Primary Supervisor: Dr Marc Muller
Co-Supervisor: Prof Yves Henrotin
Ratish completed a Bachelor in Biochemistry-Chemistry at K. J. Somaiya College of Science and Commerce, affiliated to Mumbai University, India. Followed by a Master of Science in Biochemistry from Ramnarain Ruia College affiliated to Mumbai University, India. In addition Ratish graduated from Uppsala University, Sweden, with a Master of Medical Science (M.Med.Sc.) in Molecular Medicine.
SCIENTIFIC WORK EXPERIENCE
The constant urge and inquisitiveness to understand the process of development from a single cell to multicellular functional organism propelled Ratish to employ zebrafish as a model system in his Master thesis at Uppsala University, Sweden. He investigated the expression of genes that play an important role during development of tendons and ligaments in craniofacial system of zebrafish. Thereafter he obtained work experience in a few research laboratories to gain hands-on experience of working with new techniques. The desire to obtain a broader understanding between early and late development stages gave Ratish an opportunity to work as an intern at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Molecular Biomedicine in Muenster, Germany. At MPI, along with his supervisor, Ratish established an ex-utero system to study the process of implantation in-vitro. This experience provided the necessary impetus to obtain work experience as a research assistant in Uniklinikum Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Currently, Ratish is pursuing a Ph.D. within the framework of the BiomedAqu project, viz. “Use of the zebrafish model to study the role of genes homologous to those involved in human skeletal pathologies” at the University of Liège. He expects to characterise the expressions of candidate genes, use gene-editing methods in zebrafish to investigate the role of genes associated with human skeletal pathologies.
Prior to further studies in Sweden, Ratish worked at a Diagnostic Company “Thyrocare Technologies Ltd.” in Mumbai, India, to obtain hands-on experience in a medical diagnostic company.
Ratish's open mindedness and eagerness to learn new techniques in order to contribute to society in the best possible way has helped him adapt to different circumstances with ease. International exposure, experience of moving to new places, working in different labs, interacting with researchers and colleagues, meeting interesting personalities from diverse cultures and traditions has broadened his outlook towards life. This has strengthened his belief in line with a quote written in Sanskrit, Vasudeiva Kutumbhakam which means “the world is one family”. He likes to share his knowledge and experience, and teach students apart from conducting experimental research in the lab.
As hobbies, Ratish enjoys gardening and learning the taxonomical names of various species of plants. Playing badminton and swimming are an integral part of his fitness regimen.