User:Vipul Vachharajani

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Registration/Questionnaire: 20.109 Spring 2015

Last Name


First Name


Preferred name/nickname (if not first)


18 and 20

Year of Graduation


Telephone # (needed in case we can't find you!)



(the user id is) vvachh (and the domain is)

Preferred "Extra" OH Time

Tuesdays between 2:30 and 4 work best for me.

Potentially Relevant Background

Have you taken/are you taking... Answer yes/no/when
7.05/5.07 (Biochemistry) Yes; Fall 2013
7.06 (Cell Biology) No
7.03 (Genetics) Yes; Fall 2014
5.310 (General Chemistry Lab) No
BioSafety Training Yes; Summer 2013 at MIT, Caltech's version in 2014

Do you have experience with... Answer yes/no/type
Cell culture (microbial/mammalian/yeast?) Yes; microbial, yeast, mammalian (HEK293, Jurkat, HeLa, MEF)
Molecular biology (electrophoresis, PCR, etc) Yes; basic cloning, RNase free technique, RT-qPCR, CRISPR/Cas for gene knockout, siRNA KD

Please briefly describe any previous laboratory experience

Major lab experience comes from three labs:

Keene Lab at Duke University: RNA biology; Studied functional relevance of intronic binding sites of the RBP HuR, using siRNA knockdown and intron-specific qPCR analysis.

Gore Lab, MIT: Studied dynamics of migrating populations under the Allee effect, using a microbial model.

Elowitz Lab, Caltech: Modeled (and performed experiments with) a synthetic reporter system to study the signaling dynamics of the Sonic Hedgehog protein.

Anything else you would like us to know related to 20.109?

Nope, I'm not allergic to latex, as far as I know.

What is your favorite food or song or song about food?

Honey Pie, by the Beatles is a good song about food, I guess.

Commitment to academic integrity

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Vipul Vachharajani

Contact Info

Vipul Vachharajani (an artistic interpretation)


  • 2016 (exp.), BS, Mathematics and Biological Engineering, MIT

Research interests

  1. Systems Biology, Mathematical Biology, and Biophysics, especially the kind where the models are simple and powerful.
  2. Pattern formation in biology, from ecology to development, to the extent that the models are simple, powerful, and aesthetically pleasing (a lot to hope for, I know).


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