johnson D; Petersohn U; Tolić-Nørrelykke IM, 2014, 'A divide and conquer strategy for the maximum likelihood localization of low intensity objects', Optics Express, vol. 22, pp. 210 - 228, http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.000210
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Ananthanarayanan V; Schattat M; Vogel SK; Krull A; Pavin N; Tolić-Nørrelykke IM, 2013, 'XDynein motion switches from diffusive to directed upon cortical anchoring', Cell, vol. 153, pp. 1526, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2013.05.020
    Journal articles | 2010
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Ananthanarayanan V; Thies W, 2010, 'Biocoder: A programming language for standardizing and automating biology protocols.', J Biol Eng, vol. 4, pp. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1754-1611-4-13
    Journal articles |
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Tirumala NA; Ananthanarayanan V, 'Single-molecule imaging of cytoplasmic dynein reveals the mechanism of motor activation and cargo capture', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2021.04.05.438428
    Journal articles |
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Mehta K; Chacko LA; Chug MK; Jhunjhunwala S; Ananthanarayanan V, 'Association of mitochondria with microtubules inhibits mitochondrial fission by precluding Dnm1 assembly', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/178913
    Journal articles |
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Mehta K; Ananthanarayanan V, 'Cortical tethering of mitochondria by the dynein anchor Mcp5 enables uniparental mitochondrial inheritance during fission yeast meiosis', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/525196
  • Conference Papers | 2012
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Ananthanarayanan V; Pavin N; Tolic-Norrelykke I, 2012, 'Life of a Single Dynein during Meiotic Nuclear Oscillations', in BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL, CELL PRESS, San Diego, CA, pp. 5A - 5A, presented at 56th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical-Society, San Diego, CA, 25 February 2012 - 29 February 2012, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bpj.2011.11.044
    Conference Papers | 2012
    Dr Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
    Ananthanarayanan V; Schattat M; Vogel S; Krull A; Pavin N; Tolic-Norrelykke I, 2012, 'Characterization of dynein by single-molecule investigations in vivo.', in MOLECULAR BIOLOGY OF THE CELL, AMER SOC CELL BIOLOGY, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000209348601031&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Awards

2020

Medal for Young Scientists, Indian National Science Academy

2019

Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Cell Science

‘Cell Scientist to Watch’, Journal of Cell Science

Women Excellence Award, Science and Engineering Research Board (India)

RI Mazumdar Young Investigator Award

BITS Alumni Association Global 30 Under 30 Award

2018

EMBO Young Investigator

 

Wellcome Trust/DBT – India Alliance Intermediate Fellowship

 

Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences

2016

Early Career Research Award, Science and Engineering Research Board (India)

2015

Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award, Department of Biotechnology (India)

2014

INSPIRE Faculty Award, Department of Science and Technology (India)

2007

JNCASR Summer Research Fellowship

Rajiv Gandhi National Talent Science Research Fellow

Grants

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