Harsh Bansia, Ph.D.

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, des Georges Lab, Structural Biology Initiative

To me, one of the fascinating and satisfying aspect of being a structural biologist is the everyday chance to also become a mathematician, physicist, chemist and a computer scientist. After being introduced to biological macromolecular machines and different levels at which they can be studied, I decided to explore the foundational level and joined IISc for my PhD to study protein structure, function and dynamics using X-ray crystallography and MD simulations. As a postdoc in Des Georges lab, I use cryo-EM and machine learning to experimentally capture protein dynamics going well beyond the “one structure describes it all” notion. As a structural biologist, my long-term goal is to study intrinsically disordered proteins. As they say in structural biology, intrinsic disorder is the limit.