Prathamesh Thangaraj Nadar Ponniah
Prathamesh received his B.tech. in Biotechnology with a specialization in Genetic Engineering from Allahabad Agricultural Institute deemed university U.P India. He completed his Masters degree in developmental cell biology with distinction from the University of Sussex, U.K. During his master's research project, he worked with Prof Mark Maconochie to use insulator sequences as a tool to increase the efficiency of mouse transgenesis. His growing interest in epigenetics motivated him to join Prof Nabieh Ayoub‘s lab at the Technion Israel Institute of technology, Israel, as a PhD student. His PhD work was on KDM4D a histone lysine demethylase, which interacts with RNA. During his PhD he established the i-CLIP technique in the lab, a robust state-of-the-art technique used to decipher RNA molecules that interact with RNA binding proteins in the transcriptome. After graduating, he joined Tel Aviv University as a joint post doctoral fellow with Prof Karen Avraham and Prof Rina Rosin Arbesfeld. His work bridges work in both labs in identifying novel molecular pathways for genes that are essential for auditory function.