Indian Institute of Science Education and Research
Sánchez Alvarado Lab
Thesis: Protein dynamics in planarian regeneration
Viraj Doddihal first learned of the Stowers Institute while investigating planarian regeneration in the laboratory of Dasaradhi Palakodeti, PhD, at the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (inStem) in Bengaluru, India. He immediately applied to the Institute’s predoctoral research program, eager for the opportunity to learn from Stowers Investigator Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, PhD, a pioneer in the field.
Doddihal credits his parents for starting him on the road to the Stowers Institute, a journey that began in a small, rural town in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. He showed an early interest in science, which his parents, both science graduates, supported by enrolling him in a competitive high school in the city of Mysore. Doddihal’s rigorous high school education prepared him to attend a five-year BS and MS program at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, a prestigious institution integrating undergraduate teaching with research.Now, he’s looking forward to immersing himself in the Institute’s supportive research environment, and interacting with like-minded individuals who have a passion for science.