March 11, 2013


Principal Investigator:

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Dr. Aloke Kumar
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering,
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Email: alokekumar AT

PI Background:

2000-2005 – B. Tech & M. Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

2005-2010 – PhD from Purdue University

Work experience:

  • Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Science, India Current
  • Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, USA 02/2017-08/2017
  • Assistant Professor at University of Alberta, Canada 2013-2017
  • Staff Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA 2010-2013

Awards and Honors (Selected):

  • Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Microfluidics for Biological Systems, NSERC, Canada (2014-2017)
  • Eugene P. Wigner Fellowship, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA (2010-Present)
  • DeKármán Fellowship, Josephine DeKármán Fellowship Trust, California, USA (2009-2010)
  • Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, Purdue University, USA (2009-2010)
  • Adelberg Fellowship, Purdue University, USA (2007-2008)
  • Ross Fellowship, Purdue University, USA (2005-2006)

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Research Group at IISc:

Graduate Students at IISc (Current):

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Dibyendu Mandal (MSc)
I am Dibyendu Mandal. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering.I joined the lab in the fall of 2017. I am currently working on microscale flows.

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Gannena Raghuram (PhD)
I completed my bachelors and masters from Central University of Chhattisgarh and Amrita university respectively. I am going to work on microscale flows.

Research Group at University of Alberta:

PhD Students (Current):

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Nandini Debnath
My name is Nandini and I have received a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India, 2013. I have worked as a sales officer in Hindusthan Petroleum Corporation Limited, India for one year. I prefer to be an independent researcher which drove me pursuing an academic career. Currently, I am a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta. Along with the curiosity about research, I have interest in singing, playing musical instruments, painting and gardening.

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Ishita Biswas
I have completed my BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh, in 2008 and MSc in Engineering (concentration: Mechanical Engineering) from Purdue University Calumet, IN, USA, in 2011. After my MSc, I worked as a research intern at the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials, DE, USA. Currently I am a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta, AB, Canada in Mechanical Engineering since August 2013. I am working on post formation dynamics of the bacterial streamer in low Reynolds number (Re) flow and its impact on biofouling in waste water treatment.

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Swayamdipta Paul
Swayamdipta obtained his bachelors’ and masters’ degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology (Durgapur) and the Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur) in India, respectively. For his PhD, he is working on understanding the concept of mineral precipitation mediated by the bacterium Sporosarcina Pasteurii. and how fluid mechanics at the microscale can be effective in sealing microscopic pores in a porous medium.

MSc Students (Current):

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Rajorshi Paul
I joined the Kumar Research Group as a Masters student in Winter 2017. I am currently trying to develop a mathematical model to govern bacterial dynamics and bacteria induced biodegradation reactions. The goal is to apply this knowledge to enhance the purification process of lignin which can be used as a cheap raw material for manufacturing carbon fiber. I received my B. Tech. (Gold medallist) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 2016.

Post-Docs (Current):

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Tanushree Ghosh
Tanushree awarded her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology (Honors) from University of Calcutta, India and Master’s degree in Biotechnology from Jadavpur University, India. She awarded her Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology from University of Calcutta, India. She was working as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada from 2016-2017. She is currently working as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada. Her research interest includes microbial degradation of biomass, analytical detection of biodegraded material, microbially induced mineral precipitation, enzyme purification, enzyme-based biosensor, electrochemical sensor development.


    • Debonil Maity from IIT Kharagpur (Summer Intern 2013)
    • Nikhil Gupta from IIT Bombay (Summer Intern 2013)
    • Mahtab Hassanpourfard (PhD; Defended successfully in Spring 2017; Dissertation title – Bacterial Streamer formation in Porous Media)
    • Behnam Gheshlaghi (MSc; Defended successfully in Spring 2016; Thesis title – Rotation Effects on Dyanmics of Fluid Flow through Microchannels)
    • Zahra Nikakhtari (Undergraduate researcher from U. of Alberta; Currently pursuing Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at University of Alberta)
    • Sophie Shi (Undergraduate researcher from U. of Alberta)

Open Positions: The lab is currently looking for motivated postdoc candidates. November 2017: Open Postdoctoral Research Associate Position @ Indian Institute of Science
Please note that the end-date for the search in Dec 20, 2017.