I have formal training in both biology and engineering, which has allowed me to develop a unique combination of skills. During the course of my education, I learned three things that have shaped my research interests: (a) a well-designed experiment, rather than a ‘fishing expedition’ is key to obtaining insights in complex multicellular phenomena, (b) we need predictive models that can help us quantify transport and signaling in cells and in tissues, and (c) for such models to be relevant and inform new experiments, they must be rooted in biological facts and not phenomenology. My Ph.D. training in biological sciences was a departure from the traditional engineering career path but I believe that move shaped my research interests and has put me in a position where I can develop mathematical models that are reflective of the underlying biology and communicate with biologists, physicists and engineers with great ease.

Professional Preparation

UC Berkeley Chancellor's Postdoctoral fellow 2013-2014,  University of California, Berkeley, CA. Postdoctoral advisor: Prof. George Oster

Ph.D. in Biological Sciences,  2010, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY. Thesis advisor, Prof. Ravi Iyengar
M.S. in Chemical Engineering,  2005, George Institute of Technology, Atlanta GA
B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering, 2001, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India

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Awards and Honors

Sloan Research Fellow in Computational and Molecular Evolutionary Biology 2015-2017
Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award 2015 
UCSD EDI Excellence Award to New Faculty 2015.

Contact Information

Padmini Rangamani
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, SME 344G
Jacobs School of Engineering
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093
Office Phone: 858-534-4734
email: padmini.rangamani@eng.ucsd.edu
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